Saturday, November 10, 2018

This fall has been a busy one.  Personally, my husband and I are now parents of a high school student and while I have enjoyed watching our son adjust nicely to high school life, it has been a transition for us.  Our daughter is in fifth grade and this fall she turned...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tim Ferriss discusses in his book, "The 4-Hour Work Workweek" how cutting back to the "minimum effective dose" (MED) can help many optimize time and resources.  Basically, learn to work smarter, not harder.  The idea that working more is better doesn't always pan out t...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I had the pleasure of attending Artie Almeida's session at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria, IL this past January.  Artie has found great success creating playful, engaging ways to teach children musical concepts.  At this conference she shared many en...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Just recently, I went to VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL and attended a two day course called, Orff Instrument Repair and Maintenance lead by Gary Everett.  It was a great class.  I highly recommend the class to anyone with a classroom of barred instruments....

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I read Allyson Apsey's book, "A Path to Serendipity" yesterday.  I can't stop thinking about her story.  Allyson's book is a wonderful reminder that we get to choose what kind of life we want to live every day.  I connected in so many ways to this book.  I, too, try to...

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, March 26, 2018

In music education, we pride ourselves in the ability of moving large numbers of students through our program.  All elementary students attend general music classes.  Many children join band, orchestra or chorus in middle school and high school.  Our programs are large...

Friday, March 23, 2018

Today 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, I sat on the floor with the kids and asked them, "What are some activities we have done...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

My second graders have been learning to read, write and perform simple rhythmic patterns.  Earlier this week they composed their own 8 beat rhythmic patterns in small groups.  Today I challenged them to create a routine using their rhythmic pattern and a large hand dru...

Friday, March 16, 2018

At the beginning of every year, I do my best to cultivate a safe, welcoming environment for all my students.  In the music room we create, play, sing, and perform often.  Failing and making mistakes is a real fear for many of my students. So, when the topic arises, I t...

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