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General Music Practical? Keyboards!

You’ve inherited 25 students for general music or KS3 class coming from different schools, backgrounds and experience levels. Students expect practical music experiences as the major part of the curriculum. Rightly so – it is the best way to understand music, to

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Posted in Emotional intelligence, Key Stage 3, keyboard, metacognition, Music Education, Pianists, Piano, primary

Music Education Messages for Parents

In early February 2016 I was in Sydney, Australia, speaking to various groups of parents with children learning music. The content of my 45-minute talk included a mixture of music education advocacy and pragmatic advice for supporting their children in the often difficult commitment

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Posted in character, motivation, Music Education, Practice, prep, primary

Thrive! Linking intrinsic motivation, mindset and metacognitive processes

On January 27, 2016 I had the opportunity to present a keynote speech to the 150 staff at Ballarat Grammar School. The title (above) provided great scope to investigate the psychology and practicality of generating a rich self-directed learning environment. Few

Posted in character, metacognition, mindset, motivation, Music psychology, primary, Uncategorized

Music and People Smart – Interpersonal Intelligence

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. This post follows on from a description of Music and Emotional Intelligence, and Music and Intra-Personal Intelligence. What good is math and spelling if the children cannot

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Posted in Emotional intelligence, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, prep, primary

Music and Self-Smart – Intrapersonal Intelligence

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. This post follows on from a description of Music and Emotional Intelligence. Know thyself so that you can be yourself. The final aim is to be. –

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Music and Emotional Intelligence

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. My previous posts discussed  Music and the Body, Music and Nature, Music and Words, Music and Numbers, and Music and Pictures. In 2009 a report from the

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Posted in Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, prep, primary

Music and Pictures

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-type multiple intelligences. My previous posts introduced Music and Multiple Intelligence; Music and the Body, Music and Nature, Music and Words, and Music and Numbers. Roger Ulrich was involved with

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Posted in art, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, pictures, prep, primary

Music in Modern China

In 2012 it was estimated that approximately 36 million Chinese children studied piano. Compare this to 6 million in the USA. Another 50 million study violin. These figures – and much of the content below were obtained from a journal article of the same

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Posted in China, Confucius, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, primary

Music in Ancient China

In ancient times, the Chinese regarded music as an image of the universe. As the 3rdC B.C writer Lu Pu-We said “Music expresses the accord of Heaven and Earth and produces the harmony between men and spirits”.  The objective of

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Pythagoras and Music Pt. 2

Continued from Pythagoras and Music Pt. 1 Pythagoras saw ratios and numerical connections everywhere, and it was a connection between simple ratios and harmonic sounds that particularly excited him. This was possibly the primary reason that from his time the

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