Elevate Writing Focus and Enjoyment with Music

Many beginning writers—especially boys with ADD or ADHD—can find writing a chore. MENC member Glenda Cosenza has found a process that improves focus and persistence for and increases students’ enjoyment…

Learning Partners: Teach Music, Boost Reading

What’s the connection between music and reading? By relabeling music skills, suggests MENC member Melissa Berke, music teachers can help others understand how the two naturally overlap. Syllabication to the…

Cross-Pollination: Music & Science

Music class has lots of opportunities to integrate music and science. MENC member Bonnie Lomax finds that many songs naturally lend themselves to scientific exploration: “Fuzzy Caterpillar.” Explore metamorphosis and…

Play Me a Picture: Music and Art

Integrating music learning with the visual arts has many benefits, according to MENC member Glenda Cosenza. 1) Using visual and auditory channels interchangeably can increase higher-order thinking skills. 2) Higher-order…

Math + Music = Enriched Learning

Many math concepts relate directly to music concepts. Learning them together can boost learning for both. MENC member Karin Nolan found herself modifying song lyrics and lesson plans she found.…

Tips to Successful Collaboration

Start small. “Sometimes people need to see success before they want to become a part of it,” says 2007 Teacher of the Year Andrea Peterson. She recommends finding one or…