Education MagazinesPar/by Lucie Renaud
/ September 1, 2000
Since fall is
almost upon us, with students returning to class,
this month's La
Scena will survey some magazines dedicated
to music teachers.
Most are from the United States, one's from
England and this first one
* Canadian Music Educator. About 60
4 times a year for the past 41 years. Subscriptions:
of Elementary Education, Faculty of Education, University
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G5. Tel. (780) 492-4273 ext.
While this magazine is the Canadian Music Educators'
journal, it includes articles from around Canada on various
of teaching: the use of technology in a classroom
news from the choral music world, personal recollections
school teachers, etc. Presentation is not the most
but contents are interesting and thorough.
Music Educators Journal. About 72 pages. Published
6 times a
year. In its 86th year. US $10 for 6 issues for MENC
issues: US $7. Write: 1806 Robert Fulton Drive,
Published by the National Association for Music
This non-profit organization's mission is the advancement
education. The magazine focuses on ways to improve classroom
The May issue, for example, had articles on teaching
starting a high school chamber music group; bringing
to life; and how to use computers. The Grand Masters
exceptional teachers, emphasizing their achievements.
provide many suggestions on resources, repertoire, and
Each issue also includes book and video reviews. Very
and beautifully presented.
* Teaching Music.
In its 7th year; about 70 pages. Published
6 times a year. Same
address as above. Website: .
magazine, kid sibling to the publication above, has a
look, despite a less lavish presentation, focuses on
articles in specific areas, including technology
guide and "how
* Music teacher. In its 79th year;
about 70 pages. UK
£4.50 per issue. Rhinegold Publishing.
Box 47, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2AN. Telephone:
This English magazine is indeed British in tone
Articles fall under the following sections: News;
Primary Teaching; Classroom, with detailed musical
an impressive list of resources (in England); Analysis
of choral works, books, singing and piano scores. The
is always discussed in a comprehensive manner but the
mentioned are hardly accessible on this side of the
* American String Teachers. Annual
with membership fees of US$54. Published by the
Teachers Association with the National School
1806 Robert Fulton Drive, suite 300, Reston,
VA 20191-4348. Available
A very complete magazine
informs string teachers about new
products and recent news. Regular
features include: Masterclass
(the May issue, for example, dealt with
musicianship in ensembles),
pre-professional perspectives (for
advanced students), teaching
tips (including "Member2member,"
a section of tips from
readers). The May issue had a timely and very
of summer conferences, permitting one to book
holidays that mix
learning and fun. Very colourful presentation.
are offered, facilitating searches through back
* The Instrumentalist. In its 54th year; about
Subscriptions in Canada are US$34 for 12 issues. 200
Road, Northfield, Illinois, 60093.
Dedicated to all
instruments taught in school, especially band
magazine offers diversified material for teachers.
and new books are reviewed monthly, with a very
extensive amount of
new music repertoire for band, wind ensembles,
soloists. Teaching tips are included, and works
are always presented
in detail, including excerpts from scores,
usefully guiding teachers
on ways to master a musical work. The
July issue included summer
readings for directors and a complete
2000-2001 directory of
clinicians, associations and competitions,
as well as a calendar of
events (all geared to the US, however).
* Jazz Educators
Journal. In its 32nd year; about 100
pages. Published 6 times a
year, subscriptions are included with
membership (US$55, US$22
students) to the International Association
of Jazz Educators. IAJE,
Box 724, Manhattan, Kansas 66505.
Each issue features a
comprehensive profile of a famed jazz
musician. Articles focus on
teaching jazz in a school environment.
The May issue explored jazz
improvisation teaching, including
repertoire high school students
should listen to in order to understand
jazz idioms better. It also
included a list of summer 2000 jazz
festivals. Thorough reviews of
new music, CD-Roms, teaching materials
and books are standard. Of
special interest to more advanced students:
a mini-clinic that
answers queries about the