Pedagogy and Features for Our 9-12 Music Curriculum

Pedagogy for Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives

Making Connections

Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives helps students focus on this question: How is music woven into our culture and, ultimately, our lives? Each section focuses on the ways we interact with, share, and relate to music.

Engage your students with activities designed to help them connect with the cultural and historical context of the music they are learning about. Travel through time and space to learn about the gamelan, the connection between Rent and La Bohème, and minimalism without leaving your seat.

Social Context

Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives brings the world to your classroom with interactivity, videos, artist interviews, authentic recordings, and more—all housed within a carefully designed curriculum focused on the many ways music enriches our lives.

The program encourages students to view music in a social context and supports elements such as melody, rhythm, form, and tone color. It presents music as a natural and essential ingredient of one’s own life in all cultures.

Culturally Authentic Music

Our unique partnerships with Music Theatre International, From the Top, and Hal Leonard are what make Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives stand out. Beautiful recordings and representations of culturally authentic music help students understand how music functions in their lives.

A few of the notable artists and composers featured in Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives:


  • Benny Goodman
  • Celine Dion
  • Charlotte Church
  • The Chieftains
  • Christopher O’Riley
  • Dolly Parton
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Flaco Jiménez
  • Sir James Galway
  • Jose Carreras

Features for Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives

Student Features

  • Online Student Center
  • Resources Page
  • Streaming Audio and Video Libraries
  • Interactive Songs
  • Virtual Instruments
  • Presentation Slides

Teacher Features

  • Online Teacher and Student Centers
  • Resources Page
  • Streaming Audio and Video Libraries
  • Resource Masters eBook
  • Interactive Songs
  • Virtual Instruments
  • Presentation Slides
  • Online Assessment Tools
  • Planning Wizard
  • Class Management Tools
  • Standards Correlations

Teaching Command Center

Use the Lesson Planning Wizard to

  • Populate your Homepage with lessons (across all courses!)
  • Quickly launch any lesson you’ve planned to teach
  • Easily launch key resources
  • Print any lesson plan