2nd Edition

Using Music to Enhance Student Learning
A Practical Guide for Elementary Classroom Teachers

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ISBN 9780415709361
Published August 19, 2014 by Routledge
348 Pages 127 B/W Illustrations

USD $115.00

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Book Description

Integrating musical activities in the elementary school classroom can assist in effectively teaching and engaging students in Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies, while also boosting mental, emotional and social development. However, many elementary education majors fear they lack the needed musical skills to use music successfully. Future elementary school teachers need usable, practical musical strategies to easily infuse into their curriculum.

Written for both current and future teachers with little or no previous experience in music, Using Music to Enhance Student Learning, Second Edition offers strategies that are not heavily dependent on musical skills. While many textbooks are devoted to teaching music theory skills, this textbook is dedicated to pedagogy – the actual teaching of music – particularly in those schools without a separate music class in their curriculum. The ultimate goal is for future teachers to provide their elementary school classes with engaging learning experiences. These learning experiences are clearly presented to enable children to acquire knowledge in all subject areas within a joyful, creative environment rich with music activities.

New to the second edition are the animated listening maps, more audio tracks, a new guitar unit, expanded coverage in the recorder unit, a connection with visual art and music, expanded activities in American history and math, and updated research and statistics.


  • Animated "Listening Maps" help listeners focus on music selections through clear visual representations of sound.
  • Group Activities reinforce the social aspects of music-making, as well as the benefits of collaborative teaching and learning.
  • A thorough integration of music in the curriculum establishes that music is essential in a child’s development, and that the incorporation of music will enhance all other subjects/activities in the classroom.
  • Learning Aids include "Tantalizing Tidbits of Research," which provide the justifications for why these activities are important, as well as "Teaching Tips," and "Thinking It Through" activities.

The Using Music Package

  • Streamed listening selections from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary Periods
  • Get America Singing… Again! Volume 1 (developed in association with the Music Educators National Conference, now NAFME, and other music organizations) with 43 songs that represent America’s varied music heritage of folk, traditional, and patriotic themes
  • Appendices include a songbook with Hispanic folksongs, a recorder music songbook and a guitar unit
  • Companion website hosts various teaching and learning resources

ISBN 978-0-367-11067-3 Using Music, Second Edition set includes:

  • ISBN 978-0-415-70936-1 Using Music, Second Edition textbook 
  • Get America Singing... Again! Volume 1 songbook

ISBN 978-0-429-02487-0 Using Music, Second Edition eBook is the textbok only. The songbook is only available with the print textbook and is not sold separately.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Organizing for Successful Teaching  Chapter 2. A Framework for Teaching and Learning  Chapter 3. Inside the Music: The Basic Elements of Music  Chapter 4. Listening  Chapter 5. Performing  Chapter 6. Creating  Chapter 7. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Language Arts  Chapter 8. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Science  Chapter 9. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Math  Chapter 10. Using Music to Enhance Learning in Social Studies  Chapter 11. Relating Music to the Other Arts  Chapter 12. Favorite Teaching Tips  APPENDIX 1 Additional Songs in Spanish and English  APPENDIX 2 Songs for Recorder and Guitar  APPENDIX 3 Resources  APPENDIX 4 Sample Assignments  APPENDIX 5 Worksheets and Scale Practice  APPENDIX 6 Glossary  APPENDIX 7 Listening Selections

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Dr. Jana R. Fallin is Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Kansas State University, and a past award winner of the "Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars."

Mollie Gregory Tower teaches in the School of Music at Texas State University, and is founder of the modern Music Memory Program taught in many school districts across the country.


"Providing an excellent balance of necessary skills and methodology for teaching music in the elementary classroom, in addition to a wealth of useable and valuable materials, this second edition of Using Music to Enhance Student Learning is current and modern with realistic expectations and strategies focusing on the use of music in the classroom, while maintaining the musical integrity." – Sue Metz, Associate Professor of Music, Sacramento State University

"This book is completely full of wisdom and understanding. You are indeed fortunate if you are going to study and benefit from this book. Thank you to the authors for compiling and sharing their knowledge of children, music, and education." – Susan Smith, Collingswood Public Schools

"Using Music to Enhance Student Learning is a wonderful resource for music methods classes. Students love the connections the authors make to other curriculums and the hands on experiences to gain a better understanding of music." – Connie Hale,Winthrop University