Music in Education

Formed in 2000 as a confederation of major schools of music, schools of education, arts organizations, and public school partnerships, the MIENC’s mission is to promote the evolution of music teaching and learning practices, advocacy, research, and policy, so that music can provide its essential contribution to promoting a culture of equity and excellence in every school.

Inquiry Question

To what extent does rhythm, meter, and tempo increase student achievement in fractions?
Project Background

Through the 4th grade Mathematical Composing Unit, students had the ability to identify, compose, and preform music that supports the curriculum objectives of the California State Math Standards. By teaching for transfer, students compared and contrasted elements in both music and fractions focusing on the following elements: time signature, note value, and number lines. Finally, all fourth grade students were involved in sharing fundamental concepts of the fractions and music through group made compositions that focus on different time signatures.
Partnership Overview

The vision of El Dorado’s M+MI projects is to enhance student achievement by integrating music learning with other academic areas in partnerships with local arts learning organizations (MuST and SF Opera),partner laboratory schools (Oakland Unified and Ravenswood School District Learning Laboratory Schools), and support and guidance from the Music-in-Education National Consortium (New England Conservatory Research Center).

El Dorado Elementary participated in three action research projects that aligned to this mission. The first project includes the development of the 2nd grade opera, the second project includes the 3rd grade Science of Music Project, and the third project focuses on a 4th grade Mathematical Composing Unit.

As part of the Music-in-Education National Consortium, El Dorado’s Music Learning Leadership Staff (administration, classroom and music teachers) received monthly professional development in a) M+MI curriculum unit design based on fundamental concepts of literacy shared between music and language, b) teaching for transfer strategies, c) music and music integration literacy skill assessment, and d) action research based documentation of student learning through collaboration with MuST, MIENC guided practices consultants, and SF Opera.

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Recommendations For Learning Music Online
Voices Inc
We here at Music In Education love to sponsor and recommend other great sources for learning music.

One website that we recommend is VoicesInc.org.

They have a wealth of information whether you’re looking for keyboarding lessons for pianists, or perhaps online drum lessons, this is definitely the online resource you need.

Voices Inc is really best known for their guides on singing. You can find singing advice and tips for learning quickly, as well as recommended online lessons and courses. They currently offer a free download which covers singing tips to get you started.

The main goal with our sponsorship with these sites is to further expand the message of how beneficial learning music is, and how it can be used in educational ways.

Recommendations For Concert Hall and Building Designers

Naples FL architect firm

Music in Education was thinking about designing and having a separate building built in order to accommodate more musicians and even an orchestra. They knew a proper architecture firm was needed and have since started a good relationship with several of them.

Although the project has not begun, we’re hopeful to get a one of kind building set up before the year 2020.

One particular firm from Naples Florida which have been recommended for their work on several churches and commercial buildings was DCA. Readers can find more information on their website and social media accounts. Learn more about Dyehouse Comeriato Architect on Facebook.

Recommendations for Online Learning Websites

One of our biggest ideas moving forward was to promote the education of learning courses online. A huge website in this field is Udemy.

They have a ton of different courses to learn almost anything. We love to promote the use of this website for all their music courses, however you can learn everything from guitar lessons, to an Android developer course.

Music is becoming more popular with online websites and iPhone and Androi apps that we wanted to mention here on our homepage that we are trying our best to stay up with the changes in technology.