Here it is: Episode 10! We’re missing Sus this week but the topic is focused on Music Education Advocacy regarding both the public and students (current and prospective) as well as our beefs we have with the way Music ed advocacy has been done in the past.
Updated and audio corrected.
We posit the questions: Do you have a long-term plan in place so when someone asks “What can I do do help?” you know exactly what they can do. More importantly, How can you lead if you don’t know where you’re going?
Basically this is an “It Gets Better” for teachers in the middle of BTSA or other induction programs. The discussion leads to assessment and NCLB (this year is the year every student is to be proficient, according to the language of the law).
If you’re like me, every couple of months you wind up with a Music Educator’s Journal in your school mailbox. You’ll thumb through it, find that one article that applies to you specifically and read it over some coffee in those few quiet minutes before the kids swarm you and the day has begun. Eventually, you’ll remember to politely file it away with the bajillion other periodicals that show up in your mailbox and promise yourself you’ll read it in its entirety eventually…
I’ve had a project gnawing at the back of my mind to break this cycle, or at least amend it. I’ve gone through the last 25 years the Music Educator’s Journal and found the articles relating to classroom management and discipline and collected them all in one place. If you’re a student teacher, in grad school or just in the early stages of teaching, I hope this can be as useful to you as I imagine it would have been for me. The articles aren’t scholarly articles like the JRME or Update, they’re 3-5 pages from a magazine designed for busy teachers. It shouldn’t be too much trouble to print one out and read it over a weekend or even on your prep.
To view the links it’s going to take a little bit of work. Time to dig out your NAfME membership card (or dig through your email). You’re going to have to follow the link below and register via NAfME with your nine digit id number (mine was only 6 digits so I needed to add three zeros at the front of it). Make sure you select NAfME as your society.
It’s a pain in the neck, but there is such a wealth of information and wisdom that veteran teachers and researchers have come up with that it’s completely worth it – and this is just articles from the music educator’s journal!
Douglas Bartholomew: Effective Strategies for Praising Students: Douglas Bartholomew discusses various purposes that teachers have in mind when they use praise and urges them to match the praise to the purpose
Music Educators Journal November 1993 80: 40-43
Lee G. Barrow: Programming Rehearsals for Student Success: When conductors program rehearsals, their ensembles work harder, have a more positive attitude, and give better performances
Music Educators Journal September 1994 81: 26-28
William I. Bauer: Classroom Management for Ensembles:Effective preparation, good teaching, and fair and consistent discipline can help teachers manage ensembles of any size. Here are some useful ideas for your classroom
Music Educators Journal, May 2001; vol. 87, 6: pp. 27-32.
Glenn H. Buck: Classroom Management and the Disruptive Child: Glenn H. Buck outlines a range of nonintrusive and intrusive strategies for effective classroom management of inappropriate behaviors
Music Educators Journal November 1992 79: 36-42
Darla Eshelman and Joy Nelson: A Teacher’s Guide to First-Year Survival: A degree in music education cant prepare you for every aspect of being a teacher. Here are some first-year guidelines
Music Educators Journal July 1994 81: 29-47
Debra G. Gordon: Classroom Management Problems and Solutions: A few basic guidelines for classroom management can improve student behavior and reduce stress on the music educator
Music Educators Journal, September 2001; vol. 88, 2: pp. 17-23.
Alan J. Gumm: Music Teaching Style Ideas and Implications: Alan J. Gumm looks at dimensions of music teaching style and at how teachers can understand and adjust their style to balance personal, curricular, and student needs
Music Educators Journal January 1994 80: 33-36
Margaret Merrion: How Master Teachers Handle Discipline
Music Educators Journal October 1990 77: 26-29
Margaret Merrion: Classroom Management for Beginning Music Educators
Music Educators Journal, October 1991; vol. 78, 2: pp. 53-56.
Douglas Nimmo: Judicious Discipline in the Music Classroom: Applying the principles of the Bill of Rights can establish a rehearsal environment that observes everyone’s civil rights and responsibilities
Music Educators Journal January 1997 83: 27-32
Jill Reese: The Four Cs of Successful Classroom Management
Music Educators Journal, September 2007; vol. 94, 1: 24-29.
David W. Snyder: Classroom Management for Student Teachers: For most music education students, student teaching offers the first chance to test their belief system concerning classroom management
Music Educators Journal January 1998 84: 37-40
William David Stufft: Two Rules for Professional Conduct: Two basic rules can help education professionals stay out of trouble in the area of sexual harassment
Music Educators Journal July 1997 84: 40-42
Darwin E. Walker: A Survival Kit for New Music Teachers: Dealing with the unknown factors of future students and future co-workers is not always easy. Darwin E. Walker helps out with some “dos” and “don’ts” for the new teacher
Music Educators Journal September 1993 80: 27-29
Glenys Wignes: Strategies to Improve Student Response: Teachers may be quick to borrow phrases from their childhood to admonish their students. Glenys Wignes looks at more encouraging ways to speak to students
Music Educators Journal January 1995 81: 27-32
This week we take a break from being band nerds. Susanna leads a discussion on vocal health and choral techniques.