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SOS Classroom Music

November 20th, 2009

What we’ve been up to this fall semester!

This fall my Writing 340 class undertook the task of expanding SOS Classroom into the realm of music education, an area heavily hit by budget cuts. With an outstanding number of musicians in our class, we believed we could gather a wide breath of online music education resources to begin to fill in the curriculum void in the LAUSD K-8 classrooms.
We focused the topics of rhythm, aural skills and voice, music history, musicians and composers, and music genres and lyrics. We envisioned that these areas would help cultivate artistic perception, creative expression and understanding of the historical and cultural context of music. The ultimate goal of SOS Classroom Music, aside from education, is to cultivate a long-lasting musical interest in youths.

After weeks of bookmarking relevant sites, our class had to determine a user-friendly and age-appropriate presentation of the collected information. Our discussions on how to integrate and present the various project elements brought up many interesting questions surrounding cultural and interface bias.

The area of music history incited engaging conversation as concerns were voiced about appropriate methods of illustration, including questions about the validity and comprehensiveness of our aggregated information. Coach got the class thinking about the reflections of our socioeconomic and cultural bias in the information we collected, as the history of music is so intricately interwoven with cross-cultural and longitudinal influence spanning countries and continents.

Furthermore, interface concerns were raised about the presentation of information. What information would be highlighted and how would we create connections between all the different elements? What connections would we make to Classical composer Mozart and how would we present the history of influence? Where would the instruments and respective histories be placed in relation? The complex chronology of music and its multitude of influences posed a substantial question on both the cultural perspective as well as chronological presentation of all the information we gathered.

The interesting class discussions sparked by these basic logistical concerns not only reflects a larger contextual question our class must face, but also a question our country’s education system must consider in the education reform debate.

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SOS Classroom Sets Sail

July 5th, 2009

To coincide with the traditional start of summer school, sildenafil SOS Classroom is launching its resource site. Now you will find the first set of life preservers, search resources gathered and organized according to grade level and subject.

We will also be beginning our pilot program at the Champions summer camp in Hancock Park. The campers will be using our resources and providing feedback on which ones are most worthwhile.

We are joining the online movement to use Web tools to help our ailing schools. We solute the work of AngelMom, prostate Victoria Hurley, 4LAKids, Jose Rodriguez, and Cuts Hurt Kids who are all voicing their discontent and trying to raise awareness.

Our next mission is to get word of the site out to as many students, parents, and teachers as possible. At the same time, we will be continuing to build and to organize our resource lists, so keep the tags coming!

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