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Music Resources


American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Advocating the music education methods of Carl Orff this organization provides professional development, publications, scholarships and grants.
Grades: PreK - 12
American String Teachers Association
The American String Teachers Association is a organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them throughout their careers. ASTA provides an array of services, including instrument insurance, a scholarly journal, professional development, competitions, grants, community initiatives, and access to a network of colleagues.
Grades: PreK - 12
Dalcroze Society of America
Developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze to tap into students' natural sense of rhythm, the Dalcroze Eurhythmics approach focuses on rhythmic movement, aural training, and improvisation. Information about Dalcroze and the Dalcroze method, teacher training programs, etc. is available from this website.
Grades: PreK - 12
Gordon Institute for Music Learning
The Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) is dedicated to advancing the research in music education pioneered by Edwin E. Gordon. This website provides an introduction to Gordon' Music Learning Theory,classroom activities and information about the GIML.
Grades: PreK - 12
International Directory of Resources for Education in the Arts (IDEA)
IDEA is a joint project of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) and UNESCO. The website provides "international models of good practice in arts education."
Grades: K - 12
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the oldest professional music teachers association in the United States, promotes the appreciation of both music study and music making and the professionalism of music teachers. MTNA is comprised of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers of all instruments including voice.
Grades: K - 12
NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)
NAMM is a non-profit educational association dedicated to promoting the importance of music, music-making and music education to the general public. Its membership, representing the music industry, provides information about current research, as well as tools (print, audio and video) to advocate for music education.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Association for Music Education (MENC)
Dedicated to the advancement of music education, the National Association for Music Education is the largest national association involved in all levels of music education, from preschool through college, and in all areas of music education. (The initials stand for Music Educators National Conference.)
Grades: PreK - 12
National Association of Teachers of Singing
The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) strives to "encourage the highest standards of the vocal art...; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented." The website includes information about competitions,programs, events and links to The Journal of Singing (restricted to members only).
Grades: K - 12
Organization of American Kodaly Educators
Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) was founded to promote Kodály's concept of "Music for Everyone" through the improvement of music education in schools. This website provides an overview of Kodaly methods, its connection to National Music Standards,and information about the OAKE.
Grades: K - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Visual and Performing Arts
A selected list of resources to assist in the teaching of music, dance, visual arts and drama. These resources are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the David and Lorraine Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 12

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

American Memory from the Library of Congress
The American Memory Project is a digital record of American history, containing documents, maps, photographs, moving images, sound recordings and memorabilia from American life. The collection of over 5 million items chronicles daily life as well as major events. Searchable by broad subjects or keywords. The Learning Page includes sample lesson plans and other teaching suggestions.
Grades: 3 - 12
ArtsEdge: Lessons
Lesson Finder enables you to find free arts-based lesson plans and projects. Search by keyword, grade level, arts subjects or other subjects. Arts subjects include dance, music, theater, media arts, literary arts and visual arts. ArtsEdge is the educational media branch of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Grades: K - 12
Gateway to 21st Century Skills
The Gateway was developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Now supported by the National Education Association, the Gateway provides access to the lesson plans and other teaching resources from over 750 organizations. All are evaluated for authoritativeness, quality, and availability.
Grades: PreK - 12
Gordon Institute for Music Learning
The Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) is dedicated to advancing the research in music education pioneered by Edwin E. Gordon. This website provides an introduction to Gordon' Music Learning Theory,classroom activities and information about the GIML.
Grades: PreK - 12
Jazz Class
Developed by the Smithsonian Institute, Jass Class introduces young people to jazz through original online recordings. Lesson plans are designed for intermediate level (ages 8-13) and middle level (ages 13-15) students. Lessons range from What is Jazz? to introductions to the work of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter.
Grades: 2 - 10
Jazz in America
Jazz in America is a project of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz that provides lesson plans about jazz and its role in US history. The curriculum aligns with standards of the National Association for Music Education and the National Center for History in the Schools. Includes links to video and audio recordings.
Grades: 5 - 12
Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy
A collaboration of Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Documentary Group, Teachers College at Columbia University, and The Rockefeller Foundation, this project grew out of a conversation between Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. The curriculum provides streaming video, discussion questions and classroom activities to explore and compare these two American traditions--jazz and democracy.
Grades: 6 - 12
NEA Jazz in the Schools
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jazz in the Schools provides lesson plans, streaming videos, streaming audio clips, biographies of jazz artists, an interactive timeline and other resources to introduce jazz as a part of American history.
Grades: 6 - 12
SongWorks for Children: A Video Library of Children Making Music
This website includes 700 clips from Oberlin College's MusicPlay program for children, ages 3-5. The clips are searchable by music genre (classics, nursery rhymes, etc.) and features (behavior, literacy, music skills,etc.), as well as by activity (fingerplay, reading, movement, etc.).
Grades: PreK - K

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Other Resources

National Standards for Arts Education
The National Standards for Arts Education outline what every K-12 student should know and be able to do in the arts (dance, music, theater and visual arts). Developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations. Search by topic, grade level and arts subject. Lesson plans are also available.
Grades: K - 12

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