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Education Week

Guitar Hero as Teacher

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 12.07.14 AMMeet Jon Schwartz and his creative work using the blues to teach just about everything. Jon, his ideas and his students are what “school” can and should be. I love the stories he shares he about using music in deep and rich learning.

Last year I surprised my first grade students by bringing an electric guitar to class. They had no idea that their teacher used to be a professional gigging musician, and I figured jamming for them would elicit a yearning for live music and hands-on learning about instruments. Before I struck the first chord, an eager student shouted out the first request: “What’s your highest score in Guitar Hero?”

Full article at Education Week.