Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How First Year Music Teachers Can Avoid Problems

If you are a first year music teacher or starting out as the new music teacher in a new school, there are countless pitfalls and traps you can easily avoid. Here are six ways our experts feel you can easily avoid some problems in your music class.


[5 Steps] How to Direct Your FIRST School Musical

If you are a general music teacher or the director of your school choir, orchestra or band in the elementary or middle school setting, there is a good chance you have been approached to do a school musical. At this level, we are wall beginners. A first year music teacher with no experience doing school musicals is equal to a veteran music teacher ALSO with no experience doing school musicals. This is empowering and humbling to both types of teachers!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Increase Marching Band Confidence and Buy In with an Evaluation

There is a significant amount of attention and pressure begin placed on marching band programs in the wake of several events in the news stemming from both negligence and improprieties. As a music teacher involved in marching band in any capacity, it is our duty to create and maintain a safe environment.

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Louis Armstrong: Resources, Audio & Video

Louis Armstrong is one of those great musicians who are not only brilliant musical but also serve as a great role model. In music education, we don't often have the opportunity to focus on performers but when we do, Louis is someone to consider. I enjoy teaching my private students about him and his work through audio, video and printable worksheets. When I work with teachers, sometimes we just need a little reminder about who he is an how readily available these resources are through any device. Here are some great music education resources (free downloads and ideal products) about Louis Armstrong

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Music Education TED Talk with Richard Gill


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An Argument for Vocal Music in Early Childhood Education

Singling lessons in early childhood education have long been utilized by teachers. Not ‘singing lessons’ in terms of learning how to sing, but as a vehicle for teaching and learning a concept. We know that song makes things easier to remember because it connects facts to long term memory. And that’s also why singing is always a part of early childhood MUSIC lesson plans...

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

How to Lower Drop Out Rates with Music

According to the Foundation for Educational Choice, about 19% of California high school students in any ninth-grade class will drop out over a four-year period.  During the 2007-2008 school years, 98,420 public high school students dropped out. There is an infinite amount of repercussions that exist socio-economically including the direct impact on personal income and California's revenue received through income taxes. When the average educational engine or political think tank sees the statistic, they see a failure in the schools to retain students. But why is no investment made in determining how to retain the students? 

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Connecting Piaget to Music Education

Renowned developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget, identified high school years of development as the formal operations stage. Through his work which he called Epistemology (a branch of philosophy concerned with human knowledge, its origins in each of us and how that knowledge is developed) he proved that each of the formative years of child’s development plays a unique and crucial part in the way they experience, see and interact with the world around them.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Become a More Productive Music Teacher [Video]

About two years ago, I started an experiment. Every morning, I would listen to the Bach Cello Suites while I began my work day (planning, scheduling, emailing). And almost instantaneously, I noticed an increase in my productivity.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Get Your School to Buy You a Piano

If a program is finding itself without a proper budget, there are some ways to counteract, rise above and fund aspects of the program. The first thing to do is to check the “Facilities Budget” of the school to see what it has been spent on in recent years. This is a line item of the overall budget reserved for expenses that benefit the whole school. 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Character Development in General Music Class

A music teacher could easily highlight character pillars or character building virtues so that students become aware of their actions. In my own music classroom, I did a small social experiment. My choir displayed exemplary conduct and demonstrated character while in my classroom. Not by accident, I did this by design. But I wanted to see if they exhibited the same virtues outside of my classroom during the rest of the school day.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

[Activity] Rostropovich, Children and the United Nations

In 1981, the accomplished cellist and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich, had a performance at United Nations Headquarters in New York City for an event on behalf of UNICEF. Guest performers and young music students from the city were invited to perform with the orchestra. 
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The Maestro was a product of Soviet Russian culture where children were selected to be introduced to music education based on completely random decisions (look, speech, posture, politeness) and he had limited expectations.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

5 Misconceptions About Finding a Free Piano

When you need a piano for your music classroom, you can get one. And you can find one free. (More on that in my book available below). Anyway, often times when we hear the word "free" we think that it's a lie. 

Music Teachers Guide to Finding a Free Piano


Truth is, finding a free piano isn't like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's like looking for a haystack in a field of haystacks. There are PLENTY of free pianos out there! You just have to find the right one.

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