R-E-S-P-E-C-T Revisited, Part 1

Music teachers without their own classroom at times run into problems with classroom teachers. Here are suggestions on ways to approach these challenges courtesy of the general music forum: Some problems…

Wii Music Piques Student Interest

Teachers agree that Wii Music is highly motivating. MENC member Helen Krofchick says, “Music video games have value and a place in the curriculum as long as they are used…

9 National Standards, 1 Composition Project

Not only can you teach composition, you can incorporate all the National Standards at the same time. Preservice teachers developed a 12-week composition project, and here’s what students did: Weeks…

Kamishibai: Emotional Hook for Learning

“Kamishibai is a delightful way of introducing literature, culture, and the arts” to children, says MENC member Dorothy Kittaka. This traditional Japanese form of storytelling will draw students in while…

12 Tips for Teaching Teens

Join NAfME today For middle school general music teachers, the difference between success and failure lies in connecting with, motivating, and managing adolescents. NAfME member Elizabeth Ann McAnally says that…

Unlock Teen Creativity: Compose!

“My middle school general music classes are one of my last chances to help students discover the musician inside themselves,” says NAfME member Elizabeth Ann McAnally. “Giving students the opportunity…

Put Your Music Program in the Limelight

NAfME member Debra Lindsay’s “A Tribute to the Military” program united students, faculty, parents, and the community at large in a musical tribute on Veterans Day. Highlights of the program…

Assessment-The How, What, and Why, Part 3

Recently, MENC members discussed assessment on the MENC general music forum. Here are some ideas on WHAT to assess: “If you want your students to know it, you need to assess whether they…

Assessment–The How, What, and Why, Part 2

 Recently, MENC members discussed assessment on the MENC general music forum. Here are some of their suggestions and ideas on WHY to assess: Benefits for Teachers “Assessment is more for the teacher’s benefit,”…

Assessment–The How, What, and Why, Part 1

Recently, MENC members discussed assessment on the MENC general music forum. Here are some of their suggestions and ideas on HOW to assess: Where Christine Nowmos teaches, a 3-point grading system is used…