The Arts | Classroom Reviews

Drama Works! Teaching System – A Creative Way to Teach Across the Curriculum

by Michael Leppert Drama is an activity with far reaching benefits.  Children develop transferable abilities such as confidence, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills ideal for job interviews and presentations.  These 21st Century skills are highly coveted by modern businesses.  Drama is also a great way to make concepts and curriculum from other subjects more understandable and fun through kinesthetic learning.  It is an ideal strategy for differentiated instruction […]

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Bad Wolf Press’ New Musical Play: “Matter and Its Properties: The Science of Stuff”

www.badwolfpress.com/matter-and-its-properties-musical-play 35-minute musical play for grades 2-6 Includes • Script • Teacher’s Guide and • Audio Recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song) Simple to do – no music or drama experience needed! ============= By Michael Leppert Bad Wolf Press is an ingenious company that creates original plays for schools, churches, […]

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Sujoy Strings – Record-keeping & Planning for String Players & Teachers

Sujoy Spencer www.sujoystrings.com sujoy740@aol.com 470-223-2342 Review by Emerson Sandow As the parent of a former ‘cello player and friend of many string players, keeping a student’s lesson materials, practice schedule and milestones is a frantic job – on top of teaching all of the elements of string method. An experienced and farsighted string teacher of […]

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Fun With Composers

http://funwithcomposers.com/Materials are suited for Pre K-6 by Emerson Sandow Research has shown that music is one of the most important of the arts for young children, because it not only provides cultural value, but actual brain development stimulation. Brain-study scientists have found that learning music actually effects positive change in the brains of children. Homeschooling […]

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SoundLife Music Academy – Flexible & Top-Flight In-Home Music Lessons

http://www.soundlifelessons.com/ info@soundlifelessons.com 323-825-9566 By Michael Leppert Chris Vazquez, with a Bachelor’s degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, is an accomplished guitarist and music director, who has played all over the greater Los Angeles area and the world, for many years. Chris offers his services as a consultant, providing musicians with aid and […]

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The Five Fathers of Music

Age Range: 7-13 Cost Range: $19.99 – $24.99 Subject: Music History Website: www.cntcreations.com Phone: (972) 827-5333 By Matt Barnabei The development of music is something that cannot be attributed to solely one person, unlike the immediate association of, let’s say, Apple Inc. and Steve Jobs. There are, however, certainly those who have been immensely influential […]

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Theory Time Music Education Books

www.theorytime.com By Albert McQueen Theory Time books are all about teaching music theory in an accessible, easy-to-understand way, regardless of a student’s age, instrument, skill level, or music education background. Theory Time’s K-12 workbook series is organized according to the student’s grade level. The Primer is the first in the series, and is the “beginning […]

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Hollywood 101 Series Award-winning Childrens Acting Books

* Backstage Magazine Readers Choice 2014 Award for The Ultimate Commercial Book for Kids & Teens! Written by Chambers Stevens, edited by Renee Role-Whatley, published by Children Acting Books, a division of Sandcastle Publishing Available from www.childrenactingbooks.com By Linda K. Foster Lights! Camera! Action! Do your kids think they have what it takes to be on television […]

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Artistic Pursuits

10142 West 69th Ave, Arvada, CO 80004 • 303-467-0504 www.artisticpursuits.com Review by Linda K. Foster Children, by their very nature, are creative beings and, unfortunately, too many art programs offer structured instruction that stifles this natural creativity. Artistic Pursuits takes the approach that teaching children to go beyond their first ideas and find solutions that […]

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