Monique, I was a music teacher for 35 years in grades K-12. Here are a couple of suggestions. For middle school general music, you might have them rank the attributes of a career in music. What is most important, etc. For music theory, they might want to look at what influences the culture had on a specific period of music, such as the Classical, Baroque, etc.
Hope these help. Art, music and PE are always hard to work with.