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Simple Music Symbols Quiz

This is a quiz appropriate for probably 3rd-6th beginners to music. I’ve realized that most kids easily get basic symbols confused, and often do not know the name of the symbols they are reading. This assessment gives some brief explanation … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Article: Music Instruction Can Make for a Smarter Teen

An article that follows groups of teenage students, studying the impact of formal music training in school on high school students with no (or limited) prior experience in music. This would be great to send to your principals and administrators. … Continue reading

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Music Curriculum Standards and Pacing Guide

Hi all! I’m currently sitting in a chorus/band summer training institute for teachers and we are discussing music standards, and how to work with them. Some useful websites for planning lessons and exploring standards are: 1. http://www.CPALMS.org, the site for … Continue reading

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Don’t Do That! (Try This Instead!)

By Dr. Matthew McCutcheon This is a list of common pitfalls that many school ensemble directors unknowingly fall into. While directed more toward wind ensembles, these can be applied just as easily to chorus or strings. The basic concepts are … Continue reading

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Tips for vocalists and singers.

Yes, I make the distinction between vocalists and singers. A vocalist is generally one who has studied voice and has learned basics of healthy singing as well as learning a variety of repertoire. A singer is a person who likes … Continue reading

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“Did you know?” Facts about music’s effect on us.

In 2012 I had the privilege of teaching at a middle school and working with a very kind and smart student who loves music, and enjoys composing. He is now a sophomore in high school and taking composition classes. This … Continue reading

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