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Use "American Idol" to amp up the music curriculum.

The 5th and 6th graders in the required music classes at Herndon, Virginia's Clearview Elementary used to be a shy bunch when asked to perform. But teacher Jane Waldrop turned the kids into eager singers by taking a cue from the hit Fox TV show "American Idol," the Christian Science Monitor reports.

"We actually call it 'American Idol' and have kids come up and serve as judges and have others volunteer to sing," Waldrop says. "They get up there and really ham it up. It makes them interested in music in a whole new way."

Adds Sue Rams, director of research at MENC: The National Association for Music Education, "The fact that so many kids dream about being on 'American Idol' shows that music is a draw. Children all across the country are watching and dreaming. Kids are looking for something to strive for--and as superficial as this show may be, it's holding that out to a lot of people."

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Publication:Curriculum Review
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Geographic Code:1U5VA
Date:May 1, 2006
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