Who is ACEMM?

You may have seen one of our posts on Facebook, or visited our booth at the AOSA National Conference this week in Cincinnati. Perhaps you know a teaching colleague who was featured in our Spotlight Awards. But do you know who ACEMM is?

Come See ACEMM in Cincinnati at the AOSA Conference!

We know you love ACEMM as much as we do! 

Stop by the ACEMM booth, snap a photo, and share a few thoughts on why #iloveACEMM. The exhibit hall’s grand opening is at 5:30 on Thursday, stop by then at our booth, say hello, and pick up a newly designed set of ACEMM building block rhythm cards! 

Happy Halloween from ACEMM

No tricks! You’ve been a treat for ACEMM all the year through! We wanted to reach out to you and say thanks for being a member of our community, and for the support so many have shown for our mission to promote the possibilities of elemental music and movement at the local, regional and national level.

Our latest short post shares a few of the great treats ACEMM is able to share because of you!

Nature’s Second Instrument: Rhythm

Explore possibilities of rhythm and form in Cyndee Giebler’s second installment on Elemental Composition! Using just quarter notes, two eighth notes, and quarter rests, discover Cyndee’s ideas for using a simple 8-measure composition as inspiration for providing a ready-made musical context for just about anything you and your students are passionate about.  Simply stated, you can start having fun in a “snap!”

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.