Traveling the USA with Music

Mountain majesties and rolling rivers have inspired composers for centuries. Why not your students? Help them make cross-curricular connections when you explore how composers may be inspired by natural beauty…

Beyond Fear–Improv for All, Part 1

It’s Jazz Appreciation Month. What are some of the pitfalls and joys of teaching students to improvise? MENC members express their thoughts: Overcoming Fear “It’s extremely important to be given…

Are You Ready for a Disciplinary Crisis?

Despite your best efforts, breakdowns in classroom order happen. Here are some steps to take and concepts to bear in mind the next time things get out of hand. Reestablishing…

Get a Leg Up on Multicultural Lessons

So many cultures, so little time. How often do you teach music from other cultures? Would ready-to-use lesson plans help? The cultural diversity of the world and increasingly of the…

Plan for Improvisation

Improvising is one of the National Standards, but teachers often balk at the prospect. Where can you go for lesson plans and ideas? MENC’s lesson plan library, My Music Class®, has…

Interactive Visual Aids Capture Young Learners

Want to engage students and promote understanding of music concepts? Teachers are always on the hunt for new ways to captivate students and demonstrate music concepts. If those materials foster…

Knowledge Fuels Advocacy

Parents who know what their children are learning in music class make good music advocates. Two NAfME members share their ideas. Christine Nowmos says, “Parents don’t understand that music education…

Early Childhood: Exploring Sounds

Young children enjoy discovering the expressive qualities and possibilities of a variety of sounds—body sounds, animal sounds, sounds of nature, sounds of familiar man-made objects, or sounds of music instruments.…

Ways to Re-energize, Part 2

Music teachers work hard, have bulging schedules, and manage a lot of stress. Here are some suggestions on how to re-energize from the general music forum. Find a music activity Participate…

Early Childhood Listening Activities

“Children need opportunities to learn that listening to music can be a pleasurable and fulfilling activity for its own sake,” says NAfME member Wendy L. Sims. Today, music is often…