Making Music Mine

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Making Music Mine 2018-07-30T15:23:48+00:00

What an awesome experience.  The “pre-teach” materials were great and totally age appropriate.  Thank you for your time and energy!

Teacher, Grijalva Elementary

We loved reading about the musicians that were coming to our school, and their instruments. Since most of my students are in band or orchestra we loved learning about this!

Teacher, Collier Elementary

I always use the background info on the music and composers. Then I incorporate the lesson ideas with my own.

Teacher, Hendricks Elementary

The students were excited to see the actual instruments after listening to the sample tracks. They were able to name many of the instruments they saw before the concert began.

Teacher, Academy of Tucson Elementary

In the lesson that had the students listen to lines and shapes in music, the students listened to the theme from jaws. My students were able to draw a picture of what patterns and lines they heard. My students were connected and recognized the tune. I was able to see many similarities between drawings. My students also were asking about other music they heard and began to talk about the different patterns.

Teacher, Morgan Maxwell K-8 School

I really like the lessons where students listen to music and write about how it makes them feel, illustrate what the setting could be, etc.

Teacher, Lineweaver Elementary

I think this is great for our entire student population, especially ELL students. They can take risks and not be afraid to participate. I can also see this fitting in with our balance literacy. Your inquiry-based learning fits in well with our reading program.

Teacher, Academy of Tucson Elementary

The instrument cards were great! I used them each time we listened to any kind of music. At the concert they got very excited to see the actual instruments.

Teacher, Vesey Elementary


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Making Music Mine is a comprehensive inquiry-based curriculum, noted for its critical listening approach.  The MMM learning strategy is used by classroom teachers and music specialists to help students develop cognitive thinking skills as they explore the world of music.  When combined with ensemble and/or orchestra concerts, Making Music Mine creates a multi-faceted year-long education program infusing music learning into the classroom and teaching students life-long skills.

MMM incorporates the State of Arizona Arts Standards for Music and encourages connections with other areas of the academic curriculum.  The most prominent state music standards are listed on each lesson plan, making it easier for teachers to utilize the materials and plan their lessons.

MMM uses sequential activities and open-ended questioning to promote active learning.  Students construct and reflect upon their own musical understandings by engaging in active discussion and problem solving, and generating unique, creative products.  Students are asked to explain what they think and why, building on their thoughts and the thoughts of others.

MMM provides three entry points and is designed to engage three ways of thinking through the following strands:  Building the Framework (structure), Communicating the Message (narrative) and Experiencing Emotion in Music (emotion).  The three components are on the provided lesson plans, using these activity the music on the preview tracks.  The music preview tracks includes recordings of the music to be played at the KinderKonzerts! and Young People’s Concerts performances.

Teaching Materials in the MMM curriculum folders include the following items for KinderKonzerts (KK) and Music in the Schools/Young People’s Concerts (MIS/YPC):

Items for both KK & MIS/YPC
Teacher’s Guide
Instrument Card Examples
The Oboe
The Viola


Items individualized for KK & MIS/YPC
Meet the Musicians Bio Packet
Music Preview Tracks
10/11 MIS/YPC Program Track Listing
10/11 KK Program Track Listing
Lesson Plan Packet
MIS/YPC: Tell Me a Story-Putting it all Together
KK:  Join the Orchestra Treasure Hunt
KK:  Tell Me a Story-Setting the Scene

For more information about the TSO’s Making Music Mine curriculum, please contact Director of Education, Alana Richardson at or (520) 620-9167.