How to Become an Expert in Teaching or Learning Music
The Internet today is full of all sorts of experts who assure you that by listening to them and watching their video lectures, you will also become experts in this or that field.
Is it that simple?
According to Edgar Dale's "learning pyramid," the most valuable knowledge we get is when we actively act, have a hands-on experience, get involved in work, and only then . . . teach others:
Did you manage to read the book You CAN be a Musician!?
If so, let's check how profoundly you understand its concepts in your mind now.
Try to write down your opinion about the book.
It will help you organize your thoughts.
This way, you will be better able to assimilate the material from the book.
If you can put the main ideas of the book in writing, share your opinion on this page. At the bottom of the page, you will see the following button:
The Internet helps spread important information.
And if the information is also socially valuable, then it will help others find it faster.
In this way, together with you, we will do an important thing -- we will spread new knowledge about music education, which will help everyone learn more effectively.
Today I want to share with you one story that happened to me back in 2000 . . .
In the late 90s, the American scientist Gordon Shaw made the discovery that listening to Mozart's music before an exam helped students in the physics and mathematics departments concentrate better and get a higher score.
The news of this discovery spread all over the world. It got the name "Mozart Effect."
And then the scientist conducted another experiment among the second-graders of an ordinary public school in Irvine, California.
He divided them into 4 groups: The first group took piano lessons as an after-school program.
The second took choir.
The third took computer science.
The fourth was a control group and did not engage in any after-school activity.
And, according to the test results at the end of the year, the piano group turned out to be "smarter" than everyone else especially in solving problems on space-time thinking.
Gordon Shaw described this experiment in his book Keeping Mozart in MIND, where he made a stunning conclusion: it is necessary to start learning with keyboards for all children to form the most important neural connections in the cerebral cortex, to solve academic and vital tasks.
It is the keyboard instruments, together with the musical text, that develop the children’s brains, making them more flexible and more powerful.
Seminar "Soft Mozart" for music educators at the Herzen University (Music and Digital Technologies Department)
It was a socially significant project. Such projects deserve special financing. They should always be given the green light!
Yes, we are all born in different places in rich or poor surroundings.
But this does not mean that we are condemned to always be in poverty or wealth.
Our brain, its ability to develop, maintain optimism, solve the most difficult life tasks, create -- this is what is most important in the life of not only every individual, but also the whole society.
Music and piano lessons allow every child to become smarter and more successful -- this is the conclusion made by the great scientist Gordon Shaw.
Unfortunately, back then, in the 2000’s, funding for the project – his M.I.N.D institute -- was ridiculously, stupidly negligible!
The great scientist passed away back in 2005.
Since then, I have been working with a vengeance on a project that I consider socially significant: to make music literacy public and give every child a chance to become smarter and happier through piano lessons.
Today I can proudly say that a new school that develops not only musical abilities, but also the mind and human consciousness is completely ready. This is the Soft Way to Mozart!
Vocational training of music educators is now available in some universities worldwide.
In my next letter, I will tell you how to start getting to know our program without putting it on the back burner--without any procrastinating!
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