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- Beethoven – Sonata in f minor, Op 2 #1, 1st movement.Happy birthday, Beethoven! I just finished recording this first movement of Beethoven’s first published sonata. My performance is a bit rough, but then again, so is this lean-and-mean piece. It’s the first piece I ever studied with Sementovsky, 35 years ago. “Do not be afraid to explode,” he used to ... read more
- Tips For Learning Christmas Songs in Other LanguagesThe winter holidays are a fun time to explore celebrations and traditions from around the world. When you do, why not learn a favorite Christmas carol in another language? You might want to choose a language from your family’s heritage or maybe one from the community around you. Maybe you’re ... read more
- Top 10 Posts of 2018It’s that time of the year! Here’s a look at 2018, by the numbers:Launched two new mini courses for church musicians: Music Education & Leadership Skills for the Adult Choir Director and Music Education & Leadership Skills for the Handbell Choir DirectorSelf-published three new handbell collections: Four Pieces for ... read more
- Learn About Kente Cloth – And Get A Free Kente Cloth Coloring Book!I’ve always wanted to learn more about kente cloth – the amazing woven textile from West Africa. This week, I’ve been lucky enough to talk with William (Kodzo) the founder and owner of KeneCloth.net. Please, read on and check out his site. You’ll probably want to bookmark his amazing free ... read more
- The 5 Best Books I Read in 2018I never used to consider myself much of a reader, but it’s something I’ve been cultivating in my personal (and business) life for the past several years.I started by setting a goal of 10 books in a year, then 12. This year, I read 15 books! Little by little, ... read more
- Snow, Snow, Fly AwayThrow a hoodie over a solid chunk of ice, and you’ll have a good representation of what I look like all winter long. Like many of you, I don’t enjoy being cold. However, I do enjoy finding new songs that fit the frigid season. I discovered Snow, Snow, Fly Away ... read more
- The Elementary Music Teacher’s Guide to Surviving DecemberBrace 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 ... read more
- Tuesday Book Club- Where, Oh Where, is Santa Claus??This is a short post today, highlighting one a favorite winter books that I use for movement exploration in K and 1! -Where, Oh Where, Is Santa Claus?? - Written by Lisa Wheeler and Illustrated by Ivan BatesFirst I read the book while students listen and identify movement words (clip-clip, ... read more
- Music Incentive Day IdeasI love using a "reward day" or "music choice day" as an incentive for whole class behavior management, and I know many other general music teachers do as well. It's a great way to keep class time meaningful while taking some time to explore the joys of music-making without the ... read more
- A Kwanzaa Book And Drum CraftThe winter holidays are such a beautiful and festive season. Will you be celebrating Kwanzaa this year? Is Kwanzaa part of your family or community? If this holiday is new to you, here is a beautiful book and a fun craft to introduce children to the spirit and the ... read more