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Advocate for Music! by Lynn M. BrinckmeyerAcross the US, school budgets are tightening and music programs, often the first asked to compromise in the name of a balanced budget, face a seemingly grim future. Monetary restrictions combined with an increasing focus on test scores have led to heavy cuts in school music programs. In manycases, communities and teachers untrained in advocacy are helpless in the face of the school board, with no one willing and comfortable to speak up on their behalf. In Advocate for Music!: A Guide to User-Friendly Strategies, Lynn M. Brinckmeyer, respected educator and past president for theNational Association for Music Education, provides a manual for music teachers motivated to advocate but lacking the experience, resources, or time to acquire the skills to do so effectively. It will serve as a toolkit for advocating, and also for sharing resources, strategies and ideas useful foreducating everyone - from community members to political representatives - about the immediate and long-term benefits of music education.In Advocate for Music!, Brinckmeyer draws on a lifetime of arts advocacy to provide answers to the questions so many teachers have but are afraid - or simply too busy - to ask. A simple, hands-on guidebook for becoming an effective advocate for the arts, Advocate for Music! is structured around sixkey questions: what is advocacy? Why focus on it? Who should do it? How does one do it? Where should we advocate? And when should we advocate? Readers will have access to step-by-step guidelines and strategies on how to engage others, and themselves, in a variety of levels of advocacy activities. Inaddition to granting access to compelling research projects, the book will provide models of letters, webinars, research findings, printed documents, websites and contact information useful for communicating with local, state and national decision makers. Working in an informal, hands-on manner,Brinckmeyer lays out advice on who to work with and what to do: providing concrete examples of advocacy tactics from ideas on how to cooperate with the gym teacher to a sample speech for the holiday concert. As she walks the reader through the a myriad of real-life examples and practical answers toher central questions, Brinckmeyer shows that every educator, parent, family member, and administrator can and should be engaged in advocating to maintain, and support, the right for today's children and adolescents to have access to high quality music education.Advocate for Music! is an important book not only for all pre-service and inservice music teachers, but aso for state MEA leaders and staff, administrators, parents, community members, and all those involved with arts or education associations.
Publication Date: 2016-02-05
Diction for Singers, 2nd edition by Joan Wall; Robert Caldwell; Gavilanes; AllenA concise reference and text for undergraduate classes in diction, 2nd edition
Publication Date: 2009
Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart by Lynne GackleYoung girls in modern society are bombarded by the media and their peers with expectations of how they should look, walk, talk-really, be. Before they truly begin to know and appreciate the uniqueness of themselves, they are asked to be something or someone that is only a faÃ§ade-a passing frame on a screen or a still image in print. Lynne Gackle has long been an advocate for the power of singing as a catalyst for helping these young women gain self-approval and encouraging self-esteem. This landmark text is a synthesis of her ideas. Serving to enlighten and encourage teachers and choral directors of adolescent females, readers of Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart will learn the symptoms of vocal change in the female voice, the physiological factors that affect it, and techniques to help young singers successfully navigate the voice change. The included DVD provides invaluable demonstrations of the phases of vocal maturation, voice classification, vocal techniques, and other pedagogical strategies, all with the help of a girls' choir under the direction of Dr. Gackle. Book jacket.
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
Strategies for Teaching Junior High and Middle School Male Singers by Terry J. Barham
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
Teaching Kids to Sing by Kenneth H. PhillipsA foundational text in music education, TEACHING KIDS TO SING, 2e delivers a developmental program of exercises and skills to help all students achieve confident, accurate, and expressive singing. Founded on the principle that singing is a "learned" skill and grounded in the latest physiological research, this popular text provides a groundbreaking, step-by-step methodology for energizing the body, breath, ear, voice, and song. Thoroughly revised and updated, the new Second Edition includes a revision of the basic methodology, updated research on young singers, a separate new section on vocal physiology, contemporary music selections, and much more.