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- The Secrets of Motivation: My 3 Biggest Takeaways from Daniel H. Pink’s “Drive”I recently finished a book that’s been on my to-read list for a few years now - Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. The book is based on scientific research by people like Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, Carol Dweck, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, among others.Before ... read more
- All Around the ButtercupAll Around the Buttercup is a folk song with an easy game that you can play with your kindergarten and first grade students. The song works well for practicing quarter rest, as well as practicing re.CIRCLE GAMEThis is one of those activities that I always called a "game", even though ... read more
- My Favorite Lesson for Teaching Sol / MiOne of the most fundamental concepts in general music teaching is melody/ pitch. When I'm creating my scope and sequence for all of the grade levels I teach, I always start by mapping out the rhythm and pitch elements I'll be introducing in each grade level. Although there are variation ... read more
- The Wide Mouth Frog book and activityHappy Spring! Here in the South, we have green grass, budding trees, and daffodils are swaying in the wind!This time of year always reminds me of frogs, for some reason, and so I break out all my frog songs in addition to flowers, rain, chicks and bunnies.This lesson uses a ... read more
- Planner Quick Tip: advance planning for the new yearFor those of us on a traditional U.S. school calendar, this is often the time of year when we start looking ahead to dates for next school year. And with all of the concerts, festivals, and springtime chaos to already keep track of for the current school year, it can ... read more
- Suzuki Group Classes: How To Reach The Lower Performing Students
- How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular EnsembleSo you have a small class with mostly horns but a couple of kids play guitar and drums, or a group with lots of rhythm players and a couple of horns. You think “It would be really cool to get a rock group going or some type of horn band ... read more
- Are you Un Poco Loco about Disney’s Coco?Have you fallen in love with Disney’s Coco? This beautifully drawn and animated new movie follows a young boy whose desire to follow his heart and make music takes him all the way to the land of the dead – and back again. No spoilers here but I can ... read more
- 36 Ways to Use Rhythm Pattern Cards in Your TeachingRhythm pattern cards are a great way to teach new rhythmic concepts, reinforce familiar patterns, and build that all-important music vocabulary (the ability to understand and create your own musical patterns and sequences).There are lots of different types of rhythm pattern cards out there - some you can buy, some ... read more
- Pease Porridge HotAs a serious soup-lover, I'm surprised I've never featured this song on my blog before. Pease Porridge Hot is a well-known nursery rhyme that works well for teaching several different concepts in the music room. Today, I'm going to focus on the clapping game and the concept of quarter rest ... read more