Essel Linton is ACEMM’s Fall 2018 Spotlight Recipient!

Congratulations to Essel Linton, ACEMM’s Fall 2018 Spotlight Award recipient! A veteran music educator, Essel’s unique background influences her teaching while addressing student needs at a school where for many, English is not a first language. Read on to find out more about the ways her dedication and teaching approach benefits young learners and colleagues!

Nature’s First Instrument: The Body

Ah, yes! It is the beginning of a new school year. Optimism is high, excitement is rampant, and… your instruments haven’t arrived yet. Maybe you are teaching on a cart. Or in a corner of the cafeteria. Or on the stage in the gym while PE class is happening. Your books were damaged last year when the boiler exploded. Perhaps you have your own room and are looking for something new and different to do with your students. Now is the perfect time to create your own materials! But where to begin?

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Contributing to a Better World: Project-Based Learning through Music, by K. Michelle Lewis

Come along on a journey with second graders who were motivated to help others halfway across the world! Inspired by a children’s book, these students creatively brainstorm and collaborate to provide clean drinking water for people in Africa. In this article, recent Spotlight Award recipient K. Michelle Lewis explains how to use a project-based learning model to empower students to explore both music and solve real-world concerns, and how to align such a project to the National Core Arts Standards. ACEMM invites you to read “Contributing to a Better World: Project-Based Learning through Music”!

Summer Spotlight: Sol Weber

Elemental music making takes on many shapes and forms. It is music that a participant can make with relative ease and without much instruction in technique or formal study. The voice is perhaps the most elemental of all instruments. Bringing people together to form a community of singers could be considered one of the most ancient of musical ensembles imaginable. True to the varied nature of elemental music and movement experiences, leaders of elemental music making can spring forth from just about anywhere. The rounds singing master Sol Weber is one such leader and guiding light in the participatory music making community.

2018 Beacon Scholarship Recipient

ACEMM is pleased to announce our 2018 Beacon Scholarship recipient, Theresa Iacarino. Terri is the vocal/general music teacher at Joppa View Elementary School in Baltimore County, Maryland. As a member of the Maryland Music Educators’ Association, she serves as the MMEA Technology Chairperson, coordinating professional development opportunities for music educators in the state.

A Song for Ramadan

by Lisa Zargarpur What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which able-bodied Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. The…

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