Should I have Art Residencies At My School?

Wondering if you should bring an arts residency to your school?  Here are six reasons why we think you should! Art Residencies enhance students’ powers of perception, appreciation of the arts, and abilities to express themselves creatively. Art Residencies help teachers develop strategies to integrate the arts into their daily classroom instruction. Art Residencies provide opportunities for artists to develop professionally. Art Residencies bring new perspectives to arts curriculum in the schools. Art Residencies provide opportunities for artists to communicate with a wider audience. Art Residencies provide experiences through programs that explore the various cultures of the world! Looking for an arts residency?  Check out what Music In Schools Today has to offer.         Please follow and like...

The Value of Music Integration: A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective

  Music Integration looks different in every classroom depending on the comfort levels of the collaborating teachers. These four wonderful classroom teachers from Oakland learned alongside their students as the music teacher taught rhythmic activities using steady beat and simple musical notation. The classroom teachers then modified those rhythmic activities to use in later language, math, and science lessons. Hear their reflection on how music integration has affected their teaching practice.   How do you integrate music into your classroom?       Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Musical Masterpieces

Musical Masterpieces is not just about creating visual art through listening to music.  It is also a great way to get students listening, following directions, and to reinforce how to move about the classroom. Download the instructions here. You can use any music for this activity. Have fun and enjoy!     Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Scavenger Hunt

  Here is a great way for Teachers and Teaching Artists to get to know their students, and for the students to get to know each other through a scavenger hunt.  Just like the game, “Find A Classmate who…”  students interview each other about their musical knowledge.  This game however doesn’t require musical knowledge.  Download the PDF here.  It’s a great activity for both music and non music classroom!       Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Find a Classmate Who…

Are you looking for fun ways to build community and get students to meet each other?  This is one of our favorites. The goal is to get students out of their seats and talking to each other in a structured way.  Go over the instructions, set a time limit, and have FUN! If there is time, go over the answers! Please download and share!   Please follow and like...

March in the Parade – A Music Lesson on Finding the Steady Beat

  What better way to get your students ready for the Fourth of July then by having them march in a parade? This lesson plan will teach your kids how to count in groups of two and march in a circle. Goal:  Students feel the pulse or beat in the music by counting in two’s  and marching in a circle. Procedures: Have the children sit in a circle ( it’s preferable if they are sitting on a marked line or red tape.) Play the musical excerpt Stars & Stripes Forever (you can find it free here ) Have students tap out the beat or pulse on their knees. Have them clap the beat Next, have them count in groups of 2.   (While clapping beat say: 1-2-1-2-1-2) Ask them to stand up and stomp the beat while standing in circle Repeat these if you times in order to reinforce the concept When you think they are ready. ask them to begin marching to the right  on the beat.  This make take some practice.   Remember to have fun and……  Happy Fourth of July           Please follow and like...
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