Music is a powerful tool that can enrich a child’s development in many ways. One of the most important aspects of a musical education is developing and nurturing young singing voices. Dr. Philip Tacka speaks as to why Kindergarten is the ideal time to use simple folk songs, singing games, and movement activities to embark on this journey.
Kristopher and Beth share a little bit of the history of Bethsnotes.com and soundthinkinginteractive.com. They discuss the importance of teaching folk songs to students, how to engage older students, and the importance of making a safe performance space.
In this enlightening episode, we’re privileged to bring you not just one, but three insightful lectures from Dr. Houlahan himself.
In this episode, the topic of nurturing musicianship in the elementary classroom is explored. Dr. Houlahan, an expert in music education, discusses the importance of developing musicianship in both teachers and students. Drawing from his experience in different parts of the world, he highlights the value of integrating music theory and performance skills. He emphasizes that teachers should approach music education as both musicians and educators, enabling them to engage students effectively. Dr. Houlahan also introduces the concept of “Sound Thinking Interactive,” a comprehensive program designed to support music teachers by providing curriculum resources, lesson plans, assessment tools, and professional development. The program aims to bridge the gap between technical instruction and artistic expression, fostering a passion for music and a strong foundation in music literacy skills among students.
In this episode Gabriella and Kris finish their conversation by sharing her journey in discovering Latin American Folk Music, the impact of Colonialism in Mexican Folksong and literature, and what teachers can do to support their students and their local community when the teacher might not be a member of the culture or ethnic group.
Kristopher Brown sits down with the remarkable Gabriela Montoya-Stier, a music specialist and accomplished educator hailing from San Antonio, Texas. Gabriela’s journey in publishing her book, “El Patio De Mi Casa,” is nothing short of inspiring, and in this episode, she takes us on a captivating ride through her creative process and the profound impact it has had on her students.
Let’s delve into a topic that might seem counterintuitive initially: the decision to delay introducing the word Beat to kindergarten students.
Welcome to an introductory training session into the Sound Thinking approach—a holistic methodology designed to revolutionize the way we conceptualize, plan, and execute the use of our resources in the classroom.