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  •  Cross-curricular stuff is built in-- (0+ / 0-)

    Learning Chester in band, singing a Chinese folk song, learning about composers in elementary music.

    All have cross-curricular elements built in. I don't need to teach specific writing and math.

    And is it fair for me to be held accountable for their progress on a test for a class I don't even teach?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:36:14 PM PDT

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    •  I agree that you as a teacher (2+ / 0-)
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      should not be evaluated for test scores on subjects you don't teach, however, my point is that the suggestions being made in this comment thread for how to make teaching music more interdisciplinary seem quite good. Looking at the interstices between science, math, writing and music would potentially appeal to students who aren't musically inclined & help music make more sense to them - even help teach them to appreciate it more than they would have otherwise. Isn't the point of general music classes to interest the greatest number of students in the subject matter? Isn't having more appreciators of music good for musicians?

      •  Ask a fourth grader to write on the difference (0+ / 0-)

        between major and minor keys.

        In elementary music, you should be DOING, not writing.

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:31:19 PM PDT

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        •  No, but you can certainly ask a 4th grader... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...to write a short essay on why they like/dislike a particular piece/composer/whatever, or an essay about their favorite instrument/song/whatever...I know, because my kids were asked to write just such essays in their elementary music classes - and it was no big deal.

          The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

          by wesmorgan1 on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:59:35 PM PDT

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