Massachusetts Becomes First State To Fund Music Education Inspired By El Sistema

The content of this story is a bit murky but the quotes are gold, such as…

“Mr. Bernice inspired me to do better in my classes. He showed me that through music almost anything is actually possible,” Rivera Heredia said. “And I will always keep a smile on my face — like he does — and be happy about life and stuff.”

And my favorite…

“In Venezuela they don’t have conferences about the public value of music education because they’re too busy going to concerts … And their biggest concerts they don’t have in concert halls because there’s too many people — they have them in baseball stadiums.”

Massachusetts Becomes First State To Fund Music Education Inspired By El Sistema | ARTery


Highland Park’s iBand a unique music education

Is ear training possible with 7th graders? Sure, you just have to pick the right material:

There isn’t sheet music published for iBand, so Driver and her students write it themselves. They pick up how to play by ear, as well as how to arrange and transpose music.

“That’s what’s so cool, because they’re learning so much,” Driver said.

Seventh-grader Brenda Dominguez arranged “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor by watching a video of the song online, playing along and writing down the notes of the song.

“It wasn’t really hard,” Dominguez said.

Highland Park’s iBand a unique music education | Amarillo Globe-News

Teaching Music in the Age of Technology

Those of us who, perhaps not so long ago, remember band or chorus as a group effort with only the occasional talented student solo, would be surprised at how much individual attention Smith can give his students… As he admits, “When I was coming up in the ’80s, I was part of a choir. But I don’t think my teacher knew where I was-what I knew. I certainly didn’t have advanced composition, theory, or sight reading.”

Modern technology has certainly made it easier to individualize instruction and connect teachers with students on a personal basis like never before. This article gives a couple concrete examples of how this is accomplished in a choral program.

Everyday Education – Teaching Music In The Age Of Technology – The Transylvania Times