Early Childhood Movement Activities

“Movement helps children learn about music, and music can help children learn about new ways to move,” says NAfME member Wendy L. Sims. Music and movement activities serve several goals:…

Early Childhood Singing Activities

Young children thrive in a playful, relaxed, joyful environment with music activities designed to elicit exploration, cooperation, and success, says NAfME member Wendy L. Sims. “Singing is the most intimate…

Success with Autism: Prepare for Change

“Planning for the unknown can avoid a great deal of fear and anxiety for children with special needs,” says MENC member Scott H. Iseminger. “Any sort of change shakes apart…

Success with Autism: Visual Aids

“Children with special needs are concrete learners,” says MENC member Scott H. Iseminger. “Visual information makes words more concrete. Pictures of a student sitting in a chair or playing the…

Success with Autism: Predictability

“Children with autism act out and misbehave not because they’re autistic, but because their fears and anxieties are so great,” says MENC member Scott H. Iseminger. “Children with autism and…

Don’t Let Physical Disabilities Stop Students

More students with physical disabilities, orthopedic conditions, and fragile health are participating in school music programs. Elise Sobol, chairperson of Music for Special Learners of the New York State School…

Strategize for Students with Vision Loss

Visual impairments range from low vision to blindness and can demand a variety of strategies. MENC member Elise Sobol urges educators to work closely with the special education team in school district…

Tips for Teaching Students with ADD or ADHD

Many teachers recognize the signs of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD): an inability to maintain attention, impulsive behaviors, and/or motor restlessness. Students can have mild,…

Ways to Re-energize, Part 1

How do you re-energize when your schedule is overloaded, budget cuts are threatened, and students try your patience? Here are some suggestions from the general music forum. Interact with other teachers…

5 Golden Rules for Music Advocacy

In today’s climate of budget cutbacks, Richard Victor, the Pennsylvania MEA advocacy chair, has gathered these core advocacy principles: 1) Know the decision makers. Tell decision makers why music education…