Website: Teachers Pay Teachers

It’s been a while…I am currently teaching two classes of orchestra, two classes of chorus, guitar, and “musical theatre” at a middle school, along with my evening lessons (about 12 students per week). I am sitting in a rehearsal for All-County Orchestra (the second rehearsal of the weekend) trying to get lesson plans done for next week so I don’t have to do them when I get home!

This website, Teachers Pay Teachers, has been a wonderful resource for handouts, lessons, and even just basic ideas for my classes, especially “musical theatre”. (I have done some theatre, but I am not qualified or truly prepared to teach this class!). The website is just what it sounds like it is; products that teachers create and use in their classroom are sold online. The product benefits the buyer in the classroom, and the purchase helps support the creator financially. I only made about $25 in 2015, but hey, that’s a cheap dinner for two, or a movie out with the husband!

Please check this website out. Most items are under $5 and it’s well worth your time. Even if the item is not perfect, you can often modify the lesson for your needs, and the money supports a fellow teacher! 🙂

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About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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