What to learn more about learning music and technology? Every first Monday AM of the month, a new episode explores the most relevant and timely questions.
Hosted by Ksenia Ova, the founder of KOVA ED, this podcast brings you honest, informative and new perspectives on teaching/learning in music education and technology-enhanced teaching/learning.
Piano Lessons For The Ageing Brain
Season 1 Episode 4; Guest speaker - Sofia Livotov (piano and voice teacher at KOVA ED - https://www.kovaed.com/about/; https://www.sofialivotov.com/).
In this episode, Sofia and I talk about the process of ageing and without being too optimistic we share how piano lessons can be beneficial to an ageing brain. Some things we say are backed by scientific research studies and some are brought to you from professional experiences of working with elderly learners.
DIAZ ABRAHAN, V., SHIFRES, F. and JUSTEL, N. 2019. Cognitive Benefits From a Musical Activity in Older Adults. Front Psychol, 10, 652.
KIM, S. J. and YOO, G. E. 2019. Instrument Playing as a Cognitive Intervention Task for Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Front Psychol, 10, 151.
What is The Role of Music in Secondary Schools?
Today's episode is going to address a number of important questions, but most importantly, in attempt to justify music as a subject in the curriculum of secondary schools (primarily in the UK) we will look this trendy campaign slogan of 'Music for All' and really why 'music for all' is a thing that should matter to all.
The main takeaways of the episode:
Why music should be accessible to all and studied in secondary schools:
Music should be studied for the sake of music - a unique art form
It is part of the basic human design - music is a primitive primary trait
It might not be accessible to disadvantaged learners otherwise - for educational justice and equitable access
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Bowman, W. (2013-14). The ethical significance of music-making. Music Mark Magazine, 3, 3-6.
Department of Education (2018).“English Baccalaureate”. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-baccalaureate-ebacc/english-baccalaureate-ebacc
Hallam, S. (2010). The power of music: its impact on the intellectual, personal and social development of children and young people. In Hallam, S. and Creech, A. Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom. London: Institute of Education.
Koopman, C. (1996). Why Teach Music at School? Oxford Review of Education, 22(4), 483-494.
Music A-Level and GCSE Results 2018: facts and figures (2018). Music Industries Association News. Retrieved from https://www.mia.org.uk/2018/08/music-a-level-and-gcse-results-2018-factsfigures
Philpott, C. (2012). The justification for music in the curriculum. In Philpott, C. and Spruce, G. Debates in Music Teaching. London: Routledge.
Philpott, C. and Plummeridge, C. (2001). Issues in music teaching. London: Routledge and Falmer. Chapter 2.
Trehub, S. E. (2001). Musical Predispositions in Infancy. Annuals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 930, 1-16. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2001.tb05721.
Ward, H. (2018). 7 Reasons Why School Music is ‘at Crisis Point: Fears About the Decline of Music Provision in Schools Have Been Highlighted by New Research. Retrieved from https://www.tes.com/news/7-reasons-why-school-music-crisis-point
I'm an Adult. Is It Too Late to Learn Piano?
Season 1 Episode 1; Guest speaker - Luke Hallard (full time banker and adult learner).
The episode explores the up and coming question of whether it's too late to start piano in adulthood, age perception fallacy, research studies, human growth hormone, preferred learning styles of adults, motivation and self-belief.
Intro. Do Skype Piano Lessons Actually Work?
KOVA ED podcast launch; The episode explores the up and coming question of the effectiveness of online music lessons: common preconceptions, practical advice and more food for thought.