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Although resources are not the most important part of education there are several components that help to develop an environment in which music flourishes Like any other classroom a music classroom should be equipped with basics such as a chalkboard and desks The best chalkboards include sections that are lined with the lines of a musical staff It is also desirable to have a room large enough to allow activities that include movement It is important that the teacher has access to instruments to be used in teaching It is standard teaching procedure that general music students learn to play the recorder in the fourth grade In order to complete this lesson the teacher must be able to equip each student with a quality recorder to use for the duration of the lesson It is not favorable to share instruments because valuable time is wasted in changing mouthpieces and sanitizing the recorder Orff methodology a popular technique for teaching music to children is based on the use of Orff instruments These instruments are typically types of barred percussion instruments like the xylophone This methodology is highly effective because it produces quick results but the classroom must be equipped with the appropriate Orff instruments in order for the exercises to be successful In recent years technological advances have made it easier for young music students to create their own compositions using Orff methodology and computer notation software such as Encore With the resources provided by a classroom computer students are able to create a melody using a MIDI keyboard and the notation software will translate the melody into sheet music An ideal learning environment includes all of these elements The spacious classroom pictured has a variety of instruments including a full family of recorders soprano alto tenor and bass as well as a variety of Orff instruments The classroom computer and MIDI keyboard create a composition corner in which the students can create their own songs
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