Bordun

Types of Borduns in Elementary General Music

One way to instantly bring more musical interest and musical independence to the elementary general music classroom is by adding a bordun. Victoria Boler defines what borduns are, looks at four different types, and provides guidelines for making your own musical decisions.
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Take It Outside 2021

Making It Work: Take it Outside, 2021

Now that the weather is warmer for just about everyone in the US, it is a great time to take music class outside! LeslieAnne Bird shares updated ideas for outdoor music class in 2021.
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I Notice I Wonder I Value

I Notice – I Wonder – I Value

AOSA Executive Director, Carrie Barnette, reflects on how teachers have adapted to new ways of making music with children and how AOSA has adjusted to support teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Transformative SEL

Transformative SEL in the Music Room

Darlene Machacon recognizes that tending to students’ mental health needs is more important now than ever. Events of the past year have amplified the inequities that have always existed in our systems, which has led to the definition of Transformative SEL.
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Music mapping

Magical Mapping

Vicky Suarez provides inspiration with her processes for creating and following magical music maps with her students.
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virtual keyboard

Learning AND Fun Using a Virtual Keyboard

Megan Stilla shares her process for incorporating a virtual keyboard into her lessons to continue her students' love of playing instruments.
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body percussion

Lessons: Speech, Body Percussion & Untuned Percussion

Roger Sams and Michael Vasquez share two free lessons from their book Percussive Play: Building Rhythmic Skills Through Partwork, Poetry, and Movement.
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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Book Review: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education

Richard Lawton shares an insightful review of Vicki Lind’s and Connie McCoy’s book Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education.
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