Middle School General Music is a guidebook for music teachers trying to navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of teaching middle school general music. Written by an in-service teacher, this publication contains strategies and lessons that have been tested and refined in the "real world" of a public school music classroom. Organized according to the nine National Standards for Music Education, each chapter presents tips and lessons for helping middle school students meet high standards in their understanding of music. Ideas include a Music Critics Unit, composition projects, rhythm games, and tips for encouraging students to sing with enthusiasm. Also contained in the book is a rationale for the inclusion of general music courses in the middle school program, and tips for working with young adolescents. A list of suggested resources is included. For middle school general music teachers looking to create a program that is viable, participatory, and motivating to adolescents, this publication is a useful tool.
Elizabeth Ann McAnally is a middle school general music teacher and choral director at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Philadelphia, where she is very busy, but never bored! In addition to teaching, she writes and speaks on the topics of middle school general music and urban music education.