Using Music to Enhance Student Learning

A Practical Guide for Elementary Classroom Teachers

Welcome to the companion website for Using Music to Enhance Student Learning, Second Edition. Written for both current and future teachers with little or no previous experience in music, this newly revised textbook offers strategies on integrating musical activities in the elementary school classroom that are not heavily dependent on musical skills. While many textbooks are devoted to teaching music theory skills, this textbook is dedicated to pedagogy—the actual teaching of music—particularly in those schools without a separate music class in their curriculum. The ultimate goal is for future teachers to provide their elementary school classes with engaging learning experiences. These learning experiences are clearly presented to enable children to acquire knowledge in all subject areas within a joyful, creative environment rich with music activities.

New to the second edition are the Animated Listening Maps, more audio tracks, a new guitar unit, expanded coverage in the recorder unit, a connection with visual art and music, expanded activities in American history and math, and updated research and statistics.

What you will find on this website

Student Resources

  • A collection of listening selections, including Animated Listening Maps and streamed audio tracks from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.
  • An annotated list of websites for songs, lesson plans, and teaching materials.
  • An art gallery featuring links to artwork from the National Gallery of Art featured in Chapter 11 of the book.
  • Full-color printouts of the Listening Maps included in the book.

Instructor Resources

  • A wealth of sample course materials, including a sample syllabus, sample lesson plans—guidelines, rubrics, and forms, sample exams, and other useful classroom handouts.