Teachers & Parents



National Standards for Arts Education


Virginia Music Standards of Learning


Virginia English Standards of Learning


Guide to Basic Music Theory


Creative Thinking Games/Exercises:






The Politics of Character Education – Howard, Berkiwitz et al: EDUCATIONAL
POLICY, Vol. 18 No. 1, January and March 2004 188-215


Campbell, P. S. & Scott-Kassner, C.  (1995).  Music in childhood.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Group.
Comprehensive text on teaching music to children; includes
music for exceptional children and integrated curriculum.


Page, N.  (1995).  Music as a way of knowing.  York, ME:  Stenhouse Publishers.
Great resource on using music in the classroom, writing raps, and teaching songs.
Includes excellent bibliography.


Pattison, P.  (1995).  Writing better lyrics.  Cincinnati:  Writer’s Digest Books.
A comprehensive look at lyric writing with lots of thoughts on rhyme.


Perricone, J.  (2000).  Melody in songwriting:  Tools and techniques for writing hit songs. 
Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Publishing.  Good resource for learning to write melodies.


Ricigliano, D.  (1978).  Melody and harmony in contemporary songwriting. New York:
Donato Publishing Co. Good resource for writing music including music theory for songwriters.


Rico, G. L.  (1983).  Writing the natural way.  Los Angeles:  J.P. Tarcher, Inc. An in-depth look
at clustering to formulate ideas and connections.


Zollo, P.  (1993).  Beginning songwriter’s answer book.  Cincinnati:  Writer’s Digest Books.
Answers many questions about songwriting in general.





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