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  • Finding the Minimum Effective Dose
    Tim 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
    Source: Ponderings From a FinchPublished on Sep 19, 2018By Kathryn Finch
  • Three Things I’m Doing Differently in My Piano Studio This Year
    It'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
    Source: Ashley DanyewPublished on Sep 19, 2018By Ashley Danyew
  • Pass the Shoe
    If 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
    Source: The Yellow Brick RoadPublished on Sep 19, 2018By Jennifer
  • Suzuki Violin Group Class Activities
    Are 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
    Source: Music Teaching and ParentingPublished on Sep 18, 2018By Maria Stefanova
  • World Cultures in the Music Room: avoiding exoticism
    This 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
    Source: Organized ChaosPublished on Sep 18, 2018By Elizabeth Caldwell
  • Summer Comes to a Close
    This 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
    Source: Off the Beaten Path: A Music Teacher’s JourneyPublished on Sep 17, 2018By Theresa Ducassoux
  • 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
    Source: Music Educator ResourcesPublished on Sep 16, 2018By Jennifer Foxx
  • Being Sensitive with Our Song Culture and History
    In 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
    Source: O for Tuna OrffPublished on Sep 15, 2018By Aimee
  • Open House and Parent Night Performances
    Before 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
    Source: Sweet SoundsPublished on Sep 15, 2018By Lori Sweet
  • Teaching Songwriting in Elementary Music Isn’t Scary
    As 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
    Source: The Domestic MusicianPublished on Sep 13, 2018By Jessica Peresta

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