Hello folks! Today I have something exciting to share with you. This is a new blog that I recently found out about that takes music education research papers and boils them down into information that you can apply in your classroom. I mean, have you ever tried to read a research paper? Usually not fun light reading, and trying to get a clear meaning out of any of it can be a struggle. This blog provides a valuable community service to us teachers by giving you news you can use, and done in nice digestible bites that won’t leave your brain feeling like mush.
The blog is called Research to Real Life: Practical Applications of Music Education Research for Teachers and is found on the site Everyday Musicality, authored by Heather Nelson Shouldice – a professor of music education at Eastern Michigan University.
Why You Should Care About Research in Music Education
- things change. don’t be a dinosaur
- research can give you a perspective on things you hadn’t considered before
- you can improve your method. maybe you are sort of doing what the research suggests, but could add a little tweak to improve it
- may give you ideas for researching an idea/method within your classroom. We all like to try new things to see what works!
- have your pulse on the newest thoughts and methods in music education