Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools

Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools This article is originally appeared on the Bachelors Degree website (2014) and has been updated by NAfME (2021).  Join National Association for Music…

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Conducting — Letting Go of Bad Habits

Conducting—Letting Go of Bad Habits By NAfME Member Michael Murphy The choral music educator’s job, according to Michael Murphy, “while rewarding, is a complex one. Sometimes it seems that managing…

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Trumpeting Across the Curriculum

NAfME member Lenna Harris has worked hard to infuse music throughout her school’s curriculum, but a recent opportunity helped her highlight the music program in a special way. When her…

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Early Childhood: Pattern Matching Games

Early Childhood: Pattern Matching Games Inviting children to take turns matching patterns helps develop the musical mind/voice connection. Here are some games to try. Sing into the Mic Use a…

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Tap into the Magic of Drumming, Part 1

There’s something magical about kids and drums. “My students are drawn to them like magnets,” says Susan Keeble. Group drumming from West Africa can address diverse student needs regardless of…

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Making a Case for Chorus

Making a Case for Chorus “Of the educators who said that their school has no choir program today, 31% said their school used to have such a program.”– from Making the Case…

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Cross Disciplines with Folk Songs, Part 1

Folk songs have lots of advantages for music classroom use. They connect music to history and culture, they’re popular with children, they exist in most cultures, and they’re often in…