Middle School Teacher Is Focus Of Music Educator Article
Middle School of Plainville music instructor Laurel Schwartz has been selected to be the subject of an article entitled "Classrooms" published in "Teaching Music" magazine this month. The magazine has a readership of approximately 75,000 music educators across the country.
Schwartz was selected by Teaching Music magazine's editor to be the subject of the article with a focus on her use of dulcimers in the classroom. "I was selected, in part, for using a folk instrument, which some view as old fashioned, to teach advanced music concepts and higher order thinking skills. It is exciting to receive such national recognition," said Schwartz.
Schwartz first received a dulcimer as a gift from her parents several years ago, and since that time has successfully incorporated dulcimers into the general music curriculum. "When I began in my position at the Middle School of Plainville 20 years ago, there was a heavy emphasis on listening as opposed to making music. Since that time, we have shifted the focus to music literacy and performing skills for our general music students based on the Music National Standards that were published in 1994 and brain research that showed that active participation in music had benefits over passive listening," explained Schwartz.
The article also highlights Schwartz's use of technology to teach music concepts and track performance data, including the use of a computer program that provides a student "score" each time they practice, and serves as a key motivator to her students. "When students look at their data on a regular basis, it helps them see progress toward their individual goals which serves to motivate them," said Schwartz.
"Her work with dulcimers and technology in the classroom are just two of the many examples that make Mrs. Schwartz such a creative and innovative teacher. We are fortunate to have her here at MSP," said Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.
-Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:44 AM
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