Dr. Music’s “Little Bands School”
curriculum combines the group oriented, process-focused concepts of
constructivist theory with the motivational benefits of project-based
learning and the easily assessable individualized monitoring of a modern
technology-based curriculum to make a music program which is comprehensive,
fun, and beneficial to all students.
For details on the program, including
objectives and methods of evaluation, go to The
Here is a link to recent newsletters:
March 2005 in .pdf or .html
Dr. Music's Little Bands School trains
youth in voice, drama, piano, guitars and drums in a unique small-group
Dr. Music’s “Little Bands School” is a music program that
began in New York City four years ago, and has since been adopted by the
21st Century Charter School in Indianapolis and the Harmony School and
Pinnacle School in Bloomington. This program takes advantage of students'
fascination with rock bands by dividing groups into small bands and teaching
basic music skills using rock, jazz and funk songs. Melody, harmony, rhythm,
and composition are taught in a setting that requires teamwork and
cooperation. This is progressive music education at its best.
Here is a
letter from John Hayden, chief academic officer at
the 21st Century Charter School.