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I Got Rhythm:

Music in the Classroom









In today's multi-literate world, music plays an important role. It is one that is often over-looked or neglected in the classroom. With the advent of Web 2.0, Music has taken an even more significant position. Whereas it was once only the subject matter of those who were music majors, it now expands into many relavant areas of expertise. The ability to either select the proper music for a piece or to create music to stand alone, has become a common driver for most students. We beleive that the instructor, though not a music theorist, can offer a variety of resources and information to help students pursue this drive. It is our intent to explore ways that music can be made available in a classroom situation.


Target Audience

Educators of all groups. It would be unfair to say that it only applies to ESL/EFL instructors, though music itself is pretty much a singular language.


Weekly Content


Week 1

Introductions of participants and the sites to be used



Week 2

The History of and the Theory of Music in the classroom (including a look at pedagogy). History. Theory. Pedagogy

Participants list activities they have already tried and add to the Musicbriges wiki (include a literature search and review)



Week 3

Tools to use in the classroom

  • Audacity
  • How to make and use guitar, drum and rhythm loops.
  • Anvil Studio

There will be many more tools . There may be alive music webcast if there is enough interest. This music will be available for participants to re-mix and publish in the "Podsafe Music" archives we will create in the Worldbridges MusicBridge. Play some music live?


Week 4

  • How to put music in the student's hands.
  • What is the difference between a sound and music.
  • Planning what music should communicate
  • Planning auxialiary elements of a musical piece


Week 5



Week 6

Evaluation and Wrap-up


Moderators and Co-moderators


Lee Baber: I graduated from University of Maryland in Interdisciplinary Studies / Production Management. I worked for the University helping to manage the Recording Studio, as an audio engineer and editor for the Ethnomusicology Department, the University live events, and with National Geographic and General Electric producing audio for presentations and photographer feature tours. I am currently in the James Madison University Educational Technology Graduate Program working on a 21st Century aligned cognate. For the last 8 years, I have been working for Rockingham County Public Schools as a Computer Literacy teacher, playing professional banjo with Ben "Cooter" Jones and Cross Creek, and working with Worldbridges. I am co-manager for EdTechTalk's Teachers Teaching Teachers show and Youthvoices network. Skype: lbaber Twitter: leebaber SL: Laurie Carson YM: leebuddyleeb


Elderbob Brannan: My first college experiences were as a recipient of a music scholarship. I loved Jazz, Big Band and Rock and Roll. I was a product of the 60's. As the music began to shift, so did my personal and professional tastes. Unfortunately, those taste did not fit into the military routine that I was soon to be injected into. After the service, I continued my interest in music right up to today, but more as an enthusiastic supporter than a professional player. Lee and I have been discussing an effort to help instructors bring music into the classroom for about a year now. I think both of us see this project as just one step in the establishment of a community of practitioners. We certainly do not know it all, but we beleive we can offer an environment where a musical community can grow and thrive.




Tools to be used



Join this session


To join this group:


From January 1 to 14:


  1. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/musicbridges
  2. Click on the blue button: This is just an image. The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions


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