Authors for Our PreK–12 Music Curricula

Meet our Nationally Recognized Authorship Team

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Marilyn Davidson

Nationally known author, clinician, and consultant on music education (retired after 35 years of teaching at all levels) Bergenfield, New Jersey

Education: B.S. in Ed., Ball State University; Professional Diploma in Piano, Juilliard School; Orff Levels I, II, III and Master Classes (Wuytach, Gill, Gillespie)

Honors and awards: Former National President and Honorary Member, AOSA; co-founder/past president Northern New Jersey chapter of AOSA; Ball State University, Outstanding Music Alumnus

Prior publications: Coordinating author, Share the Music, K-8; author, Music and You, K-8 (both Macmillan/McGraw Hill); Music For Fun (with Bob McGrath); Teacher’s Guide and Student Workbook for Paul Winter’s Earth: Voices of a Planet, Opera ‐ All of Music and More, numerous music collections for recorder and Orff instruments and teaching guides for MENC projects.

Role in Spotlight on Music:

  • Coordinated team of authors and writers who outlined, determined content goals, and selected song and listening materials and wrote lessons for Spotlight on Reading sections, Student and Teacher Editions.
  • Wrote lessons for Student Books and Teachers Editions, Spotlight on Concepts section.
  • Contributed to overall planning to determine direction and goals for new program.
  • Coordinated creative development of, and contributed lessons to, Kindergarten program.
  • Co-authored Multilevel Strategies for English Language Learners, authored Using MusicTime with Spotlight on Music.

Areas of interest/expertise: Orff process, K-8 music, teacher training, music and technology, early childhood, music reading pedagogy, piano performance