January May Be Cold, but Look for a Hot New Issue of Teaching Music

The January issue of Teaching Music arrives with tips and inspiration for the music education classroom.


  • The Snare Drum in Three Dimensions: Training percussionists as complete musicians.
  • Taking the Write Way: Experts say teaching music composition can be a tricky task, but it doesn’t have to be. Composer Lalo Schifrin discusses composition and improvisation.
  • Music in the Heart: be reminded of why you do what you do.
  • Side by Side: Port Angeles, Washington, may have economic struggles, but two award-winning teachers shepherd an outstanding music program.

Department Stories

  • Creating Elementary Classroom Centers
  • Assessment for brass and wind ensembles
  • Student work with barre chords
  • String instruction for left-handed players
  • Good tone on a hand drum

Upbeat: News

  • In Fayetteville, NC, It Took a Village to Create a World’s Largest Concert® Segment
  • Enter the MENC Student Composers Competition
  • MENC Announces Conductors for the 2011 All-National Honor Ensembles
  • Members Can Nominate Candidates for MENC 2012–14 President-Elect
  • Struggling Virginia School Receives Music Room Makeover

MENC resources

Roz Fehr, January 6, 2011 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education