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Learning through Technology 

Background MuseAmi develops iPhone apps that allow you to correct your pitch and produce music. I was interested in how these applications "level the playing" field for new music creators. MuseAmi creator, Bob Taub, has plans to continue developing the tool so it will translate what you sing into musical notation. They hope that the …

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Moving from the Formal to Informal  ☆

Background Sophie and I met at a course in CCTE at Teachers College. At first I was drawn to Sophie's story because of her improvisational band, Forma. As I got to know her she told me about her classical piano training. I decided to focus on her evolution as a musician: in particular, I was …

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Learning by Doing 

Background I know Jace Clayton through my wife, who is also a musician. Jace has been DJ-ing for over 20 years. When I interviewed him I thought it was really interesting that DJ-ing, for him, was both a personal and social activity. Jace learned how to DJ through one session with a friend and from …

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Learning through Cultural Immersion 

Background I’ve lived abroad for a good portion of my adult life and have always felt that no class has influenced me as much as those experiences have. But how does cultural immersion affect a learning process? Often times I've discovered it does in intangible ways. However, there is potential for a more quantifiable experience …

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Do it Yourself 

Background I met Caroline Paquita while living in Gainesville, Florida. I wanted to capture the way she learned how to play bass and how it relates to how she learned to create art. Caroline’s style and ethos is very do-it-yourself and I think she has some interesting things to say about the dedication necessary to …

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Learning by Teaching 

Background Megan Miller is an accomplished opera singer who was introduced to opera by a teacher when she was in high school. She studied at The Juilliard School and has taught opera for the past nine years. Teaching with the Video Megan stresses the importance of teaching in her development as an opera singer. What …

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Indirect Education 

Background I interviewed two music therapists who work with autistic children. Their students don't necessarily learn chord progression or how to play a song, but rather the priority is to learn essential skills: like motor skills, or how to interact with other students. Teaching with Video While we can think about the purpose of learning …

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Learning by Playing 

Background Traveling through the subways in NYC, you often hear the underground echoing with live music. Sometimes I can't wait to get away from it, but often I am surprised by the quality of the musicianship. Where did these talented artists come from? Where did they learn their trade? Born in Tunisia, Najib Bahri is …

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Keeping at It 

Background Since high school Phil Gordon has been in numerous bands and each has its own interesting story. I was particularly interested in his band Spinal Tap (before the mockumentary came out). He currently plays in a cover band, the Thigh Highs. Teaching with the Video Teachers could use this video in high school classrooms …

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Improv at Teachers College 

Background Improvisational music education sounds like an oxymoron to me. I never thought much about the inspiration to play improvisation, but I did assume that it was something that was simply created and not taught. That's why I was so intrigued to find out that Teachers College puts on an improvisational music camp every summer. …

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Formal Music Training 

Background Claudio has a background in formal music education. He attended Berklee College of Music and now plays percussion in a jazz band. In his interview he explains that he learned the most he ever learned about music while he was in school. He also focuses on how he continues to develop as a musician …

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