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The Yellow Brick Road Blog is a website dedicated to providing music teachers with fun education resources for serious music literacy.
Music in the Movies with Composition Activity
A mini-unit suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. Focus is on listening to and analysing the elements of music and a film scoring composition project to complete the unit.♫ This resource is a 20 page PDF file containing: • information on the purpose and function of music in films...
Top 3 Units for Middle School General Music
Top 3 Units for Middle School General Music. Organized Chaos. Ideas and resources for project based learning with middle school general music students. World music, composition, and careers in music.
My Classroom Rules and How I Enforce Them
Read about three great rules to have in a middle school classroom and how to effectively enforce those rules
Tips for Working with Middle School Youth Choirs | Ashley Danyew
Working with a youth choir can be a fun, inspiring, rewarding, and deeply meaningful experience. As a director, you balance the responsibilities of building community, integrating service, sharing meaning, inspiring purpose, and fostering musical development. But how do you approach musical growth
High School Music Games | Synonym
Students who learn to appreciate music enjoy many benefits. Participation in musical activities may foster a sense of civic duty; for example In a study conducted by Chorus America, researchers found that 76 percent of people who participate in a chorus or choir regularly volunteer versus 50 percent of people in ...
S-Cubed Sight Singing Program Level ONE How to teach Sight Singing to Beginners
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Beyond the Music
This handbell activity is similar to one I posted over one year ago. I adapted this song for use in a class, which was large (18 people!). And I had to teach all of this nonverbally! so it can definitely be done. I even dare say it might be easier to teach without words than to try to explain this whole procedure... Materials: 8-Note Rhythm Band handbells or deskbells Lucky (for handbells).doc (adapted sheet music) Lucky handbell colors.doc iPod/speakers "Lucky" by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie…
The Digital Lives of Teens: The Key Word Is Trust
In his latest post about the digital lives of teens, Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson looks at the trend toward outsourcing surveillance of cyberbullying, and illustrates how building a culture of trust is more effective.
Web-based Tools for Your Middle School Music Classroom | MusTech.Net - Music Education & Technology
Yesterday, I blogged about presenting to the music educators (elementary general and vocal and middle school general and vocal) of Howard County Public School System. I...
A Better Way to Practice
While it may be true that there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going, there certainly are ways of needlessly prolonging the journey. We often waste lots of time because nobody ever taught us the most effective and efficient way to practice. Whether it's learning how to code, improving your writing skills, or playing a musical instrument, practicing the right way can mean the difference between good and great.
We Will Round You - ASU Prep 6th Grade
ASU Prep Phoenix 6th graders are rocking your math world with "We Will Round You," a teaching song to the tune - and beat - of Queen's mega-hit "We Will Rock...
Not Your Ordinary Playing Assignment
If you're like most band directors, you have students that struggle with practicing at home. Student musicians, especially younger ones, often have not developed the intrinsic motivation yet to practice on their own. Creating a practice and self-assessment assignment that involves goal setting, reflection, and performance motivates them to practice and even gets their parents involved too. The most rewarding aspects of a practice assignment: It's self-reflective Engages students in goal…
How to Check Your Pin Count - SIMPLY!
I love Pinterest! (Don’t we all!) I love visually being able to see so many fabulous ideas and I love being able to store tons of great ideas in an organized, visual manner. I am such a visual person! So today I wanted to share a great trick with you! How to Check your Pin... Read More »