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A Song for Ramadan

By ACEMM / April 12, 2019
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A Song for Ramadan by Lisa Zargarpur What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which able-bodied Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. The Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle so each year, the date of Ramadan goes backward in the Gregorian calendar. This year in North…

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Music, Poetry, And Visual Art: Complementary Inspiration

By ACEMM / January 24, 2019
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Music, Poetry, And Visual Art: Complementary Inspiration Sources by David Thaxton Whether it is the lavish experiences of opera combining theater, art, and music, or the powerful emotion imbued into a film with an artfully written score, the Arts enliven each other in astounding ways when they are combined. So I have found it to…

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Nature’s Second Instrument: Rhythm

By ACEMM / November 14, 2018
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Nature’s Second Instrument: Rhythm It’s time to have fun with rhythm! Explore possibilities of rhythm and form in Cyndee Giebler’s second installment on Elemental Composition!* Using just quarter notes, two eighth notes, and quarter rests, discover Cyndee’s ideas for using a simple 8-measure composition as inspiration for providing a ready-made musical context for just about anything…

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Body Engagement: Multiple Functions of a Movement-Inclusive Classroom

By ACEMM / May 17, 2018
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Body Engagement: Multiple Functions of a Movement-Inclusive Classroom For many, the joy of attending a music workshop is interwoven with the interactions we have with the other participants in the room. When we apply our own creativity to the work at hand, we develop a stronger investment in our learning and emerge with more than…

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Drip, Drop, Pitter, Patter, and Explore!

By ACEMM / April 12, 2018
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Drip, Drop, Pitter, Patter, and Explore! Spring is in the air, or so we hope! The weather is often a topic of conversation, and the sounds of spring offer a wonderful opportunity to sing, say, dance and play in the music classroom. Music educators usually agree that some important goals for the youngest learners through…

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Lesson: Be Our Guest!

By ACEMM / March 1, 2018
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Be Our Guest! Exploring Vaughan Williams through Kitchen Utensils A food-themed exploration of Vaughan Williams’ “March Past of the Kitchen Utensils” through movement and play!  YOU’RE INVITED!  As educators who use movement to initiate music learning, we often explore a variety of themes to make connections with our students and to make these experiences lively…

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Bringing Yoga to Our Students

By ACEMM / September 28, 2017
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Bringing Yoga to Our Students Contributed by Matthew Stensrud, ACEMM Spotlight Award recipient, Summer 2017 When our classrooms are purposefully focused on the elemental, our students take the helm. Wide-eyes, rustling bodies, cheerful laughter. August is here and our students are back! This also means we must purposefully implement processes and procedures that encourage constant…

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E. E. Cummings through the lens of Elemental Music & Movement

By ACEMM / May 10, 2017
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E.E. Cummings through the lens of Elemental Music & Movement Contributed by Ardith Collins, 2014 ACEMM Beacon Scholarship recipient E. E. Cummings’ profound simplicity speaks to the heart of elemental music, and his expressive typography is a joy to share with upper elementary and middle school students who may connect with Cummings’ creative uses of…

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