Making Music Cooperatively


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Making Music Cooperatively
Using Cooperative Learning in Your Active Music-Making Classroom
By Carol Huffman
Spiral-bound book
138 pages

When cooperative learning is set in place, the students become teachers of other students, and the teacher becomes the facilitator. Ideas come from the students and develop into learning and activity.  Students become more independent and responsible for their own learning and and are more capabe of applying what they have learned to solve prolblems within the framework of the subject.

With this book, learn how to incorporate both cooperative learning and active music making together in your classroom. Find help in getting better organized when using cooperative learning. Create an environment where students can develop skills needed for an innovative 21st century. Orff, Dalcroze, Gordon, and Kodaly approaches are all conducive to using these strategies.

Chapter One: Preparing for Success
Chapter Two: Taking Time to Settle In
Chapter Three: Getting Started
Chapter Four: Setting the Stage
Chapter Five: Team-Building Activities
Chapter Six: Teaching through Modeling
Chapter Seven: Taking Off
Chapter Eight: Types of Cooperative Learning Structures
Chapter Nine: Student Assessment
Chapter Ten: Cooperative Learning Research
Chapter Eleven: Lesson Suggestions
Coda: A Great Act to Follow


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What age is this for would you say?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I have not finished reading this book yet (summer goal) however, based on the content that I have covered so far, I'd say it is geared towards use with elementary school children. Other indications in the book that confirm my thoughts are:
1. The author used her first through sixth grade students as guinea pigs
2. Musical concepts in lesson examples are on the elementary level
3. Photos included are elementary age students
4. Terms used in the book, like "six inch voices" and "This is a please and
thank you station" would never fly with middle school or older students

Also, this book was highly recommended by a clinician at an Orff workshop that I attended earlier this year.

This is not a resource book full of activities that you can choose from, with objectives, process and visuals, etc. included, like one by DeLelles/Kriske, etc. It is, as the title implies, a guide on how to use cooperative learning strategies in the music classroom, creating an environment where children learn about music in a joyful, enthusiastic way, work in groups, gain problem-solving skills, and take responsibility for their learning, etc.

This book also gives advice on how to assess in a group setting, provides ideas on lesson plan structure, and includes examples of activities that assist students in acquiring skills that are helpful when working in groups/teams (kindness, listening, conflict resolution, compromise, getting the job done, etc.)

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