Tap into the Magic of Drumming, Part 2

Drumming activities can tackle many elements of music and world cultures. Sue Keeble shares her experiences: Music Concepts Timbre—producing contrasting resonant sounds between the tone and bass Rhythm—patterns played within…

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Tap into the Magic of Drumming, Part 1

There’s something magical about kids and drums. “My students are drawn to them like magnets,” says Susan Keeble. Group drumming from West Africa can address diverse student needs regardless of…

5 Books for Middle Schoolers

Have you been asked to help improve students’ reading scores in your music classroom? NAfME member Stephanie Cronenberg has found some reading materials for music classes appropriate for most middle…

Multicultural Music and Students with Disabilities

Music teachers can adapt lessons for various disabilities: physical, behavioral, and cognitive. David Knapp has found ways to include students with disabilities in learning world music. The following are ideas…

Music Lasts a Lifetime

So can teachers’ relationships with students. NAfME member Sue Waters has had a relationship with one family since the late 1970s. One of the families in Waters’ school has seven…

I Knew Him When …

Ever have a student who showed special music talent? NAfME member Debra Kay Robinson Lindsay remembers Brian Paul Mendoza, who has gone on to direct and choreograph plays in theatres…

The 4 Cs: Communication and Collaboration

In music, students communicate through performing their compositions, presenting their ideas in their own musical language. By listening, they interpret their classmates’ performances. MENC member Donna Zawatski videotapes students performing their compositions and plays…

The 4 Cs: Critical Thinking

“The music classroom is a perfect place to teach critical thinking and problem solving,” says MENC member Donna Zawatski. Instead of giving students the answers, she asks questions that will…

The 4 Cs: Creativity

Creativity is core to the 4 Cs* and to 21st-century skills. MENC member Donna Zawatski believes in “original work, independent learning, cooperative learning experiences, and experimentation. Composing is an excellent activity to…

Last Days of School: What'll I Do?

What can you do to finish the year with restless students when you’re approaching burnout? Here are some ideas from the NAfME general music forum: Review favorite songs, games, and dances.…