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- 7 Play and Movement-based Springtime Music Activities for KindergartenIt is that time of year again where music teachers and classroom Kindergarten teachers alike are looking for Spring activities for their youngest learners. As we know, Kindergarteners learn best through play and movement. The following activities is guaranteed to have them playing or moving in some way: 7 Springtime ... read more
- “When Words Fail, Music Speaks”Yesterday, thousands of Kentucky teachers descended on our state capital to fight for school funding. Many programs are being cut from schools including textbooks, professional development, preschool, Family Resource Youth Service Centers, and more. Many universities are also losing funding. Eastern Kentucky University will forced to cut many programs including ... read more
- Music Ed Mentor Podcast #021: Elementary Music for Secondary TeachersBe honest: you had a dream job in mind when you graduated with your music education degree. Maybe you had your heart set on leading a major national marching program as a head director. Maybe you wanted to teach beginning strings. Unfortunately, your ideal position ... read more
- How to Set Up and Run Your First Sound System for Live or From-Source Sound: Music Teacher EditionIf you’ve taught any music in public school, you know that running a sound board is expected of you even if you have no idea how to run one. It isn’t taught in our music education degree, and there are usually no courses that help us understand it. This means ... read more
- Vamos a la marLet's go to the sea! I love the ocean - I recently did a video on my facebook site - @ofortunaorff with the ocean in the background while I sang a beach song and used cockle shells! This is a lovely song from Guatemala and has a rhythm activity where ... read more
- Signs & Symbols of the Church (and What They Mean)Have you ever wondered what those letters on the altar stand for? What is the significance of the symbols in the stained glass windows? Why is a fish a symbol of our Christian faith, and what does a peacock have to do with anything?Yes, the church is full of sacred ... read more
- Row, Row, Row Your BoatThis is one of those rare songs that everyone seems to know. This is quite the feat since our lexicon of songs known by the general populace seems to shrink by the year. It's also one of the first songs I ever sang in a round as a child, and ... read more
- Using Sign Language in the Music RoomA few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Using Silence in the Music Room and shared that I often used sign language in my instruction. Sign language can be a powerful tool for instruction in many ways. It can be a way to reduce talking in your room, communicate ... read more
- Mission Possible! Voyage 1: Movement in the Elementary Music ClassroomFor this series, I’m starting with movement because I think it presents the most barriers to those who are new to this way of teaching music. Using movement in my elementary classroom was very, very uncomfortable for me when I first began. It quite literally seemed like this completely different content ... read more
- Teaching Melodic Concepts: Lesson Plans and StrategiesOver the last few weeks I've been sharing some of my favorite lessons for introducing different solfege pitches in elementary general music. These are a great way to get your lesson plans going as you plan out your long-range sequence for teaching melodic concepts across grade levels! Along with my ... read more