Classroom Management: More Than A Bag of Tricks

In a teaching world where using extrinsic rewards has become a mainstream classroom management staple, it is important to remember that strong classroom management is not just about tossing out…

NAfME Member Remembers Zoltán Kodály

In his second year at the Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest, Hungary, Jorge Gardos started attending classes given by music educator Zoltán Kodály.  At the time, the Academy had dropped…

Could You Save a Student’s Life?

Are you certified in CPR and first aid? Many school districts require their teachers to be certified, but others don’t. It’s not uncommon for students to face a crisis in…

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Trumpeting Across the Curriculum

NAfME member Lenna Harris has worked hard to infuse music throughout her school’s curriculum, but a recent opportunity helped her highlight the music program in a special way. When her…

You Can Begin Again

The secret to success in any field may be getting up one more time than you’re knocked down. Mary Ellen Cohn, executive director of the Maryland Music Educators Association, was…

Strategies for Students with Special Needs

All those kids, all those different learning styles, all those special needs—how do you reach and teach them all? NAfME member Ruth Ann Debrot points out that many strategies that…

A Little Music Training Goes a Long Way

A recent article in the Journal of Neuroscience touts the benefits of even a few years of music training.  In the Scientific American “Science Sushi” blog, Christie Wilcox says, “Music…

Tips for Celebrating National Anthem Day

September 14 is National Anthem Day. Here are some tips for celebrating with your students: Help students understand the meaning of the words. Define unknown words like “ramparts” and “perilous.”…

YouTube Brings the Recorder to Life

Do your recorder students quickly lose interest? Do they consider it a toy rather than an instrument? “The Exquisite Recorder,” in General Music Today addresses these problems with YouTube videos…

Teaching Students with Behavior Problems

“Students with behavior disorders are generally unhappy individuals, and they often make everyone around them unhappy as well,” says NAfME member Alice-Ann Darrow. “They’re generally disliked by their peers, their…