Selecting Quality Music, Part 2

Clinicians Richard Miles from Morehead State University, KY; Larry Blocher from Troy University, AL; and John Clinton, from University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, presented “Selecting Quality Music: All Music May Not be Created Equal” at MENC’s Music Education Week. Here are some highlights from their session to make you more informed about selecting quality music for teaching.

Read Part 1


FOCUS – the main idea at any point
ECONOMY – avoid the unnecessary, be able to justify everything
BALANCE – move the melody around the ensemble (interesting parts)
VARIETY – balanced the predictable with the unexpected; too much of either is boring

Finding quality music

  • Look at scores
  • Listen to recordings
  • Websites
  • Talk with colleagues and composers
  • Attend conferences
  • Attend reading sessions
  • Go to concerts
  • Look at concert programs
  • Attend festivals
  • Write something

Remember: There are great pieces of music at all levels of difficulty.

— Nicole Springer. August 18, 2010. © National Association for Music Education.