We never fully appreciate what playing music can do for our overall health. As musicians, we likely don’t think about it at all. I mean, on some level we likely realize that music can relax us and our students as well as relieve stress, otherwise we likely wouldn’t be musicians—it makes us feel good. It … Continue reading Wellness Through Music
The Introduction I really enjoy this project with my young learners. We start off the year with it. It gets them listening for form, for steady beat, and gets them moving, arranging, and composing! Using the Olympic Fanfare from Share the Music series I will share with you my process that I use to get … Continue reading “Olympic Games” Movement, Art, and Composition Activity for Grades 1 and 2
So, have you ever had a kid pick off your wonderful floor staff after you taped it down to the floor after hours of back-breaking labour? No, okay so maybe not but have you ever worked hard on a floor staff in September and then by October it is half ripped up? The struggle is … Continue reading Making a Floor Staff That Doesn’t Get Picked Off!
Your First Year Teaching So you landed your first gig as a school music teacher. What now? I went from teaching part time at a very small rural school of 53 students to teaching over 400 students in my second. So essentially, I had two first years. In those years, I experienced a range of … Continue reading 11 Things a New Music Teacher Should Know About Their First Year
Talent I have an issue with the word "Talent." This word completely ignores the fact that kids work hard to hone their innate musical abilities—which every kid has. The excuse is always "I have no musical talent" assuming that musical ability is something that cannot be learned. This happens in all fine and performing arts. … Continue reading The Word “Talent” and the Fixed Mindset