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March 22, 2021

Mind The Gap: Traditional and Non-Traditional Music Ed

Give A Note hosts weekly conversations about and in support of music education in our Music Education Matters club on the Clubhouse (iOS) app. People around the world join us to share their experiences and perspectives with music and music education. During one of these sessions, we met Jen Rafferty, a music educator and author of A Place in the Staff: Finding Your […]

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February 15, 2021

Celebrating African-American Music Educators

This famous photograph of the Colored Waif’s Home brass band features bandmaster Peter Davis in the front center seat, below Louis Armstrong (indicated by the faint arrow). from the Joe Mares Collection, Hogan Jazz Archive Give A Note celebrates African-American music educators who played an important role in the lives of some very talented musical […]

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December 2, 2020

Capturing Content: Pro Tips from a Music Teacher

by Dr. Andrew Edwards Instructional Coordinator for Fine Arts at Peachtree Ridge High School and Lead Teacher for Music Technology for Gwinnett County Public Schools Unless otherwise noted, all images posted below are courtesy of Dr. Edwards. From the first moment that you stepped into a college music classroom you began to seriously study the […]

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October 21, 2020

Featured projects from Shea Middle

As our world adjusted to the circumstances that limited our in-person social interactions, educators were thrown into a whirlwind of revamping their teaching methods to ensure their students could continue to learn. We sought ways to feel grounded, found security in the small things that assured us the world was still turning. We canceled flights, […]

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June 30, 2020

Learn how to make a Mbira with K. Michelle Lewis

Our friends at the CMA Foundation brought together artists and music teachers to bring some fun music learning to all of us at home this summer and invited our 2018 MEIA grantee, K. Michelle Lewis, to teach us how to make the Mbira instrument using items we can find in our house: wooden dowels (or […]

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June 12, 2020

Egg Harbor Township HS virtual spring showcase

MEIA Grantee David Milnes and his colleagues at Egg Harbor Township High School in New Jersey felt terrible that the students missed their spring concerts and musical. So they put on a virtual showcase, granting the school choir, band, and strings members the opportunity to perform. They also worked together to record one of the […]

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June 4, 2020

When words aren’t enough

Dear Give A Note community, Music is a unique power. It can soothe, teach, inspire, and unite. Importantly, it can also allow us to express ourselves when we cannot find the right words. Now is such a moment. The Give A Note team has grieved over the recent losses of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud […]

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May 4, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow Spotlight: Ben Thompson at Northeast Early College

Ben Thompson is a 2019 Give A Note Music Education Innovator Award recipient. This video features music created by his students as well as some of their testimonials about the program. Ben originally taught physics at Northeast Early College, an urban high school with a highly structured learning environment focused on rigorous academics, technology, and […]

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April 10, 2020

MEIA Grantee Uses Virtual Collaboration to Connect with Students

Give A Note is dedicated to supporting music educators, no matter the circumstances. We understand that teachers are learning quickly how to adapt their methods to keep their students engaged during this time. We have asked several of our Music Education Innovator Award (MEIA) recipients to share with us the resources they feel have been […]

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