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News from the Lab School Music Factory

The Lab School Music Factory has been busy in the past few weeks!


Marlène Martin and Pascale Haag have launched a new research project in partnership with a music school in Paris: they are testing the relevance of the CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) tool in the context of music teaching.

CLASS is a tool for observing and evaluating the quality of interactions in an educational context, developed since 2008 by a team of researchers at the University of Virginia, USA. Still little-known in France, it is frequently used in research as well as in training in nurseries and schools from kindergarten to high school, in many other countries. However, as there have been no studies to date of its usefulness in music teaching, they are carrying out exploratory work on teacher-student interactions in courses for young adults, whether group practice or theory courses (musical training, composition, arrangements).

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On Friday March 22, drummer Quentin Duchene shared his passion for his instrument with a group of children: they discovered the components of the instrument - bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat and toms, musical notation, and most importantly, the first rudiments, which enabled them to accompany We will rock you or Billie Jean right from that first session! Perhaps a prelude to regular drum lessons starting in September?

Quentin Duchène teaching drums

On the same evening, to round off Happiness at School Week in style, the band Something about Tuesdays held their third jam session. They opened with an original song of their own composition, The bridge crumbles, as well as some of their favorites: 21 Guns by Green Day, Yellow by Coldplay and Cendrillon by Téléphone. They also had the pleasure of welcoming their music teacher Erin Sharpe's band On Board. All to the delight of the audience! We can't wait for the next jam!

Jam session at Lab School Paris on March 22, 2024
Jam session at Lab School Paris on March 22, 2024


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