There are many master teachers who make middle school general music a wonderful class where students learn about music and achieve national and state standards.
For others, however, the mention of middle school general music produces a shudder.The Problem
In some schools, general music is where students who want nothing to do with band, orchestra, and choir are placed.
When I taught high school, one of my formulas for success was to schedule our spring concert as late in the year as I could, often the Monday after Memorial Day. I would also program student favorites (pop and lighter music versus the classical music we studied the rest of the year).