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Music and Lyrics

What Literacy can do for a Music Student!

Lauren Brown

on 20 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea General Education Requirements
most colleges require all students to take at least one general writing class in order to graduate. FACT: FACT: Music students hate that a lot. English Class and the music student Music majors like to do 2 things. Practice... and listen to awesome music. When your main goal in life is to become a music educator or a performer, it's easy to decide, "I don't need this." In my project, I hope to answer the question,
"What can literacy skills do for me?" Additionally, I'll explore:
the importance of information literacy possible music-related careers requiring writing skills ways to integrate writing in the music classroom Based on my own experiences as a music major, I know that all collegiate music programs offer these core classes: Music theory Sight singing Music history Music technology Group or ensemble credit. Most relevant to this project is the study of Musicology or Music History. WHY, you ask? skills required to succeed include: high reading comprehension information literacy ability to write research papers ability to organize critical knowledge. Significance of Music History to a performer music students will perform in group ensembles
these ensembles will play historical music
knowledge of the time period and composer will help the musicians interpret and perform music
particular information about the instruments of the time may come in handy for example, Bach piano and Beethoven piano = very very different! Music History is important for Music Educators too! a good music educator knows how to inspire her students. or his, I guess... :) all future teachers should be prepared to research their music to grab their young musicians' attention! The key is Information Literacy!!! "Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn." hmm...sound familiar? "They are people prepared for lifelong learning because they can always find the information needed for any decision or task at hand." -American Library Association's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy Most Major Universities have some kind of Music Library in place, as well as larger bodies of research materials available in the general student library. hooray!! To be information literate, students should know how to: use and make bibliographies understand the comprehensive resources the library offers use reference materials find and locate obscure materials Obviously, information literacy is important. Now, what about writing? Of what use is writing about music? Situations when writing about music is important: program notes establishing credentials assisting music analysis showing connection to time period Music, like many liberal arts professions requires a high degree of critical thought. Writing "forces students to engage in critical thinking." Well, obviously nobody likes to be forced. BUT It's like Mem Fox says. Writers who "ache with caring" put out better papers. Musicians ought to write about music because they care about it. How to bring writing into the college music classroom for elementary music education there is an approach called Kodaly which is apparently very important and fantastic. I figure if it works for little kids it probably works for big kids, too. So, here are the basics of Kodaly: Kodaly= a comprehensive approach to music learning: from repertoire to performance to critical thinking in the classroom, Kodaly attempts to leave no base untouched.
to encourage more thorough critical thought, teachers explain one concept in several ways. For example, a whole note is: one note that lasts four beats
(picture of note: "o") allowing students to write problems like these out themselves encourages them to work through problems and address what they don't understand. In a more advanced setting (for example, a music theory classroom) This could translate into: Journals or note paper on the side of ledger lines, on which students can explain what they drew on the ledger lines. benefits: helps assure all students "get it" builds the skills to explain concepts to others deeper and more permanent kind of cognition Writing for performances one important aspect of performing is the program notes.
performers let their audiences know a little bit about what they are playing to help assist with appreciation and comprehension. if these are written poorly, people will probably laugh at it. if they are insincere, people will know it. if a musician thinks they don't need to write convincingly, they should think again. Careers that musicians could have that could incorporate writing in some way: music critic = they write about music critically. easier said than done. musicologist = as previously describe, they research and write about connections and concepts in music history. conductor = called upon to write program notes for performances music librarian = high degree of information literacy and access to resources for musicans You might be asking, "Lauren, you aren't even going into education.
Why are you studying this???" great question, guys. here is why: I think the information that I've garnered simply by living in the "Music Major" environment for 5 years equips me to say some significant stuff. For example: I know there are bunches of students who never really catch on to what's going on in music theory class. Somehow, they pass anyway. These are our future teachers. Yep. :( All learners are different! Some learn best using pictures, others verbally, and others through the written word. There is no excuse for leaving a learner behind! Research shows that writing in the music classroom strengthens both writing skills and content knowledge
engages both cognitively and emotionally
can improve vocabulary and increase ability to communicate music-related knowledge
Writing in music rehearsals promotes more focused individualized efforts
encourages greater self-reflection What I'm going to do now: I'm going to find more data on writing in the music classroom
I'll give some basics on information literacy in the music library specifically I'll refer to some research of the Kodaly method published in the Canadian Music Educator I will list recommended classroom techniques and invent some of my own (just for fun!) So, in conclusion... there are about a million ways to help a music student LOVE to write! play them some awesome music to write "practice program notes" for have them journal about practicing maybe even convince them to look up the composer of their favorite symphony for a research paper. let them "write out" theory homework Not only will they enjoy getting to do all the things they enjoy, they will also gain cognition and insight that they
couldn't have had before.
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