Using Music to Enhance Student Learning
A Practical Guide for Elementary Classroom Teachers
Routledge – 2011
Integrating musical activities in the elementary school classroom can assist in effectively teaching and engaging students in Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies, while also boosting mental, emotional and social development. However, many elementary education majors fear they lack the needed musical skills to use music successfully. Future elementary school teachers need usable, practical musical strategies to easily infuse into their curriculum. Written for both current and future teachers with little or no previous experience in music, Using Music to Enhance Student Learning offers strategies that are not heavily dependent on musical skills. While most textbooks are devoted to teaching music theory skills, this textbook is dedicated to the pedagogical aspect of music. The ultimate goal is for elementary school children to leave the classroom with an introductory appreciation of music in a joyful, creative environment, and perhaps wanting to broaden their understanding.
THE USING MUSIC PACKAGE
There are several special resources for both students and teachers:
I. Getting Started 1. Organizing for Successful Teaching 2. A Framework for Teaching and Learning 3. INSIDE the Music: The Basic Elements of Music II. Somos Músicos: Doing What Musicians Do 4. Listening 5. Performing 6. Creating III. Integrating Music Into the Curriculum 7. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Language Arts 8. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Science 9. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Math 10. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Social Studies 11. Relating Music to the Other Arts 12. Favorite Teaching Tips
Dr. Jana R. Fallin is Professor of Music and Division Chair of Music Education at Kansas State University, serves as Coordinator for the Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence (FETE) at Kansas State.
Mollie Gregory Tower taught elementary music and served twenty-one years as a Music Supervisor for Austin ISD. She now teaches in the School of Music, Texas State University-San Marcos,