The issue of music theft provides educators with a perfect opportunity to spotlight the intersection of technology, copyright law and civic responsibility. Because so many students are consumers of digital music and movies, educators are uniquely positioned to guide them in a legal and ethical exploration of copyright and intellectual property in the digital age.
Curriculum for Grades 3-8
Music Rules! is a free educational program designed by Young Minds Inspired to help lay the foundation for respecting all forms of intellectual property, especially music recordings. Developed for students in grades 3-8, the educational materials include engaging classroom activities that help to set guidelines for using technology responsibly. Lesson plans for grades 3-5 take an interdisciplinary approach, with classroom activities addressing standards in language arts, mathematics, citizenship, computer technology, and music. Lessons for grades 6-8 take a technology-based approach, with standards-based classroom activities designed to supplement the computer skills curriculum, with projects that involve both desktop software and online research. Teachers can download program materials and brochures that provide background on intellectual property issues and tips for keeping students safe on-line at www.music-rules.com.