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, and events, and concerts and whatever else under the sun you possibly can before that last day before break. So what is a teacher to do […]
Everyday Tools for All Music Teachers

Everyday Tools for All Music Teachers

I thought I would talk about some of my favorite tools for music teachers today. These aren’t just for elementary teachers but work really well for those of you with older kids too.  All the links to the items I’ll be talking about are at the bottom of the post so you can find them […]
Using Instruments with Preschool and Kindergarten

Using Instruments with Preschool and Kindergarten

Using instruments in 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. And you need to instruct them on how to hold, use, treat properly because replacing them can be a huge budget decision. You […]
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! Here’s what I bought! Count the Monkeys: A cute counting book that would work […]
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 […]
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

Today I am linking up with Aileen Miracle from Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room.  Check out the original post here, with all the other teacher-blogger links. 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 […]
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