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 the curriculum encourages them to be students of the world.
It’s simply a better way to learn.
It’s also the driving force behind Minor Music. We offer classroom teachers an opportunity to teach music history across the K-3 curriculum. We investigate the successful methodologies and goals of classroom teachers, and combine them in a way that brings awareness to music. Our unique and substantive approach builds on students’ prior knowledge and reinforces connections within the school community.
To the teachers who have used our plan we say, Thank You. To those who are just discovering the benefits of teaching across the curriculum, we applaud you. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with curriculum standards outside of your specialty, and to seek out opportunities to collaborate with other teachers.
Not sure how to start? We can help with that. Minor Music offers a storybook and worksheet set designed for use in in grades 2-3 (although we’ve heard from librarians who have used it successfully up to grade 5). The set is $20.00 USD. It includes a full-color paperback storybook and a CD containing reproducible, pdf worksheets. Set in the genre of historical fiction, we celebrate the drive and determination of a young Adolphe Sax. In The-Not-Quite-Right Clarinet, A.J. is determined to build a better clarinet. But he ends up creating much more.
Now, here’s where I could ramble on about core curriculum content standards, reading level indices and historical relevance. But I’d prefer you heard first-hand from the experts we turned to for guidance and feedback. I am forever grateful to this pool of amazing professionals. Their collective talent takes a backseat only to their generous spirit. Here’s what they had to say:
“It’s a friendly book that invites you in.”
Denis DiBlasio, Director of Jazz Studies
“I love the plot. There was even a bit of suspense
to help me turn the pages.”
Lili M. Levinowitz, Director of Research
Center for Music & Young Children
“This book will motivate children and give them
the confidence to create.”
William F. Garton
University of the Arts, Philadelphia
“You created a story that is both educational and inspiring. It is a great resource for parents and educators.”
Youth Services Librarian