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Oliver Sacks on 9/11 and the Paradoxical Power of Music to Bring Solace by Making Room for Our Pain

Oliver Sacks on 9/11 and the Paradoxical Power of Music to Bring Solace by Making Room for Our Pain | Music Education | Scoop.it
“Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation.”
A science-storyteller like the late, great, sorely missed Oliver Sacks (July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015) comes about once a century, if we’re lucky.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, September 11, 2015 11:09 AM

So what will you listen to today?

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12 Outstanding Music Teaching and Learning Apps for iPad

12 Outstanding Music Teaching and Learning Apps for iPad | Music Education | Scoop.it

So you are a music teacher and you want to have access to some productive apps to help you teach music using your iPad. Well you have landed in the right place, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has just finished curating a list of some of the best music teaching and learning apps


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:53 PM

A great set of apps - nice variety that helps to address the diversity of learners involved in music education.

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Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher | Music Education | Scoop.it
An Ohio music teacher looks back at the school that defined her more than 30 years of teaching.

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Kathy Renfrew's curator insight, March 29, 2015 9:12 AM
Saying "goodbye" is never easy and making the decision to leave th classroom was the most difficult decision I had ever made. I loved working with thee students of the 5/6multiage classroom where I taught. At the same I felt pull toward leadership,. I had been a science teacher-leader for many years and there was an opportunity for me to impact many more students. So I went through many of the eotions of that music teacher in Ohio. I understand.
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Kodaly Inspired Music Classroom

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Pursuit of Joyfulness: Night Time and Lullaby Books #kodaly #musedchat #orff #musiceducation
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Top 10 Cheesiest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s - YouTube

Who says cheesy has to be bad? Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 cheesiest one-hit wonders of the 1980s. Special thanks...

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Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits - New York Times (blog)

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits - New York Times (blog) | Music Education | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog)Early Music Lessons Have Longtime BenefitsNew York Times (blog)Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.

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Pamina's curator insight, January 19, 2013 11:39 AM

Els beneficis d'aprendre música en les edats primerenques

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Early music lessons boost brain development | McGill University Health Centre | 21st Century Learning and Teaching

Early music lessons boost brain development | McGill University Health Centre | 21st Century Learning and Teaching | Music Education | Scoop.it
If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded – or loved – helped develop your brain.

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The Impact of Social Media on our Brain [Infographic]

The Impact of Social Media on our Brain [Infographic] | Music Education | Scoop.it

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 14, 2014 3:58 PM

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 

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http://tech-wonders.blogspot.com/2014/01/top-social-media-networks-internet-users-infographic.html ... http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins ;

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Se priver de facebook ou twitter est pour beaucoup plus dûr que de se priver de fumer, de boire, de sexe ou de faire du shopping...un début de réponse dans cette infographie ;-)

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FilmSound.org: dedicated to the Art of Film Sound Design & Film Sound Theory

FilmSound.org: dedicated to the Art of Film Sound Design & Film Sound Theory | Music Education | Scoop.it
FilmSound.org serves as an essential learning space dedicated to aspects of film sound. The site is organized in sections that include links to articles (from practical to scholarly) on how sound is used in films.

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Hans Zimmer's 10 best movie soundtracks - Digital Spy

Hans Zimmer's 10 best movie soundtracks - Digital Spy | Music Education | Scoop.it
Hans Zimmer's 10 best movie soundtracks
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Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' Covered By Children's Orff Rock Band ...

Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' Covered By Children's Orff Rock Band ... | Music Education | Scoop.it
There has been no shortage of 'Paranoid' covers throughout the years but no one has transformed the Black Sabbath staple.
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Project-Based Learning: The Role of the Creative Thinking Advocate

Project-Based Learning: The Role of the Creative Thinking Advocate | Music Education | Scoop.it
Project-Based Learning (PBL) challenges students to collaborate in a team in order to solve a real world problem independent from the teacher. It has reenergized in recent years as part of the move...

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National Arab Orchestra aims to spark a musical awakening

National Arab Orchestra aims to spark a musical awakening | Music Education | Scoop.it
It's been said music crosses cultural and historical barriers. And while metro Detroit's music scene has always been diverse, Arabic music rarely enters the conversation.

Conductor, musician, and educator Michael Ibrahim wants to change this.

The National Arab Orchestra will take the Masonic Temple stage for a gala performance at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, led by Ibrahim, and will feature composer and vocalist Salah Kurdi, joined by students from the Detroit School of Arts (formerly the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts). Even though it's not their native language, these students will sing in Arabic.

A Sterling Heights native, Ibrahim, 30, has devoted his life to music and to teaching different groups how to sing in Arabic, especially when they don't know the language. Ibrahim had his own entrance into the culture at an early age.

Priestly beginnings

As a child, Ibrahim was fascinated by his grandfather's voice. He rhapsodizes about the chanting he'd hear, which struck something deep within him.

"I guess I got into music because my grandfather was a priest, and when he would chant he had a good voice," Ibrahim says. "The music in the church was really beautiful. Part of that inspired me in the beginning. I like creating good work. I like doing good work. That's what motivates me to keep doing this."

He was raised Greek Orthodox, born of Syrian immigrants, and while music was integral to daily life, it didn't truly land on his radar as a career until college.

"Nobody in my family really played anything," Ibrahim says. "My dad had an oud (similar to a guitar). He would just take it out and fiddle with the strings. I remember watching him when I was a kid. I liked the sound and look of the instrument. Music has always been a way for Arabs to hold onto their culture. I'm a product of that system. I had my cultural awakening through the music."

Later, at Eastern Michigan University, where he earned a degree in music, he discovered the music of Simon Shaheen & Qantara on a CD called Blue Flame. The music brought tears to Ibrahim's eyes.

Still, he found himself moving between two worlds: music and spirituality. "I had a stint where I worked with the bishop in Toledo," he says. "I was ordained a sub-deacon. I just figured out that wasn't for me. I found myself always coming back to music."

Ibrahim has studied with Shaheen, Johnny Sarweh, Nadeem Dlaikan, Douglas Bianchi, Anthony Iannacconne, Dr. David Pierce, Robert Williams, and Victoria King. He earned a master's degree in conducting from Wayne State University.

"It just made sense," Ibrahim says. "My teacher said, 'Instead of just getting a regular master's degree in music, you should do conducting.' That was the best advice he gave me. The education I got at Wayne helped me to apply all that technique to that work."

Ibrahim wanted to grow as an artist.

Starting the National Arab Orchestra

The NAO, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2009 and established in 2010. Its goal is to preserve and perform the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music.

"There's not a lot of groups like this group," Ibrahim says. "There are a bunch of student groups, a bunch of smaller groups that don't have fuller instrumentation. The New York Arab Orchestra was around about a year before I started doing my thing. Most groups center it around one individual. So there's no real sense of strategy or direction. I purposely set it up, when I believe someone might take my spot, I make it about the music, rather than about myself."

Getting past the stereotypes

Thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation, Ibrahim and his group began to think about expanding their base.

"We basically thought, 'Why don't we share this music with non-Arabs,'" Ibrahim says. "Which we were already doing, but we weren't doing it in the sense that we were allowing the general public to participate in the concert. Inherently, Arab music is participatory because people clap along; they listen to it, they like what they're hearing. To really allow students to learn the music was one of the motivating factors. Schools across the states, either their funding is being cut or wiped out all together."

Did it take some getting used to for the Detroit School of Arts students? Sure, but music wasn't the only challenge.

"These kids probably don't have any experience with Arab culture outside of a gas station — most of them," Ibrahim says. "That's unfortunate, but that's the reality. So when you try to talk to them in Arabic, they're going to giggle, and they're going to be like, 'This is weird.' But that dies out real quick, when you start to communicate with them and make it about the music, they get serious about it, and then they get into it. And that's just the most rewarding thing to see. You're sharing something very personal with other kids that you otherwise wouldn't have any contact with."

Finding a national platform

The gala performance is in its fourth iteration, but as executive and music director of the National Arab Orchestra, Ibrahim wants to spread the word beyond metro Detroit and the Arab community.

"It's no secret that metro Detroit has the largest population of Arabs outside the Middle East, hands down, so it's a pretty big community," Ibrahim says. "The best way to represent any group of people is through their artistic achievements. You're talking about a culture that has over 2,000 years' worth of cultural heritage. A lot of that is based in music."

They have upcoming performances in Jacksonville, Fla. on Aug. 22, and a performance Sept. 19 at the Music Hall with the Michigan Philharmonic.

"Teaching Arab music outside of the culture is a great way to create cross-cultural references," Ibrahim says. "It's a great way to put people in touch with people. I want to see this music be passed down. I don't want it to die out. It's dying in the Middle East. That's one of our missions as an institution. We're trying to keep this music alive."

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Ronnie Notch: Teaching music and tech to empower youth

Ronnie Notch: Teaching music and tech to empower youth | Music Education | Scoop.it

“My ignorance was a definite weakness,” says Ronnie Notch, an accomplished St. Louis producer and owner of music company King of Twelve Recordings."


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Ensil's curator insight, April 27, 2015 3:38 PM

Technology, creativity, and leadership come together through one man to make a difference in the lives of six high school students.

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Education, metaphorically speaking | OUPblog

Education, metaphorically speaking | OUPblog | Music Education | Scoop.it
What do we think education means? What do we believe are teaching’s purpose, status, and function in society?
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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? | Music Education | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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The importance of being curious...

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Music Advocacy

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Videos showing the importance of teaching music in schools.

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Lauren Mastrogiacomo's comment, March 20, 2013 9:44 AM
these are videos of different perspectives about music
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Water in the desert...

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I post this here because designing in music into schools is essential. 

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What Should a 21st-Century School Library Look Like?

What Should a 21st-Century School Library Look Like? | Music Education | Scoop.it
There’s an empty room at the REALM Charter School, which opened three years ago in an existing commercial building in Berkeley, Calif. When Emily Pilloton, director of the school’s Studio H design and build class, and Hallie Chen, an eighth-grade teacher, asked students what they envisioned for the space, they...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 27, 2014 12:12 AM

This is one of those things that makes perfect sense and engages students in a great way.

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Create – Send musical greetings – UJAM – Make your music.

Create – Send musical greetings – UJAM – Make your music. | Music Education | Scoop.it
Send musical greeting cards with Jam-a-Gram. It's instant musical messaging for free!

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Home News Teachers garner artistic insight with innovative... - Kawartha Media Group

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