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.
Through listening to numerous kinds of music, this is the only way we can grow and develop our musical “ears.” The vocabulary obtained through listening to music will be used in every class session. An example of incorporating my personal ideals of analyzing music is in a lesson plan I created for an elementary music class. It is a cross-curricular activity that not only teaches the students about the life cycle of bees, but also helps them analyze and describe what they are hearing in the piece "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky Korsakov. This lesson could also easily be used in a general music classroom or in a high school music setting. For a high school choir, I created a PowerPoint to help students understand what IPA - International Phonetic Alphabet - is used for as well as examples of how to use it. I would use this tool over and over again, redeveloping it to fit the situation I needed it for. Another example of analyzing and describing music is found in my full score analysis for a piece I conducted and rehearsed with a choir. The thoroughness of this analyzation is only meant for the teacher, but discovering all these elements as a class is very important and essential for understanding and developing a piece of music as well as ourselves as musicians.
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