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

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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

A Piano for Every Child May Sound Impossible, but in Some Schools It’s Happening

Benefits of Music Education: Why Music and the Brain Provides A Piano for Every Child

Music and the Brain installs 15 to 25 pianos and keyboards in labs in each participating school … Instead of just teaching musical notes to children, Music and the Brain stimulates kids to think, act on that thinking, and become inspired to produce their own sounds. Take the William Tell Overture. In some programs, students may learn to read music and then play the song. With Music and the Brain, students find where notes are repeated, discuss and describe the music and how it felt to them, and create a story to go with the music.

This is good…

“The schools in this country need to go back to where they were in the ’70s when they understood that music education was seminal to children,” Lercari says. “Five-year-olds have so many neurons flying in their brains that they need to use them. The benefit of music is that it makes things connect more easily. Kids are dying to learn and understand, not just music, but they want to grasp this world that they are in.”

… and this is great. Inspiring article on what sounds like a wonderful program.

Punk Rockers Help Raise Money For Music Education

Punk Rockers Help Raise Money For Music Education At Chinatown Elementary School

“She started kindergarten this year and in the first week we got this letter and it said, ‘Can you help us raise $50,000 bucks to pay for our music program?’” … So Wong got his music fundraiser idea. “I love punk rock, and there are all these culture overlapping but they never really contact each other.”

Very cool. Fundraising opportunities are out there, you just have to find, or create, them.