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10 Dec

Zig Wajler Releases ?Literacy, Music & Technology Connection?

Zig Wajler, author of Literacy, Music & Technology Connection (Alfred Music Publishing) is a dynamic teacher who inspires his students to surpass all expectations in generating music accomplishments. The engaging lessons in this book, his most recent release, focus on real-world applications and create a positive learning environment for students and teachers- With the result being an exciting and positive learning experience. The lessons tie together lyrics, music, and technology as learning tools in student-driven activities along with offering opportunities for students to create, compose, record, and produce original songs.

This book is straightforward and easy to use, no matter your technology backgrounds. The CD loop library and associated lessons are designed to guide K-12 students through the composition process. The nucleus of each lesson is organized with the T.P.A.P concept: Think, Plan, Assemble, and Produce. The “Think and Plan” word lessons are designed as Language Arts tools. The “Assemble” lessons integrate loop-based music software with music and lyrics. The Produce lessons are designed to arrange music and to prepare the students to record their voices. The software is formatted to play on a standard CD player but can be played via a computer’s media player, such as Windows Media Player or Quick Time. I like the cookbook approach of getting students engaged in music first before providing a formal curriculum.

The lesson plans provided in each chapter are outstanding. Zig explains, “I design the majority of my lesson plans by listening to student suggestions. The key here is to be an ‘active listener.’ I find this is an excellent teacher-to-student tool when reinforcing the art of listening, which lends itself directly to effective communication. The students seem to be aware of the end result of the projects we create in the classroom, such as contemporary songs, skits, adaptations of plays, not to mention all the different forms of writing (expressive, persuasive, reflective, literary, and poetry). This is one way students can make a connection outside the classroom, and somehow relate to textbook learning, not only in the music or technology class, but across the curriculum.”

For more information on Zig Wajler and his brilliant educational program, please be sure to visit his website at www.HandsOnWithZig.com. Also be sure to check your local dealer for Zig’s latest educational publication, Literacy, Music & Technology Connection, which is available now.

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