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MUS 391: Elementary School Music Methods and Materials: Getting Started

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This guide is designed to help you locate resources about the topic of teaching music to elementary students. Use the tabs across the top to get information about different resources you can utilize. As always, if you have questions, please contact a Librarian. We're here to help!

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Greetings! This guide is intended to help you research the following topics for your MUS 391 class, especially your work on the following topics:

  • Comprehensive Musicianship Approach
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Orff Schulwerk
  • Kodaly Approach
  • E. Gordon's Theory of Music Learning

I suggest that you start with the "Articles" tab, for a number of reasons. First, these are nice and quick to read (as opposed to a book). Second, the information you find there will provide real-life ways that these music education theories have been used, so what you learn there might be handy down the line. 

If articles don't do it for you, take a look at books. Finally-- and don't get me wrong, there are some absolutely wonderful websites out there-- check out the internet. The reason I'd argue you use the internet last is not because I want to make more work for you (I really don't), but because in the long haul, it will take you longer to locate and pull apart the truly useful and reliable information that you find there. It's hard to resist, but I encourage you to give it a try. You might be surprised. 

As the "Welcome" box suggests, use the tab across the top of the page to find the stuff that will best suit your needs-- and never hesitate to get in touch with me (Maria Kingsbury-- maria.kingsbury@smsu.edu ) or any one of the other fabulous librarians here if you need help with this or any other assignment!