Music Education Theory

rkG39rZDo you know what music education theory is? Well, MET is a complicated way of describing the concepts and building blocks of teaching music. There are different ways of approaching the teaching of music. This is dependent on each individual student and their needs. The teacher is the one really in charge as the guide to support the targets for the student. The teacher must then construct the adequate building blocks that will support the vision the student has in mind. Success is achieved when the student reaches a point at they feel like they’ve achieved the vision in their mind.


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Music education is a concept mainly dealing with the employment of education methods in teaching and learning music. There is a theory behind every concept, which underlines a principle.

Music education theory is the basis for either teaching or learning music. Basically, music education theory is a study of the elements or rudiments of music. As we know, music consists of certain basic elements, which should be studied before proceeding further. A pre-requisite to learning is that the matter of study should be interesting and any drabness associated with it should be alleviated first.

The music education theory helps in standardizing music as a field of study. This is useful to maintain a minimum standard for music so that it gains due recognition than just a hobby.

Moreover, music education theory explains the rudiments of music clearly so that the foundation is strong for a learner of music. Only if a learner is strong in the basics, will he or she be in a position to appreciate music.

Another utility of music education theory is that it guides a user to apply the correct form at the right place. The theory can be applied to any function, like composing, singing, playing an instrument, reviewing and more.

Audiation is an area of music where the listener does not listen to the music at the surface level. It refers to the function of grasping the exact meaning of the words and also analyzing what the music conveys and why the song written in such a way. It is a deep-rooted study, applying the music theory.

Prior to the establishment of a standard or theory, music was learned either by rote or listening by ear. The religious Psalms were among the first songs to be learned through these methods.

Music theory helps you in understanding and appreciating the fineness of music by thoroughly learning its theoretical elements like sound, pitch, harmony, melody, notation, and rhythm.

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An Open Letter to Gov. Brownback | Music Matters

Dear Gov. Sam Brownback,

I was inspired to write this letter to you after reading the article in The Kansas City Star titled “Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, not a piano purchase, are to blame for Kansas budget woes” by Barbara Shelly.

As an artist/musician myself, I firmly believe that music education is important for the future development of children. Students who have early musical training develop areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. When learning music, students are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization serves students well in education and beyond. In order to become accomplished in music, practice is imperative. This helps students to develop discipline in order for their musical works to sound good. Plus, they experience a sense of achievement when mastering even the smallest goal in music. Hand-eye coordination is improved and increased when practicing with musical instruments and motor skills are also developed, just like playing sports. The list of benefits goes on and on.

While the article seemed to focus on the large purchase price of the grand piano for the Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences, I would hate to see this used as a reason to divert funding away from music education in schools. I certainly can see your point in using funds more practically to help more students by hiring another teacher, reducing class sizes and improving academic achievement. But, as noted in the article, the piano purchase is a long-term investment. Perhaps there could’ve been a better use for the money that could benefit more students. But my vote would be to continue using funds for music education. Our children need another outlet for self-expression which also has benefits for their own personal growth and society. More children interested in music and the arts keeps them off the streets and focused on positive uses of their free time.

Thank you for taking the time to receive my thoughts about the importance of music education in the future development of children. As a successful young artist, I can personally attest to the benefits that music and music education have played in my life.

Thomas McGregor


Ref: Kansas City Star article:

Learning to Listen More with DiM13NSiON

The 2015 collaboration project DiM13NSiON is an ambient-electronic project with Cedric Theys of Mad Ducks Records that utilizes the 8-string guitar and 5-string violin, respectively. At this juncture we have recorded over 6 hours material and two live shows under our belt as we learn to expand out minds and technical abilities to accommodate the ever-expanding sound exploration. As a results of this expanding, I have been required to open my ears to the possibilities that are available when you do so.

Collaborating is an interesting process, as it challenges your preconceived notions of what music should be and how it should sound. This is a result of playing with someone that approaches the creative process in their own unique way. Therefore, there are two way we can handle this: 1. Be closed off to their perspective 2. Be open and learn from their perspective. By collaborating you are privy to a new way of looking at melodies, textures and layering. You will start to develop knew contributions to the collaboration as you assimilate concepts and ideas from the other person.

Throughout this process I have felt that due to this required opening of ears that my ears have been expanding to hear different ways of contributing, a side benefit of a wider creative listening. By allowing myself to listen, versus simply hearing, I open myself to fresh creative channels that aid in steering the direction of the musical conversation. The growth of the collaboration is completely interdependent on the listening of each contributor. This growth this enabled when the listening becomes deep and innovative. This is done when each player takes risks in order to push the envelope, allowing for new creative roads to be paved.

Top 4 Tips for Collaboration Expansion

  1. Listen to the other person more than yourself.
  2. Listen for new ideas that you can apply to your own contribution.
  3. Think win-win contribution to melodies, harmonies and rhythms.
  4. Strive to support the other player more than attempting to feature yourself.

Listen to DiM13NSiON HERE

With Appreciation,


How to Teach Violin to a Toddler



Toddlers are interesting little human beings. They are SUPER creative, curious, and bright. Toddlers mean well, but still seem to leave a road of destruction in the wake of walking through a room. But regardless of their organization skills, they are still the light that illuminates our future. They too, need support in creative endeavors — like playing the violin!

Many people are trying to find out things that are of interest to their children and teaching them these things at a very young age. Because kids are like sponges, the earlier they can begin learning specific things, they better they are at them. You can use a DVD to teach violin to your toddler. You don’t even have to know how to play yourself. You can get a beginning violin instruction program and help your child learn at home. All you have to do is follow the instructions given in the program. You will know shortly whether your child has an interest in the violin or not.

Top 5 Ways to Introduce Your Toddler to the Violin

  1. Live concerts
  2. Music games with and instructor
  3. DVD of fun violin concerts
  4. Bring a Musician in your home to perform for your child
  5. Buy a toy violin for your child to try out

If they show an interest and want to keep learning, you can find a private instructor to help them develop their talent even further later on. If they don’t take to the violin, you can always introduce them to other instruments and outlets of creativity.

With Deep Appreciation,




Why music education is important in public schools

We all know this — but what do we do about it?

This article is a call to action. I’m asking you to contemplate the information I present and talk to your local school district about getting more music to more children in more places.

Music education contributes largely to the overall success of the student in both; life and academia. Music engages both sides of the brain in a way that will change the life of the child forever. 

At the end of the day, what we want is what we select to focus on. Now, it’s time for us to focus on what is best for the next generation.

The choice is yours…

But, while you are contemplating, I will showcase some cold hard facts regarding the benefits of music education in schools.

Recent studies have indicated that adolescent music education produces greater observable physical development in the brain,[2] and an average of 27% higher math scores,[3] 57 points higher SAT scores[4] and a 46% increase in IQ scores.[5] In addition to these documented benefits on intelligence, music education has been shown enhance learning in all other subject areas by improving their study skills, receptiveness to instruction, social and emotional development. Students that participate in school band or orchestra also experience the lowest rate of gang activity and substance abuse. Most importantly, the cognitive and behavioral advantages of music education are shown to affect all students, regardless of their ethnicity, “at-risk” status, or socio-economic background.[6]

“We believe the skills the arts teach -creative thinking, problem-solving, risk-taking, teamwork and communications – are precisely the tools the workforce of tomorrow will need. If we don’t encourage students to master these skills through quality arts instruction today, how can we ever expect them to succeed in their highly competitive business careers tomorrow?”

-Richard Gurin, Chief Executive Officer, Binney and Smith, maker of Crayola crayons


Music requires study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills and as these are learnt and developed they expand the student’s abilities in other academic areas and help them become better students. – Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation. — College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.

The evidence is resounding and unavoidable. How much longer shall we stand by and allow our future to slip through our fingers?

The ball is in our court, we have the choice. We must take action today!

Will you make the choice and take the action today that will change your life and the life of our children forever?

If so, here are some action steps you can take TODAY

Action Steps

  1. Print this article.
  2. Ask for a personal “sit-down” meeting with a local educational authority.
  3. Hand deliver this article — in combination with personal research.
  4. Make it your overwhelming commitment to keep on the heels of local educational authorities until they MUST change the level of music education.


Live your inspiration deliberately! 

With Deep Appreciation,



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[1] Brian Foster, “Einstein and his Love of Music,” Physics World (Jan. 2005), .
[2] G. Schlaug, L. Jancke, Y. Huang and H. Steinmetz, “In vivo morphometry of interhem ispheric assymetry and connectivity in musicians,” Proceedings of the 3rd international conference for music perception and cognition (Liege, Belgium, 1994), 417-418.
[3] Amy Graziano, Matthew Peterson and Gordon Shaw, “Enhanced learning of proportional math through music training and spatial-temporal training,” Neurological Research 21 (March 1999).
[4] College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, NJ, 2001.
[5] Rauscher, Shaw, Levine, Ky and Wright, “Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship,” University of California, Irvine, 1994.
[6] “Benefits of Music Education,” MENC: The National Association for Music Education, 2002.