Got a Sub? Get Help from a Tub!

Give music substitutes quality, familiar materials with a generic “sub tub” in every music room in your district. With the same materials in all sub tubs, music substitutes become familiar…

Assessing with Rubrics

What needs to be assessed in music class? “If I’m teaching it, then I should be assessing it,” says MENC member Cindy Brewer. She goes beyond assessment based on the…

Checking Progress with Checklists

“I start my planning with the assessment,” says MENC member Cindy Brewer. “I decide what I want my students to know and be able to do, then I create the…

Quick & Easy Assessment of Instrumental Progress

“Having formal assessments on a regular schedule gives students concrete goals to work on. Using a variety of assessment techniques provides a more in-depth learning experience and contributes to student…

Sharing Cultures: Community and Online Sources

“Integrating music study across the curriculum is an important teaching approach,” says MENC member William Anderson. “Students benefit considerably from connecting learning in any single subject with other areas of…

Building Goodwill Ambassadors

Besides helping students discover a bigger world, studying multicultural music promotes goodwill between cultures. MENC member Linda White shares some of her experiences: After White went to New Zealand with…

Multicultural Music: Add Zing with Instruments

Using authentic instruments when teaching multicultural music adds a captivating cultural element. MENC member Linda White shares how she’s obtained instruments for her classes: Grants: Drums (buks and chongos) for her Korean…

Across Disciplines with Multicultural Music

Multicultural music readily lends itself to study in other disciplines. Learning about the culture that created the music leads to a better understanding of the music itself. MENC member Patricia…

Multiple Ways to Go Multicultural

“Teachers shouldn’t be afraid to use the music of an unfamiliar culture, for the rewards are rich,” says MENC member Patricia Shehan Campbell. She points out several possibilities, saying, “Why…