Despina’s Intro to MIE Portfolio
Cumulative Portfolio
Fall 2020

I chose to start an MIE concentration, Music In Education, my Sophomore year of UG. I have always enjoyed teaching and working with young kids from being a camp counselor to teaching Sunday School to teaching private cello lessons. I wholeheartedly enjoy it. So when I found out that NEC offered an MIE concentration I had to jump on the opportunity to do it, because why not? I have had good teachers and bad as most people do throughout the years. Both in music and not. And through my MIE courses I have realized what had made more teacher effective than others. Their tactics and just in general their personality, the kindness and patience that they each had with me. I had some, voice teachers, that resulted in yelling at me calling me dumb for not doing something or not knowing something or telling me that I am not good enough. Though that did help me build character and I plugged right through all of their negativity and achieved what I wanted to, no child should ever have to go through that from their teacher. Because although I plugged through all of the negativity there are others who can’t and won’t… it is hard to especially when you are receiving the negativity from an adult who is supposed to be supporting you and helping you to learn. I personally learn best in a kind, caring, nurturing environment with a push from here and there and that is my perfect balance. It keeps me productive and forward- moving and not everyone has that same balance. Which these “bad” teachers do not understand or simply do not care enough to try. So this is my why. Why I want to become a teacher so that I can give my students a chance at learning in an environment that best suits them and not myself. So that they have a good enough opportunity to pursue something that they are interested in/ love without ending up despising it due to poor teaching strategies.

Here are my responses to the reading assignments for the semester. They really show you how I come to grasp each concept brought up and my true thoughts and feelings.

 

Csikzentmihalyi 1997 Response

Something I also found interesting while reading this article would be how people tend to never really feel a sense of flow during one’s free time. That people tend to feel it more when there is more of a “structure” more so a tentative plan in the person’s head.”

Another thing that I connected with was when the article was saying how people feel happier when they are with other people. I always knew this to be true but I feel as though I really understood this concept more after experiencing quarantine. I always liked to hang out with friends but I always liked and still do love my alone time. And I kept telling myself this isn’t so bad- “I love me time” especially when other people ensue drama. But, when I finally went out with my best friend after so long it felt absolutely amazing and even though we spent five hours together it felt like nothing, like absolutely no time had passed.”

 

Perkins and Salomon 1989 Response

After reading this article I now realize that knowledge is more general and that having mastered a skill is a “local” knowledge. I think that with skill it makes for an easier transfer of knowledge because you have clearly researched a specific topic/thing and are verty knowledgable on it. Therefore moving forward to something relating to your topic/ thing then it would be easier to relate to since you have the skillful knowledge from that given topic/thing. “

 

Scheonfeld 1987 Response

I found it interesting how in the calculus test there was that one problem that should’ve been fairly simple had the students used one type of way to solve the problem that would have taken them about 2 minutes to complete but there was a fourth of students that either used trig or some partial technique which took 15-20 min which in result made them due poorly on the test because they didn’t have much time left to complete the course after this problem. The teacher talks about how although this shows mastery of the topic they should’ve sat there and played out all of their options to see which one was the quickest and most efficient. This is a prime example of self regulation- not only what you know but how you choose to use it, which is metacognition.”

 

Scripp, Ulibarri and Flax 2013 Response

When I was younger I definitely thought that some people were born with “innate talent” but as a grew older and watched my friends, family, classmates and myself grow in any given subject I realized that you can most definitely develop a “talent” through hard work and practice. I also liked how that one study of introducing chess to the children from a young age proved that through hours of practice and early introduction allows for a child to develop “talent”.”

 

Resnick 2017 Response

I did know the difference between creative thinking and creativity but with the example from the reading about when speaking to parents about creativity they go straight to thinking about the arts and not thinking about the creativity in other subjects. ” 

“I also liked the notion that kindergarten has been the greatest invention in the last 1000 years. I never thought about just how important kindergarten is in nurturing a child’s creative thinking. With it being an optional part of a child’s schooling I didn’t give much thought to it being an integral part in a child’s development. It does sadden me to think that after kindergarten there isn’t too too much interactive learning going on in the classrooms.”

 

Dweck 2007 Response

It distresses me to think that people have this fixed mindset that people are born with innate talent, that they are born with what they’ve got and what they know and that if they were smart it would all be a breeze. It distressed me even more so to realize that I myself somewhat had that mindset when I was younger. ” 

“I’ve always known that I can work and get better at anything I set my mind to but for quite a few months that year I strongly believed that I just wasn’t equipped with the tools from birth. Then one day I quite literally woke up and said I’m going to work and get myself to the same level of intellect as my peers. And I did.”

“Something that I like to ponder is how I will compliment my own children when I have the down the line. I don’t want to set them up on this fixed mindset tract because it’s so easy to praise a little kid for even the smallest of things.”

 

Elpus 2012 Response

I also found it very interesting and informative to look at the tables of how each student from different ethnic and social-economic statuses differ from each other when it comes to enrollment in a music class and then how that affects their standardized testing.”

 

Competing Rationales Response

So Oppenheimer is saying that there is no reason to know how to play the violin, in this case a violin but it could be substituted for basically anything, “unless you have a special gift for the violin” which means showing innate talent at the violin. He completely disregards that through hours of practice the student could grow to be “talented” at the violin.”

His daughter is not going to be “innately talented” at changing the car’s oil at 7 years old the same way someone picking up the violin for the first time may not show “innate talent”. It is something new that is being put in front of them and needs time and attention in order to master properly.”

In this project I was able to design and execute a lesson plan and receive feedback from my peers.

 

This is a first draft of my initial lesson plan which was intended for my brother that has a little background in music from playing saxophone in M.S and H.S.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10kRsFne3WK8Xg5BW8V2BC1-90cQ8GPTLLSpGTmbdZbk/edit?usp=sharing

 

Here is the second draft of my lesson plan, still intended for my brother.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u9pOyo9zPkPN_X926GR6D3LZKtOBM_vv2Jst6IKlqY4/edit?usp=sharing

 

Here is my final lesson plan that I had drawn up for my sister and I. There was a change in plans and I ended up having to shift the plans a bit.  This is my first ever voice lesson to my sister who has speech apraxia and an auditory processing disorder. You can view it by clicking on the link below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IMF3484jVaIMEzQdA95upJSnP8V9QJIrUhA00nWVMew/edit?usp=sharing

 

By clicking in the link below you will be able to find a recording of myself giving the lesson.

https://youtu.be/SkseDWgpJEg.

 

Here is a link to the feedback given to me by my peers

https://docs.google.com/document/d/114kGbA_ZjX_PNPhOZF7DuB0zDEVtlZSz4g1q6NUDL9o/edit?usp=sharing

The goal of this teacher interview assignment was to interview a teacher that I admire, my mom, record an interview with them, then transcribe it, analyze it and reflect on it.

By clicking on this link below you will be able to find an annotated transcription of my interview with a teacher.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FsPa5z1wElo4yLxiUcelXjFnZioie-upEiw9A5FhJCE/edit?usp=sharing

 

By clicking on the following link you will be able to see my reflection on my teacher interview.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1imRh33I1hnK-5DaqFD_pnADKZZbqVpl_4VCNgFgnfgA/edit?usp=sharing

Rationale Outline

 What is the essential role of music in education? 

 

  • Developing find motor skills
  • Helps young students develop language skills
  • Assists in memorization
  • Music helps the students stay engaged
  • Allows them to express their feelings/emotions
  • Learn pattern recognition
  • Allows them to think creatively
  • Sound recognition and rhythm

 

Rationale Draft 2

Music in education is absolutely necessary in a student’s life, especially in early childhood development. When a child has music integrated into their education it allows them to develop language skills, assists them in memorization, helps them to develop fine motor skills, they learn pattern recognition, they learn to think creatively, learn sound and rhythm recognition, helps them to express their feelings/ emotions and of course helps the student to stay engaged. All of these tools that they would gain by having music integrated into their education will help them later on in life; memorization, creative thinking and pattern recognition are absolutely vital in any job the child will seek. And of course them learning how to express their feelings/emotions will allow  them to develop a healthy way of expressing themselves-which allow them to experience good mental health and good habits in expressing themselves. They also won’t feel ashamed to express themselves, when done in such an organic way. Therefore, music in education is necessary in order for a child to develop healthy expressions of emotion/feeling and equipped them with exceptionally necessary and useful tools for future jobs as well as give them a positive outlook on learning.

 

Rationale Final Draft

Music in education is absolutely necessary in a student’s life, especially in early childhood development. When a child has music integrated into their education it allows them to develop language skills, assists them in memorization, helps them to develop fine motor skills, they learn pattern recognition, they learn to think creatively, learn sound and rhythm recognition, helps them to express their feelings/ emotions and of course helps the student to stay engaged. All of these tools that they would gain by having music integrated into their education will help them later on in life; memorization, creative thinking and pattern recognition are absolutely vital in any job the child will seek. And probably one of the most crucial problems that faces our society today, mental health, music will teach children from a young age how to express themselves healthily and how to cope with their emotions in a healthy fashion.  And of course them learning how to express their feelings/emotions will allow  them to develop a healthy way of expressing themselves. They also won’t feel ashamed to express themselves, when done in such an organic way. Not only will music in education allow for students to fine tune the skills listed before but it will also help them stay engaged in whatever they are learning. Therefore, music in education is necessary in order for a child to develop healthy expressions of emotion/feeling and equip them with exceptionally necessary and useful tools for future jobs as well as give them a positive outlook on learning. The following quotes have been pulled from an article by Jenny Silverstone on The New England Board of Higher Education website, titled “Tuning in: Six Benefits of Music Education for Kids”;

 

“Students must be able to read music by sight, play the proper notes on their instrument or recall lyrics. This process benefits the overall memory center of the brain.”

 

“Playing a musical instrument has long been known to enhance dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

 

“When children are exposed to proper music education, they learn powerful study habits. Mastering their specific musical craft takes a concerted effort, consistent practice and patience. These disciplined habits translate into other areas of study.”

 

“Students work together to create a cohesive, technically correct performance. Together, they form a community of like-minded individuals who can help each other reach goals. Many students find a sense of belonging in school music programs.”

“In the end, one of the most useful benefits of music education is the increased ability to process situations and find solutions mentally. Those with musical training have been found to have higher levels of grey matter volume in their brains , which are directly tied to auditory processing and comprehension.”

“Surprisingly, one of the areas of life this is most important for is forming relationships. Musicians learn to listen to others, sense emotion,and react with greater depth and understanding.”

This is some reflecting I did immediately after having given my first voice lesson.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w1AHRvWuOWlez8PYTuuiRU6eXDltxNltjX4StuE6aYw/edit?usp=sharing

By clicking on the following link you will be able to see my reflection on my teacher interview.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1imRh33I1hnK-5DaqFD_pnADKZZbqVpl_4VCNgFgnfgA/edit?usp=sharing

 

By clicking on the following link you will be able to see my post presentation of my lesson reflection

https://docs.google.com/document/d/190y7LVqOGObKVGkRPjeErz3SaaDC-59_1JrezL_Txoo/edit?usp=sharing

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