Return Home

Resources


Print

STEM to STEAM

Let’s take a look at why the arts are a critical part of the U.S. education system and future economy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

info-graph3-300x297

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.

 
 
 

info-graph1

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.

 
 

info1

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.

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

READ FULL ARTICLE
Graduates Outcomes

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.

Read More

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. […]

Read More
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 [...]

Read More
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 [...]

Read More
Coen-Mishlan-web

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. [...]

Read More