Unite and Save Music

Take steps now to strengthen your music program. Budget cuts across the nation are putting programs in jeopardy. Richard Victor, the Pennsylvania MEA advocacy chair, emphasizes program unity. “Every school…

Cook Up Some Improv Strategies, Part 2

MENC member Herbert D. Marshall shares improvisation activities he’s found successful in the classroom: First, Marshall emphasizes having “good class control and rapport with and among students” and points out…

Cook Up Some Improv Strategies, Part 1

Teaching children (and sometimes yourself) to improvise isn’t always covered in teacher training, but MENC member Herbert D. Marshall discovered some attitudes, techniques, and resources that helped him: Marshall focuses…

Crafting a Concert Etiquette Project

Are your concerts riddled with children running in and out, babies crying, and adults socializing? When her elementary school community exhibited poor concert behavior, MENC member Susan DuPree Mincey decided…

When Classes Miss Music

Field trips, delayed openings, snow days, and assemblies can cause students to miss music class. How can you keep all your students on the same page in your lesson plans?…

Music & Language Learning

“Children learn music in much the same way they learn a language,” says Edwin Gordon of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML). GIML describes the stages of language learning:…

Music Aptitude: Use It or Lose It

When it comes to music aptitude, an early and appropriate music environment is key. The sooner children are immersed in a rich music environment, the more music aptitude they retain.…

Cross Disciplines with Folk Songs, Part 2

Folk songs exist around the world. The MENC lesson plan library (My Music Class) includes folk songs from other countries: Strategies for Teaching Middle-Level General Music Standard 2C (middle school) Students play…