Music Assembly: Why Your School Needs One
It seems that schools are beginning to forget about the music assembly beyond their band or choirs and this is a shame. A music assembly combines many of the subjects an educator is trying to impart on their students and is also missing the opportunity to deliver more education in a way students will enjoy. It can't all be listless memorizing of facts or critical thinking for eight solid hours, a little entertainment can be a refreshing breather while still educating a young mind. Think of how many times you have retained information due to a good harmony or hypnotic beat, a music assembly can offer the same thing. Let's go over why your school would benefit from having a music assembly.
Why a Music Assembly Is Still Relevant
How often do you sing in the shower or listen to an album while going about your day? That alone should tell you why music is so important to a person, whether young or an adult. This natural drive we have to listen to music can be used to deliver lessons or help to get students excited about a topic that they'd otherwise find dull.
Learning through media students already associate with entertainment helps to get them more actively engaged rather than just trying to get a high score on their report card. That's the point, isn't it? Having the students walk away knowing something new and being able to apply it in life. A music assembly blends together the useful, the entertaining, and learning experiences into an event that a student enjoys. For example, using the techniques of Hip-hop as Sonnetman does in his shows, can teach students about sonnets and iambic pentameter or rhyme patterns through a medium that they already listen to. Giving them a deeper appreciation of their literature and English studies.
Relate to the Students
Getting down to a student's level and communicating with them in a way they enjoy removes many roadblocks to them learning. Now, if you're thinking that a music assembly is a gaggle of students sitting and listening to an educator sing or rap at them, you're very mistaken. Sure, some are like that but you can also have music assembly workshops. The Sonnet Man, for example, has students participate in storytelling tongue twisters and, more to the point, helps with Shakespeare and wordplay through rapping; even getting the students to attempt rapping themselves.
Assemblies are meant to re-engage students and get them to focus on how learning can be applied in the everyday. Brent Daniels is among those who can show students how what they learn applies to those professionals they idolize. His Music Technology shows demonstrate the techniques and technology he used to compose some of the movies students enjoy, like Marvel's Black Panther film. This is a great way to show students how learning about math, science, sound, and music can help them to achieve their dreams in adulthood.
Both shows are the kind of music assembly or music workshops that inspire students to their goals while also further reinforcing what teachers are imparting upon them.
Music Is an Interdisciplinary Vehicle
The thing about music is that it demands more than bopping your head along with the tune. It forces a person, no matter their age, to pay attention and engages the senses. The two biggest when it comes to teaching, sight, and sound. The students are engaged in a music assembly that is delivering information to their minds while also reinforcing what educators are teaching. It also gives them a nice little break from the humdrum of daily schooling.
What the Sonnet Man and Brent Daniels's music assemblies do is demonstrate that music is an interdisciplinary field where carrying a tune doesn't cut it. That music isn't just singing and dancing, but learning skills that the students are getting the basics of now. Encouraging the students at the music assembly to take their studies more seriously, that Shakespearean sonnets and plays aren't all that different from the rap they listen to and learning wordplay are one of the keys to how they feel during a song. That learning computer science and math are keys to creating the next video game or showing them a deeper appreciation for iPods or iTunes.
Music assemblies bring learning to a student's everyday life in a way they can't help but pay attention to. They inherently relate to the students and that is why every school should have a music assembly. Connect with the students in a contemporary way and get them to see where your lessons can take them if they listen.