Resource Roundup: Steady Beat

Steady Beat Listening These are some great songs to listen to that have a really solid steady beat. They are great for playing instruments, body percussion or locomotor/non-locomotor music. Some of these are available in Kidzbop versions. Hoe-down from “Rodeo” (Copland)William Tell Overture (Rossini) - start playing/clapping after the introSabre Dance (Khachaturian)Stars and Stripes (or… ...

Elementary Music Concept Corner: Steady Beat

The big one. The ultimate music ed concept. This one is SO important. I'd argue that this concept is more important than a good number of other musical concepts that we teach because this one really as a life long impact on our students. This concept is Steady Beat. It impacts their lives as readers,… ...

Who’s The Boss? Student Leaders in the Music Room

Hi friends, This week I am elated to share my guest blogger, Mary Neeley Stevens. While I was doing some research about the Danielson Framework, I stumbled across a post from her that mentioned a presentation she did for TMEA in 2016. I am thrilled that she has agreed to be a guest this week… ...
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Five Books for Native American Heritage Month

Like the books I picked for Filipino American History Month, there are not many books on Indigenous musicians. There is one book that was featured for Women's History Month called "Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist". That book can be found in this post and would be a… ...

Filipino Folk Song Resources

Finding authentic folk songs can be difficult. Sometimes anthologies don't tell you if lyrics have been changed or verses have been omitted, and sometimes you can't find if it is authentic online? These are three books of authentic Filipino folk songs for you to add to your collection. (Full disclosure: some affiliate links but it… ...

5 Filipino Folk Song Picture Books

In my hunt for Filipino folk songs, I came across these five illustrated folk song books. I thought they would be wonderful to share with you! Each book also has some info on the song and sometimes more such as the region or music (Kaisa-Isa Niyan). All five books have written out notation for the… ...

Tinikling: A Philippine Folk Dance

Tinikling is the dance that most people think of when they think of the Philippines. A traditional dance that involves two bamboo poles and dancers. October is Filipino American History Month and as I celebrate the family I found this year, I thought it would be fun to share Filipino culture with you. This is… ...

3 Engaging Books for Filipino American History Month for Kids

October is Filipino American History Month. If you read my blog regularly or follow me on Instagram, you know I am half Filipino/Chinese, and that earlier this year I found my grandma's huge family by chance thanks to a cousin who responded to a random Facebook message. This is the 1st in a series of… ...

Creativity In the Music Room Every Class! Part 2

Creativity should be an essential part of music education. Not only can we include small creative elements into our lessons, but we can include bigger creative activities for our students as well. For ideas to incorporate small creative elements into class, check out Creativity In the Music Room Every Class! Part 1 Here are some… ...

Creativity In the Music Room Every Class! Part 1

Composition and creativity sometimes seems like it is a checklist item. It's a standard, we did it, now we can move on and don't have to do it anymore. But that's SUPER not true. We can include a creative element in our students' class every week. Creativity isn't just sitting to compose, but improvising, making… ...

The Best Classroom Management Tips

Classroom management is what makes or breaks your class. You'll never get as much done with a class that can't listen to directions, and you'll ultimately feel frustrated why things break down. So many of the issues we can have as teachers is directly related to classroom management. As music teachers, we have students for… ...

3 Engaging Books for Gospel Music Heritage Month for Kids

It’s time for another book round up! I was super pumped to find out that Gospel Music has a month dedicated to it and I do not think we pay nearly enough attention to it! Here are three books that I think will give your kids a taste of the amazing heritage of Gospel music.… ...
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Keeping Yourself on Track – How to Make Sure You Cover Your Curriculum

PD is EVERYWHERE you look. Virtual sessions, Instagram ideas, the Facebook Groups, and my fav, in person conferences which *fingers crossed* are coming back soon. It is SO easy to get distracted by the wonderful things we see our colleagues doing. I'm super guilty of coming back from a conference with a cool folk dance… ...
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Student Jobs for the Music Class

As music teachers, we have lots of things to keep track of during the day. Multiple classes later and we've forgotten to do some of the basic things like input attendance for those of us who have to do that, or prep things that take forever to set up. Here are some jobs that students… ...

The Best Name Games for Music Class

Learning names can be a challenge for teachers. When you have a couple hundred or more every year the task is even more daunting. Even if you are a veteran at your school, there are always the youngest students and new students in each grade. These are some of the best names games for music… ...
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6 Fabulous Books for Back to School in Music Class

Books are a great way to help put kids at ease the first few weeks of school. They can help set the tone, give a message, or help kids feel welcome. Sometimes books are a way to engage kids that might feel apprehensive, or aren't quite sure yet. Here are 6 fabulous books for back… ...
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How to Plan for Elementary Music

Sitting down to plan for an entire year of general music seems really daunting. If you are a 'typical' elementary music teachers, you likely have Kindergarten - 5th grade. So six grade levels and curriculum to know. If you are extended to middle school general music or preschool, it's even more! Planning for all these… ...
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What new music teachers ACTUALLY need

Congrats! You got your first job and you are PUMPED. Bring on the Target dollar spot!! Or not. Seriously, first things first. I spent thousands of dollars putting together materials for my classroom. Let's stop normalizing teachers spending their own money on things. Let's advocate for a budget, for school supplied materials and the like.… ...
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Great Interview Tips For Music Teachers

You've scored the interview and you are prepping so what do you need to know? 1. Do your research Different schools have different cultures and it can even vary within the district. Know what things are important to your school, and what isn't. Is this a place that showing up in a suit for an… ...
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12 Things You Need to Know About Taking a Kodaly Levels Course

I've just gotten back from my third Kodaly level in Oklahoma, and I'm SO excited that I finally have my levels done! Shoutout to the amazing teachers I've had through the three levels in Mt. Pleasant, Portland and Norman. I am so appreciative of all you do and have taught me. Joy, Sandy, Ashely, Casey,… ...

3 Engaging Kids Books for Pride Month

While some people are out for summer, there are still some schools in until the end of the month. If you are looking to make sure you represent the LGTBQ+ community during Pride month (or any other month!), here are some great books for kids. (Full disclosure: some affiliate links but it won’t change your… ...
Three End of the Year Activities for Fifth Grade

Three End of the Year Activities for Fifth Grade

As the end of the year comes to a close, I think it's important to spend time with your fifth grade students (or your last year elementary students) doing some things to really finalize your time together. It shouldn't be just instrument tryouts, prep for band or orchestra or voice placements for choir. We are… ...
The End: A Eulogy for the 2020-2021 school year

The End: A Eulogy for the 2020-2021 school year

I intended on doing another post for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month this week, but as I contemplated what to write about, what activities to give you, I thought that isn't what you need right now. It's not what I need right now. What we DO need, is an end. THE end. So instead,… ...
3 Beautiful Books for Jewish American Heritage Month

3 Beautiful Books for Jewish American Heritage Month

I honestly don't know if I've had three books in a set that have as much gorgeous illustration as these books for Jewish American Heritage Month. Not only are they gorgeous but they really highlight such an amazing set of musicians. I hope that these give you some great ideas to use and have some… ...
7 great books for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month for kids

7 Great Books for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month for kids

So if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently shared a picture of my Grandma. My dad's parents immigrated at different times, from different regions of the Philippines. My Grandpa came first, met my Grandma during WW2 when he was stationed there, married her and they came (back) to the US. They… ...
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Revamp Your Planning Part 1

As we end the year, not ONE of us is thinking of planning for next year. I know and I'm super behind that. Instead of giving you something to work on RIGHTNOW, I thought that this week I'd take a look at things we can think about as we end the year, get into summer… ...
4 Engaging Books for Arab American Heritage Month for Kids

4 Engaging Books for Arab American Heritage Month for Kids

April is also Arab American Heritage Month. While I think it's super important to include books from diverse cultures and musicians, finding books for this culture was incredibly hard. As far as I could find, there were no books that featured musicians of an Arabic heritage for elementary school. But this doesn't mean we can't… ...
3 Engaging Jazz Appreciation Month Books for Kids

3 Engaging Jazz Appreciation Month Books for Kids

It's time for another book round up! Jazz has always been one the genres I focus on the most, and if anything, I am guilty of focusing ONLY on jazz and related genres. These are three books that I think are some of the best around and focus on a diverse group of musicians. (Full… ...
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Traveling Music Teachers Part 1

This is part one in a series for traveling music teachers, which for most of my teaching career up to this point I travelled and at one point I was in four schools, so I totally totally feel your pain if you are a traveling music teacher. When I was younger I was a massive… ...
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2, 4, 6, 8 – A fun chant for spring

You all know how much I love double duty songs, but chants can do the same thing! 2, 4, 6, 8 is a fun chant for spring and a....quintuple...duty chant! If you don't know the chant... 2, 4, 6, 8Meet me at the garden gate.If I'm late, don't wait.2, 4, 6, 8 1. Steady Beat… ...
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Two Great Spring Composing Resources

An Intro To Composing First up, this lovely book by Vicky Weber. The Song Garden is a perfect introduction to a composing lesson. (Full disclosure: some affiliate links but it won’t change your price. No pressure!) This book is about a girl name Calla who plants flowers to compose a song as part of the… ...
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Goodies for Music Teachers on Etsy

While I don't usually write on here to tell you about things I've been working on, I'm SO excited about what I've been doing lately, and if you aren't following me on Facebook or Instagram, you might not know yet... I opened an Etsy shop! I thought the world needed some goodies for music teachers… ...
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3 Engaging Women’s History Month Books for Kids

I’ve said it before and I’m very much a person who makes sure that I cover different cultural groups all year and not just in ‘the’ month that is set aside. But I still think it’s important to cover them in that month.  March is Women's History Month. Here are 3 engaging Women's History Month Books… ...
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The Peace Table – A place for disagreement

The Peace Table is a concept from Montessori classrooms and serves as a place for disagreement between students. Student disagreements can be anywhere from a small annoyance to a big deal. Sometimes a student just needs a minute. Having a designated space in your classroom for this sort of stuff is not only a great… ...
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Non-Negotiable Rules in Music Class

So classroom management is something that takes time to fine tune, but it's something that really should take tons of our attention. Non-negotiable rules in music class are the things that are our MUST do, shouldn't ever happen rules. A good management plan is something that we should nurture right away and continue to focus… ...

Sustainable Rhythm Manipulatives

When my friend Kelly from Rhythmically Yours told me about her new new manipulatives, I HAD to buy some. Even though I basically live with my laminator, I always like incorporating harder manipulatives when possible. These sustainable rhythm manipulatives are just what the teacher ordered. So these wooden manipulatives come with three different rhythm notation… ...

Getting Started in Kodaly Teaching

I field lots of questions about Kodaly teaching and how to get started in it. I thought doing a post about getting started in Kodaly teaching would be a great way to answer some burning questions. What is the big deal? So. There are lots of ways to approach a student's learning in the music… ...
3 Engaging Black History Month Books for Kids

3 Engaging Black History Month Books for Kids

I've said it before and I'm very much a person who makes sure that I cover different cultural groups all year and not just in 'the' month that is set aside. But I still think it's important to cover them in that month.  February is Black History Month. Here are 3 engaging Black History Month… ...

An Engaging Lesson for Black History Month

An Engaging lesson for Black History Month doesn't have to be about struggles. I recently saw a Facebook post where a Black educator was asking people to NOT focus only on the struggles, but also joyful things. A lesson I've done often with my 5th graders not only can bring about a discussion about inequality… ...
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Decluttering Your Tech Life

In an attempt to get back our time, some of us declutter. We attack our closets, our pantries, the junk drawer, piles of things we no longer use in the house (or the the things of people that live with us!) I clean things out pretty regularly, but I am a digital hoarder. Photos, files,… ...

Boundaries

bound·​ary | \ ˈbau̇n-d(ə-)rē  \plural boundaries1. something that indicates or fixes a limit or extent I checked my teacher dictionary and I didn't see that word. Just kidding, but it's sort of true, and in the age of quarantine, distance learning, hybrid and other things we've adapted this year, the questionable boundaries we had for our teaching lives and personal lives… ...
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Music Teacher Resolutions

Happy New Year friends!Even though I'm not a big fan of the mind set that January 1st is the day to change your life, I felt like this year needed some serious closure. So I've come up with some Music Teacher Resolutions to take us in to 2021.. Say no. Leave it at school, don't… ...
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December in the Music Class: Resource Roundup

We're almost there. December in the music class is always crazy, and this year it's even more insane. I don't want you to drown, so I thought back on experience teaching and asked around to come up with these 5 ways to make it through December in your music class. Find awesome resourcesPlay some awesome… ...
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Books for the Music Class

I'm a huge fan of using books in the music class. In current times, it's even more of an activity so many of us are leaning on because we can do it without sharing or singing. I am always keeping track of different lists of books or pictures that I see and I never have… ...
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A Complete Guide To Music Class Listening Lessons

Do you want to provide more chances for your students to listen to great music? I love doing listening activities with my students, but I know there are a lot of people who don't have the time to create their own new ones. I get it; we're all short on time. This is why I… ...
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Quality Music Education Resources for Native American Heritage Month

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. It's so important to make sure that what we share with students is authentic, appropriate and open to non-tribal members. There are some great resources out there to help those of us who are not indigenous navigate teaching our students, but you may not know them… ...
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Easy Performance Ideas For Teaching Music Without Singing

So now that we are looking at our first performance season, I've been seeing so many people looking for performance ideas for general music. I've been thinking about this for a while and have been putting together a list of ideas that involve teaching music without singing and performing as well.  When performing or teaching music… ...
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We Hate This: Ways To Connect With Your Students Online

We hate being stuck in a digital environment. We hate creating music without singing, dancing playing the way we love to. But we can still engage our students and connect with them. We all know that teaching virtually is not something that humans are meant to do. We are not meant to stare at the… ...
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3 Engaging Hispanic Heritage Month Books For Kids

I'm very much a person who makes sure that I cover different cultural groups all year and not just in 'the' month that is set aside. But I still think it's important to cover them in that month.  September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. Here are 3 engaging Hispanic Heritage… ...
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6 Best Lessons for COVID Teaching

Teaching in a restricted environment is no fun at all. I get it.  This is why I think it's important to have awesome lessons that don't even feel like the students are missing out on anything.  I wrote these 6 lessons for COVID teaching to help you out.  Restrictions in music class are no fun, but with… ...
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5+ Awesome Movement Ideas for COVID Teaching

So the idea of teaching movement right now seems so bizarre. We can't touch each other or get close so what are the things we can adapt? Here's a huge list of movement ideas for COVID teaching whether your kids are at home or in person but socially distanced. Folk Dancing I know. What? There… ...
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Tips for Virtual Teaching: A Guest Post from Vicky Suárez

This week I thought I'd feature someone who's been doing lots of videos that even other teachers are using. My friend Vicky is a music teacher who posts videos that other people can use or watch for ideas. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at the OAKE National Conference in March a… ...
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EZ Notes Music Review for Teaching Music on a Cart

If you're like me, you're always looking for new ways to engage your students in music learning. But I understand how hard this is on a cart. Rather than give up (something I know you awesome teachers never do!), I'm always on the lookout for resources that may be perfect for teaching a la cart.… ...

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

This 3-part post was drawn from my presentation for the Michigan Kodaly Educators in September of 2019. Missed Part 1 on common solfege questions and older beginners? Part 2 talks about prepare-present-practice and solfege terms for kids.  If all you took in your undergrad was a single elementary music class, you may feel confident in… ...
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Let’s Zoom Sing: A Guide for Singing Online with Kids

So...if you are online this year, there are some BIG questions. (Or in person, or both...but let's tackle one thing at a time). We didn't sign up to teach this way, but here were are. How can you sing in a digital environment with issues like lag, not being able to see everyone, etc.?We really… ...
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The Giant List Of Music Class Procedures (To Make Your Life Easy!)

I'm often asked by new and experienced teachers about what they can do to start the year right. One answer comes to mind that can make or break your year: music class procedures.  Never underestimate how critical this is. I don't trust myself to just remember everything, so I have this comprehensive list to help me… ...

17 Ways to Do to Vocal Explorations

  Vocal Explorations are one of the best ways that we can help kids find their singing voice. But kids can get tired of the same old, same old...so I thought I'd go over some the best ways to keep it fresh! (Some affiliate links - won't change your price. No pressure!) 1. Traditional You… ...

Back to School To Do List

Back to School is stressful no matter what. It's always great to have a good idea of what things you need to do at the beginning of the year. Here's my to-do list! 1. Meet the Parents Info It's easy as a non-classroom teacher to get overlooked, so be proactive. Put together something with the… ...
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Back To School In The Time Of COVID

Prepping for Back To School seems to be every teacher’s favorite time. New music, new decor, new pencils, new possibilities. But... This year is so different! New stresses, concerns, budget issues across the board. How do we even prep for this? I've thought about your struggles (and mine too) and decided to write these ideas… ...

What’s On My Cart Tour

So clearly I've spent time teaching from a cart. Since my Hacks for Teaching Music on a Cart post, the number one thing people have been asking for is a tour of my cart. So here we go! THE cart. I have a flip up tray addition on the left side, the paper towel holder… ...
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Can’t Do That….Now What? Adapting Music Learning For COVID

With the growing list of things we think we might not be able to do, we are looking at not being able to do a lot of the things that are a big part of what we love about teaching general music. You may want to give up (I know there's a part of me… ...
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Powerful Tips for New Music Teachers

CONGRATS!! You got your first job!! Whether it's a pandemic or not, your first year is tough, but I can help! Here are some of the best tips for new music teachers I have for you. Powerful Tips For New Music Teachers As we dive in, I've separated the tips into different categories. If you… ...
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How To Run A Music Class With No Budget

I LOVE teaching with no budget. Not. You heard that rightzip zero zilch. We're all there or close to there. Concert music has always been coveredwhen I was buying stuff for it and not just making stuff up. And this has been the case for the majority of the places where I have taught. No… ...

Beginning Instrumentalists in the time of COVID

Tips that work for Recorder, Band and Orchestra Classes There is nothing like kids right when they get their instruments. One of my FAVORITE parts of being a music teacher is that first few weeks when they can’t make a nice sound but they are SO gosh-darn excited. Heard up: I’m not about to talk… ...

June 2020 Favs

Happy Official Summer!! I thought this would be a great time to share three things that I'm currently learning from, using and loving. (Full disclosure: Some affiliate links) 1. This Facebook Group With the current state of things, if you haven't taken a look at literature you use for your kids, you really should. I… ...
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Easy Hacks for Teaching Music on a Cart

Teaching music on a cart can be difficult. Learn my best tips from years of experience. ...

Curate Your (Digital) Classroom

So now that you've explored Digital Classrooms --- what do you do with them? If you are just getting started, check out this post. We all know that people are pushing back from long hours, lots of extra work, etc., so you don't want to just add to the noise. Even as the school year… ...
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Easy And Fun 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

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

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

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

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… ...
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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

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

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

,   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

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 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

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

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

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

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

5 Great Tips to combat students who just stare at you. ...
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Practicing Sol/Mi

  Recently, I was spotlighted by the Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA) as a featured educator.  They asked me to put together some ideas featuring the Kodaly method, so I prepared a list of ways to practice Sol/Mi.… ...
I can't miss school for THIS {Music Teacher Edition}

I can’t miss school for this {Music Teacher Edition}

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Music for the Music Teacher

Music for the Music Teacher 

  Getting back into the school year, I find that I'm a little overwhelmed by school music. Mostly choosing for my ensembles.  I feel like there is so much GOOD music, and so many choices, that I have… ...
Pinterest Tips for the Music Teacher

Pinterest Tips for Music Teachers

Lots of us go to Pinterest for Inspiration.  If you are like me, you live on Pinterest. Lemon Links ​You get there and find this AWESOME photo.  Lights go off and you are picturing this in your… ...
A Fun Beachy Music Room Theme

Hawaiian Beach Music Room Decor

  I know I've said it before, but I teach in a shared space.  My room is a conglomeration of spaces.  However, before school starts, I am getting together with the other person who spends the most time… ...
The Silent Rehearsal

The Silent Rehearsal

  This week I tried something new with my band kids: A few of my coworkers definitely gave me some strange looks when I told them what we were doing this week.  "How do you do that??!" I… ...
1000 Follower Celebration

1000 Follower Celebration

  ​Oh my goodness! I'm so excited to share that I reached 1000 followers on TpT today! I think this calls for a celebration to say thank you!  Here's the details on the festivities!  Day One: Monday 3/21 ​A new… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

Christmas Wishlist

  Today I'm here to tell you about my wishlist! I'm so excited to tell you about the Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale that will happen tomorrow November 30th (Cyber Monday) and Tuesday December 1st. During these two… ...
Incorporating Play

Going Forward by Looking Back: Incorporating Play into the Music Room

I think in the last month, I've seen more than a few articles discussing the lack of play in a child's education.  Play is a big part of my music classes, even with my oldest students. I… ...
The Amazing Tote for Every Music Teacher

This Amazing Tote for Every Music Teacher! 

  I travel between schools.   Last year, I was on a cart in one of those schools as I am for band class this year.  This year, I teach my preschool and elementary classes aIl in one place,… ...
Diary of a Kodaly Newbie

Diary of  Kodály Aspiring Newbie – How I Plan

So I've been MIA for a few weeks, and I'm sorry! If you follow my Facebook page, you know that my dad died, and immediately after, my dog had surgery.  Throw in school starting, and… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

SUPER SALE INSTANT REPLAY

Hi everyone!Did you hear that TpT has announced a one-day bonus sale on Wednesday, August 19, in which you can buy products from most stores (including mine!!!) for 20% off? Then, you can receive 8% more off… ...
Diary of a Kodaly Newbie

Diary of a Kodály Newbie Week 2

In addition to my Kodály newbie blog this week, I'm here to talk about children's literature for music class.  What do you use?  I love learning about new literature for the classroom! This week went pretty well.  I sat… ...
Diary of a Kodaly 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… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

Summer Goals Check In

I'm linking up with my friend Jennifer Hibbard again, talking about July Goals.  But first, I'll check in with my June goals. Here were my June goals: 1. Hit 10,000 every day - I've been doing pretty… ...
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… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

#MusicSummerShopHop

  It's time!!!  I'm so excited for this giveaway! I have collaborated with some amazing other music teachers on TpT to bring you a giveaway.  It will run from today Thursday, June 25th to Saturday June 27th! You can… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

Small Goals for June

  Today I'm linking up with my good friend Jennifer from The Yellow Brick Road Blog.  The idea is to celebrate the completion of small goals! So here are my goals for June. 1. Hit that 10,000 every… ...
Five 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,… ...
Why I Teach

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… ...
Appreciating Yourself

Appreciating Yourself

  With teacher appreciation week next week, I thought this would be a great time to talk about some things you can do to make your school life easier, and tell you about an AWESOME giveaway!  But you'll have to keep reading!… ...
Double Duty Songs

Double Duty Songs

Like a lot of specials teachers, I see my students 1 time  a week.  By the time you add in things like performances, prepping to sing (some of my students sing often for the church community the… ...
Songs for Diverse Age Classes

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… ...
Being Involved for YOU the music teacher

Being Involved for YOU the musician – MIOSM Part 3

  There are several times I've referred to my choir either here, or on Facebook.  On Tuesday nights, I go to the local high school and sing for 3 hours with my community choir.… ...
Generating Enthusiasm

It’s All Important!!  Generating Enthusiasm – MIOSM Part 2

  I grew up on cassette tapes.  My mom and dad played tons of different types of music as I was growing up, so I listened to pretty much everything except heavy metal.  However,… ...
Why I Teach: My Greatest Anxiety

Why I Teach Music – My Greatest Anxiety – MIOSM Part 1

  I don't tend to divulge lots of private info here, but I thought today was a good day to start. When I went to college, I had been the big fish in a… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

Wishlist Wednesday!

My store, and a LOT of other stores will be 20% off.  On top of that, you can get an extra 10% for a total of 28% off your purchase if you use the code HEROES when you check out!  Don't forget your TpT Credits!  Review your previous purchases… ...
Crunchy Carrots for Choir

Crunchy Carrots in Choir

  I have an all school elementary/middle school choir grades 1-8 at one of my schools.  The kids sing in church pretty often, and perform a number of other times throughout the year. They've… ...
Five 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… ...
Bounce High Bounce Low

Bounce High Bounce Low – A Game to Practice Steady Beat

  This song is one of my favorite songs to sing in class with my students. I love using the song with my youngest students to keep a beat. (If I can have them… ...
Reading the Notes Pin Roundup

Reading the Notes Pin Round Up

  I always love to play "Staff Races" with my students.   I draw a big staff on the ground in chalk, or on the board.  I have a 'starting line', and then students… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

What Are You Reading?

  Today I'm linking up with Jennifer at The Yellow Brick Road.  She had the awesome idea of doing a linky party for books! Definitely hop on over and get some ideas for what… ...
January Survival Guide

Teacher Survival – January Edition

  It is time to host my 1st linky party! I've been waiting for a great topic, so I have decided I will host a monthly 'survival' party for teachers.  3 or more tips,… ...
Woodwind Instrument Embouchures

Woodwind Instrument Embouchure

  I have been looking for this for a while so I thought I would share it, and keep it in a place for me to find conveniently for a while.  As a woodwind… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

2015 New Year’s Linky! 

It is the time of year we do our New Year's resolutions, and I have mine as well.Personal: I am going to take time for me! Until very recently, I had a retail job.… ...
Mrs. Stouffer's Music Room - a fun music education blog and home of Kodaly-Aspiring Recorder Method, Music Or Not Games, and visually engaging folk song files.

It’s My Birthday!

Graphics from My Clip Art Store, KG Fonts and Erin Bradley Designs. Since it is my birthday, I thought I'd celebrate with my very first giveaway! So I am giving away three items… ...
Confessions of an Itinerant Teacher

Confessions of an itinerant teacher…what’s on my desk.

Hi everyone! I have wanted to post something like this for a while, but I decided today was the perfect day because my friend Rachel Tanenblatt is hosting a blog link (Her first… ...
Rockin' Resources

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 of November

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.… ...
Pinterest Collaborative Board for Music Teachers

Pinterest Collaborative Board for Music Teachers

  If you are a music educator, this board is for you. It is a collaborative board to support music education.  Just send me a message to join!! Follow Melissa Stouffer's board Support Music… ...
Manipulative Monday

Manipulative Monday Linky

Today I am linking up with Lindsay at the Pursuit of Joyfulness Blog.  She is kind enough to host this link party.  I'm really excited to share my idea today which I've had… ...
Recorder Freebie

Recorder Freebie!

  I needed a records chart for my recorder room, so I thought I would share them with you! Color and black and white options for people who need print-friendly options. I hope you… ...
Vocal Explorations and Head Voice

Vocal Explorations and Head Voice

  Some of the things we as voice teachers experience these days is the prevalence of singing way down in the chest voice, glottal stops, and vocal fry (that lovely sound our voice makes… ...
World Pasta Day

World Pasta Day

I saw a post this morning that it is World Pasta Day, so I thought it would be a great day to update a game I created for open house last year and… ...
Five Favorite Pins of October

Five Favorite Pins of October

I am participating in my first ever Linky Party with Mrs. Miracle's Room.  Find the original post here. These are my five favorite pins from October! 1. This pin from The Sweetest Melody is a… ...
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… ...
Music Centers

Music Centers 

So I've had a few requests about how I started making centers for my classroom.  I've been working on it  what seems nonstop all summer, so I have a decent amount ready… ...

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