Curriculum FAQs2020-10-09T14:16:33+00:00

Frequently asked questions about our curriculum program

How does it meet the requirements of my curriculum?2020-10-09T14:14:47+00:00

We have designed this program around the requirements of the Common Core Curriculum, used in many US states. We have also looked at many of the state-based curriculum documents which our users have told us they are required to use, and each one has very similar requirements in the area of music.

Please click below for a sample curriculum matching document, showing how our programs meet the requirements of the Common Core Curriculum. If you have a different curriculum you are working with, please contact us and if possible we will provide a matching document for you showing how our program can be used to meet the needs of your curriculum.

The US Common Core Curriculum
How much content is in the program? How many lessons will it last?2020-10-09T13:40:09+00:00

We have structured all the material into ten lessons. Does this mean that the program will only last ten lessons? Absolutely not! We chose ten lessons because this was an easy way to structure the content that would make it feel achievable for everyone.

We don’t make our lessons have to fit a certain time frame, because every teacher and school has a different length lesson, and a different expectation of what they can fit into a lesson. We certainly know that there is a lot more material in one of our lessons than could be covered in a typical school lesson. If you were proceeding by lesson and you wished to make the curriculum last an entire year, simply plan to make each lesson last four weeks, and it will cover a 40 week school year.

Each lesson has activities from each of the four units: AURAL, SING & PLAY, COMPOSE and CONNECT. Therefore if you proceed by lesson you’ll be doing one activity from each of these aspects in turn, in a continual rotation between the four aspects of the curriculum. However, you also have the choice of proceeding by unit and focusing all your energy on one particular aspect at a time. Our SING & PLAY, COMPOSE and CONNECT materials generally have enough in them in each lesson that you could focus on just that aspect for a full lesson.

So there is enough in the full unit to last for more than ten weeks of SING & PLAY, ten weeks of COMPOSE and ten weeks of CONNECT. Together with warmup materials, and preparing for school concerts this should be enough for the majority of schools for an entire year’s program.

I don’t have much technology in my classroom. Can I still use this program?2020-10-09T13:41:01+00:00

We always get questions like: I don’t have an interactive whiteboard – can I still use this? and Can I use my iPad?.. and all those sort of technology-related questions.

Well … for this one … we are pleased to announce that the answer is yes!

Yes, you can use it, no matter what technology you happen to have in your classroom.

We’ve set this up as an online system. It is set up as a type of webpage that you access in the classroom. Its fully setup online, so there is nothing to download or install or anything for these programs, you simply login to our new members area, choose the module you want and away you go.

Its setup to work on any device, and yes, even iPads!

For this program, all you need is a screen, and some sort of device that can access the internet attached to it. A computer with any internet browser will do it or any sort of iPad or tablet device.

Why is there an annual subscription?2020-10-09T13:42:02+00:00

The Fun Music Company curriculum has two parts: the online screen presentations and the teacher’s guidebooks and CDs.

The on-screen presentation part of the Fun Music Company curriculum is delivered online – this means that no software ever has to be installed, and nothing has to be downloaded.

The flip-side of this benefit for you is that it must be a subscription service, because we as the service provider become responsible for keeping it running and updating it for all the technology changes that happen, making sure it works on every device that is used in schools.

I’m sure you’ll appreciate with such a large amount of video content in the program that potentially could be used by hundreds or even thousands of schools every day around the world, that the cost of delivering this service in the future could be very substantial, so therefore we can’t sell lifetime access to this – as we can’t guarantee that it can work well into the future.

However we are going further than that – we are committed to constantly reviewing, refining and improving the online content as we get feedback from users, so that the curriculum becomes better year after year. This is only possible because it is an online-delivered program. If it were a one-time purchase it would exist the way it does forever.

If you choose to purchase the edition with the books and CDs, you can keep them forever. You can continue to use the songs in them and the teaching ideas as long as you would like – they are yours.

However if you want to use the online presentation parts after the first year: the sheet music videos, the classroom videos and interactive activities then you need to renew every year. If you don’t want to use this part of the program, then you don’t have to renew.

This is different from a program you might choose to use once or twice and put back on the shelf. We envisage that it would be used every single day in the classroom, with those sheet music videos being played over and over and over again, and in that context then our annual fees are not expensive at all.

Our vision for this curriculum is a program that is alive!, We expect that it is constantly getting better because people are using it every day, providing feedback and we are refining it, and this is only possible if we make it a subscription service.

We have created this program because we love music education: It is a life-long commitment for us to help music teachers all around the world make music lessons fun and fulfilling. If you choose to join us in our curriculum program we know that you and your students will benefit from this commitment and the input from all the experts who had input into the program, and all the other teachers using it as well.

Is this the same as your ‘whiteboard music lessons’ or older material?2020-10-09T13:43:01+00:00

NO… this is all completely NEW!

We started out thinking that we would re-write “whiteboard music lessons” so it matched the curriculum better – but we ended up creating a whole new program. Whiteboard Music Lessons still has a place, and for some people it may work better or even in combination with this, but this program contains totally different content – you won’t find the same things duplicated from our Whiteboard Music Lesson programs if you currently use them.

How much music training or experience do I need to use this program?2020-10-09T13:43:56+00:00

We are confident that you’ll be able to use the program, no matter how much experience you have teaching music. The program includes hundreds of videos, designed to be step by step, so you can learn the parts along with your students. The lesson guides are designed to help you, and whether or not you get the printed version you’ll be able to access them whenever you need them.

We do this without removing the core important educational philosophies of music education, and music specialists can use this material as their base and expand on it, as the materials are designed with a solid base of Orff and Kodaly inspired approaches.

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