Giving Compass’ Take:
· Writing for Getting Smart, Sarah Minette explains how music allows diverse students to connect and communicate. With the help of music-making technology, students are able to continue these connections and follow their passions outside of the classroom.
· How is music an inclusive activity? How does it allow all students to communicate and be engaged?
Music can be a powerful unifier. When you’re working with students from incredibly unique backgrounds, music and music making can be a common ground from which they can all communicate—even beyond the classroom.
I’m a musician and music teacher at South High School, a school of 1,850 students located in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are part of the Minneapolis Public School District, an urban community rich with multi-cultural refugees and immigrant students, as well as the students who represent our diverse city. Many of the students are first-generation students who are not part of the “digital native” culture that persists in our society. Additionally, many of the students that I work with are Level 1 English Language, meaning they speak little to no English. Therefore, part of my job is identifying educational practices that accommodate their diverse range of learning.
My students create in every class that I teach. I teach Guitar I, II, Beginning Band, Jazz Band, and Music in America which is a combination of Hip Hop, Rock, and Beyond. The students get so excited about their projects that they want to work on them when they’re not in the classroom. For a while, we were using GarageBand, but the GarageBand platform only gave them access when they were in school, and from certain computers.
Read the full article about music-making technology by Sarah Minette at Getting Smart.
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