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Middle School Music Magazines

Pros/Cons of Specific Middle School Music Magazines?  I have 2 classes of each grade - 6,7,8, and am thinking about using a music magazine for writing activities and DEAR (Drop Everything And Read.)  It would also make for easier sub plans.  I'm just wondering about what kind of content is out there and how much they cost.  I want them to be interesting to the kids, so they'll actually read them, but also quality information, not just pop star hype.  I know some of the elementary magazines include songs, and that would be beneficial, too.  Thanks!
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on February 9, 2014 6:09am
Hi!  Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but I love K-8 Magazine.  It has great songs for this age group and often includes activities.  It's a great deal because you can reproduce everything for the students.  It comes with CD's, Mp3's, etc.  It's the best resource for this age group that I can think of in terms of value and quality.  Here is a link!
Dale Duncan
My Sight Singing Program for Middle School Music Teachers:
My YouTube Channel with lots of sight singing tips for middle school teachers:
My blog for music teachers:
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on February 10, 2014 12:14pm
Music Alive! is a good resource. I think a year's subscription is $300, and that includes 10 issues, accompanying CD, lesson plans, and online support. You often need to prep an additional vocabulary list for each article, depending on the reading level of your students.  We usually buy a subscription every other year, to keep things current, but not to have TOO many magazines sitting around. 
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on April 7, 2014 9:31am
Do any of these magazines have enough in the way of songs to use for concert pieces?  I generally do 2 part songs with my middle schoolers, and I'd like to save some money for a trip or other projects, so I'd like to cut down on octavos and accompaniment CD's.  Thanks!
on April 8, 2014 8:19am
Music K8 has choral pieces.
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on April 10, 2014 6:29am
If you go with Music K-8, September/October volume 10 has a great piece called "Whacky Sounds" you could use with your choirs in concert. The song is in C, the piano part is a very basic I-IV-V accompaniment and Orff instruments may be added or used in place of the Boom Whackers. The song is also flexible enough that you can teach improvisation with your students.
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