Maryland Music Teacher and Students Jam at 2012 Music Education Week

Randi Levy and her middle school students brought rock expertise and enthusiasm to Baltimore.


At 2012 Music Education Week presented by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in Baltimore, Maryland, Levy and her students participated in the Popular Music Academy.In a segment called “It’s Only Rock and Roll,” Levy and her students showed how to integrate rock music into the school curriculum and how they collaborate.

That particular segment of the academy included info on songwriting, broadcasting, while other segments explored hip hop, jazz.Clinician Jamie Knight from the Huntington Beach (California) Academy for the Performing Arts, shared the pros and cons of using popular music in the classroom, how to conduct classroom instruction and how to select materials and even explore fundraising efforts to help support the school music program.

Marvelene C. Moore, chair of the NAfME Council for IN-ovations, said innovative music programs can attract new students to school music programs, even perhaps demonstrating the vitality of a music program if budget cuts are a possibility. Moore is professor of music education and James A. Cox Endowed Chair at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

In this video Levy describes the Rock and Roll segment of the Music Education Week Popular Music Academy.



Roz Fehr, NAfME, managing editor for news

Video by Scott Nurmi, Mojo Factory Productions LLC