SmartMusic Lesson Plans
The Web-based music education platform, Smart Music, provides lesson plans for high school, middle school, and substitute teachers.
The National Association for Music Education is one of the world’s largest arts education organizations. Its website provides a vast array of resources for professional development and grassroots advocacy. These resources include webinars, journals, discussion forums, and a virtual career center.
The American String Teachers Association supports string and orchestra teachers and players. Its website provides resources for teaching, career development, and learning string instruments.
The International Society for Music Education is a worldwide community of music educators that fosters global intercultural understanding and cooperation and promotes music education for people of all ages. Its website includes information about its world conference, regional conferences, and membership.
The Music Teachers National Association advances the societal value of studying and making music and supports the professionalism of music teachers through a broad array of activities, including educational programming, festivals, forums, advocacy, conferences, and competitions. You can find resources on teaching, learning, wellness, copyright law, and more on their website.
The Technology Institute for Music Educators is dedicated to helping music educators apply technology to learning and teaching music through standards, certification, and other training. Its website provides lesson plans and membership information.
The National Education Association is dedicated to public education and is one of the nation’s largest professional organizations. Its website includes an abundance of information and educator resources, some specifically for music teachers.
On and Off the Podium
This website, created and maintained by middle-school music educator Wendy Higdon, features a podcast, blog, teaching materials, and other resources.
The Midwest Clinic
The Midwest Clinic is dedicated to international instrumental music education and offers a range of programs and events, including institutes, clinics, concerts, and its annual International Band, Orchestra, and Music Conference.
This website provides free resources for teachers of all disciplines, including worksheets, lesson plans, and a newsletter.
Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock project provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes lesson plans and resources to help teachers engage students by connecting the history of popular music to classroom work across subject matter.
Professional Music Educator
Music educator and consultant Elisa Jones created and maintains this website to help music teachers better manage their programs. Her website includes a blog and free workshops.
BAM Radio Network
This all-education talk-radio network features numerous radio shows for music and other teachers, including the Music Teacher’s Resource Guide hosted by musician and educator Donna Schwartz.
This blog focuses on music technology and music education. It was founded in 2006 by music educator Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., and now includes articles by other music educators and occasionally covers other topics that may be of interest to the site’s readers.
AMusEd: A Music Educators’ Podcast
This website was created by four early-career music teachers and is geared to young or new teachers. It features a podcast, blog, and other teacher resources.
Technology in Music Education
This website’s author is Christopher J. Russell, Ph.D., the director of choirs at Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park, Minn. His website includes information about iPad, choral warm-ups for iPad, music technology recommendations, PDFs of professional presentations, and a podcast.
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