“My Music Class” Receives Education Standard of Excellence Recognition in 2008 WebAward Competition Online Lesson Plan Library is Available Exclusively to Members of MENC: The National Association for Music Education RESTON, VA (September 17, 2008) — MENC: The National Association for Music Education introduced “My Music Class,” an online teaching idea center and lesson plan library for music teachers, in April 2008. The Web Marketing Association has recognized this new resource in their 2008 WebAward competition. My Music Class received the Education Standard of Excellence in the competition. The Web Marketing Association, a volunteer-staffed organization founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and development of the best Web sites, is the producer of the WebAward Competition. Now in its 12th year, the WebAwards is the premier annual Web site award competition that names the best sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all Web site development.
Since its launch, My Music Class has attracted thousands of visitors to its searchable database of music lessons. MENC members and partners add new lessons frequently. The lessons can be searched by subject area, grade level, national standard and keyword. Users can rate the lessons for their effectiveness.
The competition judges’ comments included:
- “I like the ability to upload music, worksheet or video files to a lesson. Also like creating and saving lesson function — very helpful to educators.”
- “Overall I thought the site features were valuable to the audience. I think the idea of My Music Class as a refined search is a nice solution for helping to sort through the vast amount of information.”
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 142,000 members and supporters include educators representing all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.