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STEM to STEAM

Over the years, a lot of relevance and emphasis has been put on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) over art related studies. This is because STEM is considered the future of innovation and has been at the epicenter of all technological and science advancements to date. However, proponents of Arts studies have fought to incorporate the A in STEM.

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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.

Career Outlook: Music Educators

Career Outlook: Music Educators Music educators have an exceptionally inspirational position. Not only are they provided the opportunity to assist with students’ cognitive development, but music has also shown to improve social and emotional growth, as well as provide students with a lifelong hobby or even profession. To further highlight this rewarding profession, lets examine […]

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Music from World Cultures: South America

Music from World Cultures: South America South America has long had a rich musical history full of intriguing sounds and characters. Whether for religious ceremony or artistic expression, music has helped South Americans communicate, celebrate and even expand financial and artistic opportunities. Below, we’ll highlight some of South America’s music history, as well as note […]

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The Role of Music in the Civil Rights Movement

The Role of Music in the Civil Rights Movement The civil rights movement is one of the greatest social justice movements in American history. Through countless marches, speeches and rallies, African Americans were able to unite all races to protest for the equal rights of all individuals. Through these countless hours, music was often relied […]

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5 Apps for Training Your Musical Ear

5 Apps for Training Your Musical Ear There are a number of different skills required for learning an instrument. Many consider physical technique the most important skill, yet not enough can be said for the value of a well-trained musical ear. Now, thanks to technology, music students can train their musical ear outside of the […]

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10 Tips for Young Music Teachers

10 Tips for Young Music Teachers As a young educator, music teachers may be slightly nervous to start each new school year. With curriculums to update, a classroom culture to establish and a large number of students to get to know, it’s certainly easy for young teachers to become overwhelmed before the school year even […]

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A Look at 7 Exotic Musical Instruments

A Look at 7 Exotic Musical Instruments Prior to the 60s, western popular music predominately consisted of guitar, bass, drums, piano and orchestral instruments like horns and strings. Yet in 1965, The Beatles’ use of the sitar in Rubber Soul ignited a frenzy for exotic instrumentation within the mainstream music industry. After the release, the […]

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America’s Music History: The British Invasion

America’s Music History: The British Invasion On February 9, 1964, a British boy band by the name of The Beatles made their first appearance on America television with a highly publicized performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Attracting 73 million viewers, the performance was both a music and cultural phenomenon. Soon after, British artists like […]

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A Brief Look at The History of Teaching Music
in the United States

A Brief Look at The History of Teaching Music in the United States Music has long been considered an important academic subject studied by scholars and musicians alike. In fact, music was considered so educational that the Ancient Greeks used it to study and teach mathematics and philosophy. Americans have also expressed a similar interest […]

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Analyzing Blues Chord Progressions

Analyzing Blues Chord Progressions Musicians young and old have long used the blues chord progressions as staples within their songs and jams. In fact, even in a modern day jam session, musicians will likely be using blues chords in some fashion. So as music teachers, it will be essential that your music students understand and […]

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America’s Music History: The Motown Era

America’s Music History: The Motown Era In America’s music history, there may not be a more distinguished and influential era of music than the Motown Era. Originating with Berry Gordy’s small Tamla Records, Motown Records soon grew to be a music industry powerhouse featuring stars such as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and even […]

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10 International Artists That Every Music Lover Should Know

10 International Artists That Every Music Lover Should Know While it is fairly simple for a music fan to name off popular Western music stars, it is less common to hear names of international artists like Mulatu Astatke or Red Baraat. While these international artists lack the world-wide acclaim of pop stars, they certainly don’t […]

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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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Music Education Across Multiple Learning Styles

As our understanding of brain function continues to advance, it is becoming increasingly apparent that not all brains function in the exact same fashion. For example, some individuals may find themselves more susceptible to logical thinking while others may be more visual. With this in mind, teachers have developed various styles and techniques to accommodate […]

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America’s Pop Music History

From the 19th century onwards, America’s pop music history consists of an expansive list of artists and songs that continue to generate acclaim from music lovers all around the globe. Although popular music technically originated in concert halls, it wasn’t until the development of America’s music industry that “pop music” really took off. With this […]

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Factors Influencing Music Teacher Retention

Factors Influencing Music Teacher Retention Student enrollment is up in our school systems and with it the demand for teachers has grown.  In fact, teaching has become one of the largest career fields in the United States.  However, our country seems to be struggling to hold on to educators beyond their first five years after entering […]

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Teacher Evaluation: HB 362

Teacher Evaluation: HB 362 On June 3, 2014, Ohio legislature passed Ohio Substitute House Bill 362. This bill redefined the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for the previous and upcoming school years. Upon its passage, HB 362 affected the OTES in two ways: It rewarded exceptional teachers with less frequent evaluations while still giving them notes […]

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Why is It Important to Teach Literacy Through Music in Your Classroom?

Why is It Important to Teach Literacy Through Music in Your Classroom? Language literacy is arguably the most important skill a child will acquire during preschool and elementary school years. Comprehending concepts taught in social studies and sciences, or even understanding a word problem in math class, all depend on reading fluency. Unfortunately, in the […]

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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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Tammy Kuntz

Dr. Tammy Kuntz | Faculty

Dr. Tammy Kuntz Adjunct Professor Online Master of Music in music education Kent State University Dr. Kuntz Discusses the Importance of Diversity in Music Education Today’s music teachers often exhibit two critical qualities to stay active in the field. First, they should be flexible, with diverse skills to pivot their career when necessary. Second, they […]

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Venesile, Christopher

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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