Demonstration of Kansas Music Teacher Standards
Kansas Music Standard #5: The teacher of music has skills in listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
- The teacher knows technical and symbolic vocabulary of music.
- The teacher understands the organization of sound in musical forms.
- The teacher understands the common elements of music and their interaction through aural and visual analysis.
- The teacher identifies, through visual and aural analysis, composers and music representing diverse styles, periods, cultures, genres, and techniques of musical organization.
- The teacher describes compositional devices and techniques.
- The teacher demonstrates effective strategies for developing students’ growth through a variety of active musical experiences.
As a future music educator, possessing the skills to listen, analyze and describe music, is one of the biggest areas we should be comfortable with. A music educator who can analyze music has the ability to get inside the mind of the composer, be it Schubert, Chopin, Grieg or Debussy with this; we are able to convey our analysis to our ensembles. Once we have an understanding of how the piece was constructed, we can then begin constructing music of our own! By breaking down the music through analysis, when can then have a more structured and focused rehearsals. Being able to listen, analyze and describe music will ultimately help us teach and create well rounded musicians; how will know how to listen, analyze and describe music.
Listening is a big part of music education, but at times, I feel that it is taken for granted and not taken serioulsy. For the most part, music is playing an instrument or singing, but to get to the next level and achieve more; we have to be able to listen. To be able to hear if students are in tune with the ensemble, with their section or even in tune with themselves, takes a high ability to listen. To be able to hear these problems we are listening through layers sounds to get to the problem; which takes skill. It is important to note that, the skills I acquired in my education not only taught me how to listen, most importantly, why to listen.
Listening is one’s key to serenity, a way to take us somewhere without ever leaving the comforts of our home. Listening is what got me hear in the first place. Once we as music educators get past how to teach kids to lesson for intonation, how to play together, and all the other idiosyncrasies it takes to “sound” good; then they can get to the good stuff, the enjoyment of listening to good music by way of performance. When a student begins having the ability to listen critically they may then begin to analyze what they hear.
Once we teachers begin engaging the young student mind to listen, we can further enhance their musical aptitude through analysis; this starts with the teacher. Having an ability to analyze, you can help your develop their listening, by telling them what to listen for. As instructors, once we have analyzed the music inside and out we can then teach with a freer mindset. From this point we can begin asking stimulating questions about the music, and have our students beginning to think critically about the music. When we combine the ability to listen with the ability to analyze music, we can the begin to describe music.
As students learn to analyze and listen to music more and more, the way they describe music will change; this is when aesthetics can be applied in their music. This is we as teachers should really being asking those stimulating questions, “How does make you feel?” or “How can you convey those emotions to the music?” A student can describe what they hear and play, they are more inclined to play better and with more understanding. With this, once the ensemble begins to describe what they hear and play, they are more inclined to play better and with more understanding; leading to a powerful musical education.
So in essences, before a student can have the ability to listen, analyze and describe music, it starts with the teacher. In order to show that I possess the ability to listen, analyze and describe music. The link below displays some of my ability to listen, analyze and describe music as analyze Percy Grainger’s “Lord Melbourne,” movement V from Lincolnshire Posey.
Who Has the Melody
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