Music Education and Public Policy in Trenton
The Policy and Education team interviewed a number of past and present Trenton music educators, as well as some others with experience and training in the field of education, to help identify and find solutions to the problems that Trenton music education faces.
Team members include:
Natually, not everything pertaining to the issues discussed in the podcasts could be discussed in detail in the timeframe of an hour. Below are some of the important topics that, while not discussed in-depth in the podcast, we felt would be invaluable to include on a page that talks about music education and the problems that it faces.
The Hedgepeth-Williams Case
This is a court case that occurred in Trenton that is not often referred to. It set the foundation for the Brown vs. Board of Education case, and so was essential to the process of desegregation.
The Impact of Music Technology
Another topic that is often disregarded when discussing music education is the importance of technology, especially its uses in the classroom and how it has revolutionized the teaching process.
Music Education’s Impact on Special Learners
When special learners are referenced, the image of a child with Autism or another severe disability is usually the first to come to mind. In actuality, there is a very wide range of learning disabilities, from exceedingly mild to life-threatening, and the case for many is that music helps these students manage their disability.
The Growing Problem of Gender in the Music Classroom
This is an issue that has only recently become more important to the education community, and it is one of extreme importance. All students have their right to an equal quality education in a place where they can feel comfortable and safe, regardless of gender identity.