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- Finding the Minimum Effective DoseTim 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 the way we think it does. ... read more
- Three Things I’m Doing Differently in My Piano Studio This YearIt's been a while since I've written anything about private teaching here. This is a big part of what I do during the week, even though I don't talk about it much here, and I know many of you teach privately, as well, in addition to the other things ... read more
- Pass the ShoeIf you follow my Drop the Needle Game on Instastories, then you will have heard this song yesterday. Pass the Shoe is a fantastic song and game for practicing steady beat. It’s a short song with a catchy tune, making it easy for students to ... read more
- Suzuki Violin Group Class ActivitiesAre you looking for fresh Suzuki violin group class activities? In this blog I have been sharing what has worked for me teaching Suzuki violin group classes for the past 12 years teaching. I have taught my studio group classes as well Suzuki group classes as teaching at the University of ... read more
- World Cultures in the Music Room: avoiding exoticismThis school year my primary focus is on creating a more equitable classroom for each and every one of my students, no matter who they are or where they come from. Over the course of a series of posts, I am focusing on particular people groups and perspectives that tend ... read more
- Summer Comes to a CloseThis post has been a few weeks in the making, but still one I wanted to publish. When the school year ended in June, I did not have much planned for the summer. I assumed it would be quiet and relaxing, maybe even a touch boring. Who was ... read more
- Heading to UMTA!Utah teachers! I’m heading your way in November! Yippee! I am really excited to be a guest clinician for the upcoming UMTA conference, November 2-3rd at the beautiful, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. The theme for the conference is, “Our World of Music” I will be presenting 4 sessions ... read more
- Being Sensitive with Our Song Culture and HistoryIn the United States, the song literature we use in elementary music education is rooted in folk songs. As we grow as a culture and deepen our sensitivity and understandings of our past history, we learn things about our culture that are unsavory and demoralizing. Some of our songs have ... read more
- Open House and Parent Night PerformancesBefore I started to host informal Open House and Parent Night performances, I dreaded these events with a passion. I put all the instruments away, hid my breakables, and prayed for the best.Inevitably, kids would come streaming in with their parents, run straight to the instruments and start hitting them ... read more
- Teaching Songwriting in Elementary Music Isn’t ScaryAs a music teacher, when you hear the words “compose music” you probably instantly think of Beethoven or Mozart. When you hear “songwriting”, your mind goes more towards Taylor Swift. But, teaching songwriting in elementary music isn’t either of those things. In fact, teaching your students to compose actually doesn’t ... read more