Did you know that March is “Music in Our Schools Month“? Think of it as a great time to highlight the importance of comprehensive, sequential music education taught by exemplary music educators for all through concerts, lessons, and public performances and advocacy activities. A time to squelch the image of the “band geek” and celebrate music as a learning opportunity that draws on more than just music, but also math, culture, history, and more.
To help get you started with recognizing Music in Our Schools Month, we’ve put together a short list of resources for you to use. If you have any favorites that you think we’ve missed, leave us a message in the comments!
Read Write Think has a great list of lesson plans for MIOSM, designed for K-12 students.
ArtsAlive, a Canada based site, offers a large number of resources for teachers, including four (very) in-depth teacher resource kits on Mozart, Vivaldi, Schubert and Beethoven.
ArtsEdge, run by the Kennedy Center, offers a slew of music-based lesson plans for teachers.
ArtsEdge also offers resources about STE(a)M – integrating arts into STEM programs. It is a great resource for non-music teachers to help integrate arts into their non-arts based classes.
The National Association for Music Education has a searchable list of lesson plans relating to music.
Here are a few facts and figures about the benefits of music study.
And here are a few more.
There are some awesome music teachers out there who are integrating technology into their classrooms: Check out one example here.
Read about how musicians are teaching music online.
Here are a few tips on how to use your iPad/apps in a music classroom.
iBand Unleashed is a great tool for using iPads and technology to create music. Its made specifically with students and teachers in mind.
StoreVanMusic (the maker of iBand Unleashed, above) also has some cool education initiatives to read about.