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:
Here is a PDF of this blog post (with pictures and easier to print if need be). In other years, I did a lot of explicit rhythm practice and drill for grades 1 through 3. I had, as well, gotten the learners to arrange the Orff instruments into a circle with C pentatonic and had … Continue reading 6 Steps to Composing With Your Students
I’ve been teaching for 9 years and only recently realized how confusing learning music can be for someone who doesn’t know anything about it. Here is my dilemma: notes on the staff – what do we call them? Notes or pitches? Both? You might be wondering why this is a dilemma at all but in … Continue reading Notes or Pitches?