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Teacher Marisa Martinez says music key to learning
San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, October 31, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle Staff

Posted on 10/31/2010 8:03:49 PM PDT by thecodont

Kindergarten teacher Marisa Martinez was tired of political promises, unfulfilled vows to restore California classrooms to their former glory. She despaired as she saw her beloved art and music disappear from the schools as money dried up, leaving teachers scrambling for pencils and paper. To Martinez, 41, paintbrushes and pianos weren't luxuries; they were necessities.

A professional musician as well as an educator at San Francisco's El Dorado Elementary School, she decided to take things into her own hands. With her own money, she created a CD of songs she sings to her predominantly low-income students, tunes with a bluegrass, folksy feel that address the basics of life and literacy with humor and joy. It's called "Chicken & ABC's." The project was both a labor of love and an artistic uprising against broken political promises from a frustrated and funny teacher who signs her e-mails, "With Love, chickens, Chihuahuas, children and Peace."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/31/BAT71G3HOS.DTL#ixzz13zm3HTnc

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: ca2010; children; education; educationfunding; kindergarten; music

1 posted on 10/31/2010 8:03:53 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

>>With Love, chickens, Chihuahuas, children and Peace.” <<

I threw up in my mouth just a bit.


2 posted on 10/31/2010 8:05:56 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: thecodont

Nothing wrong with innovation. I love to see people try...I say, good on you.


3 posted on 10/31/2010 8:06:44 PM PDT by devane617 (Gloves Off. Brass-Knuckles On. MSM KO'd.)
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To: thecodont

I think donuts are far more important to learning. We should have the Dept of Education do a ten year study to settle it.


4 posted on 10/31/2010 8:08:07 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: thecodont
Music is the key...Japan has some of the best musicians and music programs and they are far ahead academically.

Music helped me in English (listening, reading), Math (fractions/counting), and Science (physics/sound waves/pitch/velocity).

5 posted on 10/31/2010 8:08:22 PM PDT by Florida native
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To: Florida native

However, I don’t go with the psychobabble/mumbo-jumbo that some music teachers incorporate...but Music can enhance academics.


6 posted on 10/31/2010 8:10:56 PM PDT by Florida native
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To: thecodont

bfltr


7 posted on 10/31/2010 8:12:01 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: thecodont
she created a CD of songs she sings to her predominantly low-income students, tunes with a bluegrass, folksy feel

If she were a Conservative she'd be smeared as a racist or exploiting the poor with stereotypical music.

Yes, America has become that cynical and jaded.

8 posted on 10/31/2010 8:13:08 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Florida native
Japan has some of the best musicians and music programs and they are far ahead academically.

Score-wise, perhaps. Creative thinking? No.

9 posted on 10/31/2010 8:14:43 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: thecodont
I seem to recall hearing a teacher in Brazil(?) got his kids into classical music, and their academic scores have skyrocketed. A border town in Texas has used chess as a way to motivate students - they have some of the best chess teams in the country, and kids at the elementary level are now training to be national champions. Bottom line is, competition grows excellence - it can be sports, arts, etc.

But giving every student a trophy just because they participated, cheapens the hard work others put in - that's where the RATS go off the deep end ...

10 posted on 10/31/2010 8:24:39 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Things that have never happened before, happen every day ....)
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To: Florida native

Every so often, when I need to remember a fact or grammatical rule, Schoolhouse Rock tunes start to play in the back of my brain. They were definitely worth knowing!


11 posted on 10/31/2010 8:24:44 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: devane617

“Nothing wrong with innovation.”

If this is innovation, Sesame Street has been one of the best kept secrets for over 30 years. Who can forget the song, “One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten?” I can still sing it at 51. And of course “Rubber Ducky” is classic. When I was homeschooling, I taught my daughter the months of the year using Paul Anka’s “Calendar Girl.” I also taught her something using a cheerleader routine. Even my high school chemistry teacher said music was one of the best ways to learn and taught a few ditties. Kudos to the teacher, but this isn’t exactly a new concept.


12 posted on 10/31/2010 8:27:23 PM PDT by pops88
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To: thecodont

It was already done by “School House Rock.” They were much cooler.

....conjunction junction, what’s your function?


13 posted on 10/31/2010 8:30:17 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: thecodont
With Love, chickens, Chihuahuas, children and Peace

Amen!


14 posted on 10/31/2010 8:33:40 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-Reader: omnipotence at home, impotence abroad (Weekly Standard))
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To: thecodont
A professional musician as well as an educator at San Francisco's El Dorado Elementary School,

So that explains it. To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

15 posted on 10/31/2010 8:36:41 PM PDT by random_user_827 ((b) use DHCP to automatically assign IP addresses to hosts)
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To: netmilsmom

YOU ARE SO FUNNY.


16 posted on 10/31/2010 8:51:15 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: thecodont

I don’t understand - - how often do you have to replace pianos?


17 posted on 10/31/2010 8:55:04 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

“I don’t understand - - how often do you have to replace pianos?”

When you lose the keys?


18 posted on 10/31/2010 8:59:24 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Hilarious!!! ;)


19 posted on 10/31/2010 9:16:08 PM PDT by Deo confidimus
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To: Deo confidimus

I’ll be here all week.


20 posted on 10/31/2010 9:28:37 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: thecodont
I had a look at her site (www.abcandchickens.com) pretty much expecting to find the ramblings of a ditzed-out airhead. It's not that at all. She actually refers to herself as "Mrs. Martinez" which in Freaksicko is downright countercultural, she actually sings on key and on time, the recordings are decently made, and the website is highly functional. Your kids could do a hell of a lot worse for a teacher.
21 posted on 10/31/2010 10:36:38 PM PDT by TheMole
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To: thecodont

Never underestimate the power of music.

Philippine Prison Warden Byron Garcia has had such success with his 1500 inmates’(70% of the inmates are high risk.....0 incidents of violence) music/precision dance program at the Maximum Security Prison (CPDRC) that they are taking the program nationwide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKtdTJP_GUI

Byron Garcia:
http://www.youtube.com/user/byronfgarcia


22 posted on 10/31/2010 11:03:16 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: thecodont

It actually does enhance learning. There also seems to be a strong correlation between math and music.


23 posted on 11/01/2010 8:20:46 AM PDT by texmexis best
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