Practice is hard

When I was a child, I used to practice the piano standing up. Why? That way I could run to the kitchen (where there was a clock) to check how many minutes had flown by. Once I hit the illustrious thirty minute mark, I would proudly pronounce to both my parents that ‘I just practiced […]

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Gamification – Some thoughts

I originally posted this in my master’s blog but I thought I’d post it here again, because the contents are very applicable to my views on game-based learning and gamification. In this post, I will write about what a scientific study says about gamification in educational contexts. When I first became acquainted with the word ‘gamification’ I […]

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Emergent and Progressive Play in Music Education: Ideas into Practice

Some time ago, I completed an online course known as Understanding Video Games where I was acquainted with a Roger Caillois‘ definition of ‘play’ and ‘game.’ ‘Playing’ referred to activity that is unstructured, improvisatory and free. Conversely, ‘gaming’ referred to activity that was goal-orientated, containing rules and structured. Kicking a soccer ball around is an example of play, whilst […]

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Piano Parties

I started a piano club, the whole purpose of this is to make music a communal experience. When kids belong to bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras and even when they take part in other activities – be it in sports or being part of an art class or book club, they rub shoulders with other like-minded children. On […]

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Talking About Music

Today, I found myself in a class discussing gender performance and gender roles on musical instruments. I read a very interesting article by writer, musicologist and professor Suzanne Cusick and I presented my findings in class. In a lot of my classes, we are encouraged to participate, in fact attendance and participation in discussion is […]

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