The Mayday Group -- "action for change in music education: information and resources for scholars, students, and teachers" -- a group that encourages critical reflection and the pursuit of social justice through music education -- they publish the online scholarly journal ACT: Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education.
Music for All -- This is a national organization that engages in advocacy and progams promoting music education for ALL students, with particular attention to ensuring that low income communities, schools, students, and families have access to music education -- the site includes research, information about programs, and much more.
Music for All: Research -- the page of the Music for All website that links to research.
Music Education, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism -- Can We Talk? -- a 2006 article about developing a theory and practice of anti-racist music education.
The Sounds of Silence: Talking Race in Music Education -- a 2007 article about the importance of creating an approach to music education that's anti-racist in its goals and practices.
Dear Diary: Confessions of a Nice White Girl -- a creative and personal article by music education professor Deborah Bradley about the power and meaning of music education in pursuit of social justice.
The Sphinx Organization -- a great organization that works to increase the participation of Blacks & Latinos in music schools, as professional musicians, and as classical music audiences. They especially administer youth development initiatives in underserved communities through music education.
The Sphinx Kids Homepage -- includes information about minority composers, videos of minority string players practicing, fun games, and more.
A Video of Ithacappella and New York's PS22 Elementary School Singing Together -- a YouTube video of an impromptu version Owl City's "Fireflies". The kids are great, but also watch the teacher!! He's doing so many things right!!!
National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music -- from their website: "NASPAAM is an organization whose purpose is to further the development and dissemination of African American music through advocacy, education, and performance. The organization is committed to providing leadership and motivation for music educators, musicians, and others interested in fostering the inclusion of African and African American music in education and society. The organization serves its members and others by increasing the awareness of Black Music and its contribution to the arts, culture, and society."
Engage Your Students with a Little Ethnomusicology -- a short but good piece about using diverse music of the world to engage students and enhance learning in all subjects.
National Association for Music Education -- Music Educators National Conference (MENC) -- lots of valuable articles, resources, and links.
Occhiata Foundation -- an organization in Monterey County, California that provides multidisciplinary education about opera, including free trips to see, hear, and experience opera, for diverse youth in schools throughout the county. They students they serve "come from the underserved communities of south Monterey County, 95% of whom are of Latino heritage with Spanish as the primary language in the home."
Gender, Education, Music & Society (GEMS) -- provides links to many articles regarding gender education and equitable approaches in the field of music.
Sociology Studies: Music as a Culture -- a description of different ways in which music represents socio-cultural expression and links to college/university programs that provide related education.
Sacred Music in Schools -- This article is the National Association for Music Educators' statement on religion in public schools. It argues that religious texts are important to incorporate into music education, because of their importance in music history, and it provides guidelines for music educators to follow when teaching sacred music so they don't infringe upon the rights of their students and engage students in religious practice.
SoundBeam -- website discussing the use of sound-beaming, which is a relatively new technology which allows even profoundly physically or learning impaired individuals be expressive and communicative through music.
The National Association for Music Education: Does Music with a Sacred Text Have a Place in the Public Schools? -- a website that supplies teachers with information about how to introduce religious music into their curriculum.
VH1 Save the Music Foundation -- "a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools, and raising awareness of the importance of music as a part of each child's complete education."
Songs for Teaching -- This website provides songs and musical activities for a wide variety of disciplines (math, social studies, ELL, etc.). It includes free song/lyric downloads.
Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal -- A study created by a percussionist entitled A Personal Philosophy on the Importance of Music Education
Arts Integration in Our Schools -- a site that focuses on the importance of music education in our schools.
Can Music Make your Kids Smarter? -- an article about the positive effects of music education on child development.
Multicultural Music Resources -- a website with links to a variety of web pages and articles devoted to incorporating multiculturalism into music education curriculums.
Artist's House Music -- This YouTube Channel has several great videos and interviews about the importance of music in our schools.
Music Teachers National Association -- more good articles, resources, and links.
American Music Conference (AMC) -- good basic information about music education and the effects of music on development.
VSA Arts -- a good website that works toward helping people with disabilities learn about and participate in performing arts.
Music K8 -- an online magazine for music educators, filled with lesson plans and quality literature that for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Music Teachers National Association -- a website focused on the value of music study and providing support for music teachers.
The Neglected Muse-- a good article about why music should be a core area of study for all students.
Interdisciplinary Use of Music -- this website has an interdisciplinary project for 9th grade students combining math, science, social studies, and music.
Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Instruction in Music Education -- a website full of ideas about integrating music into the study of other subjects.
Ethnomusicology Resources on the Web -- a great list of links about musics of the world -- an excellent resource for music educators and others interested in world music and multicultural music education.
Learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. through Music -- provides an in depth curricular unit about Martin Luther King, Jr., with an emphasis on African American music and the beginnings of Jazz. CD's, texts, and additional supplements are suggested.
The Hip Hop Violin and String Quartets of Haitian American Composer, Daniel Bernard Roumain -- a radio segment about Roumain and his hip hop compositions -- includes audio clips of his work, as performed by the Lark String Quartet.
Nuttin' But Stringz: Hip Hop Violin -- a radio segment about a pair of violin playing, Julliard trained African American brothers who are making their own music.
Ethel: A String Quartet with an Entirely New Sound -- hip hop samples, sound effects, and more in the world of string quartets.
BLK JKS: World Music With Teeth -- a radio segment about a South African rock band (pronounced Black Jacks) that "specializes in a shadowy, foreboding style of progressive rock that's distinctly African. Beneath fantastic tangles of electric guitar are superheated beats — rhythms that have roots in the "township jive" dance music that erupted in South Africa in the 1970s." Great stuff!! Check it out!!
Interdiscplinary Study of Westward Expansion -- presents a unit of study about the development of the U.S. West using the musical, Oklahoma, as a vehicle to explore history and cultural myths.
Music Education Online -- extensive resources and links.
Reference Articles -- a valuable resource for both teacher and student that allows students or teachers to explore music of different cultures, historical periods, as well as different musical styles.
American Composers Forum: Band Quest -- a website aimed at middle school instrumental music, which includes a music lab for students with interesting games and activities related to many of the compositions.
The New York Philharmonic Kids Website -- an interesting and interactive website for kids that allows them to explore different instruments and composition with interactive games.
University of Virginia Library: Music in American Life -- a summary of American music that often gets overlooked in history. The website includes hymns, spirituals, musicals, protest songs, and more.
Shattinger Music Company -- an online music store for purchasing new music and CDs.
Music Education Directory-- lots of links, inlcuding to lesson plans, governement programs, and instrument retailers.
The International Association for Jazz Education -- a great website dedicated to the evolution of jazz in our schools and lives -- offers links to what's happening in the jazz world, information about its teacher training institute, an artist outreach network, and much more.
Jazz at Lincoln Center -- educational programs and a jazz curriculum designed around a 10 CD set (one CD-ROM), written and narrated by Wynton Marsalis. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchstra plays a variety of music, at times centered around the African American jazz tradition -- information, too, about the orchestra.
Jazz History through a Photograph -- provides students and teachers the opportunity to explore jazz history through one photograph, an August 1958 photo of 57 Jazz Artists in Harlem. These are the leading artists of their time, with biographical information and links to a timeline of their lives, instruments, and style periods.
Smithsonian Jazz Program -- called "culturally important...spectacular musically," by the New York Times includes links to concert events and Smithsonian educational programs -- lectures by jazz musician and scholar, David Baker -- and, check out the Jazz Legacy Education Program.
Jamey Aebersold Jazz Books -- offers a large variety of song books with accompaniment through all styles of jazz -- books include information about important musicians associated with particular styles and time periods.
Music for Little Folks -- offers a developmentally appropriate music curriculum for very young children.
Kindermusik International -- music instructional program and materials for young children.
American Orff-Schulwerk Association -- a website about the teachings of music educator, Carl Orff, which focus on active learning by singing, playing, hearing, moving, and creating -- links, workshops, and other useful information.
Dalcroze Society of America -- musical training with the basic elements of rhythm, dynamics, tone, and form -- publications, resources, and workshops.
Music, Mind, and Movement -- an organization formed to build bridges among music, dance, and psychology -- offers course, lectures, and workshops.
Down Beat -- an online magazine for jazz musicians and teachers who are interested in and want to incorporate jazz into their lessons.
Ricci Adams' Music Theory -- a great resource for teachers and students, which includes lessons and exams to practice and reinforce skills in music theory learned in class.
Jewish Music Resources -- This site provides links to books and articles that you can read online about Jewish music.
National Public Radio's Website about Jazz-- includes historical material, audio clips, and more.
Claude Williams: African American Jazz/Swing Fiddler -- a great violinist and guitar player who has received the National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award -- includes an interview.
Educators Use Rap as a Teaching Tool-- a radio broadcast about teachers who are using hip-hop effectively to make connections between contemporary music/poetry and the classics -- scroll to the bottom of the page, click and listen.
Information about Traditional Korean Music -- This site provides information about the history of Korean folk music, about instruments used in Korean folk music, and about contemporary Korean folk music.
Phong Nguyen: Songs of Viet Nam -- a multi-talented Vietnamese American musician who has received a National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award.
The Apsara Ensemble: Cambodian Traditional Dancers and Musicians -- a group that has received a National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award.
Hmong Music -- a brief description and discussion of Hmong music and its uses and purposes in Hmong culture, including links to online videos with performances and information.
Puerto Rican Music -- a good overview of Puerto Rican music traditions and contributions.
Juan Gutierrez -- Puerto Rican percussionist, living in New York City, who has received a National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award.
Antonio "Tony" De La Rosa: Tejano Conjunto Accordionist -- a Tex-Mex accordion player who has received a National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award.
Santiago Jimenez, Jr.: Tejano Accordionist & Singer -- another great Tex-Mex accordionist who has received a National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award.
Felipe Garcia Villamil: Afro-Cuban Drummer -- a Cuban American drummer who has received a National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award.
Smart Music -- This is a program that allows students to play along with a recording to help them keep time as well as do other musical activities on their own with a computer.
Finale Music -- This is a site that provides music notation software. This is vital software for any music educator who wishes to arrange music for students. The site also offers a "play-back" feature which allows students to hear their compositions.
Musicarts.com -- This company rents out instruments and could be a valuable resource for getting instruments for beginning level students.
Let’s Rebrand the Alt-Styles Movement -- An article by violinist and creative string enthusiast Christian Howes about what he believes to be missing from standard classical musical training.
The String Project -- one of the leading organizations in creative string education in America. Progressive string teachers should be looking to this project to see where the future of string instrument pedagogy is headed.
Musicians United for Songs In the Classroom -- a non-profit organization that promotes the interdisciplinary use of popular music in education -- includes a directory of over 1,400 songs that can be incorporated into lessons and activities across a range of disciplines.
Eguie Castrillo: Timbale Fundamentals --In this video series, Eguie Castrillo discusses the foundations, both historical and musical, of Afro-Cuban music, as well as techniques for performance in this style.
Learn To Play Tabla -- This video provides excellent information regarding the history, performance techniques, and care and maintenance of tabla, the most common drum in North Indian classical music.
How To Play African Drums -- This series of videos put out by ExpertVillage give a good overview of techniques and traditional patterns used in West African music. The most commonly used style of drum is called a djembe and is often used as a tool in music education for students of all ages.
Mark Walker: An Introduction to Brazilian Samba Drumming -- video on the traditional rhythms and instruments in Samba, the national music of Brazil. Provides playing techniques on the typical instruments used in samba and gives examples on how to convert the patterns for use on drum set.
Steel Pan (Steel Drums)-Information, Tips, and Advice on this Musical Instrument -- Gives historic and practical information on steel drums
El Sistema USA Website -- El Sistema USA is a support and advocacy network for people and organizations inspired by Venezuela’s monumental music education program. It hosts a variety of resources that will aid those building, expanding and supporting El Sistema programs in the US and beyond.
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame -- lesson plans incorporating classic and modern rock.
J.W. Pepper Sheet Music -- sheet music retailer with an extensive collection of published materials.
Children's Music Web -- lots of resources and links for the music education of younger children.
Internet Resources for Music -- many links to a wide range of great resources -- includes materials specific to different types and levels of music instruction and groups.
K-12 Resources for Music Educators -- a great resource for teachers, maintained by a music teacher.
Lesson Plans Page -- music lesson plans.
Lesson Plan Search -- more music lesson plans.
American Choral Directors Association -- this resource includes the goal, rationale, and guidelines for selecting, teaching and performing sacred music in the public schools.
Earthsongs Music Publishing Company -- earthsongs is one of the premier sources for multicultural choral music. Educators can use the site to browse books, CDs, and choral selections from many countries, religions, and ethnicities.
Some Good Books and Articles
Abraham , Frank. Meeting National Standards for Music Education through Choral Performance. Teaching Music Education through Performance in Choir. GIA Publications, Inc.
Abril, Carlos R. 2006. Music That Represents Culture: Selecting Music with Integrity. Music Educators Journal, Vol. 93 (1): 38.
Anderson, W. and Moore, M. 1998. Making Connections: Multicultural Music and the National Standards. National Association for Music Education.
Barry and Conlon. 2003. Powwow in the Classroom. Music Educators Journal, Vol. 90 (2): 21.
Bergonzi, L. 2009. Sexual Orientation and Music Education: Continuing a Tradition. Music Educators Journal, l 96(2): 21-25.
Blackstone, Jerry. 2007. The Conductor's Dream: Score-Based Imagination, Improvisation, and Inspiration. Teaching Music Education through Performance in Choir. GIA Publications, Inc
Bobetsky, Victor V. 2005. Exploring a Community’s Heritage through a Collaborative Unit of Study. Music Educators Journal, Vol. 91 (5): 51.
Bowers, Judy. 2011. Structuring Success in Beginning Middle School Choral Ensembles. Teaching Music Education through Performance in Middle School Choir. GIA Publications, Inc.
Campbell, P.S.. 2002. Music Education in a Time of Cultural Transformation. Music Educators Journal, Vol 89 (1): 27.
Campbell, P.S. and Beegle, A. 2003. Middle Eastern Expansion on Cultural Diversity in Music Education. Music Educators Journal, Vol 90, Iss 1: 21.
Cornett, C. 1999. The Arts as Meaning Makers. Columbus, OH: Merrill.
Costello, E. 1995. Signing: How to Speak with Your Hands. Bantam Books.
Darrow, A., & Johnson, C. 1997. The Effect of Positive Models of Inclusion on Band Students’ Attitudinal Statements Regarding the Integration of Students With Disabilities. Journal of Research in Music Education. 45(2): 173-184.
Eger, J. 2005. Einstein's Violin: A Conductor's Notes on Music, Physics, and Social Change. NY: Penguin Group.
Frierson-Campbell, C. (Ed.) 2006. Teaching Music in an Urban Classroom: Volume 1. Rowman and Littlefield.
Frierson-Campbell, C. (Ed.) 2006. Teaching Music in an Urban Classroom: Volume 2 . Rowman and Littlefield.
Frierson-Campbell, C. 2007. Without the 'ism: Thoughts about Equity and Social Justice in Music Education. Music Education Research, 9 (2): 255-265.
Hansen, D. et al. 2004. The Music and Literacy Connection. Reston, VA: MENC.
Jorgensen, E. 2007. Concerning Justice and Music Education. Music Education Research, 9 (2): 169-189.
Jordan, James. 2007. The Literate Choir. Teaching Music Education through Performance in Choir. GIA Publications, Inc.
Kelly, S., and Van Weelden, K. 2004. Connecting Meaningful Music and Experiences in a Multicultural, Multimusical Classroom. Music Educators Journal, Vol 90 (3): 35.
Mantione, R. and Smead, S. 2003. Weaving Through Words: Using the Arts to Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
MENC Task Force for National Standards in the Arts. 1994. The School Music Program: A New Vision. MENC.
Mixon, K. 2007. Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Education.
Morton , Graeme. 2005. Modern Music. Teaching Music Education through Performance in Choir. GIA Publications, Inc.
Nolan, K., 2009. Musi-Matics: Music and Arts Integrated Math Enrichment. Rowman and Littlefield.
Page, N. 2001. The Cultural Connection. Choral Journal, 41:8: 29-33.
Perry, T. 1995. Music Lessons for Children with Special Needs. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Pranaitis, S. & Ashley, R. 2000. The Elusive Search for Proof that Music Improves the Mind. The Instrumentalist. 55(5): 30-32.
Reimer, B. 2007. Roots of Inequality and Injustice: The Challenges for Music Education. Music Education Research, Vol. 9 (2): 191-204.
Robinson, K. 2006. White Teacher, Students of Color: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Elementary General Music in Communities of Color. In, Frierson-Campbell, C. (Ed.) Teaching Music in an Urban Classroom: Volume 1. Rowman and Littlefield.
Schaberg, G. (Ed.) 1988. TIPS: Teaching Music to Special Leaners. MENC.
Snedeker, J. (2005). Adaptive Engineering for Musical Instruments. Medical Problems of Performing Artists: 89-98.
Vance, K. 2004. Adapting Music Instruction for Students with Dyslexia. Choral Journal: 27-31.
Wilson, B. 1996. Models of Music Therapy Intervnetions in School Settings:From Institution to Inclusion. National Association for Music Therapy.
Walker, L. 2003. Developing a Gospel Choir. Music Educators Journal, Vol. 89: 3: 23.
Zina, R. 1987. Music Activities for Special Children. Parker Publishing.
Films & Videos
Gustavo Dudamel Leads El Sistema’s Top Youth Orchestra -- The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela's life-changing music program, El Sistema.
Cooperative Learning in the Music Classroom, 1992.
Bringing Multicultural Music to Children, Music Educators National Conference -- gives music educators an inventive and interesting way to present the music of other cultures to young students, 1992
Teaching the Music of African-Americans -- looks at the origins of African-American music in its sacred and spiritual traditions, 1991