March 17, 2019
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Celebrate MIOSM (Music in Our Schools Month)
Observed for the past 30 years, MIOSM raises music education awareness across schools and communities throughout the nation. Celebrate music programs and support music in your classroom and school this March with the music-themed resource trio shared here.
Music in Our Schools Month Resources
Elevate your lessons with this editor's choice listing of must-have music activities, lessons, interactives, and more. Hone in on music theory, learn about sound in relation to music during a science lesson, or read the history of dance or theater.
Let Hooktheory train your musical ear to decode chord progressions and melodies. Learn to write your own chord progressions and music with beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons available! View the tutorial videos to get started.
Repurpose music lessons to include baseball! Meet the players by choosing an era from baroque through modern times. Engage your students as you return to Home Plate to navigate the activities and learn about instruments and parts of a composition.
Music Across the Curriculum
Honor music in your classroom with these three timely curriculum connections. Included is a booklist spanning various subject areas with musical connections, a podcast highlighting the intersection of science and the arts, plus a resource to teach math+science+music to all grades.
CurriConnects Book List - Music and Musicians
Dance to the beat with books about musicians, composers, and the way they make music. Find books to infuse the A (Arts) into STEAM. This booklist includes fiction and nonfiction books, as well as books about instruments and how they are made.
Where Science Meets Art
Listen to thought-provoking podcasts exploring the intersection of art and science. Each podcast, up to 10 minutes in duration, discusses topics such as music and its healing effect. Listen online, download, or use embed code on your class site.
Created in collaboration with Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock, this gem includes some eclectic mixes of topics such as Scratch Jazz (music+coding) and Groove Pizza (Shapes+Angles+Groove). Teachers will find activities, suggestions, resources, and videos.
Start Playing in the Virtual Band
Hone your skills as you virtually learn how to play a specific instrument. The full featured list includes virtual lessons for the drum, violin, guitar, piano, bongos, and pan flute.
Virtual Musical Instruments
Open your students' eyes to the power of playing musical instruments with these virtual tools to learn bongos, guitar, piano, pan flute, or drums. Create melodies using different notes or rhythms. Select your instrument and start to play today.
Learn to Play the Piano
Join instructor, Mr. Hoffman, for your personal (and free) piano lessons. Learn a new song or concept in one of the 200+ video tutorials, follow the practice tasks for mastery, print sheet music and worksheets, and earn points at the interactives!
Begin your journey at the lessons map (guiding you through over 1,000 lessons). Delve into essential knowledge related to chords, scales, and modes, continue with songwriting, technique, and theory, and don't miss the podcasts, workshops, and forum!
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us this Thursday (3/21) for our Twitter chat spotlighting the use of social media to help build a sense of school community. We've also included a link to our Spring OK2Ask sessions, now open for registration. And, this week our poll asks about Arts in your school.
Thursday (3/21) 8 pm ET
Use social media to build a sense of school community
Join us on Thursday (3/21) for our social media themed Twitter chat! We'll discuss the need for strengthening and building a united school community, the benefits of using social media to impact school culture, and share social media tools.
Free Professional Development
Register for Spring OK2Ask® Virtual Workshops
Registration is now open for Spring 2019 OK2Ask virtual workshops. Topics include: Game-Based Learning Basics, BreakoutEDU Digital, Tech Integration Made Easy with Big Huge Labs, and many more. Tuesdays at 7 pm ET.
What does your school do?
This week's poll asks, does your school teach any of the "arts" besides music and art? See the responses from other educators once you hit submit.
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