Music Matters: Bloom’s Taxonomy

by Abby @ Quaver on September 20, 2012

in At Quaver HQ,Music Matters

Dave Mastran,  Co-creator & Executive Producer of Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music &, is back again with another edition of Music Matters!

Today you’ll hear a bit of Dave’s thoughts on some of the learning theory that goes into the creation of Quaver’s resources.

Take it away, Dave . . .

Bloom's Taxonomy of Music Education


Bloom’s Taxonomy is essentially a breakout of the different stages or levels of learning. 

It was developed in the mid 1950’s by Benjamin Bloom and his colleagues. In the last five years, the taxonomy has been increasingly applied to music education.

I remember an incident long ago when I was at West Point tutoring a fellow classmate.  He was having a hard time understanding what I was telling him over and over again.  Exasperated, I finally said,  “Harry, just memorize the answer, don’t try to understand it.”  Little did I know that the first level of learning in Bloom’s taxonomy was remembering and the second level was understanding.  Apparently, Harry could only make it through the first level.

There’s great power in understanding how students learn and using tools that support the process.

That’s why Quaver is adopting Bloom’s Taxonomy to make sure your students go beyond even understanding.  We are working hard to make sure we provide a path up through the taxonomy all the way to creating.   This means we are looking at every lesson, interactive white board activity, video, and game from the perspective of:

  • Remembering
  • Understanding
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Creating

In the end, we want to foster the highest levels of appreciation and love of music.

We have recently added Contests to aid in analysis and evaluation —  and creation as well. 

Students now have a reason to create music – to win a contest and maybe even a gold record.  Quaver talks a lot about the interaction between Contests and Bloom’s Taxonomy in this week’s webinar – view it here!

We are also developing a new set of resources which will have the students sing and play together, applying the knowledge they have gained in the classroom.  And even more resources are on the way!

So be confident we are working hard for you.  Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music will always be a state of the art learning experience for your students – both technology-wise and theory-wise.

I’d love to hear your comments. How do you see your students working their way through the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy?

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1 mercadeo en linea September 26, 2012 at 4:35 am

It refers to a classification of the different objectives that educators set for students (learning objectives). Bloom’s Taxonomy divides educational objectives into three “domains”: Cognitive , Affective , and Psychomotor (sometimes loosely described as knowing/head, feeling/heart and doing/hands respectively). Within the domains, learning at the higher levels is dependent on having attained prerequisite knowledge and skills at lower levels.


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