Rhetorical effects of music in education

Last year I was chastised for teaching English with musical and theatrical methods in the classroom.  I was able to keep my students engaged and interested in the material that we were going through; consequently, my students internalized the learning materials, and they were excited everyday about the prospects of what we were going to embark on next.  I was instructed to stop using these “out there “methods.  My feelings were hurt, but what really got to me was the fact that nobody cared about the gains in the classroom that the students were wielding.  Why was music dismissed as frivolous or unprofessional in an environment that lends itself to the subject?  I need to pursue this subject in depth.      

I would like to explore the rhetorical effects of music in education throughout the 20th century.   I want to explore what is rendered effective in order to promote academic schema in the classroom environment.  I want to inform society of the benefits of Music in the classroom.  I want to present a document that may persuade others to consider the positive effects of music in society. 

  I hope to make an adequate attempt to coerce others into at least considering basic methods that lead to an understanding of music.  I want to be on familiar terms with how the will is affected by pedagogy of music, and the emotional aspects of inundation that can lead to easier learning methods in education and in life.  I want to be knowledgeable about how music can move education in other subjects forward.  I want to be sensitive to my audience in order to move all who become acquainted with my work forward in a positive manner.  I want to understand why musical methods are not taken seriously in our society even though it is among the most relaxed exercises that an educator can go through. 

1 comment for “Rhetorical effects of music in education

  1. March 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Aaron, I’m not sure coercing others is the best way to persuade them, but setting that aside, it sounds like what you want to do is answer this question: What evidence do we have that integrating music leads to more effective teaching. A follow up would be exploring the resistance to this approach.

    To answer this you’ll need to define the benefits and how they are measured, so that readers will believe real improvements have taken place in how well students learn, and you’ll need to show clearly the link to music. Ideally, existing research will provide solid evidence to back all of this up.

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