Pedagogy and Features for
Our Pre-K–8 Music Curriculum

Pedagogy for Spotlight on Music

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Interactive Curriculum

Spotlight on Music has been completely transformed to meet your needs and help you deliver quality instruction in a 21st Century way. Beautiful arrangements, pronunciation guides for non-English songs, representations of culturally authentic instruments, and isolated vocal/instrumental tracks at point of use bring the more than 1,300 selections across the curriculum to life.

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Authentic Literature

Inspire students with the widest variety of songs and styles, brought to life with the Interactive Song Player. Literature includes the following:

  • Pop and Contemporary
  • Folk and Traditional songs
  • World songs
  • Contemporary and Popular songs
  • Patriotic, Holiday, and Seasonal songs
  • Music theater
  • Movement
  • Music from Around the World
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Musicals and Stories to Perform

Stories to Perform give younger students opportunities to perform on instruments while building literacy skills. In partnership with Music Theatre International (MTI), Music Studio offers the best tools to share the magic of musical theatre with your students. From School House Rock, to Music Man, to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, only Music Studio provides authentic Broadway musicals for your music classroom or staged performance.

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Choral Music

Starting in Grade 3, Spotlight on Music offers choral music with highlighted parts. The curriculum is designed to give you tools to prepare your students for ensemble singing in middle and high school.

Print and Digital Tools in Spotlight on Music

Print Anthologies

The Song Anthologies bring your favorite pieces from across the program to your students with easy-to-read notation and lyrics at every grade level and organized in alphabetical order. Now the most impressive library available lives online and on your bookshelf.

iSong: Interactive Song Player

The Interactive Song (iSong) Player gives you complete control over the music you share with your students. Using this interface, you can change the tempo, jump to a new section, isolate voicings or the accompaniment, and even change the key. We’ve taken our song library to the next level.

Interactive Listening Maps

Listen with your eyes! Students will love learning more about important pieces from the canon with these striking, interactive listening maps. The maps are incredibly varied to keep things interesting. Many listening maps include games, some are designed to help you teach movement.

Student Features

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

Teacher Features

  • Online Teacher Center Resources Page
  • Streaming Audio and Video Libraries
  • Resource Masters eBook
  • Spotlight on Orchestrations, Recorder, Guitar eBooks
  • ELL Support
  • 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

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