Tag Archives: General Education

Idealists, Creatures of Habit and Connectors

By Mark T. Burke Come on…you know a fellow music teacher in each of these categories..right? The Idealist..a music teacher who teaches what should be taught because music is an art, we must know the classics, we must pay tribute to those who built the foundation our art stands upon and all kids must understand […]

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Innovate or die

Innovate or ???

By Mark T. Burke Innovate or die.  This is a common phrase in the business world, often aimed at the indie businesses of the world.  Indie businesses, those businesses known as the mom and pops, the downtown niche markets and boutiques. But, the phrase isn’t just a warning to the small business entrepreneur.  The prediction […]

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Performing is NOT the Ultimate Test: Projects and Chronicling in Education

By Mark T. Burke We all want our students to perform well.  No matter what we’re training them to do, the way they ultimately perform demonstrates proficiency.  But, there is a dark side to performing.  If we allow ourselves, we can become (and have been) convinced that performing is the reason we educate.  In other […]

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FLEX Model of Education: Is it a Superhero?

By Mark T. Burke What kid doesn’t want to FLEX their muscles and be a superhero, capable of saving the world from forces unimaginable?  Creativity, individuality, problem solving and leadership…all characteristics of great superheros. Well, we all know superheros don’t exist (well, I think they do, but for the sake of this article, let’s pretend […]

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APP Review: My Story iPAD APP

By Mark T. Burke Storytelling, the predecessor to formal education, takes center stage once again. Storytelling has a history that goes back to the very first human communications.  In early cave drawings, isolated images are rare.  Rather, drawings depict events, stories, beliefs, instances of great complexity that only a story can convey.  I believe when […]

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Defining Cooperation

By Mark T. Burke Cooperation…the core of every musical performance.  Players must cooperate during, before and after performances in order to create a lasting, musical experience. Cooperation is such a powerful byproduct of musical education that we count on the benefits to justify our programs and their place within our schools. But how do we […]

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Online Music Education’s Elephant in the Room

By Mark T. Burke Few can ignore the emotion brought on my watching a herd of elephants interact.  They are extremely social creatures. They love to play, touch and explore. Their social behavior plays a significant role in their longevity, as individuals and as a species.  Learning music has also benefited from social interaction.  Do […]

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Flipping the Switch for Music Technology: Flipped Classroom Model

By Mark T. Burke I’ll confess, I am a bit of a Techy…yeah, yeah…hard to believe, I know 🙂  In 1993, I started my quest to bring music to students through innovation.  At that time, tools like FreeStyle and Mosaic (MOTU software), systems like “email”(remember the early days of email in schools), and instruments that […]

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Strategies for Flipped Music Classrooms

By Mark T. Burke I know it has only been a day since I started talking about Flipped Classrooms, but have you given some thought to how you can Flip your Classroom?  Yes…great, share a comment or two below.  If not….then maybe after reading this post you’ll have an idea or two. If you missed […]

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Flipped Out Over Flipped Classrooms

By Mark T. Burke Flipped Classrooms, have you heard of them?  Flipped Classroom techniques have the power to create amazing results for your students.  The idea is quite simple, take what you used to do during class and make that homework and take the activities you used to give as homework and work on them […]

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