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Music Theory

The Secret to Funding Your Music Program

Music educators know that teaching music is an inspiring and richly rewarding experience. However, one part of the job that can be the most challenging is ensuring that your music program continues to grow and thrive. Raising the funds to secure necessary equipment, online resources and supplies can be daunting. Discover the three key steps you need to take to give your fundraising efforts wings to fly!

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How to Engage Digital Natives in Music Theory

Did you know that only 12% of Gen Z kids — the “digital natives’ born 1996 and later — said they learn through listening to a teacher’s lecture. Tech savvy and not content to be passive learners, these students are shaping change in how music education is taught. Discover the three ways teachers can make learning more fun, helpful and interactive to more deeply engage digital natives in music theory.

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7 Steps to Grow Your Music Program

It’s no secret that, as a music educator, you love what you do and want to inspire a lifelong love of music in your students. However, if you’re trying to keep your program thriving, re-energize an existing music program or build one from the ground up, there can be numerous challenges. Here are seven solid strategies designed to help attract and retain kids, and build your program’s profile.

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More Time, More Meaningful Musical Conversations … for All!


At Dempsey Middle School, there is a vibrant performing arts program; students can elect to take band, orchestra or chorus. With 300 students in Tracy Cinereski’s choir program alone, she spent a lot of time knee-deep in weekly theory assignments. She admits to feeling “constantly bogged down” trying to keep up with all the grading, which could be up to 10 hours a week.

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From Pen to Next Gen

How Albuquerque Academy Uses Technology to Help Kids Learn Music.
The sixth-grade general music class is the foundational course for all the performing arts. “It can be an intense first year introduction for the students. What’s tricky about it, is that some students enter the class with years of music lessons and others may have absolutely no experience with music training at all.”

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Making the Case for Music Theory


Getting funding is always a huge challenge for music teachers. And it can sometimes be hard to prove the value of incorporating music theory in a performance program. But that didn’t stop Jayne Marie Flores, doctoral candidate and band director at Faith Christian Academy from creating a cost/benefit analysis to make the case for Breezin’ Thru Theory.

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Fun with Music Theory … Imagine That!


When Thunder Mountain M.S. adopted a 1-to-1 technology initiative to better prepare students for the digital world, music director Sarah van Vegten started to explore how these Web-enabled devices might enhance student learning and shed some of the paperwork. At the same time, she was facing a challenge that many music teachers know all too well — her sixth-grade music elective enrolment numbers were declining. “It’s a real commitment to be in music.”

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