Lifetime Musician™ Curriculum

Posted by on August 21, 2013 with 3 Comments

Introducing the new

Lifetime Musician™ Curriculum

Although the MusicLearningCommunity.com games have been sequenced to various piano methods, as documented in the Student Pages, we have wanted for some time to have a general curriculum as well.

We are pleased to announce that our new Lifetime Musician Music Literacy Curriculum is now ready to use. The Lifetime Musician organizes the games by level — from beginning to end — in a sequence that matches most music teaching methods. You now have two choices for accessing the learning games: the original way by level and category or through the Lifetime Musician system.

This is the forerunner to our new e-learning system under development.

We have prepared a short video to further explain how to access and use the Lifetime Musician Curriculum.

 

“Beta” means that we are still editing! 

This is fully functional but you may find some games that don’t load and some graphics that are missing. Thanks for your patience!

Log in as a student and click “Lifetime Musician Beta.”

(Note: Wait for the blue bars to appear from Primary 1A to Level 5. With a slow internet connection, this could take several seconds.)

Click one of the blue bars to choose a level. There are 20 “Assignments” in each level with 5 to 8 games in each assignment. Every 5th assignment is a “skill check.” Click an orange tab to choose an assignment. 

Students will enjoy the new navigation

 This makes it extremely easy for a student to know which games to play and to see their progress. 

You can choose the Learn, Play, Quiz (and Challenge) stages of the game and you can see the target score right from there. When you finish the game, your score will appear under the target score. When you reach the target score on the Quiz, the gray check mark turns green so students can see that they have mastered that concept.

This will hopefully eliminate the need for some of the assignment sheets. Teachers can now assign a level and an assignment number. Returning students may be surprised to see all of their previous scores already displaying in the new system—complete with green check marks!

Please note that when a student finishes a game, the browser automatically reverts to Level 5. For now, please ask students to remember the level and assignment number they are working on. 

Teacher Guides 

The Lifetime Musician teacher guides are available as PDF documents in the Teacher Resource Center. Here you will see the games in each assignment. You will also find an alphabetical list of all games in each level that shows where to find each game in the Lifetime Musician curriculum and shows how to find each game by category.

Note: The “Games at a Glance” checklists have been updated and now include the reference to the Lifetime Musician curriculum. 

Starting a new student

We suggest that students new to MusicLearningCommunity.com start one level below their performance level and play the quizzes. If they don’t achieve the target score the first time, they should play the Learn or the Play until they have mastered that concept, then try the quiz again.

 

Play By Ear by hEarItAbility

Posted by on March 26, 2013 with 0 Comments

“Play By Ear”

An opportunity for the classically minded!

www.hearitability.com

I love the “Lifetime Musician” approach of the MusicLearningComunity! I love the games that solidify concepts and give the needed practice for mastery! The emphasis on developing the ear is tremendous and extremely beneficial to students. I have been a subscriber for a few years now and am pleased to offer their website to my students!

I am a private piano teacher, teaching beginning to advanced students of all ages, and the author of the new hEarItAbility series. It is a passion of mine to unlock the sometimes hidden aural skills of students. I did not intuitively “play by ear” as a student and discovered later in life that it truly was a skill that I could develop. For students, I have seen such joy and success from “tapping” into this area – for those with natural ability and those without! Continue Reading «Play By Ear by hEarItAbility»

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Posted by on February 20, 2013 with 0 Comments

TMEA

We just returned from a very successful Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio. We had discussions with a number of teachers who were interested in how the instructional games on MusicLearningCommunity.com related to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards (TEKS). We are happy to report that we had already sequenced the games to support the TEKS standards for grades K-8. They are available to view and print below.

We understand from talking to those “in the know” that student assessment in music will be becoming more important in the evaluation of teacher performance in the near future. Our learning management system already has provisions to help teachers address this issue. Continue Reading «Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills»

The Power of Positive Pedagogy

Posted by on October 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Power of Positive Pedagogy

By Mary Gae George

Positive Pedagogy revolves around the way we begin music study and the ways we fulfill the potential of each student in their study of music.

Give your students the tools for genuine, long-range success. Success is the greatest motivation. (Please read that statement several times!) The intrinsic rewards of music study are the most important, long-range benefits. They include the following:

  • Awakening students to the power of their own minds.
  • Involving them in the exciting syntax of the musical language to help them express what they are feeling.
  • Helping them develop powers of focus and attention to detail.

REWARDS: Your students become increasingly self-motivated, involved, and successful.
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