In Line by Line, author Stephanie L. Standerfer harnesses years of pedagogical expertise in a practical guide to promote music learning by experience rather than imitation and memorization. Using well-known songs and a variety of instrumental accompaniments for all skill levels, lesson plans encourage students to first learn music conceptually by internalizing the sound and feeling before learning musical symbols. The lesson plans are tailored for five to seven spiraled class periods and take every student into consideration by suggesting ways to address specific student needs for those who need more time to process.
This book takes music literacy beyond decoding pitches and rhythms; it provides music educators with arrangements that are sequenced to provide a foundation for musical skills that lead to meaningful music literacy. The step-by-step lesson plans are well-thought-out and sequenced, and include suggestions for composing, improvising, and movement. In other words, it's a totally integrated curriculum that meets the National Standards. Standerfer has synthesized multiple approaches into an easy-to-understand and implement curriculum that every music educator will want to explore and integrate into their classrooms. * Carol Krueger, choral conductor, clinician, and author of Progressive Sight Singing * This resource is delightfully sequenced! I can visualize the progress my students will make as they engage in Standerfer's activities while increasing their music literacy skills and having a great time. The juxtaposition of author notes with the actual lessons is brilliant and gives me insight into how these activities will directly impact the objectives I set for my students. * Alice Hammel, music educator and author of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, and Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings *