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Philosophy of Music Education!


Artifacts and Rationales!


Knowledge and Subject Matter!


Knowledge of Human Development and Learning!


Adapting Instruction!


Multiple Instruction Strategies!


Classroom Motivation and Management Skills!


First Day of School!


Classroom Rules!


Management Philosophy!


Hierarchy of Strategies!


Communication Skills!


Instructional Planning Skills!


Assessment of Student Learning!


Professional Commitment and Responsibility!


Parent Teacher Conferences!





Philosophy of Music Education Jessica Lorenz

Each student is a unique individual who deserves a caring, stimulating, and secure environment in which to learn and grow in all aspects of their development: emotionally, intellectually, and socially. As an educator it is my responsibility and desire to aid students in meeting their fullest potential in these areas by providing a healthy, trusting, and supportive atmosphere. Music has always been an integral part of my life, and upon seeing the passion and dedication with which so many of my mentors have taught music it quickly became apparent this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life; share the gift of music. I recognize that as the teacher I must act as a guide and allow the student’s natural curiosity to direct their learning and help to promote respect among peers and themselves.

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environment for students is essential to making such things available to them. This idea comes from maintaining an available and user-friendly set-up within the classroom as well as being flexible and available to students and their different learning styles. Unique in its availability to students and their various learning styles, music is considered by many as simply an auditory learning experience, however, music expands far beyond, catering to Bloom’s three learning domains: kinesthetic, with the methodology of Dalcroze and using your body and motions to move with the music, as well as utilizing Orff instruments; cognitive in the recitation of pieces, and comprehending a theme or idea and applying the concept with another work; and finally, affective in expression in performance and composition.

Music allows for a connection to be made to cultures around the world. The review of different musical traditions and ideas helps students to gather a greater understanding of the development and importance in music in the world; this also has the potential for students to learn more about and share with others a piece of their own heritage. Such studies also provide an opportunity to be exposed to and explore many different languages. Through my studies at Carthage College I have discovered the importance of allowing students the opportunity to discover the skills and knowledge to be learned in music. Providing access to hands on and movement activities is one way students can explore their relationship with music. Applying Kodaly and Dalcroze methods in my teaching, such as hand signals and solfege, and making movement essential to musical learning. different elements necessary for education in music. learners that varies in abilities and learning styles.

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Every class presents a community of As a teacher, it is my role to give the

necessary tools to students to support growth and development; providing ways of learning that will encouraging them to feel capable and ease them into the practice of music. This means not only to offer varying teaching styles but also teaching to the students’ needs while being flexible so that each student can be appropriately challenged and engaged. The students’ role in the classroom is to learn and gain something from my teaching experience not only in music but life skills as well.

Music uses techniques that use many

different parts of the body with listening, reproducing the sound, and movement; enhancing coordination skills in all these areas.

Artifacts and Rationales 1) Knowledge and Subject Matter

2) Knowledge of Human Development and Learning

3) Adapting Instruction

4) Multiple Instruction Strategies

Classroom Motivation and Management Skills I. First Day of School Artifact Standard 5: Classroom Motivation and Management Skills Name of Artifact: First Day of School Date: February 21, 2010 Course: Education 222 MEthods and Materials and Portfolio Development Jessica Lorenz Rationale: This artifact is a compilation of activities and ideas to aid the teacher on the first day of school. The purpose of this artifact was to compile 7-10 different activities and ideas for the first day of school to help with motivation and management within the classroom. The activities were compiled and created based on the ideas of Harry K. Wong. The collection includes varying activities that are heavily reliant upon the ability of the teacher to provide guidance and focus in the classroom for the first day such as a map of the classroom, the class goals for the year or semester, letters from the previous year始s class sharing things to look forward to in the class, and many more. These activities fall under the fifth standard of classroom motivation and management skills. Each activity or idea strengthens the discipline and management within the classroom laying the foundation of what the students should expect for the rest of the term. By utilizing group and individual activities this artifact helps to create a positive learning environment that encourages a combination of active engagement in learning, selfmotivation, and positive social interaction. This artifact has shown the importance of setting up and following successful management techniques on the first day of school, I intend on expanding the initial seven activities and utilizing them to motivate students and encourage active participation within the classroom.

First Day of School Activities Jessica Lorenz February 15, 2010 First Day of School Activities and Ideas The following is a compilation of different activities and ideas that can be used on the first day of school. • • •

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Treasure Map On a stand inside (or just outside) the door have a map created of the classroom. The map will highlight important areas of the classroom, including a seating chart, and designated practice rooms, instrument areas, etc. The back of the map will have a brief outline of the calendar, so that we can have an active “map” of our semester. Bulletin Board Bulletin boards are the place students go to for information, for the first day prepare the main bulletin board with a colorful presentation of what to expect in the classroom. The daily routine should be included somewhere on a board that will stay up for the first full week of class, so that students will have a constant reminder of procedure. A monthly calendar should also be posted so students are always aware of upcoming events and concerts. Letters from Last Yearʼs Class During the last week of school have students write letters to your next class. In the letters, have them give advice on how to make the next year a successful one. Have students share some of the things they can look forward to learning. Goals As a required material, students will need to have a notebook to keep track of their progress, reserve the first two pages for students to write their personal goals for this class. This way it will be a constant reminder of what they personally want to achieve in the class! Remind students that goals can always be added! Welcome Back! For the choir, present students with their choir folder and decorative materials for them to use with their folders. This makes their folder their property and their responsibility, as the music inside should be.

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This would also be a good opportunity to remind them of the cost of the music and the responsibility of keeping it in good condition Expectations Going boer expectations and rules with the class is extremely important, have your rules, responsibilities, expectations, etc. ready to be put up around the classroom. Discuss with the class the expectations and have students pick places for them around the room and talk about how the students and teacher will work together to make these things happen. The Interview Prepare an interview sheet for the students to fill out and return, or have them interview a partner. This gives the students an opportunity to interact with each other, and a way for the teacher to evaluate student behavior and get a better feel for the students with their responses. Guess Who Have students write three unique, mostly musical, facts about themselves. Collect the papers and read the description aloud to the class. Have the students guess who the card belongs to. Include the teacher as well! It is a great opportunity to get to know the students and for them to get to know more about their teacher.

Classroom Rules

Classroom Rules • Follow the Golden Rule, Respect others and equipment as you would treat yourself. • If you are not sure how to use an instrument ask the teacher. • When using instrument remember the “hands down” rule: put your instrument on the floor in front of you or at your side so that everyone can hear the instructions. • Listen carefully to rules in the classroom, the more times the teacher needs to repeat the instructions the less time there will be to explore • Always raise your hand if you have a question. • Respect other students’ questions and listen carefully - they might have the same question you do! • Respect whoever is talking, be polite and thoughtful. • Everyone has a right to an opinion, if you would like to share it with the class be polite, and make sure what you are going to say isn’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings. • Stay on task and do your homework, it will help you learn better! • Be on time for class and take care of business before class starts! • Coming in late or leaving to use the bathroom disrupts the class and can loose you a note! If we can all follow these rules we can learn so much more and each day we can earn a music note. If your class earns 5 music notes for good behavior the entire class will get a prize or even a Special Day where we can have a Jazz Fest or a Creative Mash-up! But be careful - bad behavior can cause your music notes to be taken away!

Management Philosophy Management Philosophy! Lorenz 1 Jessica Lorenz Professor Sconzert EDUC 351 November 29, 2009 Management Philosophy As an educator providing a safe, comfortable classroom environment and fostering opportunities for student learning and growth are some of the most important factors in managing student behavior. The classroom itself is extremely influential in maintaining a healthy learning environment. In order to keep the room visually appealing and stimulating the layout should reflect a relaxing and open atmosphere. As a General Music classroom, it will be structured and centered on activity stations delegating areas of the room for such activities will smooth transitioning during class and help to keep it organized and clutter-free. Placing music materials such as famous people, places, instruments, note names and more as decorations will help to settle students into the proper mindset and take away from distractions; rules and consequences will also be posted as helpful reminders. I believe that the foundation of effective classroom management is respect. Encouraging respect in the classroom, featuring students, teachers, and equipment will help influence student behavior in aspects outside of school. If the students are allowed an active role in classroom decisions they are more likely to respect and follow the rules that they have created. Expectations of students will be provided to students in yearly hand outs for both students and parents to be signed and returned as well as located in the classroom and reinforced in daily activities. This step is taken to ensure that Management Philosophy!" Lorenz 2 students and their families are aware of class and school policy so that when it comes time for disciplinary action and grading there are no surprises and time is not wasted on unnecessary or preventable events. A calendar of events will also be provided with events students are expected to attend. As students learn differently, and some may need additional assistance. I am very flexible with my teaching and if additional assistance is necessary, whether it be out-ofclass help or a modified lesson. However, there is little I am able to do if not notified by a student or parent depending on the severity of the issue. My philosophy is that with these procedures my teaching will be more effective and will provide students with a safe place will students will want to learn.

Hierarchy of Strategies Hierarchy " Lorenz 1 Jessica Lorenz Professor Sconzert EDUC 351 December 6, 2009 Hierarchy of Strategies Preventing Anticipated Problem Behavior •Establish rules with the class: students’ participation will help form a community within which they have a voice and hold a part in the decisions and in that way feel more responsible for their actions as they created the consequences." Rules shall be based on respect, respect for the teacher, re- spect for the students, respect for yourself, respect for the instruments, etc. •Activity Arrangements: for the general music class seating arrangements can be difficult as most of the lessons will require movement, and it is unlikely we will be given desks or even chairs, in most cases. Instead, especially for the younger classes, the classroom would be separated into different sections, such as an activity/movement section, a board section, instrument section, etc. Rules such as behavior during transitions, handling instruments, etc would be created and set in place. Interrupting Emerging Problem Behavior •Silent but Deadly: often times students are looking for attention when they misbehave, and calling someone out during class not only gives them what they Hierarchy "" Lorenz 2 want, but also takes away from the lesson, disrupting students’ concentration and the teacher’s control on the class. •Eye Contact is one of the easiest ways to send a warning of misbe- havior. •Proximity is probably the most common way to control a class. Walk- ing by the students during a lecture or work time when they may start to misbehave shows them that you are aware and can see what they are do- ing. If they do not stop while the teacher is by them making them aware of the teacher’s presence is still effective and non-obtrusive to the other students’ learning. Intervening on a New, But Recurring Behavior •Talk with the student: discussing their behavior in private may help both the student and teacher understand what is going on. •Check with the councilor: if there is a family or health condition that is the cause of the child’s reaction in class, it requires the teacher’s knowledge so that the situation can be more easily handled. •Call the parents: making sure that the parents are aware of their child’s behavior may offer an opportunity for the parents and teacher to discuss what is happening in the classroom and possibly allow a management plan to be decided on that both parties will follow to ensure a better learning environment in the classroom. Hierarchy "" Lorenz 3 Intervening on a Chronic Behavior •Parent involvement: if none of the management techniques above seem to be working the next step would be to consult the parents and from there sit down with the student and their parents to discuss what is going on and how to fix it, a management plan that can be agreed upon by everyone would be the best strategy.

•Administration: involving the administration should be one of the final approaches to such behavior. A meeting with the principal or guidance counselor may help the student by emphasizing the importance in changing his/her behavior.

Communication Skills

Instructional Planning Skills

Assessment of Student Learning

Professional Commitment and Responsibility

Parent Teacher Conferences (PPT)

Partnerships Classroom Management Website Artifact Standard 10: Partnerships Name of Artifact: Classroom Management Website Date: November 14, 2009 Course: Education 351 Techniques and Strategies for K-12 Jessica Lorenz Rationale: " This artifact was created in order to manage communication between parents, students, teachers, and the community. The website contains classroom rules, a letter to parents, and a classroom management letter outlining the expectations and consequences in the classroom. This is especially important because it will serve as a way to communicate with the students and parents at anytime. Each document located on the website is given to students on the first day of school, even as access to the internet is becoming more available the original hard copy will ensure even those without access will have a copy of the documents. " Fitting with the tenth standard, this shows he use of media communication to foster a growing understanding inside and outside of the classroom. The website provides easy access to the rules and expectations of the students so that students, parents, and the community are able to access the information at any time. This is especially helpful so that if any incident should occur students and parents are constantly provided with a reference to class policies. " This assignment and artifact have taught me the importance of not only having a cohesive management plan, but using different outlets to present the information so that there are multiple ways to stay involved and aware of the events for the community and students. I plan to use the internet as a source for information and communication with parents and students I would also like to expand on the website so that it becomes an active space with listings of upcoming events such as concerts, fundraisers, and competitions. " The website can be viewed online at

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Welcome to Ms Lorenz's Website Here students and parents can find calendars for upcoming events, classroom rules and policies, as well as my contact information.

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Attendance A reminder to students and parents: Missing an event such as a fundraiser or concert requires a note and meeting or phone call with the parent or guardian in order to be excused. An unexcused event absence results in the student losing all available points for the given event (i.e. a concert would... Read more

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