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- Snapshots in Elementary Music: SeptemberI’m starting a new series this year which will allow you to peek into my classroom. I’ll be sharing one activity from each grade level that was a hit (or miss) in my classroom and why! I waited a few weeks into the school year to start because I spend ... read more
- Race in the Music Room: RespectOver the last several weeks I have been tackling the topic of inclusion for traditionally marginalized people and perspectives in music education, and today we're talking about race. This is an emotionally and politically charged topic for many, but also a particularly salient one! I most certainly do not claim ... read more
- The Better WayTimes have changed. It used to be that teachers taught everyone the same way, without considering that children don’t all learn the same way. Then we realized there are different types of learners, and we began meeting the needs of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Howard Gardner taught us about ... read more
- The Flossing Song: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!Flossing. It's everywhere in every music classroom--and I'm not talking about teeth. I can't even remember the first student who started doing it in my classroom, but I thank them for introducing me early so I was "educated" when other students began having arms swinging around their hips at maddening ... read more
- Tips for Teaching Holiday Songs in Elementary MusicWhen thinking about teaching holiday songs in elementary music, it can be frustrating not knowing how to go about it. There are so many holidays throughout the school year. So, how do you know what music to teach when? There’s not one size fits all approach, but these tips should ... read more
- Favorite Halloween PostsI was thinking today of all my previous posts and wanted to share a few old and "older" posts for Halloween fun! Several activities do not mention Halloween overtly, but have more subtle overtones for those of you that can't have a lesson with "Halloween". I seem to gravitate towards books ... read more
- Four Unique Advent Traditions for Your Worship ServicesThe first Sunday in Advent is only seven weeks away!Advent is a journey; that season of waiting and preparation leading up to Christmas. It’s the beginning of a new liturgical year, a time when we gather in darkness and wait for the Light of the World to come again. We ... read more
- Ocarinas in the Elementary Music ClassroomRecorders are a staple in most elementary music classrooms. In fact, recorders have been used as beginner instruments for so long, that many of our parents and grandparents remember playing them as children. It’s clear to see why; recorders have obvious advantages as a beginner instrument. However, I encourage you to ... read more
- Planner Setup Tip: Simplifying Weekly Lesson PlanningI made a small but significant change to my planner setup this school year and after test-driving it for a couple of months I'm officially in love!So let me show you what I did and then I'll explain what it is, how I use it, and why it's awesome 🙂For ... read more
- Games in the Elementary Music ClassroomMy students love to play games. No matter what else I may have for them to do on a given day, as soon as I mention that we will be playing a game that day, they all smile and get excited. Music games are fun, yes, but there is also ... read more