7665 Making Sense of the Common Core in K-5 Music


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Struggling to incorporate the Common Core state standards (CCSS) into your music classroom? This easy, non-threatening course for K-5 music teachers demystifies CCSS and details how to integrate them with music education. Included are an overview of CCSS as a whole as well as individual standards (Math, College and Career Readiness, ​ELA-​Literacy, etc.), organization of your new or existing music lessons/curriculum, and knowing what to look for in your school district's math and ELA/literacy curriculum​. ​Customized​ for the K-5 music teacher, ​time-saving CCSS ​charts are ​included for easy lesson planning, and recording and reporting CCSS implementation to your administrator. 

Required materials: Students will need a computer and internet connection (the class will meet once a week via an internet webinar and chat room). 
Required text: Making Sense of the Common Core by Sharon Burch (Shawnee Press, ISBN 9781495008382)


Instructor: Sharon Burch


Sharon Burch is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music, a certified teacher with the International Piano Teaching Foundation, and holds a master’s degree as a Professional Educator. Sharon develops educational materials that make abstract concepts fun and easy for children to learn. During her 20+ years teaching prek through high school vocal and general music, she authored the national best-selling Freddie the Frog Book series, interactive storybooks that teach basic concepts of music, including a kid-friendly introduction to jazz, elementary musicals, and other jazz education teaching resources for the classroom setting. Sharon chairs the Jazz Education Network Education Committee, and serves as an elementary education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center. With the recent demand for music teachers to find ways to incorporate the Common Core State Standards into their music classroom, Sharon authored the practical teaching resources Sticks! Building Math & Music Connections and Making Sense of the Common Core in K-5 Music (2015 release), making it easy for music teachers to understand and implement Common Core while maintaining music education first.


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7665 Making Sense of the Common Core in K-5 Music
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $930, due in full with registration.



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The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 10. The week prior to June 10, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of June 10, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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