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Using Music As An Emotional Tool

Music is an art form whose purpose is to communicate an emotional response. This is something that many people have noticed, since certain songs can make one feel happy, and others might make one feel sad. But the emotional response that people have to music runs deeper than one might expect. In fact, scientists have noted just how music can activate certain areas in the brain and can be used as a tool for emotional health.
 
 
 
 

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Using Music to Close the Education Gap

The United States is faced with a growing problem in education – the gap between US student’s baseline proficiency compared to students in other countries. Why is that? Are students here not being taught the core standards of learning? Are they not learning ‘how to learn?’ How can this gap be fixed, especially with the increasing price of education? Many now believe that this education gap can be partially reduced by an increase of the arts, and specifically music into student’s curriculum.

 
 

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Evolving Technology in Music Education

Musical education has evolved well past the days of singing along as a teacher plays the piano. Today, psychologists understand that strong links between the mind’s processing of information and the processing of music exist. As such, it can be possible to boost your memory creation and information retention just by playing music.

Facts And Stats

The inclination of people polled is accurate in many instances: a high school student in a music class will have a better GPA than one who is not in a music class. The Netherlands, Japan, and Hungary are three nations that excel at education — each country has music training at the earliest levels of education. Even in the United States, some of the schools with the highest levels of achievement spend as much as thirty percent of the school in coursework that emphasizes art and music.

The Relationship Between Theory & Practice in Music Education

The Relationship Between Theory & Practice in Music Education There is growing concern among educators that current music training schemas can hinder students’ creative growth. There are many research studies and much debate over the topic. One professor, Estelle Jorgensen, suggests four perspectives to explain how scholars learn. The models range from accepting theory and […]

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Exploring the Concepts of Music

Exploring the Concepts of Music Music, as described in the Oxford Dictionary, is considered to be sounds combined to achieve “beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion.” Although this might be true, the theory within music is more complex, consisting of a number of different concepts. Of these concepts, music scholars have distinguished six […]

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Analyzing The Beatles Chords and Harmonies

Analyzing The Beatles Chords and Harmonies The Beatles are arguably one of the most influential music groups of all time. Whether referencing record sales, sold out concerts or catchy tunes, the rockers from Liverpool have achieved more than almost any other band in the history of westernized music. Yet underneath the fame and fortune, there […]

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America’s Music History: The Jazz Age

America’s Music History: The Jazz Age When talking about America’s Jazz age, it is hard not to think of a dimly-lit smoky bar with smooth tunes drifting from the piano. The Jazz Age was an important period in America’s music history where a significant cultural shift was taking place post-World War One. It acted somewhat […]

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7 Online Music Theory Games for Music Teachers & Students

7 Online Music Theory Games for Music Teachers & Students The concept of online gaming may sound like a major distraction for music students, but embracing technology and the internet can greatly assist in their musical journey. There are a number of websites which have been created specifically for music students to increase their knowledge […]

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The Benefits of Teaching Music & Learning an Instrument

The Benefits of Teaching Music & Learning an Instrument Regardless of language or cultural background, it is fair to say that almost everyone enjoys at least some style of music. Yet for how popular music is, it is quite interesting to observe how little our society promotes the benefits of music education. Granted, this is […]

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What is World Music?

What is World Music? Whether it’s early blues or late 60s British Invasion, music and musicians have often consisted of a complex blend of different identities and cultures. And although popular music has predominately been of North American and European origins, these pop musicians have long been both musically and emotionally inspired by non-Western melody […]

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How Our Brain Understands & Organizes Musical Language

How Our Brain Understands & Organizes Musical Language The Journal of Neuroscience recently conducted a study on music and the brain, and what they found was quite intriguing: not only does listening to music improve cognitive abilities in identifying musical notes and rhythms, it also helps process spoken language as well. Scientist believe that this […]

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The Social Psychology of Music Education

The Social Psychology of Music Education Music education has long been intertwined with human creativity and expression. Yet, music also plays a major role in our cognitive and psychological development. While many often consider music and psychology on an individual level, it is important to keep in mind that music is often a social activity. […]

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5 Ways to Use Technology for Music Education

5 Ways to Use Technology for Music Education As technology continues to advance, both students and teachers alike are growing passionate about implementing more tech-focused curriculum in the classroom. Luckily for music educators, music is one of the subjects that has expanded due to the ever progressing technology industry. Whether it is a music theory […]

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Graduates Survey Results | Online Master’s in Music Education Program

The Kent State online Master of Music in music education program provides music teachers in K – 12 with the tools to engage students, transform lives and drive change in music education. Explore this alumni snapshot to learn more about our graduates and their experiences.

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Dr. Christopher Venesile | Faculty

Dr. Christopher Venesile Program Coordinator Vocal Director, Kent State University Nova Jazz Singers Online Master of Music in music education Kent State University   DR. VENESILE ENRICHING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC EDUCATION After orchestrating a music education career that spans more than three decades, Dr. Christopher Venesile has created his own niche in choral music education. […]

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Betsy Stalter

Betsy Stalter | 2014 Graduate

Betsy Stalter
2014 Graduate
Online Master of Music in music education
Kent State University
For Betsy Stalter, 33, her passion to teach started at home but matured abroad. She’s traveled to Japan, Nigeria, Brazil and Angola — amassing a robust travel log of cultural experiences and information [...]

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John Owens

John Owens | 2012 Graduate

John Owens
2012 Graduate
Online Master of Music in music education
Kent State University
John Owens was working as a furniture store warehouseman after high school when he realized he’d rather fill people’s lives with music than fill their living rooms with sofas. It was the first in a series of “a-ha” moments [...]

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Kristin Coen-Mishlan | 2013 Graduate

Kristin Coen-Mishlan
2013 Graduate
Online Master of Music in music education
Kent State University
Kristin Coen-Mishlan had followed her dream to become a school band director, but after five years of teaching, she desired to advance her knowledge and earning power with a master’s in music education. [...]

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