April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Our Introduction to Jazz Course is an amazing addition to your lesson plans for April

Our Jazz course includes: 

  • The creation of Jazz
  • Improvisation
  • Scat Singing
  • Instruments of Jazz
  • Styles of Jazz
  • Amazing artists like:
    Louis Armstrong, Melba Liston, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea, Tia Fuller, Branford Marsalis and Jazzmeia Horn

Your students will love learning and experiencing Jazz!


Ready to Launch!
Our next two courses – Popular Music from the continent of Africa Part 1 & 2
will be launching in April!

Get ready for your students to experience all the excitement and artistry of contemporary music from the continent of Africa!

 

Your feedback is valuable to us!
And to you!

Each month we pick a winner of a $50 Amazon Gift Card from the list of teachers who have submitted a feedback form that month. Your feedback is a VITAL part of securing funding from foundations to support Music Workshop and improving our programming on a continual basis.

Website Revamp in full swing!

Our Teacher Advisory Group is helping us plan the best user experience for our new teacher portal and website.

We are planning for a July launch!

March is Women’s History Month!

During Women’s History Month, remember all Music Workshop courses include amazing female musicians, artists, composers and performers.

A few examples (from top to bottom, left to right)

  • Careers in Music, Parts 1&2 – Stacey Lynn (Radio DJ), Caitlin Broderick (Music Therapist), Portia Sabin (Record Company Owner), Amy Dragon (Mastering Engineer)
  • Piano – Mitsuko Uchida, Vanessa Carton, Clara Haskil, Amy Marcy Beach, Regina Spector, Tori Amos
  • Country – Emmy Lou Harris, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Taylor Swift, Patsy Kline, Shania Twain
  • Rhythm & Blues – Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Ella Fitzgerald, Melanie Fiona

Find more fabulous featured females in every course!

February is Black History Month!

During Black History Month, remember Music Workshop has two great courses on Traditional Music from the continent of Africa. Part 1 is on the music of North & East Africa and Part 2 on music from Southern, Central & West Africa.

Also, check out amazing courses on Jazz Music and Rhythm & Blues.

Music Workshop is here to help with ready-to-go, fun and engaging lessons for virtual, hybrid or a substitute teacher!

All of our courses have materials formatted specifically for distance or hybrid learning. For the Distance Learning version, the video component is lower resolution for easier use with your Learning Management System of choice. Additionally, there are links to google quizzes that are the course’s Q&A component. And Music Workshop makes a great lesson for a substitute teacher!

Choose any one of our 23 courses on musical genres, instruments, careers in music and music from cultures around the world.
There is something for every class!

December can be crazy!
Holiday concerts, end of term, sick days, vacation time, BURNOUT?

Music Workshop is here to help with ready-to-go, fun and engaging lessons!
Remember Music Workshop while you are planning your lessons for the rest of December. Our courses are great for:

After concert “treat” lesson
Substitute Teacher plan
Pre-Holiday Break lesson
Something EASY & FUN!

Choose any one of our 23 courses on musical genres, instruments, careers in music and music from cultures around the world.

There is something for every class!

November is Native American Heritage Month!

Music Workshop’s Native American Traditional Music course is a great addition to your celebrations.

Course Description
The Native American Traditional Music course is an exploration of some of the original music makers. Full of big sounds, handmade instruments and amazing musicians, Native American Traditional Music is used in ceremonies, storytelling, healing and so much more. Students learn about music from the twelve regions of Native American Tribes (or Nations) and experience many different Native American instruments like drums, rattles, rasps, flutes and vocals. Our Fun Facts in this course feature exciting introductions to Pow Wows and the Native American Music Awards.

Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the first music makers… 

Click here to continue your musical journey

There is still time to make Music Workshop’s Latin America courses part of your Hispanic Heritage Month!

We have two courses:

  • Latin America: Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean
  • Latin America: South America

They are a great addition to any lesson plans!

Are you dealing with changing protocols and restrictions for 2021-22?

As we begin a new school year, we are hearing from teachers that changing situations and protocols continues to be the norm. Music Workshop is here for you! The flexibility of our program allows for use under a wide variety of situations.

Can’t sing or play instruments? Your band and choir can enjoy exploring our lessons on instruments, genres, careers in music and cultures!

Can’t move in the classroom? No matter the grade you are teaching, you can present the grade 6-8 version of the Music Workshop course – it does not include the Musical Movement Minute.

Need distance learning friendly lesson plans? The distance learning versions of lessons can be used with any learning management system.

Need a sub plan that is high quality, easy and works for a musical or non-musical sub? Music Workshop is ready-to-go! 

Why Music Workshop? 

  • Music Workshop lessons are culturally responsive, relevant and high-quality
  • Our resources are vetted by educators, ethnomusicologists and cultural advisors. You can feel secure with the resources provided
  • Guaranteed music history & appreciation resources that are aligned with National Music and Humanities Standards
  • Save time on the internet – we have brought the exciting and inspiring clips together in one place without having to spend hours searching for appropriate content
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Music Workshop is designed to be a flexible, interactive and valuable resource in your music classroom. We strive to bring current, relevant and culturally responsive music education resources to you and your students. As back-to-school begins, we would like to take a moment to highlight the many ways you can utilize Music Workshop as a valued resource to support your music curriculum this year.

How to use Music Workshop in your curriculum

  • Kick off a new unit with a Music Workshop lesson as your overview of the topic. Our friend Beth in Texas does this with our Jazz lesson – it is the kick off to her two week unit.
  • Create a unit with multiple courses and extension activities. Create a unit of the Sections of the Orchestra with our courses on Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. Include some of the new extension activities that we are adding to the program or create your own to form a multi-day/week unit.
  • Bring culturally responsive music education to your students
  • Music Workshop is a great, ready-to-go lesson for a sub – for either musical or non-musical substitute teachers.

Why Music Workshop?

  • Music Workshop lessons are culturally responsive, relevant and high-quality.
  • Our resources are vetted by educators, ethnomusicologists and cultural advisors. You can feel secure with the resources provided.
  • Guaranteed music history & appreciation resources that are aligned with National Music and Humanities Standards
  • Save time on the internet – we have brought the exciting and inspiring clips together in one place without having to spend hours searching for appropriate content.
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Summer break from school gives us the chance to prioritize different types of projects – which is so exciting! We currently are working closely with one of our Music Workshop Board Members, who is an amazing music teacher and jazz saxophonist, on adding new and inspiring extension activities to the program. We can’t wait to share this exciting new content with you. We will have an update in our August Newsletter with details on our new offerings.

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