Teaching Elementary Music: Integrative Strategies Between Music and Other Subjects

Author(s): Nicole R Robinson, Fred P Spano, Suzanne N. Hall

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2011


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Teaching Elementary Music creates cross-curricular transfers between music concepts and language arts, mathematics, social studies, physical education, and science. This text provides the elementary classroom teacher with a vast toolbox of contemporary approaches using clear, relevant, and practical strategies. Teaching Elementary Music may also serve as a supplemental resource for general music teachers, providing examples of how to best implement integration with integrity. Teaching Elementary Music is primarily intended for the non-music, Elementary major.

Teaching Elementary Music Features:

  • Application Activities designed to increase and reinforce new music content knowledge for better understanding. These activities can be used for in-class and/or homework assignments.
  • Music and other subject chapters which explicitly detail music connections and correlations between mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, and movement/physical education


CHAPTER 1 - An Introduction to Teaching: Getting Prepared Introduction
Stages (Cycles) of Teaching 
    Fantasy Stage 
    Survival Stage 
    Mastery Stage 
    Impact Stage
Getting Prepared 
    Reflection on Personal Qualities 
    Know Your Students 
    Music and Teaching “Outside the Box”
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 2 - Understanding Music: Basic Concepts Introduction
    Steady Beat/Pulse 
    A Form 
    Binary Form (AB) 
    Ternary Form (ABA) 
    Rondo (ABACA) 
    Theme and Variation (A A’A””A”””)
Expressive Qualities 
Music Teaching Methodologies 
    The Kodaly Method 
    Orff-Schulwerk Method 
    Dalcroze Method
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 3 - Application: Creating Musical Experiences
Nursery Rhymes
Children’s Literature
Teaching Folk Songs
Singing and the Child’s Voice 
    Characteristics of the Child’s Voice 
    Song Selection
Teaching Harmony and Texture 
Body Percussion
Music Instruments
Non-pitched Percussion Instruments
Transitioning to Instrumental Playing 
    Orchestral Instruments
Homemade Instruments
Teaching Expressive Movement 
    Basic Movement 
Sound Stories
Music Tells A Story
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 4 – Integrative Approaches: Unidirectional, Bidirectional and Multidirectional Models Introduction 
    What is This Thing Called “Integration” Anyway?
Integration Models 
    Multidirectional Integration
Standards for Music Education
Standards for English Language Arts
National Science Education Standards
Physical Education Content Standards
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 5 – Teaching Elementary Language Arts: Music and Literacy Introduction
What is Literacy?
Teaching Reading
Music and Reading Connections
Literacy and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Beyond Reading and Writing
Music and Literacy Arts Lesson
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 6 – Teaching Elementary Science: Music and Science Introduction
Learning and Science Instruction
Constructivism and Science
Scientific Inquiry and Process Skills 
Teaching Science
Music and Science Lesson Plan
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 7 - Teaching Elementary Movement/Physical Activity: Music, Movement, and PE Introduction
Piagetian Theory and Movement/PE
Physical Activity
Teaching High-Quality Movement/PE
Movement/Physical Education National Standards
Music and Movement Lesson
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 8 - Teaching Elementary Mathematics Introduction 
Learning Trajectories 
    Quantitative Reasoning 
    Spatial Reasoning
Mathematical Thinking Process 
    Problem Solving 
    Reasoning and Proof 
Mathematic Content Standards
Music and Mathematics Lesson Plan
Chapter Overview

CHAPTER 9 – Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Music and Social Studies Introduction
Social Studies Teaching: Active, Challenging, and Assessment-Centered Learning 
Music and Social Studies Lesson Plan
Chapter Overview

About the Authors 

Nicole R Robinson

Dr. Nicole R. Robinson is the founder and CEO of Cultural Connections by Design ( Her most recent post prior to launching her company was as the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Leadership Fellow and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Presidential Professor of Music Education at the University of Utah. Before joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Robinson held faculty appointments at Syracuse University, University of Memphis, and Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Dr. Robinson is recognized nationally as an educator, scholar, speaker, and author; and has presented her research at national and international conferences, published in several of the industry's leading research journals, including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, Journal of National Association for the Education of Young Children and Action, Criticism, & Theory for Music Education and has authored two academic textbooks titled Teaching Elementary Music: Integrating Music with Other Academic Subjects and General Music K-12.

Dr. Robinson has committed her life to transforming academic cultures through systemic change processes centered around cultures of belonging. She earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from The Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL).

Fred P Spano

Dr. Fred P. Spano is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A specialist in General and Choral Music, Spano teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education, supervises field experiences and student teachers, and coordinates the music education program.

Dr. Spano has taught general music and choral music not only in the US, but also in international schools in Iraq and Ecuador. Spano has presented workshops, adjudicated festivals, and conducted at various regional, state, national, and international conferences/festivals. He maintains active memberships in MENC, ACDA, the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the College Music Society, and the AGEHR.

Dr. Spano received the BA in Music Education from William Penn University, the MM in Choral Music Education from Westminster Choir College—the School of Music at Rider University, and the PhD in Music Education from Florida State University.

Suzanne N. Hall

Suzanne Hall is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Augusta University where she serves as the program coordinator for the music education program.  Her primary research interests include pre-service music teacher training, music and language arts connections and comprehensive musicianship. She has presented research on music and language arts integration for music education state and national conferences. Her publications can be found in General Music Today and the Journal for Music Teacher Education.  Dr. Hall is also co-author of Teaching Elementary Music: Integrative Strategies between Music and Other Subjects (Kendall Hunt) and has taught elementary general music for several years in Florida and Tennessee.

She earned her MED and BME degrees from the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) and the PhD in Music Education from the University of Memphis (Memphis, TN). 

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