November 17, 2023

Harmony in Hardship: How General Music Can Be Your Refuge in Challenging Times

In times of uncertainty and adversity, people often seek solace in various forms, and one timeless and universal source of comfort is music. General music, with its diverse genres and soothing melodies, can uplift spirits and provide a much-needed escape from life’s challenges. Whether you’re facing personal struggles, global crises, or simply navigating the complexities […]

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Middle School Musicians: Composition in General Music Education
October 4, 2023

The Meaning of Nietzsche’s ‘Superman’

Friedrich Nietzsche, the enigmatic and controversial German philosopher of the 19th century, introduced the concept of the “Ubermensch” or “Superman” in his work “Thus Spoke Zarathustra.” This concept has intrigued and puzzled scholars, thinkers, and readers for generations. Nietzsche’s philosophy was a departure from traditional moral and religious norms, and the idea of Superman plays […]

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September 27, 2023

Teaching Music Remotely: Strategies for Students With Disabilities

In recent years, remote learning has become an integral part of education. The global shift towards online instruction has affected students of all backgrounds, including those with disabilities. Teaching music remotely presents both challenges and opportunities for educators and students alike, but when it comes to students with disabilities, additional considerations must be taken into […]

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Samantha Foss
September 14, 2023

The Role of Microsoft PowerPoint in Online Music Education

The digital revolution has touched virtually every aspect of our lives, not least how we learn. While this has primarily been a beneficial transformation, specific disciplines, such as music, have presented unique challenges for online education. How do you replicate the intimacy of one-on-one lessons, the hands-on approach to instruments, or the nuanced understanding of […]

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August 30, 2023

Ethical Song Research for the General Music Teacher

Music, a language that transcends barriers and resonates with the soul, holds a special place in education. As general music teachers, our role in introducing this universal art form to students is both a privilege and a responsibility. This responsibility is vital to the ethical selection of songs for classroom use. In this article, we […]

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August 24, 2023

Eternal Recurrence: What Did Nietzsche Mean?

Friedrich Nietzsche, the enigmatic German philosopher of the 19th century, left an indelible mark on the world of philosophy with his thought-provoking ideas. One of his most intriguing and perplexing concepts is “Eternal Recurrence.” Often misunderstood and subject to varied interpretations, this concept delves deep into the nature of existence, posing profound questions about life, […]

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The Puzzling Dance of 'Zombies' and Its Impact on Brain Science and Consciousness
August 18, 2023

The Puzzling Dance of ‘Zombies’ and Its Impact on Brain Science and Consciousness

The human brain, a boundless complexity, has fueled inquiries into consciousness, cognition, and the enigma of self-awareness. Amidst this intellectual pursuit, a thought-provoking concept emerges – that of philosophical zombies. These hypothetical beings mirror human behavior yet lack consciousness, inviting us to reevaluate the nature of consciousness and the limits of our understanding. This article […]

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August 2, 2023

Empowering Diversity and Inclusion in the History Classroom

The history classroom is a space where students learn about the rich tapestry of human experiences throughout time. As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that is presented in a way that celebrates diversity, promotes inclusivity, and acknowledges the contributions of marginalized groups. By empowering diversity and inclusion in the history curriculum, teachers can […]

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Middle School Musicians: Composition in General Music Education
July 18, 2023

Middle School Musicians: Composition in General Music Education

In music education, middle school is a critical stage for nurturing young musicians and fostering their love for the art. Composition stands out as a transformative and empowering element among the various components of a comprehensive music curriculum. By incorporating composition into middle school general music education, educators can unleash students’ creativity, strengthen their musical […]

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July 3, 2023

How the Kodály Method Promotes Disciplinary Literacy

In the realm of education, literacy extends beyond traditional reading and writing skills. Disciplinary literacy focuses on the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate within specific fields of knowledge. One approach that has gained recognition for its effectiveness in promoting disciplinary literacy is the Kodály Method. Developed by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, this method uses […]

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