7 Play and Movement-based Springtime Music Activities for Kindergarten

It 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: These activities are designed in such a … Continue reading 7 Play and Movement-based Springtime Music Activities for Kindergarten

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How to Set Up and Run Your First Sound System for Live or From-Source Sound: Music Teacher Edition

If 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 that we are usually left … Continue reading How to Set Up and Run Your First Sound System for Live or From-Source Sound: Music Teacher Edition

Why You Should Not Teach Your Students to Play Lefty Guitar Even if They are Left-Handed: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

I have been hearing/seeing a lot, recently, in person and online about buying left-handed guitars or re-stringing a regular guitar for left-handed learners. The same 'issue' comes up with ukulele. My advice is don’t bother with lefty guitars unless the student had already learned it that way on their own. In that case they will … Continue reading Why You Should Not Teach Your Students to Play Lefty Guitar Even if They are Left-Handed: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

Presenting at the International Music Education Summit in June 2018

Hey, so I've been asked to present at the 2018 International Music Education Summit to be held June 14 - 16 on a screen near you. It is a 100% online, 3-day music education conference geared toward you—the music educator who wants to go to an amazing international conference but can't due to time, money, and … Continue reading Presenting at the International Music Education Summit in June 2018

How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble

So you have a small class with mostly horns but a couple of kids play guitar and drums, or a group with lots of rhythm players and a couple of horns. You think "It would be really cool to get a rock group going or some type of horn band or at least try to … Continue reading How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble