Précis: Rethinking Music Education in the 21st Century


Rod Taylor is currently an Associate Professor of Arts and Humanities with the Minerva Schools at KGI, specializing in literature, writing, musicology, and multi-modal communication.

Rod has spent many years of study of music pedagogy along with Victor Wooten. In this article, he tells of how him and Mr. Wooten became acquainted after talking about music education. They later realize that they share many opinions about the subject and decide to create a new ways of learning and teaching of music education for educators that want to teach on another level.



The article was very informative and influential. Rod Taylor and Victor Wooten’s relationship is very impactful. It teaches everyone that the people you meet can really change your future and shape the way of thinking.

The purpose of this article, is to show music educators that you don’t necessary have to teach music like teachers in the past have done. With new generations of musicians, you have to develop new ways of teaching and this article goes over some of the key points you should think about when teaching music.

I love the quote that Rod stated on the second page of the article, “In music, there are no beginners”. This builds a more comfortable atmosphere when teaching new musicians music education techniques. Another good quote from this article is “Music education should be a privilege playing, not just practicing”. With quotes like these to share with students about music, it’ll give them another level of thinking about teaching music, which is the reaction when I read this article.

All in all, this was a very good article, I don’t have any negatives about this article or any problems with it. Very impactful for all music lovers or individuals who enjoy teaching.



NAfMe Conference

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Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is NAfME’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

Music In Our Schools Month® began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.


Music in our schools tour

Give a Note Foundation is hitting the road again in March 2015 to celebrate Music In Our Schools Month with Valory Music Co. artist, RaeLynn! RaeLynn is the first artist to lend her voice to support music students everywhere with an original song! RaeLynn debuted “Always Sing,” co-written with Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Galyon, at the National Association for Music Education’s annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26, 2014. Performing for a crowd of 2000 teachers, students and parents, RaeLynn shared her love of music and support for music education.


Tri-M Music Honor Society

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership.


U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the nation. Produced by All American Games, this Bowl features the nation’s top high school senior football players and marching musicians. A student selected as one of the 125 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band members will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio, TX to march in the halftime performance of the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.

The USAAAMB provides an experience that students will never forget, that teaches valuable 21st century skills like leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking.

These are a few groups you could’ve talked to at the NAfMe Conference!!

Halloween Is Here! BOO :P



Singing– “This is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Listening– Listen to different Halloween songs in different genres.

The Headless Horseman by Bing Crosby (1949) Jazz

Ghostbusters Theme Song by Ray Parker Jr. (1985) R&B/Soul

The Witch Doctor by David Seville (1958) Pop

Instruments– Learn the Halloween (Michael Myers) Theme Song with Mallet Instrument, Tone Bells or with BoomWhackers

Create– Class Halloween song with our own creative lyrics and music with BW or etc.

Rhythm- Complete the Rhythm Bank assignment and discuss other sentences or ideas with students

Movement– learn the dance to the “Monster Mash”by Bobby “Boris” Prickett & the Crypt-Kickers and sing along as well. Also, for older students, learning the “Thriller” Dance by Michael Jackson in class



Writing– Write your own Halloween story and present it to the rest of the class! It can be scary, funny or it can be anything creative you can think about.

Happy Halloween!!!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lesson!!

somewhere over the rainbow

  1. Greet the class, ask them to go to their assigned seats
  2. Ask the class about Boom Whackers
  3. Show them how the BW work
  4. Give students BW, make sure everyone has the right note
  5. Start students off with a simple melody to play all together; “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or “Bingo”
  6. Show students video “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
  7. Play the song together on beat
  8. Ask and present different ways to play the beat of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with BW
  9. Let students improvise with different rhythm patterns while playing the songs
  10. Ask the students to put up their BW one at a time, nice and quietly

Another good lesson plan to use with this song is teaching “Mash-Ups”. A good song for them to mash with this one is Jason Mraz’ “I’m Yours” or let the students try to pick another song

  1. Students will Experiment with instruments (Boom Whackers), by playing simple melodies and songs CR. 1.3.2.
  2. Students will Improvise more complex rhythms and melodies with the instruments CR. 1.3.1.
  3. Students will Identify musical timbre of the instruments P. 4.3.1.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Title: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Author: Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Year: 1967

Publisher: Double Day and Company

Book Read Aloud!

SINGING: sing “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” “Bear Hunt” and  “Grusha”

LISTENING: listen to the “Brown Bear, Brown Bear Rap”

INSTRUMENTS: recreate the Brown Bear rap with percussion instruments and singing

CREATING: make our own song for the book; use a melody to recite the book instead of reading it

DRAMA/MOVING: sound out the animal/people sounds from the book while reading it again

ART: recreate the book with paper journals

OTHER: read other books by Eric Carle like “The Hungry Little Caterpillar” and the ” The Grouchy Ladybug”

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