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Time to include improvisation

Improvisation is more than jazz, and more than understanding complex harmonies. Improvisation is giving students their own musical voice.

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Music Education and Technology

This is a repost, as the download link was not functioning previously, and I want everyone to have an opportunity to get this resource for free! I know, incorporating technology into your music lesson can be drag, right? Students don’t follow instructions, get too distracted, browse the internet instead of work, or the technology itself betrays you. To me, I have to admit that sounds like most adult workplaces. I would argue that teaching music technology is indispensable. Most musicians I know end up using technology to support their work (including me!). So why do we avoid teaching it? Some of the reasons above start to describe why, but there is more to it than that. We teach the way we have been taught, which for a lot of us did not include music technology until we were adults. To make ourselves change the way we teach music, we need to do it on purpose. One of the most indispensable pieces of advice ever given to me in my teaching degree was simple. Work smarter, …

Welcome!

Welcome to the music educator website! I am Jenny Guilford, an educator with over 12 years experience as an instrumental teacher, and 4 years as a classroom practitioner. I’ve taught everything from a tantruming 3 year old, to a classroom full of 10 year olds preparing a flashy dance number. I made this website to establish a community of music educators. As co-founder of the (In)Equal Temperament Project, I am passionate about decolonising the music classroom, and interrogating how we were taught. We should be willing to adapt how we teach, to include more people in the wonder that is music education. On this website there will be resources, including original sheet music, units of classroom work and all sorts of other resources designed to make your life simpler. You are the busy teacher, after all. Let’s get this education party started!