Digital Rooms for Distance Learning

Digital Rooms for Distance Learning

So the current rage in teacher groups is the digital classroom, digital library, etc. You make a Google Slide presentation, add an empty room background, and then add clip art, book covers, bitmojis and more to your room that when finished, can be shared with your students for them to interact with. All you have ...
Distance Learning

Distance Learning

So…none of us like this, none of us are happy, but here we are. I’ve compiled a huge list and I will update as I find more. Some of this is my normal emergency sub plans, some is recent findings. I will also link to some things that I have either made free or discounted ...
What’s So Fetch About Solfege? Part 2 Of 3

What’s So Fetch About Solfege? Part 2 Of 3

This 3-part post was drawn from my presentation for the Michigan Kodaly Educators in September of 2019.  Read Part 1 if you missed it.  Solfege is one of the giant’s in the music word having been around since Guido of Arezzo invented in the 11th century, but is it still relevant and useful today?  You ...
5 Simple Ways To Recharge From Elementary Music Teacher Burnout

5 Simple Ways To Recharge From Elementary Music Teacher Burnout

Hey friends, I hope your 2020 is off to a great start! I am super excited for this guest post from my friend, AMAZING teacher, and frequent partner in presenting crime, Zach. He’s one of the teachers I frequently lean on for advice, and he’s recently started his own blog. He’s picked a topic near ...
What’s So Fetch About Solfege? Part 1

What’s So Fetch About Solfege? Part 1

This 3-part post was drawn from my presentation for the Michigan Kodaly Educators in September of 2019.    Solfege…even the most quiet whisper of the word is enough to awaken our PTSD from undergrad and sight singing and ear training. All kinds of music teachers use it, but what’s so fetch about solfege?  In this ...
How To Use Music Manipulatives The Right Way!

How To Use Music Manipulatives The Right Way!

You often see a lot of manipulatives out there for the music room, but it can be tricky to know how to use them in your classroom.  And a lot of people end up giving up on them because they go about it the wrong way. In this post, we’re going to look at how to ...
How to End the Year in the Kodaly Classroom

How to End the Year in the Kodaly Classroom

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the whole year structuring your teaching so that your students are maximizing their fun and learning potential. But as the year draws to a close, the energy dips and our eyes start to turn toward glorious summer. You start to wonder about how to end the year in the ...
Five Great Songs for Upper Elementary

Five Great Songs for Upper Elementary

Upper elementary students can be some of the toughest audiences. They’re too cool for you, don’t like sticking out, and are definitely NOT singing at an audible volume for you (*cue intense side-eye*). Maybe you’re like me and abide by the rule that they have to be singing in order to play the game. “And ...
6 Simple But Effective Teacher Hacks for Going Back in January

6 Simple But Effective Teacher Hacks for Going Back in January

,   Going back in January is always jolting for me. We run around like crazy in December, hit Christmas break, and try desperately to get everything done before the holiday is over. By the time I get through family Christmases, my birthday, New Years, and trying to relax, I get to the last day ...
The Elementary Music Teacher’s Guide to Surviving December

The Elementary Music Teacher’s Guide to Surviving December

Brace yourselves… Every teacher knows that December is one long stretch of craziness before a long break. Classroom teachers are trying to finish units before breaks, cram in parties, events, concerts, and whatever else under the sun they possibly can before that last day in December before break. So what is a music teacher to ...
Everyday Tools for All Music Teachers

Everyday Tools for All Music Teachers

Every great craftsman and artist have tools they use all of the time. It’s the same for music teachers. In this post, I found some of the best and most effective everyday tools for all music teachers. These aren’t just for elementary teachers but work really well for those of you with older kids too. ...
Using Instruments with Preschool and Kindergarten

Using Instruments with Preschool and Kindergarten

Using instruments with preschool and kindergarten music class is one of the most exciting things for kids, but looking for stuff to do with your youngest kids can be difficult because those instruments are expensive. You need to instruct them on how to hold, use, and treat them properly because replacing them can be a ...
Music Room Tour: Vintage Record Store

Music Room Tour: Vintage Record Store

Last year, I found out I was getting a new room. (!!!!AHHHH!!!!!). I’ve never had my own classroom before. I even got to preview it during construction! (I may have died lol.) I’ve been so insanely excited, and I’ve only been decorating in my brain for over a year. I couldn’t wait to have a ...
Book Fair Finds

Book Fair Finds

One of the kids’ favorite events (and teachers too!) is the book fair! I always pick up a few books when it’s here, but this time I was super excited to see a bunch of different books for my younger students! Check out my favorite book fair finds for the music classroom! Here’s what I ...
Teaching Melodic Composition with Solfege

Teaching Melodic Composition with Solfege

Sometimes I think teaching composition is really easy, and then I try to teach my kids to compose melodically.  The first time I did it, I didn’t give strong enough parameters, and the kids came up with everything under the sun, which was GREAT, except they couldn’t write it. And that’s a big No-No in ...
No More Belt Tests! Why I Changed My Recorder Curriculum

No More Belt Tests! Why I Changed My Recorder Curriculum

A few years ago, I was feeling SUPER frustrated with my recorder curriculum. I didn’t see the retention I wanted, left hands were everywhere but on top even with reminders, students memorizing and forgetting, and memorizing those songs for belt tests… WHY? “Belt” Resource issues: Kids focused on the prize but didn’t retain note names.  Music was ...
5 Tips for Back to School

5 Tips for Back to School

That time is almost upon us (I know..!) This year is going to be a Here are my 5 top tips for Back to School!  Start off on the right foot and get ready!  Click here to check out a quick video of this post on my Facebook page. As you ran out in June, ...
The Battle of Blank Stares – You aren’t a kids’ show! 

The Battle of Blank Stares – You aren’t a kids’ show! 

5 Great Tips to combat students who just stare at you. ...
Diary of a Kodály Aspiring Newbie

Diary of a Kodály Aspiring Newbie

I’ve taught with a Kodály influence for a couple of years.  I think my style was Kodály meets Feierabend meets Stouffer. My student teaching experiences were 5th grade and older. So my first year out of school, when I was thrown into a classroom as a maternity sub for a full year, in an Orff ...
Getting To Know You Blog Hop

Getting To Know You Blog Hop

Several music teacher blogger friends and I have joined together for a blog hop. We’ve teamed together in order to collaborate as bloggers and bring you music education ideas using a variety of methodologies and approaches. However, before diving into music education topics, we thought it would be fun to organize a blog hop! Before ...
Plan With Me Sundays

Plan With Me Sundays

So I grabbed myself a cover, a portable punch, a set of disks, and printed pages from the planner I use by the 3am teacher, found here. The pages I plan on using are month by month dividers, income and expense pages for my store, note pages, goal pages, and the calendar page. The joy of ...
5 Favorite Music Freebies! 

5 Favorite Music Freebies! 

Today I’m linking up with Jen from Noteworthy By Jen to bring you my Five Favorite Freebies!  1. First up, are these super cool rhythm practice cards from Ginny at Ginny’s Music Space.   These are adorable and just plain old fun.  My kids really enjoyed them, and they are bright and colorful. 🙂 2. Next, ...
Teacher Appreciation Week – Why I Teach Music – Part 4

Teacher Appreciation Week – Why I Teach Music – Part 4

I meant to write this post in March for Music In Our Schools Month, but couldn’t bring myself to finish it, as it’s an emotional topic, and I cried a couple of times writing this post.  The teacher who was most influential in my life passed away before I knew I was going to be ...
Songs for a diverse age classes from of YouTube!

Songs for a diverse age classes from of YouTube!

First, let me say if you haven’t used YouTube for things besides watching videos of cats, and old television clips, you are sorely missing out! (Although I do love bloopers…!)  YouTube has become a place for educational sharing.  For me, this is one of the places I reach out when I need an idea. I ...
5 Favorite Pins of February

5 Favorite Pins of February

Today I’m linking up with fellow CMU alum Aileen Miracle over at Mrs. Miracle’s Room.  I will be sharing my 5 favorite pins. 1. Folk Dancing – This website has a large list (about 100!) of different folk dances, including some multicultural dances!  2. Speed Limit Game – This is a really fun way to talk ...
February Survival Guide

February Survival Guide

In February, the winter blues start to hit.  We’re stuck inside more often, and the kids get really a bit more rowdy. We all suffer from the lack of fresh air. 1. Play Parties. I had never heard of them until last weekend at MMC with Jill Trinka, even though I’ve done several of the ...
Rockin Resources Linky Party

Rockin Resources Linky Party

I’m so excited for the TpT sale tomorrow! I have SO much in my cart! I wanted to tell you about a few of the items I’m excited for! First, I’m going to tell you about my big release.  I wrote an entire recorder method book.   I teach band and choir as well as ...
Five Favorite Pins

Five Favorite Pins

1. KnowYourCopyrights.org This one I pinned a few days ago, but as a Teacher-Seller, I thought it useful. As a classroom educator, and music educator, I found it AMAZING. It is the least attractive pin I have seen in FOREVER, but it uses attainable language, and lays things out in a way that makes sense. ...
A few sub-tub ideas!

A few sub-tub ideas!

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’m starting to feel the tug of a stretched out immune system and fall weather! I hope these are some things you can add to your sub tub!! For your younger students who desperately want to write music, this is a fun practice activity.  They draw ...
My Big Beef

My Big Beef

Last year, while teaching my students the state song, “Michigan, My Michigan”, the song I learned growing up, I discovered this is a lie.  In prepping my lesson, I found that this is not the true state song.  So the following class time, while telling them about this discovery, I instead had to tell my ...
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