Equity & Diversity Laws That Limit Teaching About Race and Gender Imperil Music Instruction
Music educators in states with laws restricting discussions of race, gender, and sexuality aren't sure how to explain spirituals or jazz.
Student Well-Being What the Research Says How a School District Used Music Teaching to Keep Students Connected
A wider variety of music programs may help students feel more connected to school, new research suggests.
Curriculum Can Music Class Make Students Smarter in Other Subjects?
High schoolers who participate in music courses may score higher on exams in their academic subjects, according to a new study by Canadian researchers.
Curriculum Video Integrating Music, Dance, and Other Arts Education Into Instruction to Improve Student Achievement – Christie-Jo Adams
Christie-Jo Adams, fine arts instructional specialist for the Richmond school district in Virginia, shares her story about helping teachers weave the teaching of music, dance, and other visual and fine arts into instruction to help students enrich their learning and improve achievement. Adams was recognized as a 2019 Leader To Learn From for her leadership in integrating arts instruction. This presentation took place at Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From event in Washington. Read more about her work: https://leaders.edweek.org/profile/christie-jo-adams-fine-arts-instructional-specialist-integrating-arts-instruction/
Curriculum Video Elevating the Arts to Improve Student Achievement
Christie-Jo Adams, a violinist whose first learned to play an instrument in her public elementary school, is helping teachers weave the teaching of music, dance, and other visual and fine arts into their instruction to enrich student learning and improve achievement in the Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Va. As the district’s fine arts instructional specialist, Adams is also working to expand students’ access to visual and fine arts courses across the city’s schools. “There are some great boys and girls in Richmond Public Schools that have not been tapped,” says Adams. “It’s because they are growing up in a city, they don’t always get noticed.” This video was produced as part of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From project, recognizing outstanding school district leaders from around the country. Read more at https://leaders.edweek.org
Professional Development Video With ‘Solidarity Tour,’ Steven Van Zandt Gives Teachers PD and a Rock Concert
Steven Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor from The Sopranos, is touring the country with his rock band to promote the use of music in classrooms and show solidarity with teachers. Teachers attend a professional-development workshop about arts integration, receive a curriculum to use in their classrooms, and get free tickets to a Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul concert. The nearly 30-stop tour will take the band to several states that saw widespread teacher protests, and aims to show unity with the teaching profession, which Van Zandt sees as “underappreciated.”
Curriculum This Rock Legend Is Combining Teacher PD With Live Music
Steven Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor from The Sopranos, is touring the country with his rock band to promote the use of music in classrooms and show solidarity with teachers.
Curriculum Video Meet the Students Who Run Their Own In-School Record Label
Students in the Creative Musical Arts and Sciences program at Arcadia High School in Phoenix record and produce songs using technology tools found in the professional music industry. The program acts as a record label within a school, explains music teacher and program creator Richard Maxwell, who sees his role as “executive producer.” In addition to creating their own music, students learn about the many jobs associated with music recording and production in the real world.
Teacher Preparation A Recording Studio for Every Student: Teaching Music Class in the Digital Era
Teachers say new tech tools give young students more creative freedom in music classes, and offer older students who haven’t participated in band or choir an entry point into the subject.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Sing On, Children! How the Arts Help Social Movements Take Flight
An urgent call to teach our children this: Making and appreciating art that reflects our collective joys and sorrows is part of what it means to be human. Art helps human movements and causes take flight.
Student Well-Being Opinion Happy Halloween! Be Playful and Artistic in School on Holidays
Dressing up and playing (often challenging) "scary" music is good curricular and instructional practice. It encourages young adolescents to be kids again in an increasingly frightening adult world—playful and artistic, sharing their burgeoning talents with their community.