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MusicEd Blogs is a collection of the best music education blogs from around the internet. We cover general music education, band, choir, strings, music education methodologies, and more. Our blogs are relevant to elementary, middle school, and high school music teachers.
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- How to Have a Successful First Day of School in Music ClassThe first day of school is exciting for teachers and students everywhere. Along with the excitement also comes nerves. If the first day of school (or even the first week) goes smoothly, it really does set the pace for the rest of the year If you’ve been wondering how to ... read more
- More about Music/Language Analogies (and a Few Words of Caution)A few years ago, I wrote a blogpost about interdisciplinary education. Basically, I made the case that when we combine music with social studies, music with math, music with science, we’re on the wrong track. These subjects have little-to-nothing in common with music, and so we strain to make connections. ... read more
- Practice Webinars For TeachersThere are two webinars in July that you will want to check out. Practicing is a subject we can never learn enough about so I wanted to let you know about them. The first one is just around the corner on Monday, July 9th. Chris Owenby with PracticeHabits asked me ... read more
- Music/Language Analogies: A PrologueRight off the bat, my title is misleading. Yes, I’ll talk about music/language analogies soon, but I need this blogpost to ventilate a bit first. Some folks on facebook have written about music/language analogies—not just the analogies themselves, but whether or not drawing comparisons between music and language helps anybody ... read more
- First Year Teaching? Tips for Music TeachersMy journey into teaching was unusual at best. I went to interview to teach private flute lessons in a suburb of Houston, and ended up getting offered an elementary music job teaching PreK, Kindergarten, and First Grade music. I interviewed on a Friday afternoon and school began on Monday. I ... read more
- What does your room say?
- Tips for Better ConductingToday I want to discuss conducting. Because conducting is all about visual communication, it seems to me you will be better served with a video than with a written post. So here I am. I hope you enjoy this. ... read more
- Iconic Notation and Music LiteracyHonestly, for years I considered iconic notation a cheap substitute for “real” music notation. I thought it was something music teachers used as a last resort when they had thrown in the towel at successfully teaching their students to read and write in standard music notation. Because of this view ... read more
- 2018 Reading Session Picks: Adult ChoirIt's that time of the year: time for my annual reading session picks!Every year, I round up my top anthem picks from the latest publisher's catalogs, playlists, and reading sessions (plus, sometimes a few that aren't new that I've recently discovered and haven't shared here before) to give you ... read more
- June FavoritesToday, while you’re reading about my monthly favorites, I’ll be spending time with my nephews. Our adventures will include playing at the park, going to the zoo, making crafts, and watching them ask Alexa (Amazon Echo) approximately fourteen thousand questions. I love that they never get tired of it. And ... read more