Modeling Strategies for Effective and Efficient Teaching
The Chinese proverb pictured above clearly illustrates that telling isn’t teaching. While engaging students through demonstration is far more effective than explaining, music teachers often do just the opposite, particularly in ensemble-based classes. This teaches students to be musical followers – to simply respond to a command – rather than being active participants in the music-making process. Modeling can effectively and efficiently teach and reinforce musical concepts while actively engaging students in the learning process, guiding them to strengthen musical decision-making skills, improve creativity, and develop as independent musicians.
Weimer, K. (2019). Modeling strategies for effective and efficient teaching. Invited SmartMusic blog post: https://www.smartmusic.com/blog/modeling-strategies-for-effective-and-efficient-teaching/
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