Feature Friday: A Pirates Life!

September 19th be talk like a pirate day! Needs an activity t’ help celebrate? Today’s Feature Friday be A Pirates Life, a creative composition story activity. Creative Story Compositions combines tale makin’ ‘n shanties composition into one. Students ‘ave several different options in how they wants t’ use these composition starters. They can create sound tales, simply improvise or they can notate. See a creative story composition example in this video below. (Video example is showing samples from the Carnival Circus and Quest creative story composition)   Online Pirate Translator Speak Pirate Talk Like A Pirate You may also like these […]

Mistakes CAN be a GOOD thing!

The other day I had a student come in for her lessons a little frustrated because the piece that she was learning did not sound at all like it did when I had played it. Something was clearly wrong but she could not figure out what to do. She said to me, “I even wrote in all the notes to make sure I was doing it correctly.” It didn’t take me long to see that she had written the treble notes for the bass clef. As she was playing her bass…. I mean treble notes in the bass clef alone, […]

Feature Friday Proceeds Goes to the MTNA Benevolence Fund All Weekend

MTNA, of which I am a member of, has a benevolence fund where they take donations and provide financial assistance and support to music teachers affected in federally declared disaster areas to help re-establish their studios. You can read more about it here. For today’s feature Friday I wanted to give. So many teachers have been affected by the recent hurricane in Texas and now the hurricane in Florida. My heart aches for all the victims. I recently released a new set of poke cards, Music Instruments. You can read more about them from last weeks feature here. This weekend from Friday, […]

Feature Friday: Music Instruments Poke Cards

Today’s Feature Friday is a BRAND NEW set of the popular Poke Cards! The music instrument set includes 36 different instruments divided into Brass, Keyboard, Percussion, String, and Woodwind families. Poke Cards are a great way for students to assess themselves and encourage independent learning when reviewing musical concepts. Many teachers enjoy using them during lab time, waiting time and independent time. Have a big group of students? Divide into stations! Students simply “poke” in the correct answer and look on the back to see if they were correct. An answer key and optional recording sheet are included. There are […]

TpT Gift Card Winner!

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey! I really appreciate it! It helps me help YOU even better! Also, thank you to those of you who left sweet comments at the end of the survey. You have no idea how much those mean to me. 🙂 Congratulations to the winner of the TpT gift card. (Check your email inbox (or junk folder) for an email from me. Enjoy! Monthly Newsletter If you do not receive my monthly newsletter and emails and would like to stay in touch, you can sign up here. You will receive a monthly freebie […]

FREE Masterclass!

Christopher Sutton over at Musical-U.com invited me awhile back to do a masterclass for Musical U. After brainstorming a few ideas and subjects, I decided to present on mindful practicing. Many of the subscribers over at Musical-U are students learning an instrument from a teacher or through self-study. In addition to students, there are some teachers like you, that want to improve their musical skills. This is why I thought the subject of mindful practicing would be perfect as it is a relevant topic to all. I wanted to take a moment to share what Musical U is all about. […]

Win a TpT Gift Card

Did you see the Eclipse? I hope so!!! Now that you experienced the solar eclipse, it’s time to take off those solar glasses and enter to win a $10 TpT Gift card! PLUS a thank you FREEBIE for EVERYONE!  (see details below) How to enter? Just simply fill out this short survey. EVERYONE will receive a link to a FREEBIE after submitting as a thank you for taking the time to fill it out. You will also be entered into a drawing to win a $10 TpT gift card! Win-Win! Deadline to fill out the survey and enter to win […]