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Mass Shootings: Please, don’t scare the children.

Note: This is not a political statement either for or against guns, just something worth noting if you teach children. Most of my students are either young and blissfully unaware of the shooting that ocurred last week, or they are … Continue reading

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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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Vocal Technique Tips

I found this article the other day, which goes over some interesting vocal techniques and links for other tips. DISCLAIMER: I have not read through all of the tips on this website and so cannot confirm their validity or safety. … Continue reading

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Parts of the Stage – Test or Review

A quiz I designed for my students in “musical theatre”. Leading up to this we had done a labeling worksheet, played “stage directions tic-tac-toe” (yes, I taped out the stage like a tic-tac-toe board), and discussed in-depth how the directions … 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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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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10 Rules for Expressive Singing

These are 10 rules that were demonstrated and explained at a music educator’s conference I attended recently. Most of these are things that choral people should know, but perhaps have forgotten and need to be reminded of. If you follow … Continue reading

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