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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Summer Reading List for Music Teachers 2020

One of the best perks of summer break for teachers is having the time and energy to read, enjoy, and process books in a way that you just can't during the school year, and especially books that make us reflect on our teaching practice in a fresh way. It's much easier to think critically and objectively about our teaching when we're not in the thick of things! Last summer I shared this list of books for music teachers, which I still highly recommend! Today I want to share a few more that I've read this year that have challenged and/or validated me as an educator. If you're looking for a good book to read this summer, I hope you'll pick up one of these!

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I know a lot of teachers are trying to navigate conversations about race right now. I highly recommend this book for those who are just entering the topic (as well as those who have been around for a while). It's not incredibly long, it's very approachable, but still covers key points that are important to understand.

If you teach students with special needs in any capacity, I cannot recommend this book highly enough! I learned so much in every single chapter. 

I received a free copy of this book over a year ago and at the time, I thought it was very creative and well-thought-out, but not very applicable to my situation teaching in the classroom since it is geared very specifically to creative music exploration projects to do at home. But times have changed! If you're looking for fresh ideas to get kids making music at home, whether it's for your own children who've been stuck inside too long or for your students if you continue distance learning, this book is an excellent resource. It's especially great for hands-on ideas that are perfect for lower and upper elementary ages!

What books are you reading this summer? Any favorite books you'd recommend for music teachers? I'd love to add some titles to my own list for this summer- share your favorites in the comments! Don't forget to check out last year's list for more great books to read!

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