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New Materials on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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As the school year gets ready to begin, teachers are looking for new materials to energize their classrooms and provide quality instructional means for all their students. As such, I have created a series of texts to assist with the teaching of Music History, covering all aspects of musical culture and written for the middle to high school students. These resources can also help students who are interested in pursuing music in college to gain a strong foothold on their upcoming coursework. Presented on Teachers Pay Teachers, the Teaching Music History contains the following texts:

  • Music in Prehistoric Times
  • Music in Ancient Egypt
  • Music in Ancient Greece
  • Chant in the Middle Ages
  • Secular Music in the Middle Ages
  • Music in the Renaissance, c. 1400-1600
  • Music in the Baroque Era, c. 1600-1750
  • Music in the Classical Period, c. 1750-1825
  • Music in the Romantic Era, c. 1825-1900
  • Music in Modernism, c. 1900-2000
  • Jazz Music
  • Music in Film
  • Music in Video Games

In addition, separate handouts are available detailing the lives and music of influential composers throughout history are available. These Composer/Artist Profiles are perfect for biography mini-lessons and also come with a list of selected works that best represent that particular composer’s musical style.

These materials are available at Teacher Pay Teachers; click on the picture below to access the site:

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Start out the School Year the Right Way

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Well, once again, September is upon us, and the sounds of pencils sharpening and notebook paper turning is filling our schools all over. Reading, writing, and arithmetic may the core subjects of our nation’s priority, but don’t forget about the arts! While more and more arts programs are being relegated to fewer and fewer schools, or simply being eradicated from entire districts, it’s comforting to see so many students getting interested in participating in chorus, band, general music, and other musical activities that truly enrich their lives. The joy of practicing an instrument or working on singing that next chorus tune is certainly better than sitting on the couch watching TV or playing video games. Not only does music require multitasking, higher-level thinking, and dedication, it’s also incredibly fun! So if your music program is in danger of being cut, there are a number of ways that your voice can be heard. Organizations like the National Association for Music Education (NAfMe) and the New Jersey Music Teacher’s Association (NJMEA) are always doing their best to show schools just how important music is in a child’s life, and simply visiting their websites can give you information as to how to support your local music program. As the great Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: “Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young”. More than two thousand years later, that statement still holds as much truth now as it did then”. So get as much out of the beginning of this school year as possible and get involved in the arts. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

– Andrew

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