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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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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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Lynne Rigby: Why I am Pulling My Kids from Public Elementary School A decidedly long article, but well worth the read. This well-educated mother of several children of varying ages (pre-K through high school) laments the downward spiral of education … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s Wig!

Because it’s Big! Beethoven’s wig! Just a fun cartoon to get kids interested in one of the most influential composers of all time. Kind of catchy too. 😉  

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Orchestral Strings Tips or “Bag of Tricks”

Some brief tips that I have learned in teaching orchestral strings classes. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it is a start. Please add your own comments and I will add them to the list. I … Continue reading

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Book: Singing Made Easy

As of January I will be up to 30 students, assuming everyone who has committed follows through with that commitment, and next week I am doing a trial voice lesson for a 7-year-old. I am used to working with older … Continue reading

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Plate Skates!

This is a movement activity that my mom has done with some of the kids in her EBD (emotionally/behaviorally disabled) class. They used waxed paper plates on their feet as skates! Step on the plate and skate around the room. … Continue reading

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