Number Seven & Eight of Ten:
Teachers should draw connections between music and nature, music and numbers, music and sports, and music and art by using metaphors and analogies. All things in the universe are related and new patterns and understandings continually emerge. Creative people find relationships the rest of us never notice. For many students, the pattern-rich disciplines of mathematics and music offer many opportunities for connectedness.
For creative tasks, formative feedback is more important than evaluation. Grades and quantitative measures, labelling, and tracking undermine intrinsic motivation and are sure ways to shut down creative effort. Instead of offering extrinsic rewards teachers should encourage children to appreciate and be pleased with their own creative efforts. Instead of comparing their creative work with others, students should reflect verbally on their work. Teachers must be mindful of their own preoccupation with judgement and comparison.
An excerpt from ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ by Michael Griffin
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Also by Michael Griffin
Music and Keyboard in the Classroom: Fundamentals of Notation is a unit of work for general music middle school classes. Designed around the mastering of practical skills, it integrates theory, aural and history, and allows students to progress at their own rate. View Table of Contents. “This has been a great buy, the books are just superb! Interesting topics with a wide range of pieces. Great content with clear progression of learning. Fascinating teaching philosophy! BRAVO!” -The Grieg Academy, London. Available at Amazon.com
Music and Keyboard in the Classroom: Let’s Get Creative! is the fun and creative extension to ‘Fundamentals of Notation’.
View Table of Contents. “We have been using your keyboard course and the results have been amazing!” – St George College, Australia
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Bumblebee! is more than just a collection of 84 choir exercises and rounds. The author shares timeless wisdom to help you get your choir – primary or secondary – into shape.
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Modern Harmony Method: Fundamentals of Jazz and Popular Harmony (Third Edition, 2013) is a clear and well organised text suitable for students of arranging and composition, and for classically trained musicians wishing to grasp the beautiful logic of jazz harmony. Essential understandings include chord selection, voicing, symbols, circle of 4th progressions, extensions, suspensions and alterations. Included in the 107 pages are explanations, examples, exercises and solutions. The course can be started with students in year 9 and worked through to year 12 musicianship, composing and arranging. Available at Amazon.com