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by: Katharina Fadel

FoundationsofMusicEducation MUSC620

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This 0 page Class Notes was uploaded by Katharina Fadel on Sunday November 1, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to MUSC620 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania taught by LauraFerguson in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see /class/233497/musc620-indiana-university-of-pennsylvania in Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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Date Created: 11/01/15
Joan Seltzer March 16 2009 Reflection 4 I feel that many students use facebook and MySpace to create a self image to put on display I feel that these pages are dangerous for our students because most of them haven t quite figured out who they are yet so it s almost as though they are using these pages to say this is who I am rather than having real conversations and letting people get to know them This is related to Mead s aspect of self image the generalized other A lot of students and adults obsess over how their facebook pages look because that is how their friends view them People also use writing on people s walls as an unnecessary way to share their personal exchanges with the world An example of this is last summer I worked with a twenty one year old girl whom I call Jane Jane one night got a call from her boyfriend of two years that he was breaking up with her In between her tears she managed to spit out My entire facebook page is devoted to him Unfortunately they ended up not breaking up Her boyfriend has control issues and he takes it upon himself to write on her wall approximately every 5 minutes His comment for today was I39m going to relax all day and maybe do some workmaybe not because I m so far aheadyou know how that goes Hopefully you guys make it back from tour alrightand then we can hang out Haha I m now going to make myself a big bowl of cereal and lay down and RELAX haha I love you Her status reads I m so lucky to have Steve in my life These people probably were about to see each other in a few hours but yet they have to display to world on a daily basis that yes they still love each other My point with this is that this aspect of pages like facebook is another way that people display their self image Wouldn t it be nice if Steve s friends met Jane and saw that they were actually in love and thought Oh well that s nice rather than reading about it This doesn t really relate to music but I do think that it relates a lot of what s going on with our students especially middle and high school students I think that these pages make students struggle even more than before to find an identity The aspect of conformity as much as I try to prevent it plays a major factor in the instrumentation of my band When I recruit students in third grade I always tell them don t play an instrument because your friend plays it you re all going to be in the same band But when I ask the question Okay who s going to play the flute they all squirm around and use their peripheral Vision before raising their hands I go through a lot of steps with them before I let them choose an instrument but I know that a lot of students make a decision based on what their friends play It s unavoidable that students will pick instruments based on their friends decisions In most cases this actual helps the retention rate of the band because the students will stay in band if their friends are still in band If they are in the same section as their friend they probably do enjoy band more than simply just being in the same room as them The downfall to this is when a student wants to play the same instrument as their friend and they aren t physically set up well for that particular instrument On page 160 of the text the question is asked Do teachers expectations of students work have a significant impact on whether they learn or not The book cites a study by Rosenthal and Jacobson that concluded that teachers expectations only made a difference in their students achievement by 36 percent It doesn t seem possible that this percentage is so low For the most part students are lazy and the only thing motivating in school are teacher expectations Even in elementary school students figure out who the easy grading teachers and as young as 4 h grade I ve heard my students talk about not studying for a test because they know it ll be easy because it s in a certain teacher s class Reading this actually makes me realize that I need to make my expectations more known for a few of my students I have three fourth grade students that even though it is March they still know nothing about how to play their instruments because they have yet to practice Every week they come into their lesson and they play the first page out of the book they don t the fingerings they are confused by the words quarter note and have yet to memorize how to read the first five notes on the staff The first half of the year I did everything that I possibly could to teach them and did a little song and dance every lesson but I now have absolutely no expectations for them which they can probably sense and in turn have no expectations for themselves It s frustrating because they give me absolutely nothing to work with It s hard to teach them when they don t know how to play a c and it s March But if I don t have any expectation for them they will never be motivated to practice The book also asks Does a teacher with a strong reputation as a successful teacher cause him or her to be a more successful teacher And then answers with To a degree the answer to these questions seems to be yes If a teacher has a strong reputation for being a good teacher they obviously earned it by being a good teacher Why would their reputation cause them to be more successful I suppose that this statement is true it just seems unnecessary to say because it s obvious If a band director has an amazing concert in the fall and is a good teacher they re going to want to out do themselves in the spring That s what good teachers do The reputation does give them pressure though which is important especially as teachers get older and have more distractions away from school in their lives One page 162 Abeles states Competition is a situation in which a few people win and lots of people lose and then goes on talk about the benefits of cooperation rather competition First of all many competitions requires great deals of cooperation in order to get to the point of competition Second of all why are we becoming a society that is afraid of acknowledging achievement Not everybody is a winner Some people work harder than others are smarter than others and are more talented on other The result of this is that some people are losers There shouldn t be 500 runners up at every school competition If a kid failed at something they need to realize that they just lost not they they kinda lost Our society rewards and expects mediocrity rather than pushing our students to be at the top of their class


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