Elementary School Music

Little Kids Rock

Posted in Band / Orchestra, Instruments by P. Conrad on May 16, 2010
Little Kids Rock is a national grant program that provides instruments and instructional methodology and resources for public schools whose populations are at least 50% eligible for free or reduced lunch.

To become a Little Kids Rock Teacher, you must:

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  1. be a full-time public school teacher
  2. work in a public school with  50% or more students eligible for free or reduced lunch
  3. be able to attend the two-day workshop for your district
  4. have basic proficiency on the instrument for which you are applying
  5. be able to offer LKR classes at your school at least once a week.

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Posted in Band / Orchestra by P. Conrad on May 16, 2010

school band

Jazz band, strings ensemble, winds, “school of rock,” full orchestra — this is an important category. However, this space will remain mostly empty unless a teacher volunteers to create the first post.
If you’re interested in doing it, you can use the other categories as a model. Post a draft and it will be edited and styled and set up with active links to any sites or resources you suggest.

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Teaching the Groove

Posted in Band / Orchestra, Lesson Planning by P. Conrad on June 19, 2007

Two related websites present valuable resources and reading for music teachers. These are both creations of a veteran music educator and ethnomusicologist, Charles Keil, who worked for a long time in the Buffalo NY schools system, and now lives in Connecticut. Music Grooves describes itself as “an adventure in scholarly and personal dialogue.” Born to Groove is a full-length on-line book by Charles Keil and Patricia Campbell, with accompanying discussions.

Do not be put off by terms such as “groovology” or chapter titles like “From Wombdrum to Earthdance”: the book contains a great deal of very valuable material for teachers.

Some of the chapters in Born to Groove (which open as printable PDF pages on your computer) are heavy in philosophy and statements about the power of music and dance to heal the world’s wrongs. But if you’re looking specifically for teaching methods, you won’t be disappointed by “Section 4: Show Me How to Do Like You Do.” Or this audio segment on teaching Simple Samba by Charles Keil .

Keil and and his colleagues have worked extensively on the concept of the “groove” and on ways to teach salsa and samba rhythms to young people. The two websites contain a great deal of reading as well as audio, video and teaching resources, along with the discussion forums.

In Buffalo, Keil was a founder of an organization called Musicians United for Superior Education (MUSE), which (inevitably) also has a website.

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