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Here’s our alphabetical list of must-see movies for music enthusiasts. Not just musicals, but movies about music. Click through for plot summaries and ratings. And by all means, consider adding these to your collection. Amadeus The Benny Goodman Story Blues Brothers Bye Bye Birdie The Cabin in the Sky The Competition Copying Beethoven The Fabulous [...]

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Labor Day is celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September. Origins of the holiday are traced back to 1872 when a parade was held in support of a strike by Toronto’s Typographical Union. In 1882, American union official Peter McGuire was asked to speak at a Canadian festival commemorating [...]

Bluegrass

Did you know May was Bluegrass Month? Probably not. But that’s ok, because we didn’t either until we opened up some great email from our friends at Deering Banjo Company. Bluegrass music grew from American roots. Most consider it a sub-genre of country music, but we’re watching it grow into a genre unto itself. Bluegrass [...]

Teachers, are you in a quandary? Wondering how to keep your students engaged and productive in class after the concert? Wish you had a list of activities you could customize to accommodate any grade level? We’ve got you covered. All you need is a good quality video recording of the concert. Add to it our [...]

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Music teachers often speak of a disconnect with regard to other content areas. Many aspire to have music, art, and movement included in all areas of learning, but they’re not sure how to get things started. Truth is, it’s as easy as 1,2,3. 1. Make friends 2. Work as a Team 3. Share Make friends [...]

TNQRC

The concept of teaching across the curriculum has been gaining a lot of attention. Simply put, the goal is to align and articulate standards from several subjects within a single lesson. Admittedly, it’s no easy task. But when executed effectively, students get to see how different subjects apply to all aspects of their lives. Teaching across [...]

Looking for some nutrition tips for the day of a big performance? Well, I was having lunch with three music teachers (instrumental and vocal) the other day, and I took the opportunity to bombard them with questions for you. As you can probably guess, they all had their pet peeves. It was a rapid-fire discussion [...]

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It happens more than you think. One California high school reported that $30,000 worth of instruments have been stolen this school year alone. The high price that some instruments fetch on the black market is just one reason cited for the rise in instrument thefts. According to a December 2011 Los Angeles Times article, an [...]

Mason, Lowell. [Photograph]. In Encyclopedia Britannica Online Library Edition. Retrieved from http://library.eb.com/eb/art-99599

The beginnings of American music education rests with one man and a generally accepted truth. In the late 1830s, an accomplished composer and music publisher, named Lowell Mason, made a compelling case to the local public school committee. It had long been established that the quality of singing in American churches was at that time [...]

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On Dec. 8, 1941 United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress and the nation, in response to the “sudden and deliberate” attack of the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In this three-page, typewritten, hand-edited speech, FDR delivered the now famous declaration of war against [...]