Editors Suzanne L. Burton and Alison M. Reynolds have created a sourcebook for elementary general music educators that will benefit new teachers as well as experienced educators. Their Engaging Musical Practices contains the expertise and insights of 15 leading educators. These educators present curricular options and teaching strategies for active music-making skills including singing, moving, listening, playing classroom instruments, improvising and composing, and reading and writing music. Digital technology, inclusion, world music assessment, classroom management are also featured topics. Valuable resources are given in each chapter.
Authors include Elizabeth Cassidy Parker, Kimberly Inks, Joanne Rutkowski, Wendy H. Valerio (with interviews of Marla Butke, Andrew Ellingsen, and Nyssa Brown), Karen Howard, Julie Scott, Heather Nelson Shouldice, Suzanne L. Burton, Kerry B. Renzoni, Lisa Lehmberg, Cynthia M. Colwell, Sandra Nicolucci, Cynthia Crump Taggart, Katie Wolf Martinenza, and Ann Marie Stanley.
Chapters: Beginnings; Active Listening for a Lifetime of Music Understanding and Enjoyment; Development and Pedagogy of Children's Singing; Engaging Movement Practices for Young Musicians: Four Perspectives; Teaching Multicultural Folk Dance; Musical Engagement through Classroom Instruments; Audiation-Based Improvisation and Composition in Elementary General Music; sound, Syllables, and Symbols: A Process Approach to Music Literacy; Making Informed Technology Choices for Elementary General Music Classrooms; Working with Music from Around the World; Inclusion in the Elementary General Music Classroom: Teaching Students with Special Needs While Creating a Bridge between Music Education and Music Therapy; National Core Arts Standards: Spark Plugs for Engagement, Understanding, Retention, and Transfer of Learning in Elementary School General Music; Getting to Know Our Students: Assessment in the Elementary General Music Classroom; Classroom Management: Strategies for a Student-Centered Approach; and Professional Development for the Elementary General Music Teacher