Education Blog Watch: Music for Your Eyes

BlogwatchSome of the best and most provocative ideas in education often emerge from marginal theories or unorthodox practices. From using American Idol as a teaching tool to discussing the connections between hip-hop and classical music, A Music Education Blog Collective explores progressive approaches to music education in the K–12 classroom. The six music teachers who run the blog hope to use it to spur dialogue among educators by reviewing unconventional teaching methods and interpreting current news and trends.

One recent post examines the use of music as a political statement, as when prisoners in a World War II concentration camp performed music to defy their captors, and suggests discussing that incident in the classroom as a way to bring both music and history to life. Another spotlights a talented young composer and questions why more music education programs do not emphasize composing as a means of musical expression.

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Submitted by Ben Licciardi, a library assistant in ASCD’s Information Resource Center. Education Blog Watch also appears every two weeks in the ASCD Express newsletter.