Memory, Music . . . and Cake?

by Abby @ Quaver on September 9, 2011

in In the Quaver Classroom!,Music Education News

Imagine listening to a lecture on baking a cake.

Probably not very engaging.

How about studying a recipe book for an upcoming quiz?

True or false: a pound cake requires 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Dreadful, eh? Wouldn’t it be better to actually don an apron and head to the kitchen to turn recipe knowledge into a memorable,  engaging (and edible) experience?

Now let’s talk music.

We have nothing against textbooks as a basis for imparting knowledge (that’s semantic learning to education theorists), but they fall flat compared to the experience of seeing, hearing, feeling, and making music.

But don’t take our word for it. Consider research that compared different ways of presenting material to students with the goal of measuring meaning and retention in long-term memory.

(Sousa, 1995, p. 43; Greenleaf, 2005, p. 38)

Notice the modest retention rates for encountering material by lecture and reading, both in a 24-hour period and one month later.

As you move toward the base of the graphic, notice how the percentages rise . . . and note their correlation to Quaver resources.

Audio-visual? Most definitely.
Demonstration? You’ll find everything from producing sound with brass instruments to key-hopping for octaves.
Discussion group? There’s certainly plenty to talk about in our teacher’s guide and homeschool materials. Plus, all the goodies found in the Quaver classroom.
Practice by doing? If you have a computer, you and your students can have loads of hands-on experience in creating music. And we have scores of hand-outs that teach everything from the musical alphabet to writing lyrics for a blues song.
Teach others as an immediate use of learning? If ever there was subject ready-made for sharing ideas, it’s music.

Even if you don’t have a strong background in music, our highly engaging interactive resources can guide you into teaching a well-rounded foundation of music literacy. If you’re a master chef of music, our goodies expand your abilities in 21st century teaching.

Dear friends, don’t settle for talking about cake.
Take full advantage of all our materials, then batter up and bake up some beautiful music experiences with students. And eat some cake while you’re at it :).

What are some ways you actively engage your students in music education?

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