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- 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
- Holding an Online Workshop with Your StudentsLast week my students and I had a chance to connect online with Jason Lyle Black. From Nashville, TN, Jason is a performer, composer, speaker, and entertainer who is also nicknamed the “Backwards Piano Man”. You might be familiar with Jason from this YouTube video he made back in 2015… ... read more
- Dry Erase Home OrganizerI have always told myself that organization systems only work until they don't, and that I should never become so attached to one system that I continue using it when my organizational needs have changed and my system is no longer the best way to address those needs. I realized ... read more
- Playing with NoteflightThis past week in guitar we played with Noteflight, an online, cloud-based notation software program (I LOVE cloud based programs). We have been exploring rhythms, and how they are often represented on paper. (I say *often* because rhythmic notation is NOT universal and is just ONE way to visualize ... read more
- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Has Something For Your StudentsAs musicians and music educators, we know that it takes much commitment, work, and many hours to prepare a performance for presentation to an audience. But sometimes it’s difficult, even for young music students, to appreciate or even realize just how much goes into preparing a concert. It can be ... read more