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  • 8 Ways to Become a Decolonizing Agent8 Ways to Become a Decolonizing Agent
    Sometimes the hardest part of shifting your practices can be deciding where to start. The Decolonizing the Music Room team would like to share some things that make a big difference in our teaching as we move forward in ... Read more »
  • Blog Review: Cleaning…That Time of the Year…Blog Review: Cleaning…That Time of the Year…
    It is that time of year. It is the time of year when I see elementary music educators posting amazing pinterest-ready photos of their classrooms. The time of year when we are posting to each other questions about curriculum, how to store boomwhackers and ukuleles, compare schedules, ask about classroom… Read more »
  • How Does Music Work?
    We have all encountered teachers who began some music course or other by asking “What Is Music?” Leonard Bernstein, paraphrasing this often posed question, I suppose, asked “What Does Music Mean?” Many answers have been proposed to the former question, and Bernstein’s answer to the latter, after an interesting lecture,… Read more »
  • Room Tour 2019Room Tour 2019
    I love how colorful this all looks and it makes me happy when entering! Perfectly imperfect!Content over cuteness and a purpose for everything. I love the positive song lyric posters from Tracy King! Read more »
  • NCKP Conference 2019 SaturdayNCKP Conference 2019 Saturday
    Saturday at NCKP ended up being not at all what I had planned. My husband was supposed to meet me in Chicago at the conference hotel that afternoon so we could go on a road trip where I would be getting 5 additional states for my “50 by 50” goal.… Read more »
  • NCKP Conference 2019 FridayNCKP Conference 2019 Friday
    The 2nd day (or 3rd day with Pre-Conference Wednesday) of NCKP! Did you miss Wednesday and Thursday?  NCKP 2019 Pre-Conference Wednesday NCKP 2019 Thursday   Creating Collaborative Experiences for Students of All Ages Sarah Alexander and Whitney Hawker Good goals for teachers- We have to make music in every lesson. Taking… Read more »
  • NCKP 2019 Conference ThursdayNCKP 2019 Conference Thursday
    Thursday is when the official conference begins! This year I heard there were over 180 sessions to choose from. Wow! (Missed pre-conference? Read all about it here)   Rote and Pattern Pieces that Motivate and Captivate Showcase By Paula Dryer  This year I’m trying to be more intentional about learning… Read more »
  • Ukulele Cabinet UpdateUkulele Cabinet Update
    I have 40 Kala Waterman Ukuleles which I store in a plastic double-door cabinet. If you would like to learn more about how I created this custom storage, click on this link to a previous blog post. All last year, I stared at this circular handle on my ukulele cabinet… Read more »
  • Using Music Vocabulary in the Music Classroom
    Teaching music vocabulary is not something that comes naturally for me. It is all too easy for me to teach lesson after lesson without naming things. That really is what vocabulary building is: giving a name to things you refer to or do. For example, I might ask a kindergarten… Read more »
  • Beethoven – Sonata #1 in f minor, Op. 2 #1, 2nd mvmt.
    One of my students recently started working on this movement.  I thought I’d play it, just to give her some ideas about it. You’ll notice in this performance that I take certain liberties with tempo.  And some listeners might find my use of rubato to be excessive.  It’s marked adagio,… Read more »
  • How to Build Relationships with Your Students as the Music TeacherHow to Build Relationships with Your Students as the Music Teacher
    It can be difficult knowing how to build relationships with your students as the music teacher.  For starters, you might see every student in the entire school.  Just thinking about memorizing their names can be hard enough.  In this blog post (and also the podcast episode that goes into more… Read more »
  • School Music Participation and Lifelong Arts Engagement (Elpus, 2018)School Music Participation and Lifelong Arts Engagement (Elpus, 2018)
    Elpus, K. (2018). Music education promotes lifelong engagement with the arts. Psychology of Music, 46(2), 155-173. Does participation in school-based music education affect the likelihood that students will engage in music performance or attend musical events as adults? Elpus analyzed data from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts 2012… Read more »
  • Room Tour 2019-2020Room Tour 2019-2020
    A new year is starting! I thought I would share my room set up for the year.  It is very similar to last year, but a few things have been changed, moved or added.Starting with my desk area, I have it facing the wall this year, so there is more… Read more »
  • 10 Icebreakers Your Adult Choir Will Love10 Icebreakers Your Adult Choir Will Love
    Looking for a fun, creative way to start the choir year? Consider hosting a kick-off party or retreat. This is a time to celebrate the start of a new season, welcome both returning and new members, and get a head start on all the music you have picked out for… Read more »
  • Music Teacher Tip #18: Getting to Know You ActivitiesMusic Teacher Tip #18: Getting to Know You Activities
    It’s back to school time, which means you will want some fun getting to know you activities in your arsenal. Getting to know our students help create a sense of belonging. It can help us when we are trying to figure out what music will motivate them. It also let’s… Read more »
  • The Power of a Sticky Note: Individual Behavior Supports for Music ClassThe Power of a Sticky Note: Individual Behavior Supports for Music Class
    With so many students to teach and so little time with each class, managing to give each student the kind of individual support we'd like to is a monumental task! And often when individual students are struggling in school, music teachers are left out of any individual plans that are… Read more »
  • Starting Out In A New School
    Recently, I offered suggestions for Preparing to interview for a Teaching Position. If you are looking for a teaching job, you can follow the link to read that article. Today I would like to follow up on that post and discuss how best to proceed once you are hired. When… Read more »
  • Getting Your Classes Off To A Good Start at Year’s Beginning
    The beginning of a new school year is always a hopeful and exciting time. Students by then are happy to return to school and be reunited with friends they haven’t seen all summer, and then there is the fresh start feel of a new grade, new teachers, and new classes.… Read more »
  • Why You Should Create a Music Teacher ProclamationWhy You Should Create a Music Teacher Proclamation
    As this school year began, I reflected on what I don’t have time for…what my life is too short for. Shortly after I dyed my hair purple as an end of summer semester/end of wedding gift to myself, I decided to make this reflection into an official proclamation on Instagram… Read more »
  • 3 Easy Ways Parents Can Support Music Practice3 Easy Ways Parents Can Support Music Practice
    Good news: even if you don’t have a musical background you can still help your child with their practice time in between lessons! Here are a few simple ways to give your child the support they need for effective (and enjoyable!) music practice. Remind Your Child to Practice Even though… Read more »
  • NCKP Pre-Conference WednesdayNCKP Pre-Conference Wednesday
    I recently returned from my last conference of the summer. This time I was attending NCKP. If you have never attended NCKP, definitely mark your calendar for July of 2021 as it only happens every other year and is a must attend conference for piano teachers. NCKP stands for the… Read more »
  • Look before you buy!Look before you buy!
    How discerning are you?There is a current trend to purchase online resources for the classroom. As a Teachers Pay Teachers seller, I am all for this, of course. But just because something is for sale or free online, easy to download, print and use, does not necessarily make it a… Read more »
  • Preparing to interview for a Teaching Position
    If you’re looking for a music teaching position this summer, you’re probably at least starting to go on interviews. Because of the sometimes uncertain way in which American public schools are funded, districts often are not at liberty to move on filling a position until fairly late in the summer.… Read more »
  • Music Theory Tutorial: Chords and Voice Leading
    Before I begin discussing chords and voice leading, I would like to make two points about music theory in general. Many have the misconception that music theory involves sets of rules from which composers wrote or write music. This is not the case. Music theory is not sets of rules,… Read more »
  • Flipgrid Updates for Music Teachers
    It’s no secret. I love Flipgrid! It’s one tech tool I can’t imagine teaching without. As an instrumental music teacher I have found countless ways to use Flipgrid in my classroom, and with the new updates just released on August 1st, I have even more ideas for the upcoming school… Read more »
  • Six Practice Steps for Beginning Piano StudentsSix Practice Steps for Beginning Piano Students
    I love working with young, beginning piano students. Our lessons are always full of imagination and creative exploration—their eyes wide with excitement and wonder when they make a connection or discover something new—and I always learn so much about myself as a teacher as we walk those first steps in… Read more »
  • 5 Ways to Review Harmony5 Ways to Review Harmony
    As most teachers look to the start of a new year, I want to share some ideas for reviewing basic music concepts. I’ve written posts on five ways to review pitch and rhythm. Today, I’ll be focusing on the concept of musical harmony. SCOTLAND’S BURNING This round is fantastic for… Read more »
  • Music Activity for Beginning of the School YearMusic Activity for Beginning of the School Year
    Have you experienced this?  Your music student comes back from vacation excited…only for you to find out that they haven’t practiced and they have forgotten everything. You are not sure where to start from.  Or your child is getting ready to start the new school year. Everything is in place… Read more »
  • Music Activity for Beginning of the School YearMusic Activity for Beginning of the School Year
    Have you experienced this?  Your music student comes back from vacation excited…only for you to find out that they haven’t practiced and they have forgotten everything. You are not sure where to start from.  Or your child is getting ready to start the new school year. Everything is in place… Read more »
  • Email Marketing for Private Music TeachersEmail Marketing for Private Music Teachers
    You just started teaching music privately, or you just decided to add a virtual aspect to your communications with your current and prospective students and their parents. No matter how long you’ve been teaching, you’ve decided to up your email game. Or at least… you’re thinking about it. I’ll start… Read more »
  • Writing a Letter to Your Future SelfWriting a Letter to Your Future Self
    Why writing your future self can help you come closer to achieving your educational and personal goals as a teacher? Continue reading Writing a Letter to Your Future Self at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net. Read more »
  • Classroom Tour 2019-2020Classroom Tour 2019-2020
    It's ready! I still have a couple of weeks left before I go back to work but my classroom is set up for the 2019-2020 school year so today I'm going to show you around!Rather than spam you with a million photos I've done a video tour again this year:And… Read more »
  • Beginning of the Year Assessments
    All assessments, no matter when they are given, are designed with one purpose in mind, and that is to document what the students taking the assessment know and don’t know. With this knowledge in hand, a teacher can design leaning, individualize instruction, and teach to a classes overall needs. Beginning… Read more »
  • Divorce and Co-parenting Planner / Organizer (update)Divorce and Co-parenting Planner / Organizer (update)
    I'm so happy to say that I've finally given my divorce and coparenting planner a small update! This is something that has always been very important to me, because I know first-hand how difficult the divorce process and co-parenting can be. I first published this organizer more than 3 years… Read more »
  • What Isn’t Music?
    I read an interesting definition of music today. Music is “a pattern of sounds made by musical instruments, voices, or computers, or a combination of these, intended to give pleasure to people listening to it” (Mambo entertainment). The essentials are there, namely that music is sound patterns and there is… Read more »
  • How To Use Music Manipulatives The Right Way!How To Use Music Manipulatives The Right Way!
    You often see a lot of manipulatives out there for the music room, but it can be tricky to know how to use them in your classroom.  And a lot of people end up giving up on them because they go about it the wrong way. In this post, we’re going… Read more »
  • Tonal and Rhythm Rating Scales
    There’s a difference between measuring student achievement and assigning students grades.  The way I measure student achievement and growth is rather involved; the way I grade is simple.  I live in a world of A’s and B’s. I rarely give C’s, and I never give a student lower than a… Read more »
  • Music Education - Blogs and PodcastsMusic Education - Blogs and Podcasts
    I have one week left, although we only have three days in classrooms (most of that taken up with meetings) and students begin on Thursday, so next week I will be in my classroom, getting everything ready for another exciting year. As we set sail on a new school year, many… Read more »
  • The Band Director as a Corporate Leader or CEOThe Band Director as a Corporate Leader or CEO
    Dr. Pisano presents The Band Director as a Corporate Leader or CEO - Slides from a Clinic Continue reading The Band Director as a Corporate Leader or CEO at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net. Read more »
  • July Favorites 2019July Favorites 2019
    Another month has flown by! I have so many highlights to share this month- I hope you find some inspiration as we head into back to school season. As always I'm sharing selections from my Instagram feed to highlight some of my "favorites" of the month- if you aren't already,… Read more »
  • Music Theory Tutorial: Scales and Intervals
    I have found that many music educators, especially those of us who spend most or all of our time at the elementary level, have lost a good deal of what we once knew of music theory. We seldom teach much of what we learned in undergraduate music theory classes, never… Read more »
  • Flipgrid in the Elementary Music ClassroomFlipgrid in the Elementary Music Classroom
    Today, Flipgrid premiered new tools that were previewed at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference this past June. The new additions to Flipgrid will enhance students’ choices in how they showcase and reflect on their experiences of making and doing music in the elementary music classroom Currently,… Read more »
  • 4 Fun Suzuki Group Class Games & Activities for Beginning of the School Year4 Fun Suzuki Group Class Games & Activities for Beginning of the School Year
    Are you getting ready for beginning of the school year? And perhaps scheduling your new Suzuki group classes? I am reluctantly so. I have spent a lot of time relaxing this summer so starting school is difficult. If you are like me, you may need some ready ideas for your… Read more »
  • 4 Fun Suzuki Group Class Games & Activities for Beginning of the School Year4 Fun Suzuki Group Class Games & Activities for Beginning of the School Year
    Are you getting ready for beginning of the school year? And perhaps scheduling your new Suzuki group classes? I am reluctantly so. I have spent a lot of time relaxing this summer so starting school is difficult. If you are like me, you may need some ready ideas for your… Read more »
  • Beginner Piano Lesson Book LibraryBeginner Piano Lesson Book Library
    Welcome to our Piano Lesson Book Library… beginner edition! *Parents/Students: If you were sent here by your piano teacher, use the table of contents to jump to the series they told you to purchase!* Choosing lesson books for your students can be difficult. Each student is so unique in their… Read more »
  • The Back-to-Choir Guide for Church MusiciansThe Back-to-Choir Guide for Church Musicians
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year - back-to-school season, that is!Even though I’m not a student anymore, as a teacher, I love the fresh-start feeling that comes with a new academic year (including new school supplies!). And the same is true in church settings when choir and ensembles… Read more »
  • Musical Choice: Steps to Take Before ImprovisationMusical Choice: Steps to Take Before Improvisation
    Improvisation is the process of generating original musical material in real time. When we improvise, there is little predetermined about the performance. This means students need to have an extensive musical vocabulary internalized and ready to use on the spot.When students are working with a new element, they may be… Read more »
  • How to Set Up Your Elementary Music RoomHow to Set Up Your Elementary Music Room
    One of the most important tasks we face in back to school season is setting up our classrooms. Creating a welcoming, functional, and equitable learning environment is so important to the success of our students! Today I want to share my top priorities that I consider when I'm setting up… Read more »
  • The Creative Process of Connecting
    By now all music educators (should) have worked the National Core Arts Standards into their curriculum, instructional planning, and teaching. From the outset, we have all understood creating, performing, and responding to music, because these are things we have always had our students do. These actions were couched in new… Read more »
  • Six Lessons from Google & What Music Teachers Can Learn from Them
    I hope those of you who follow this blog are not tired of hearing about the Google Innovator Academy. It was easily the highlight of my professional career! The lessons I learned and friendships I made are some that will stay with me for a lifetime. That’s why it’s so… Read more »
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