Music empowers people to develop meaningful human connections, to express themselves freely and fully, and to develop the skills necessary for the 21st century. A powerful artistic medium, music should be a celebration of life and a joyous lifelong pursuit. This pursuit is a positive way to develop human potential and is crucial to the development of cognitive functioning, spatial reasoning, divergent thinking, complex problem solving, social & emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, and self-expression. Most importantly, the study of music and the arts is a path to personal empowerment and growth. This comprehensive approach combines social, personal, and emotional skill development to help create resilient individuals and communities. Music PLACE believes that integrating composition into music curriculum is vital for freedom of self-expression and the development of total musicianship . This opportunity can and should be provided to students at all ages and levels. Creating is emphasized as one of the National Core Arts Standards as a path to conceiving and developing new artistic work and ideas. Music creation adds personal and intrinsic value leading to deeper learning, skill mastery, self-actualization, and complex problem solving abilities. The Music PLACE philosophy is centered on the principles of experiential and constructivist education, with an emphasis on personalized and lifelong learning. Experiential learning focuses on individual needs and goal setting while also integrating collaboration and social experience into the learning environment. In this environment, the music teacher serves the student as a mentor or facilitator as an equal partner in the learning process. Musical understanding and the development of skills can then arise out of observation and experience rather than through given ideas or norms. The student and teacher are both actively engaged in the process through curiosity in order to spark transformational learning.
"Excellence comes from successful individual journeys through supportive environments" - See Creating tomorrow's musical adults - part 2: doing, below
"Learning music can help students of all ages develop the critical and creative thinking skills needed in the 21st Century. Making-music should be a joyful experience but also one that challenges individuals to ask tough questions about themselves and society. A comprehensive music education should include elements of play (performance), listening, audiation (developing the ear & imagination), composition, and exploration." Music Matters - How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, & Succeed
Developing 21st century skills:
Discipline and Perseverance
Self-Confidence & Self-Actualization
Social Awareness & Understanding
Positive Goal Setting
A Pedagogy for Creativity, Craft, & Character
The Music PLACE educational philosophy and pedagogy utilizes the Tallis Habits and the Habits of Mind to help students develop creativity, craft, AND character. Including character development in our music curriculum and instruction helps students build resiliency and a life-long love of music. This approach to teaching connects music challenges with life challenges in a positive and productive way; it creates strategies for disciplined and healthy choice making as well as reasoned, intentional, and insightful thinking that leads to solving complex problems. Learn more about Habits of Mind here or read about the Habits of Mind of Creative Engagement.
Play Perform works from a variety of time periods and styles Learn to improvise by focusing on sound imagery Develop proper technique for efficient performance & lifelong play Listen Discover the amazing variety of music and analyze the materials associated with different genres and traditions Audiate Use ear training and sound spatialization to develop your musical imagination Develop deep listening skills and use your musical imagination to create new work Compose Understand music theory from a variety of perspectives with a focus on expression through sound Create your own works of musical art that reflects meaning for your life Discover the various techniques contemporary composers use to create new work Explore Learn about musical context and how it can affect performance and composition Explore new ways of expressing your ideas, emotions, and cultural context