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Music Education Resources

Online Indexes and Databases  |  Library and Free Online Resouces:  Music Education Research & National Standards  |  Music Lesson Plans  |  Curriculum Aids  |  Primary/Secondary Student Oriented Web Sites  |  Professional Organizations

Online Indexes and Databases to Music Education Literature

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Education Full Text (1983 - Current)
Education Full Text indexes articles from education journals. This resource is helpful in locating articles on a wide range of educational topics. There are approximately 770 journals indexed, 440 of them are peer-reviewed.

Education Research Complete
Education Research Complete is a great tool for locating professional and scholarly research on a variety of educational topics. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,500 journals, as well as full text for more than 750 journals. This database uses an EBSCO interface.

ERIC (EBSCO) (1966 - Current)
ERIC is a useful database for finding educational information from lots of different sources (journals, magazines, books, conferences, and governmental agencies). It contains resources dating back to 1966 and is helpful when conducting historical research in education.
How to get ERIC Documents at Kent State University

JSTOR
JSTOR is an electronic archive of complete journal backruns, current to within 2 to 5 years. The collections include: Arts & Sciences I-VIII, Business Collection I-III, Ecology & Botany, General Science, and Language and Literature. For Kent State University, students and faculty now have access to 381 JSTOR journals representing over 2 million articles.

Music Index Online (1979 - Current)
Index to writings on classical and popular music, including scholarly and journalistic publications and reviews of books, recordings, and performances. Covers publications from 1979 to the present. Updated quarterly. See print edition for coverage of writings from 1949 to present.

Professional Development Collection
The Professional Development Collection is a wonderful database to use when looking for those “how-to” articles written by practicing teachers.
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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) (1861 - Current)
Includes citations for dissertations dating from the first U.S. dissertation issued in 1861. Contains abstracts for dissertations from 1980 to the present and for master's theses from 1988 forward. The work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities are also included. Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1969 - Current)
Includes references (most with abstracts) to scholarly writings, including books, articles, and dissertations from 1969 to the present in English and most European languages. Updated monthly.

Library and Free Online Resouces

Music Education Research & National Standards

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Contains booklets and research articles published by NAfME (National Association for Music Education).

Outlines the national standards for K-12 music education.

Music Lesson Plans

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Freely available standards based, interdisciplinary lesson plans and activities for K-12 Performing Arts and Visual Arts educators sponsored by The Kennedy Center. This site also includes professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.

Lesson plan library organized by grade level with a separate section of seasonal lesson plans organized by date. This site was developed by Kyle Yamnitz, students and faculty from the University of Missouri and users of the website.

Companion website to John Jacobson's MusicExpress magazine. Includes worksheets, teacher ideas and tips and lesson plans.

NAXOS online Library Curriculum Project
This publication is a music listening curriculum resource designed to support any K-12 music curriculum in North America. There are suggestions on how one might teach the "Achievements" found in "Achieving Musical Understanding- Concepts and Skills" for K-8 and 9-12

Freely available standards based lesson plans and activities for K-12 Performing Arts and Visual Arts educators sponsored by PBS.

Library of interdisciplinary lesson plan developed by the Summer Teacher Institute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Library of interdisciplinary music lesson plan developed by web site users.

Curriculum Aids

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Integrating music into the elementary classroom / William M. Anderson, Joy E. Lawrence (Available at the Performing Arts Library only)
MT1.A552 I6 2010 (Performing Arts Library Reference)
"Provides guidelines for elementary teachers with limited [music] experience as well as for music specialists." (back cover)

Includes an introduction to classical music, a glossary, and sections on opera and audience etiquette.

The Music Connection (Available at the Performing Arts Library only)
MT7 .M872 2000 (Performing Arts Library Reference)
K-8 Curriculum for teaching general music.

Primary/Secondary Student Oriented Web Sites

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Interactive guide to the instruments of the orchestra and the conductor, created by the BBC Orchestras.

Interactive games that incorporate music concepts, created by the BBC Orchestras. If Adobe Shockwave is not installed on your computer, please take a moment and install: http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/.

Naxos Music Library - Junior Section
Student oriented resource that provides opportunities for individual exploration of music topics. Topics include "Meet the Instruments ," "The Story of Classical Music ," and a series of recordings called "Music for Kids ."

Interactive website that teaches music history concepts and about the instruments of the orchestra, created by the New York Philharmonic. If Adobe Shockwave is not installed on your computer, please take a moment and install: http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/.

Interactive website that teaches music history concepts and about the instruments of the orchestra, created by the San Francisco Symphony.

An Interactive Guide into the Great Composers' Finest Symphonies.

Professional Organizations

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