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Why Earn a Master’s in Music Education?

Music is a passion to be shared — few know this better than music educators. But gaining access to tools that can help grow their teaching skills is a challenge. That’s where an online master’s in music education from Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music  comes in. This infographic shares information on […]

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Improving Student Learning Outcomes in 2017

According to the latest Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the U.S. performed around average…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Social Justice in Choral Music Education

Shannon: Alrighty. So I chose to do a literature review for my capstone. The — my decision to do a literature review — as I mentioned before, I had been, for a very long time, very set on doing a professional development project, and after speaking to my advisor for quite a bit and [...]

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A Handbook for the Music Instructional Methods Book Analysis Process

View Transcript Bonnie:I was very interested in creating sort of a tool, um, a program design project. It is intentionally — it seems to be intentionally open-ended so that it can be tailored to the needs of the person creating it. And as my understanding grew of what a program design pr [...]

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Online Master’s in Music Ed. Graduates Q&A

View Transcript Annie: So with that, I just want to invite our graduates for a panel discussion, ’cause we have four questions here that we often receive from prospective students, and we would love to hear their perspectives. So I want to welcome Bonnie and Shannon on the phone. Bonnie, [...]

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Graduate Experiences and Capstone Presentations

View Transcript Prof. Grutzmacher: Good evening, good afternoon, good morning, depending upon where you are in the world. Um, this is a complete online program, uh, there is no residency on campus, uh, although it’s interesting and [unintelligible 00:04:18] see our graduates travel to ca [...]

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Discover Financial Aid at Kent State for Online Students

In this video, Anissa Strickland (Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Aid) will briefly explain the financial aid process at Kent State and the different options available for online students.

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Program Overview with Faculty and Graduate

View Transcript [Annie]: Hello everyone. So thank you again for joining today’s Kent State University Master of Music in Music Education webinar. So as speakers for day, we have Dr Christopher Venesile who’s the program coordinator of the program and also Travis Gratteau-Zinnel who [...]

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Teacher as Respecter of Learner Differences

View Transcript Moderator: So thank you again for joining today’s Kent State University Master of Music in Music Education webinar. So we have Beatrice Olesko and Kristin Coen-Mishlan, who are graduate assistants at Kent State and also graduates from the master’s program. And they [...]

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A New Way of Thinking About Curriculum: 3S Pedagogy

View Transcript Annie: Okay, well hello and welcome everyone. Thank you for joining today’s Webinar on A New Way of Thinking About Curriculum from Kent State University. My name is Annie and I’m your host for today. We have with us Kristin Cohen-Mishlan and also Beatrice Olesko, wh [...]

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Meet a Graduate. Get to Know the Capstone Experience.

View Transcript Facilitator: We will be highlighting some of the details form the program and also definitely going through the capstone structure and of course have Connie, our graduate, speak to her experience and share her capstone project highlights with us. Now the webinar is intended to [...]

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Open Forum with Christopher Venesile

View Transcript Annie: As a guide we will be touching on the Teacher Evaluation System and also the program as a highlight. And, again, it’s an open forum so all questions are welcome, even if it’s not covered in this agenda feel free to bring it up here, for example admission process and stuf [...]

What is the Kent State MMME Capstone Project?

If you want to reach new personal goals in teaching the arts, a master’s degree in music education can take you there. The online Master of Music in music education program at Kent State is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to meet pedagogical objectives, as well as enhance their […]

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How Advanced Music Technology can better prepare music educators

Technology is essential for completing everyday tasks. From smartphones and laptops to tablets and smart watches, the latest digital advancements have a large impact on the way professionals around the world function. Using technology has become such a habit for many that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. Technology also has fundamentally transformed […]

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What is an online class like?

Heading back to school to earn your master’s degree can be one of the best endeavors for your professional path. However, sometimes it’s not always feasible for someone with an established career to take time off to pursue their studies. That’s where online learning comes into play. It’s the perfect option for someone with a […]

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Becoming a band director

If you are currently in the field of music education and want to learn more about how you can exercise your passion for educating children, perhaps you could consider pursuing your online Master of Music in music education at Kent State. Whether you’re interested in taking on a role as a band director through teaching […]

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How an accredited program benefits you

If you’re a music educator looking to stand out in your workplace and advance your career, you understand the value of gaining plenty of experience to showcase your skills and expertise. Additionally, providing evidence of your educational background has a large impact on how employers perceive you in a professional light. If your alma mater […]

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What sets the Kent State online MMME program apart?

For many, music is much more than something to listen to while riding in the car. It’s a deep experience that’s driven by passion and pure appreciation for the art of singing, playing, listening, moving, and teaching. Educators who have this love and talent for music should consider pursuing the online Master of Music in […]

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What resources does Kent State provide MMME students?

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking on a career that encourages you to pursue your passion. By taking a deeper dive into learning and teaching music through completing your master’s degree in music education at Kent State, you can better instill an appreciation for the arts into your students. Beyond a curriculum that offers the […]

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What is asynchronous learning?

As a seasoned music educator, you understand the importance of continuous learning for your students, and for yourself. Broadening your knowledge and further pursuing your passion while keeping up with emerging musical trends and technologies can have a tremendous impact on your teaching career. While the idea of going back to school to earn your […]

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For educators, by educators: How Kent State’s online MMME curriculum is designed

Those with careers in music education can agree that it’s not just a job — it’s a passion. At Kent State, the Master of Music in music education program encourages students to learn to apply that passion in a way that allows them to share their interest and pass along their knowledge. By pursuing the […]

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What defines an instrumental music educator?

More often than not, modern music educators at primary and secondary-school levels must cover a broad scope of thematic territory in their lessons. This is especially true outside the realm of dedicated schools for the arts. However, a great deal of attention to detail and the ability to narrow one’s focus are both crucial when […]

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Reasons to consider an online MMME degree

Those who choose to pursue an interest in music education can open up a multitude of career opportunities. Whether teaching general, choral or instrumental music, educators can share their passion for song, rhythm and harmony while inspiring the younger generation to lead their own musical journey. Going back to school to earn your Master of […]

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The role of a general music teacher

Your career as a general music educator comes with a variety of advantages for lovers of the arts. Not only do you get to share your passion for different performers and styles of sounds with students interested in exploring the world of music, but you get to help individuals create, express, perform and develop a […]

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General music and choral music: Which specialty interests you?

As a music educator, you’re responsible for creating a comfortable, empowering environment in which students can learn and further their passion as musicians. Understanding how to connect with students on an emotional level can help them celebrate the world of music and potentially pursue a career in the field in the future. Some of the […]

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Music education: Then and now

As music continuously evolves, educators often wonder how to update their teaching methods for the modern world. Kent State University’s online Master of Music in music education aims to do that by recognizing the history of music education and exploring how it can be improved upon. The history of music education Until the invention of […]

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The differences between an online and on-campus MMME program

Going back to school for a Master of Music in music education is an exciting, sometimes overwhelming, decision, with many factors to consider. Deciding which program — and in what format — is best for you can be difficult, but understanding the benefits of different options can help make the decision easier. The academic rigor […]

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What is a Master of Music in Music Education Online Degree?

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.

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Classes you can take in Kent State’s music education graduate 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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Using Data in the Classroom

Educators are turning to data collection and analytics in their music classrooms and finding ways to make the learning experience better for their students.

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Engaging Different Learning Styles in Music Class

Get to know each individual’s preferred method of absorbing information, and you can deliver lessons in the most effective way possible.

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Characteristics of Effective School Leaders

Discover 10 of the most important characteristics of effective school leaders.

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Managing Millennial and Generation Z Teachers

Discover some of the primary motivations of millennial and Generation Z educators and learn how to inspire and drive these music teachers.

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The Value of Music Education in Elementary School

Students in elementary school exhibit a broad range of benefits from access to an early music education.

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How Google Has Changed the Classroom in Just 5 Years

In just the last five years, Google has made tremendous strides in the classroom. Its applications and products are versatile, adaptable, and affordable.

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Top 8 Challenges Faced by Music Teachers in 2017

Music educators have the potential to encounter some significant challenges such as funding, student motivation, and parent involvement.

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9 Ways to Maintain Students’ Attention in Music Class

Keeping students’ attention is essential to ensuring productive time in the classroom. Learn nine tips for maintaining student attention in music class.

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Music Education Apps for The Classroom

The U.S. education apps market will grow nearly 30 percent between 2016 and 2020.

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6 Creative Ways to Teach Music

To engage students across the spectrum, some teachers are getting creative with how they bring music into the classroom.

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Talking Points on the Importance of Keeping Music In Our Schools

Music, in particular, has a strong impact on grades and social proficiency.

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3 Examples of the Power of Music

The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence…

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Music Changed Their Lives: 9 Figures

It’s possible to gain an even clearer understanding of the importance of music upon hearing directly from top figures just how much music has impacted the course of their lives.

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The Music Classroom Goes Digital

On average, children spend 6 1/2 hours per day in front of screens…[and] continually seek to acquire information digitally.

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The State of Global Music Education

In many nations, the combination of evolving political situations and innovative research studies has prompted the emergence of newly progressive approaches to music education.

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5 Predictions for Music Education in 2017

In 2017, music educators may rely on hard facts to show that students of all ages gain important lifelong learning abilities and coping techniques from the study of music.

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5 Career Opportunities for MMME Degree Holders

A Master of Music in Music Education has the potential to expand your career options and make meeting your goals possible.

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Organizations Focused on Music Education

[Music] advocates can… be thankful for the following organizations that are still devoted to the delivery of quality music education.

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Music Education Matters. Here’s Why.

Music education enriches the lives of those who are given the opportunity to learn and grow.

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The Digitization of the Music Industry

From streaming music services to new recording technologies, the increasing digitization of the music industry is forcing all involved to adapt their approach.

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6 Tips for Music Recruitment

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 […]

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7 Benefits of Obtaining a Master in Music Education

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 […]

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10 Tips for Music Classrooms & Curriculum

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 […]

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5 Ways GarageBand Can Be Used in the Music Classroom

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 […]

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How Educators Can Infuse STEAM Topics Together

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 […]

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The Connection Between Music and Mathematics

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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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
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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: 1. It rewarded exceptional teachers with less frequent evaluations while still giving them […]

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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. Read More

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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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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 | 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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What do our students say about the capstone?

“I was able to use my capstone project as a rationale for the restructuring of teaching assignments in our school district. Coinciding with the retirements of two colleagues, I was given the choice of three teaching positions in my district. I am now teaching band grades 5-12 in the town where I grew up, and loving it! Thanks, Kent State MMME online program!”

— Benjamin Clark, 2015 Graduate

“I will be presenting for the first time at our state MEA using material found and compiled throughout my capstone at Kent.”

— Jessica Kelley, 2015 Graduate

“The content in the program changed my praxis. In particular, my capstone project was directly in line with what I teach, and it influences the way I approach planning and delivery every day.”

— Sarah, 2013 Graduate

What kinds of projects do our students create?

Shannon Ward-Leighton

Shannon Ward-Leighton (Massachusetts)
Class of 2017
Topical Literature Review

Social Justice in Choral Music Education
Shannon was inspired to explore social, political and cultural barriers students may encounter when pursuing choral music education.

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Through an analysis of literature on the topic, Shannon used her capstone project to write about choral music education from a social justice standpoint, including analyzing recent efforts to incorporate social justice lessons on topics like diversity and multicultural issues into music education curricula.

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How did your faculty mentor help you complete this project?
“I would create a Google doc, and I kind of was keeping notes and writing down ideas. When [Susan, my advisor] had a moment, I’d just shoot her a quick text and say, ‘Hey, can you please check out my notes?’ I really did lean on her quite a bit to review some of my questions and to give me honest feedback. …

“She was a really great fit for helping me stay encouraged when I felt stuck, texting and calling back and forth, checking in, but also on a more personal level making sure the process was going OK. If extra help was needed, I knew that at least my advisor was there. Any time I texted or called, she got back to me and helped me out.”

Listen to Shannon’s full presentation here.

Bonnie McSpadden

Bonnie McSpadden (Texas)
Class of 2017
Program Design

When designing a program for her capstone, Bonnie chose to analyze the Music Instructional Methods Book Analysis Process (MIMBAP), a tool used to assist music teachers in integrating children’s books into music instruction.

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Backed by pedagogical evidence, Bonnie explored the relationship between language literacy and music literacy while showing the mutual effectiveness of incorporating both into a music program design. She created the digital tool: mcspaddenbooks.com.

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How did Kent State’s online MMME program help you decide on a capstone project?
“I really did have a hard time deciding what to do for my capstone, because each time I would take a course, I was absolutely, completely interested in what I was learning. I think that speaks to the quality of the courses: They were very compelling, and I felt like I could have created a capstone around each of the courses.

“In my first class, the foundations class, which is the one that everybody starts with, I did a paper for my e-portfolio where I talked about professional development in online learning communities for music teachers. And throughout the entire journey of thinking about what I could do for my capstone project, it was kind of in the back of my mind.

“I’ve been an elementary music teacher for a long time, and as part of that journey, I’ve spent a lot of time using children’s literature in my instruction. So I began to get very curious about what that would look like. That’s kind of where my project firmed up and took shape.”

Listen to Bonnie’s full presentation here.

Jody Lyn Ziola

Jody Lyn Ziola (Nebraska)
Class of 2017
Professional Development Presentation

Using Color Music: Building Bridges for Students with Dyslexia in Ensemble Settings
For her capstone project, Jody created a professional development presentation on the topic of color music, a technique used to enhance the effectiveness of music education by color-coding music notes for visually oriented students.

In this presentation, Jody discusses how color music can be an effective teaching aid for students with documented and undocumented learning disabilities, including dyslexia or autism.

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