General Music Today (Online)

Being Hip-Hop: Beyond Skills and Songs
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 53-58

In this article, I offer four principles relevant to hip-hop cultures (keep it real, flip the script, make some noise, and stay fresh) and explore how these principles might affect music classrooms. I argue that a music classroom that works ...

Preserving Musicality through Pictures: A Linguistic Pathway to Conventional Notation
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 45-52

The natural musicality so often present in children's singing can begin to fade as the focus of a lesson shifts to the process of reading and writing conventional notation symbols. Approaching the study of music from a linguistic perspective preserves ...

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What It Means for Students With Disabilities and Music Educators
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 41-44

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (P.L. 114-95), legislation which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and replaces the widely criticized No Child Left Behind Act. After various versions were ...

Music for Music's Sake and Tech for Tech's Sake
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 38-40

Technology is constantly changing, and it can be challenging to move beyond the "bells and whistles" of a new app or piece of software to confirm worthiness for classroom use. This article explores the balance point between technology use and ...

Funding Music: Guidelines for Grant Writing In the Music Classroom
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 30-37

With music education's continued unstable role within the school system, music educators are actively seeking external funding to support and augment their programs. However, there are many challenges involved with grant writing including understanding where to find potential funders, writing ...

Teachers' Perspectives In Using Disney Songs In the Music Classroom
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 25-29

Integrating popular music as part of the public school music curriculum has been a topic of debate among many educators and researchers. Songs from the Disney Corporation, specifically from movies, television shows, and performers specifically marketed by Disney, are particularly ...

Mindfulness: An Underused Tool for Deepening Music Understanding
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 20-24

Music teachers aim to deepen their students' music understanding. An underused tool for doing so is incorporating mindful practice into music teaching. Through discussing research, examples from the classroom, and steps for incorporating mindful practices in lesson planning, the author ...

AP Music Theory Applied
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 16-19

Some American high schools include Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory within their course offerings. Students who pass the AP exam can receive college credit either as a music or humanities credit. An AP class, however, offers music students more than ...

What Can You Teach With Electronic Dance Music? A Music Teacher's Guide to EDM
General Music Today (Online) (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 4-10

Music teachers, who are working to develop students' musicianship skills, often focus on exposing students to new styles and genres of music. These initiatives encourage students to analyze, develop opinions, create, and perform music they may not normally hear. The ...