Pick a Peck of Multicultural Lesson Plans

Multicultural music is important, but where can you go for lesson plans to build your repertoire and resources? MENC’s My Music Class can help. MENC member Patricia Shehan Campbell points out that…

National Anthems around the World

What are other countries’ national anthems like? MENC member Maria Schwab explored this question with her students. In a unit on patriotic music (national, state, city, and school songs), she…

Parlez-vous Multicultural

When using multicultural music, “go for the native language,” recommends MENC member Maria Schwab. “The flow of the original language always fits better with the original melodies.” When Schwab introduces…

Let the Symphony Inspire Your Students

Does your local symphony have an education program? Arizona MENC member Margie Porter took advantage of “Inspiration & Imagination,” one of the Phoenix Symphony’s education programs. The concert explores a…

5 Tips for Teaching Music without a Room

How can you make every minute count in music class without your own classroom? Here are 5 tips from the general music forum: 1. Get a Big Cart. The more that’s…

What's on Your Web Page?

What’s on your school’s Web page? Summer might be a good time to give it a redo. Here are some ideas from the general music forum: Program Information Overview of…

Building Respect for Music Teachers

“How do we get more performance area teachers on board with us?” asks Jim Frisque, a general music teacher. Better relations are a two-way street. If you’re an ensemble director,…

Land of Opportunity

A variety of music experiences not found elsewhere and available to all students can be found in general music. Sometimes the benefits of and the hard work that goes into…

General Music–Truly Music for All

“To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.” This is MENC’s mission statement. General music teachers carry out this mission every day. Who sees…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) supports music as a core subject, but general music teachers often struggle for their time with students. MENC member Anita Willard points out that her state…