Ready, Set, Music! Music Resources For Educators

Music history can sometimes also be referred to as historical musicology. Music history is a subfield of the broader subject of musicology, and it also studies the performance, the reception, the composition, and the criticism of music over a certain period of time. Music can have a positive impact on students because it provides them with a worthwhile, extracurricular activity that can keep them from falling in with bad influences like drugs and gangs. Some studies have also shown that music has a positive effect on the learning ability of students in an overall sense.

Music History and Time Periods

Music history can relate to the study of any music genre’s history, such as rock or even Indian music. In practice, though, studies of the history of particular genres are actually classified as a part of cultural studies or ethnomusicology, regardless of their musical history relation. The mid-1700s are when the first attempts were made to study the history of music in the West, such as when G.B. Martini printed a three-volume work on the history of music in between 1757 and 1781. By the mid-20th century, the contributions of Johannes Wolf created studies in early Renaissance music and Medieval music.

Famous Musicians

Famous musicians have been synonymous with the art of music since the earliest cultures in human history. From the earliest days of the Ancient Greeks, famous musicians like Terpander of Antissa in Lesbos have been entertaining their fellow man and founding important musical genres. Today, the concept of famous musicians is still a constant, and many more musical genres have been born since those early days of Terpander in Ancient Greece.

Musical Associations

Musical associations are musicological societies that exist to promote certain genres of music, musicians, or instruments. Some associations also double as charities that strive to help out their local communities with specific functions and events. Some of the activities that are common to musical associations are, at times, sponsoring and organizing musical conferences as well as establishing awards for excellent scholarship. If musical associations are longstanding or important enough, they may even publish their own journals.

Resources for Band Teachers

Band teachers are normally different than music professors who teach at the university level. Band teachers commonly teach at lower levels like elementary and secondary school. Depending on the funding and the scope of an elementary or secondary school’s music program, the duties of a band teacher could be more complicated and involved. Overall, band teachers are there to inspire and encourage young students to become more capable in playing their instruments.

Resources For Vocal/Choir Teachers

Choir or vocal teachers can be found in a few different teaching environments. These can be private or public K-12 schools, universities and colleges, church-based choirs, or private music programs for youngsters. A prerequisite for a choir teacher is a solid background in musical education, but the type of education (formal or non-formal) largely relies on what kind of choir teacher a person wants to be. However, most public schools hire choir teachers who do have teaching credentials.

Resources For Classroom Music Teachers

What a classroom music teacher does largely depends on the types and the ages of the students he or she is teaching. Classroom music teachers generally teach their kids about both practical as well as theoretical applications of music. Another area they teach their kids is the relevance of music as it relates to some other subjects in the classroom. The course of study only gets more in-depth as students get older and, therefore, get better at playing and reading music.

Sheet Music

A handwritten or a printed type of music notation that utilizes modern musical symbols is what is generally regarded as sheet music. Paper is the common medium of sheet music, though access to musical notation in more recent times has also featured the use of computer-screen presentations. The word “sheet” is only used in order to separate music on paper from music that comes from an audio presentation like a broadcast or a sound recording. Sheet music is typically utilized as a way to perform music, a guide to music, or just a record of the music.

Music In The Public Domain

Music in the public domain is treated like any other work in the public domain. Music in the public domain must meet the following, three criteria to be considered of the public domain. First, all its rights must have already expired, any authors must have specifically placed their work in the public domain, and no copyrights ever existed for the work of music. In terms of works of music, the performers, authors, and publishers are usually involved in rights issues.