December MEJ Covers Using Spirituality in Teaching and General Music Research

Myriad holidays approach and the December 2011 issue of Music Educators Journal will arrive with the gift of enlightenment for music educators.

As always, members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) can also read MEJ stories online. Visit NAFME Periodicals for more information. The features include

  • If We Knew What Spirituality Was, We Would Teach for It by Iris M. Yob
  • Developing Listening Skills through Peer Interaction by Erik Johnson
  • Tell Me What You Hear: Vocabulary Acquisition and Application in the General Music Middle School Classroom by Nathan Walby
  • An Aural Learning Project: Assimilating Jazz Education Methods for Traditional Applied Pedagogy by Nancy M. Gamso
  • Hearing Is Believing: Dalcroze Solfege and Musical Understanding by Kathy Thomsen
  • From Research to the General Music Classroom by Clifford K. Madsen

The NAFME Today section covers the Association’s upcoming elections for national and divisions presidents-elect, NAfME bylaws and its constitution.

 Other stories include:

  •  An update on the Instrumental Music Academy that Peter Loel Boonshaft will present during Music Education Week in June 2012.
  • A reworking of the former World’s Largest Concert®, now known as the Concert for Music in Our Schools Month®. The March event is now aimed at secondary students as well as elementary school participants. Find more information on Music In Our Schools Month activities and information about the Concert at the FAQ page.
  • A look at the 2011 United States Army All-American Marching Band through the eyes of a Nebraska student.
  • NAfME’s Audio Logo Contest for members who will compose a new musical motif for use by NAfME.
  • Auditions are now open for NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles, which will perform during 2012 Music Education Week.   

 —Roz Fehr, December 5, 2011, © National Association for Music Education (