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August 29, 2018

That moment when you walk into your classroom and see 25 brand new ukuleles and a cart... it's better than Christmas morning! We were so excited to have our request for ukuleles honored this year! But now I just have to learn to teach it... 

Teaching strings and he...

July 24, 2018

I had the pleasure of attending Artie Almeida's session at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria, IL this past January.  Artie has found great success creating playful, engaging ways to teach children musical concepts.  At this conference she shared many en...

July 10, 2018

Just recently, I went to VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL and attended a two day course called, Orff Instrument Repair and Maintenance lead by Gary Everett.  It was a great class.  I highly recommend the class to anyone with a classroom of barred instruments....

June 27, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about Seesaw. It has been a game changer for me! It can be a very powerful tool in your classroom, much more than just the digital portfolio everyone assumes. Here's why I like it: 

multiple ways of presenting material to students

We all...

November 14, 2017

This spring, I told my students that the music room was getting an upgrade over the summer.  I wondered what my students thought so I asked, "What would make the room feel more comfortable?  What additions does the music room need?"  As usual, my students did not disap...

September 21, 2016

Assessment is one of the most meaningful elements of our practice as teachers. Reflecting on what knowledge, skills, and understanding students have gained (or not) provides us with an accurate look at where we are and where we need to be. We can alter plans, review mo...

September 6, 2016

Watch this tutorial for ideas on how to organize your iTunes playlists for a more efficient classroom. Organization is everything!

1. Import your music. 

2. Create folders and playlists by grade level or performance group. 

3. Create playlists by unit or upcoming performa...

September 1, 2016

As a music educator, it is my responsibility to not only nurture learners but also to develop accurate musical ears. If your classroom is anything like mine, the novelty of school has worn off by now (second week of school) and it's getting noisy. We have school-wide i...

August 30, 2016

Abby Blair and I just had the pleasure of spending the day with the Augustana Orff Chapter in the Quad Cities on Saturday, August 27th.  There we talked about integrating tech tools into the music classroom effectively.  If a tech tool takes too much of the teacher's t...

August 15, 2016

Flat is a free online tech tool for those that need to get their creative thoughts out on paper or in this case, online.  What's nice about Flat is that you can collaborate with others and share your creations with the world when you are ready.  Once a composition is e...

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