Tag Archives: middle school

New Product: Bowing Bingo!

  In an attempt to make some extra money, I have been designing lesson plans, worksheets, and activities to upload to the TeachersPayTeachers website. TpT is a great website with resources designed by teachers for teachers. You can be sure … Continue reading

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My Next Adventure: Lessons and Housewifery

Well, I did it. I quit. I was teaching middle school, and most of the time it was a reasonably good experience. Except when it wasn’t. This past year I taught two classes each of chorus and orchestra (what I … Continue reading

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Learn Zillion Lesson Plans

Buenas noches! Some of you know that I teach middle school chorus, orchestra, and now guitar…what you probably don’t know is that I was supposed to co-teach Musical Theatre with the drama teacher, but he moved on and got a … Continue reading

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Resource: Improv Encyclopedia

This year I will be teaching a class of musical theatre. I can do musical, and I can do a bit of theatre, but teaching this to kids is another thing entirely. One of my friends recommended this online Improv … 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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Orchestral Bowings

Hello all! Long time no write! I have finally landed a position in a school this year, teaching two classes of chorus and one class of orchestra. It has been fun but also very challenging at times. My orchestra class … Continue reading

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