Case Study: A Competitive Show Choir Boosts Choral Participation

In response to student demand, Highland High School in Illinois introduced an extracurricular show choir to its already multifaceted choral program that includes an a cappella group, madrigal singers, chamber singers, a traditional mixed choir and musical theater. The school switched out its jazz choir for the new ensemble in the spring 2018.

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Case Study: Giving Voice to Middle School Choir Students

The junior high years can be an awkward period. That’s why promoting self-esteem and self-discovery have become major components of Lydia Cox’s goals as the chorus and digital music teacher at Crosby Middle School within the large district of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Case Study: Shifting a Program’s Culture

“Band is family” rings true for many marching arts participants across the country. But making the cultural paradigm a reality rather than an empty platitude could take years of strategizing.

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Portal to Another World: A Role-Playing Game Enhances Beginning Violin Lessons

There is nothing quite like creating a role-playing game (RPG) for a multi-modal elementary violin classroom. I did it and saw dramatic improvements in student engagement and musical skills, and you can, too.

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Case Study: The Depth and Breadth of Music-Making at Orange Grove Elementary

Performing everything from Tchaikovsky to Christina Perri, students at Orange Grove Elementary School in Anaheim, California, have a variety of opportunities to stretch their musical skills.

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Case Study: Starting the Youth Chorus of Central Texas

The Youth Chorus of Central Texas (YCCT) serves singers in grades 3 through 12 who do not have access to sequential musical instruction in their educational environment or who seek additional experiences not afforded them otherwise.

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Case Study: Using YouTube as a Teaching Tool

I created Swick’s Classroom, my YouTube channel, as a solution for a non-musical substitute during my four-week paternity leave in 2018.

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Case Study: Implementing Student-Led Backward Planning

For several years, I have taken the curriculum planning and classroom management approach of backward planning and modified it to a pedagogical approach for percussion students in grades 6 through 12 within the Wakeland High School cluster in Frisco, Texas.

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Case Study: The Power of a Transformative Teacher

At Lake Worth Community High School in Florida, Dr. Tiffany Cox finds a way to provide access to music for young musicians, no matter the challenge.

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Case Study: Rural Realities

Music educators in rural settings face a unique set of challenges.

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Case Study: A 10-Year Growth Plan for Enrollment, Facilities, Instruments and Staffing

Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas, opened in 2008 as the seventh comprehensive high school in the North East Independent School District (NEISD).

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Case Study: From a $67 Budget to Success — A Four-Year Journey

After two years of teaching elementary general music, I was ready for a change, so I applied to a music education master’s program and for more band jobs.

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Case Study: A Performing Arts Academy Offers Individual Learning and Career Exploration

Imagine training as a music educator while you’re still a senior in high school.

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Case Study: Use Intellectual Discomfort to Expand Music Offerings

Music teachers are unique individuals, but they often share a few common traits.

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Key Takeaways from FAQs on ESSER and GEER Funds

On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on ESSER and GEER funds.

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Case Study: A 3-Week Fine Arts Exploratory Course More than Doubled Band Enrollment

In less than three weeks, the Ralls County R-II School District in Center, Missouri, more than doubled its beginning band program.

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Case Study: Summer Composition Program Addresses Gender Gap

Ever since I can remember, I have been writing music. I premiered my first real composition, entitled “The Mysterious Island,” when I was 8 years old.

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Case Study: Expanding the Footprint of a Storied Music Program

In the summer of 2018, I began my tenure as the director of bands at Shelby County High School (SCHS) in Columbiana, Alabama.

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Case Study: Practice Not Required

Yes, you read the title of this article correctly — please proceed with caution because this topic may offend most music teachers.

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Case Study: How Popular Music Education Transformed a Texas Program and School

When I started at St. Michael’s Catholic Academyin Austin, Texas, about 10 years ago, I was faced with two challenges: low student program participation and school size.

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