Fertile Ground in Middle Level General Music guides music educators to inspire their middle level students (grades 5–8) to engage more deeply in the general music classroom, where students are given the opportunity to "try on" a range of roles: musician, composer, listener, and critic. The book outlines the Fertile Ground Framework, a teacher's aide for curricular decision-making that unites the middle level concept with the National Core Arts Standards while emphasizing the developmental needs and cultural identities of students. This resource-rich book provides teachers with an array of adaptable classroom support tools, including:
- Lesson sequences
- Activity ideas
- Teacher resources and worksheets
- "Do-Now" exercises
Featuring the real-world perspectives of thirteen music educators, Fertile Ground in Middle Level General Music is both practical and theoretical, presenting methods for creating rich, inspiring learning environments in middle level general music classrooms of all shapes and sizes, and highlighting the unacknowledged strengths that already exist therein. Focused on the aim of motivating students to pursue lifelong music learning, this book helps instructors find joy and excitement in teaching a wide array of musical topics to diverse groups of middle level music students.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Finding Fertile Ground / 1. The Fertile Ground Framework / PART 1: The Heart of the Fertile Ground Framework / 2. Educating the Whole Student: Responding to Young Adolescents' Developmental Needs and Cultural Identities / 3. Creating a Motivating Learning Community on Day One and Every Day / PART 2: Reconsidering Curriculum and Pedagogy through the Fertile Ground Framework / 4. Joining Hands: Active and Purposeful General Music Learning / 5. Making Connections: Relevant and Integrative General Music Learning / 6. Stretching Limits: Exploratory and Challenging General Music Learning / PART 3: Assessment on and through the Fertile Ground Framework / 7. Authentic and Intentional Assessment by Teacher, Peers, and Self / Conclusion: Promises of the Fertile Ground
Stephanie Cronenberg is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Clinical Experience and Practice at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.