Archive | January, 2010

Storytelling in Education

By Mark T. Burke I thought I would tell a story, about stories.  Because you are a blog reader, you no doubt find value in learning through stories.  Stories provide context to information that otherwise could be conveyed and easily forgotten.  Without context, information has little value now-a-days.  After all, much information can be found […]

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Being a Beginner Instrumentalist Is Not Just for Kids

By Mark T. Burke I thought I would start with a story.  Jack, a well known college professor in town is an accomplished man.  Jack is in his 50’s, healthy and active.  Jack’s family is grown and out of the house attending college and making their own mark on the world. Jack feels the time […]

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Innovation Brings Music Appreciation to the World

By Mark T. Burke I’ve been away from the blog for a few days because things have been busy at viaAcademies.  We just launched a really exciting project as the result of feedback from many teachers and administrators.  For the last year, we’ve focused on developing innovative Instrumental Music instruction. Due to our innovative approach […]

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How Portfolios Build Value in Your Instrumental Program

By Mark T. Burke Portfolios have long been a valuable tool in education.  What once was thought of as a homeschooling only requirement, portfolios have made their way into brick and mortar schools as high stakes graduation requirements. The benefits of maintaining a portfolio are many for students, teachers, parents and educational systems.  By nature, […]

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Music Helps Prepare Us For the "Conceptual Age"

By Mark T. BurkeI don’t have to look to the future to see great things for music education. Like few times in our past, music and the arts in general, will not merely benefit from the historical era, they will lead us into and through the next period of growth. The Information Age has left […]

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Assessment: A Look at Then and Now

By Mark T. Burke Observe someone playing Wii (or any gaming platform) for an hour and you can quickly learn how assessment is MUCH different today than in the past.  For the last several hours, I watched as my nephew played several Wii games.  The more I watched, the more I realized how he’s developing […]

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