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Article #2 Response

Day 3 Articles

From this list, please choose one article to read.  Your reflection to this article needs to include the author and title of the article and insights/responses/ideas gained from the article.


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http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/live-in-concert/201303/music-elixir-your-brain By Robert H. Woody “Music as an Elixir for Your Brain” – Psychology Today.com


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/core-practices-arts-integration-susan-riley By Susan Riley “Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core – Edutopia.org



By David J. SKorton  “The Arts are Essential” – Edutopia.org


http://www.rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/cho3023l5.htm By Cameron Whilte “Integrating Music in History Education” – Rapidintellect.com


http://www.npr.org/2013/04/16/176671432/creative-classes-an-artful-approach-to-improving-performance By Elizabeth Blair “ Creative Classes: An Artful Approach to Improving Performance” – NPR.org (a 3 part series)



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  • "Integrating Music in History Education" by Cameron White

    This article was all about how the instruction of history has become disconnected with what was really going on in society and are loosing our students with a cut and dry method of teaching.  The author points out that music is an important part of our society at any era and can lend new insights into the time being studied.  They gave several examples in the article as to how to use music in the classroom and question prompts to help give students something to think about.  

    One of the big things that the article emphasizes is making connections to students lives and current times.  It is necessary that we make the instruction of history relevant to them, to make it relatable and one of the ways to do that is through music.  The article did encourage integrating modern music as well to serve as a connection and provide a platform for comparison.  I think that this could be useful in higher grades but in elementary school, you have to be very careful as to what you play for students.  

    My favorite quote from the article was "Integrating music can only enhance student active engagement in historical inquiry and investigation."  This just spoke to me because history is not about just learning dates and facts-they were real people with real lives and I think that music helps them to connect on a deeper level to the time period.  It also prompts new questions and ideas that they would not have thought of if they had been simply utilizing a textbook.

  • I chose to read and review 

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/live-in-concert/201303/music-el... By Robert H. Woody “Music as an Elixir for Your Brain” – Psychology Today.com

    When I was in college, one of my favorite professors cautioned us against using "Music makes us smarter" as a tool for advocacy. Although there are plenty of studies to show us about the alleged "Mozart effect", music education shouldn't be relegated to be a means to an end of helping students improve on standardized test scores. That lesson stuck with me, and resonated with me again when I read this article. 

    There are myriad reasons for the benefits of music education. If music helps us improve our math scores, that's fine. However, music is much more than that, and I don't know a single musician who got into music to be better at math or reading. Musicians become musicians for the MUSICAL benefits that we receive through music education - discipline, understanding, appreciation of the arts, emotional well-being, and as something that helped us focus on investing in our own education. 

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