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Re: Music in the Classroom

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Becky Alexander (Bekalex)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 17:39:41 -0700

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Hi, all,

I have found music to add immeasurably to the art production times
for students of all ages. I use Keiko Matsui and Avenue Blue for my little
teacher workshops (comtemporary jazz) and Greg and Steve's Quiet Moments -
side 2- for the kindergarteners. Also at K level Hap Palmer's "Joy of
Music" is great!

One year I said "Let's have some music" for the first time and a
child, upon hearing it looked up from his work and said, very
appreciatively, "Oh.... artist music!"

"I won," I thought, "I won!!"

>To Teri: you said
>>Hi All!
>>I get to school very early and have 2 periods to get ready for my day. I
>>to have music to listen to during this time. I also play music for my>
>>students--they have such eclectic taste--alot like mine. Anyway, I would
>>to hear what the group "out there" enjoys listening to--my current faves
>>Dead Can Dance "Spiritchaser" and Loreena Mckennit "The Mask and the
>> Oldies get lots of favor during class time--"60s stuff and 70's (Abba is a
>>big fave) and even '80s groups. I draw the line at gangster rap--too many
>>negatives. We play a local jazz station sometimes and several kids love
>>music--they even started a swing music club!! I love world music and play a
>>lot of it. Offra Haza, Celtic, etc. Lets hear from you--what moves ya!!
>>Teri Brudnak
>>Corona del Mar High School
>>Newport Beach, CA.
>I, too, love having music in the classroom... Once I had some "slow" music
>playing and the kids (second graders) asked me to put on something more
>lively....I said.."How about Elvis Presley" and they all looked at me with a
>blank look and said "Who's Elvis Presley?" ! Boy, did I feel old all of a
>Ciao, Marilyn Juda-Orlandi

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