Saturday, July 25, 2020

There is a trend in music education to shift instruction from teacher-led activities to student-led activities. It is something I am really passionate about! In fact, a colleague, Theresa Hoover Ducassoux, and I wrote a book about how we as music educators can empower...

Friday, June 19, 2020

As I reflect on remote learning with other music educators, I find the topic of student motivation comes up often. Some students participated and engaged in remote learning while many others did not. This fall many of us are wondering how we can engage more students in...

Friday, May 15, 2020

Yesterday I came across a news story that stopped me in my tracks. It involved my choral director from High School, Tim Haskett. He is retiring this spring and with the use of Flipgrid, help from 3 teaching assistants, and an accompanist, he created a virtual choir wit...

Sunday, March 15, 2020

As the Tech Teacher Leader in my building, I have created and curated some tutorial videos to help us all navigate through the weeks ahead. These tutorials will help you customize your e-learning experience for your students.  

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Monday, January 20, 2020

It's very easy to get caught up in new tech tools and cutting edge technology.  However, John Spencer, author of Vintage Innovation, reminds us that some skills and strategies are timeless and will aide us as learners and innovators in this ever-changing world.  C...

For a long time, our focus was on engaging the learners and making sure students were “actively engaged” in music-making in the music classroom. But more recently, we have discovered that engagement is not enough. To make an impact and to optimize life-long learning, s...

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sometimes the school year winds down slowly. Often I have a chance to plan and get a head start on next year's musical or winter sings. But this year came to a crashing halt. It was a long, busy, hard year. I haven't had a year like this in a long time....

Saturday, May 11, 2019

As the music teacher, it is my job to direct a fifth grade spring musical. I choose the musical and create the cast list but over the years I have learned how to involve my students more and more in the creative process. I truly believe that students should share some...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Last year,  my kindergarten students performed in a spring music program for their parents in the music room. I didn't prepare a program of songs and activities ahead of time. Instead, a few months before the performance day, I sat on the floor with the kids and asked...

Sunday, January 27, 2019

While I am glad to be home and warm, I am still thinking about many of the sessions I attended at #IMEC2019.  Here is what is still on my mind.

Composition in the Music Classroom

The first session I attended was wonderful.  I have been wanting to see Roger Sams in action...

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