Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chapter 4 Cognitive Information Processing Theory

   Minimizing Forgetting of Academic Learning, in other words... Make Learning Fun. Anytime you can put a song to a concept, a toy, or an activity to help with understanding it makes the task of learning fun. I remember as a girl learning multiplication with a little toy you could the tab down to check your answer. I recently stumbled across one in a toy store and picked it up for my third grader. He has been playing with it ever since.
  Very often in my music class I will review a past concept before introducing a new one, this definetly helps when explaining the new concept.


  1. Response: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat is the name of the game in our early music classes. Using rhymes, repeated patterns, and short funny stories engages the kids and activates their schema. The deep, long term memory is added to and the short term memory uses the skills to develop new and innovative creations. Thus the beginning skills of improvisation starts. Just by using simple rhymes, rhythms and pitches repeated over and over again. Cognitive Information Processing is what music educators do.

  2. I remember learning my multilplication from a record that would say 1x1 is 1 and it would go on and on for the whole set of numbers. The teacher would have us write the information that was on the record as it was saying it. I always thought it was tedious, and would have loved if they would have had the music they do now for the multiplication. I always play the multiplication rap that I have for my students. It provides them a funner way of learning and remembering. Students need to have things repeated to get them from short term memory into long term memory, but it also needs to be fun and in short segments as to not overwhelm students.