“Perfectly Correlates with Any Music Curriculum!”
by Traci Swain
Discover how two music teachers use Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney to get their students to connect to music on different levels—and practice National Core Arts Standards in the process!
What better way to learn about the core elements of music than alongside the Piano Prince and his orchestra?
Music teachers Megan Sadlon and Juan Carlos Tavarez from Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, New York, find that Duke Ellington’s jazzy prose, colorful illustrations, and vivid storytelling are perfect for their music curriculum—from kindergarten all the way through fifth grade!
By listening and responding to the many different sounds, students can practice the elements of music and all four processes of the National Core Arts Standards:
Watch Megan and Juan Carlos’s teacher-review video for inspiration on how this Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor–winning picture book can fit into your curriculum.
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