A Walkthrough of the CMES Site

This video provides a walkthrough of this site, included the site’s navigation and potential uses.


This page contains all of the CMES videos and their surrounding content. The videos are listed in alphabetical order and are searchable to presentation title and presenter. Each video contains a Menu that will allow you access to the resources and activities associated with that specific video. The activities include both discussion questions and projects. Your answers and projects are publicly displayed to spark conversation with others and to share your work for feedback.


By clicking on a video of interest, you can access the video and its content. Once you select a video, it will begin to play and a Menu tab will appear on the left side of your screen. Rolling your curser over the Menu tab will allow you access to the activities and resources. You can always return back to the list of Menu options by clicking the Menu tab on the left of your screen.


Clicking the Resources tab will allow you access to a variety of assets, including citations for relevant readings and links to online readings, media, and sources available on the internet. Your professor may be able to provide you access to some of the “in-print” resources or you can use the provided citation to find the resource in the library of your home institution.


Clicking the Activities tab will bring you to a comprehensive list of activities that can broaden your understanding of the content provided in the video. There are two primary kinds of activities: Discussion Questions and Projects.

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions are indicated with their own unique logo. Discussion Questions are intended to have you reflect on your personal experiences with the topic, and how you might approach this topic in your future teaching. The answers to Discussion Questions are posted directly to a space that allows your answers to be read and commented on by others. The intention of this public posting is to ignite conversation across institutional boundaries. For example, a question posted by a student at Penn State can be read and responded to by students at Michigan or Nebraska. You might even get a response to your posting by faculty from other institutions or the faculty member who created the video you are responding to. You’re encouraged to post your answers frequently and to comment on the thoughts of others as often as possible. This is a great tool for building a community of future music educators from all over the country. It is our hope that when you begin teaching you will already be part of a national community of teachers with whom you can share ideas and offer support.


Projects are all other activities listed within the Activities tab. Projects differ from Discussion Questions in that they require the creation of new content. Projects may ask you to develop a lesson plan, video record yourself playing or improvising, or create a concert program for your future students. There are over 100 projects to choose from, and everyone take a different approach. Just as with the Discussion Question, Projects are based upon the content within each video. They are also displayed publicly for other students to watch and comment on. Through the process of uploading your projects, you are contributing to this collaborative resource for future generations of preservice teachers.