The New Frontier: Secondary Project-Based General Music

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden teaches orchestra, digital music, and rock band at Whitnall Middle and High School in Greenfield, WI. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master of Music in Music Education from Northwestern University. In addition to teaching music, Mr. Hayden is a technology trainer for his school district, a frequent presenter on the topics of digital music, technology integration, classroom uses for portables electronics, and is an advocate for relevant music making experiences. For more information visit

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  1. Update:

    I’ll be presenting a session on Personalized Learning through Project Based Music
    at the 2015 NAfME national In-service conference in Nashville, TN. See description below.

    Project Based Learning (PBL) encourages students to be independent thinkers and lifelong learners in a classroom environment that is student driven, personalized, and inquiry based. Students in project based classes build 21st century learning skills that are invaluable in today’s world. With the seemingly endless amount of educational/music technologies available, it is easier than ever to transform the traditional music classroom into a project based learning environment. This session will focus on how music projects and activities are structured as well as the various technology solutions that can help enhance this student driven, inquiry based learning environment. Hope to see you there!

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