Demonstration of Kansas Music Teacher Standards
Standard #9 The teacher of music advocates for the school music program in the community at large.
- The teacher understands cognitive, affective, and psychomotor aspects of the functions of music.
- The teacher is aware of the audience-performer-composer interaction.
- The teacher articulates a philosophy of music education.
- The teacher provides musical experiences that enhance students’ intellectual, personal, emotional, social, and career development.
- The teacher acknowledges the unique musical contributions of cultural diversity.
As teachers I think it is important to understand how students learn, before we can go fourth in our initial instruction. There are many education philosophies and theories that I have come across that have made me realize this, and that will help me understand and plan effective lessons that will stimulate student performance, and the further student cognitive growth. As music educators I think we all have a common goal to have ensembles that play well, but also have ensembles that think about the music critically and grow as young musicians while being a part of our music programs. The below links will display documents of theories I have written about that demonstrate that I have the ability to understand how students learn, and will show that I can create lesson plans that embody this understanding.
My Philosophy of How Students Learn
Lev Vygotsky’s Social Learning Theory –
I am a huge advocate of promoting dialogue in the classroom to further student’s social and cognitive growth. To help utilize dialogue I had to first understand these theories, and the two education theorist that really help me understand using the social aspect of teaching where Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky’s with their theories of social development and social learning. The following is a document of Vygotsky’s Social Theory I presented for a class while earning my Master of Music degree. The goal of the assignment was to teach in the fashion of the theory.
What is Social Learning Theory
Implementation of Social Learning Theory
Through performance students have a great opportunity to learn a great deal through hands on application. It is our job as educators to help the students realize this while on the podium. I have a saying I like to tell myself, “Students possess an inherent knowledge; they just don’t know it yet!” In order for students to have this knowledge revealed to them it comes to our philosophy of education, and how we set up our lesson plans. By doing this we can pick learning objectives from these lesson plans, ask the students about these topics, and guided their learning to meet our expectations. The following links will show my philosophy, lesson plans that I have used and a sample of a outline I used to teach my music history class.
My philosophy of education is the backbone to help me become a better teacher. With this I can keep myself honest, and keep students interest in mind.
Philosophy of Education
The next link is the initial lesson plan I used for Washburn Rural High School third concert band.
Lesson Plan of Barry Kopetz “Games”
While teaching a section of music history, I wanted to stray away from the idea of lecturing, but rather breaking the class into small groups, or learning communities. The students have reading assignments, and are to fill out a study guide. As review I have the students find the answers to the study and then discuss these answers in their groups. Students are now in charge of their learning, and are discussing rather than being lecture to.
Sample Outline for my Teaching Portion of the Baroque Period
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