Share the Music Across Disciplines, Part 2

When Lenna Harris heard, “What do you know about real teaching?” she knew she wanted to dispel that fallacy and make music an integral part of the life of the…

Share the Music across Disciplines

Ever heard, “You just teach singing and songs. What do you know about real teaching?” MENC member Lenna Harris did. “I knew that what I did was more than just…

Honing 21st Century Skills in a Digital World

Developing technologically literate students is prime in our expanding Internet age, says MENC member Matt McVeigh. Students invariably ride the cutting edge of Internet tools, and blogs, podcasts, Facebook, and…

Catch More Students with Web 2.0

What’s Web 2.0? “It’s the blogs where you post your own content, and the Wikis where experts add their own information. It’s the videos on YouTube, the Tweets on Twitter,…

Tips for Using Technology in Your Classroom

MENC member Hal Peterson offers some tips for incorporating technology into music activities: Music Listening Activities Have students use the Internet to research composers and compositions. Lead a class discussion…

Planning a Music Technology Lab

MENC member Hal Peterson has some tips for planning a music technology lab: Map out your lab (see floor plan below). Try using some free floor plan software (search on…

Make Technology Instrumental, Part 2

Here are more ways to integrate technology in your music classroom courtesy of NAfME member Fred Kersten: 6. Consider developing a MIDI band or laptop orchestra to capture student interest…

Make Technology Instrumental, Part 1

Should teachers embrace technology without reservation or with caution? NAfME member Fred Kersten had compiled his “Ten Techmandments for Technology Inclusion in the Music Classroom” to help ensure music instruction…

Motivating Urban Students

Students’ basic needs must be met before they can be motivated to learn, says MENC member Elizabeth Ann McAnally. Urban students often come to school with unfulfilled needs for physical…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Revisited, Part 2

When music teachers without their own classrooms have problems with classroom teachers, getting faculty, parent, and community support are key. Here are suggestions on ways to build support courtesy of…