32 Tips and Tricks for “Letting Go” of Your Creative Inhibitions

I’ve discovered a few things along the way that have helped me immensely in overcoming my fear of improvising to help me to “let go” and just play. These are either ideas for when you are improvising, soloing, or composing or just some really good things to know. They will work with your learners, too:

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

How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a 2 part series Last time, I gave you a list of activities, materials, and singing games that you would need to do this. Today, I am going to show you what a typical progression of lessons will look like using those activities and games. You will have to refer … Continue reading How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 2)

How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series By the end of grade 3, I want my students writing down diatonic melodies as they hear them, with rhythm and pitch, written on a 5 line staff with clefs, key signatures, and time signatures. Sounds a bit crazy seeing as most of us never really … Continue reading How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 1)