Friday, February 29, 2008

Photos from my Texas Tech Workshop

Following up on my previous posting below, here are a couple of photos from my pre-conference workshop presentation, "Teaching through Song… in Non-Musical Disciplines," at Texas Tech University's 4th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference.

The audience seemed to enjoy the presentation and, more importantly, the idea of using topic-specific song lyrics to consolidate concepts in students' minds. One audience member who teaches poetry noted that Alexander Pope's couplets may have had the effect of reinforcing the content of his poems through the sounds that were created (or at least that's how I understood her point).

A music professor in the audience noted that students are sometimes taught to memorize the composers of classical pieces via make-believe lyrics, such as "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Mozart" (see here for another reference to that mnemonic).

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