Let’s take a closer look at the accreditation and admission requirements, curriculum and learning outcomes for the Kent State Master of Music in music education program.
The helpful faculty and staff, convenience of the online format and relevant subject matter are what keeps students engaged and excited about the Kent State online Master of Music in music education. Let’s take a closer look at some of the courses you may take.
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Music, in particular, has a strong impact on grades and social proficiency.
6 Tips for Music Recruitment Whether it’s starting a new class or low enrollment, there may be times where music teachers need to expand their music class or school band. If this ever happens to you, there are easy ways to help recruit students – here are a few of our favorites! Planning is an important […]
7 Benefits of Obtaining a Master in Music Education Whether at the elementary or high school level, music teachers spend the majority of their time helping students advance their knowledge of music. Yet, in order to continue progressing as educators, teachers should also take time to advance their own knowledge as well. One of the […]
10 Tips for Music Classrooms & Curriculum Are you a music teacher looking for new tips to help improve their music classroom and curriculum? If so, you’re in the right place! We’ve gathered together some of the top tips to help music teachers establish and maintain an effective curriculum. Whether it relates to setting the […]
5 Ways GarageBand Can Be Used in the Music Classroom After its initial release in 2004, Apple’s built in music platform GarageBand quickly became a valuable tool for both professional musicians and new-found beginners. Shortly after, GarageBand also found success within the music classroom as teachers used the platform for everything from encouraging students to […]
How Educators Can Infuse STEAM Topics Together One of the largest educational initiatives over the past decade has been the STEM movement which seeks to increase students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematic related subjects. Recently, there has been a push to include art and design within this initiative, extending the name from STEM […]
The Connection Between Music and Mathematics The famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras once said, “there is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” Although some may interpret this statement as mere poetry, Pythagoras was actually making a direct statement on the relationship between music and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 upon to maintain unity and uplift spirits. Music educators […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: 1. It rewarded exceptional teachers with less frequent evaluations while still giving them […]
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 […]