A.N.T.H.E.M. A Superhero Practice Incentive Music Program

  I’m SUPER excited to announce that the new practice incentive theme, A.N.T.H.E.M. has been released. This year students will be training to become musical superheroes! If you have done a superhero theme in the past, trust me, you will want to do it again as it is nothing like anything you have done before! A.N.T.H.E.M. is a practice incentive program for music teachers. It is a teacher-licensed resource which means everything included in the A.N.T.H.E.M. program is reproducible for all your students. You can choose to print and use everything or pick and choose what you woudl like. Whether […]

Practice Webinars For Teachers

There are two webinars in July that you will want to check out. Practicing is a subject we can never learn enough about so I wanted to let you know about them. The first one is just around the corner on Monday, July 9th. Chris Owenby with PracticeHabits asked me to join him online and present to you about Motivational Practice Tips and Resources. It is free to register so I’d love to see you there! If you can’t make it live, a replay link will be available for a few days. Register by clicking on the picture below.   […]

Release Party Giveaway Winners PLUS Another Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the release party in some way. If you enrolled in the new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success, be sure to join us in the music lab Facebook group. I would love to see you there! Congratulations to our 3 winners of the giveaway! I sent you an email so if you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam folder. I hope you enjoy your new resources. It’s hard to believe, we are closing in on the end of the month which means the July newsletter is just around […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! Solving a Problem

Anna Fagan shares her experience with music lab and how it all began for her in this review below. I love her story and maybe yours is similar? Whether or not you have been running a music lab for years or just getting started, music lab was born to solve a problem. To help our students learn. In 1991, I had been out of college for 10 years, teaching part-time (about 10-12 students per week), and I was sick of spending lesson time to check written Music Theory work that had probably been completed in the back seat of a […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! A Course Overview

I am happy to announce that the brand new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success has been released! If you have a music lab that you are wanting to improve or interested in beginning a music lab or doing any kind of lesson rotation, this course is for you. Lizbeth Atkinson shares her unbiased review below. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to leave it in the comments.   The “Music Lab, Setting Up for Success!” course is one you will want to purchase now if you are interested in starting a lab or […]

Music Lab Release Party

  Today we kick off the release of the new online course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success! I’m thrilled to have this available to teachers. The journey for this course began almost 6 months ago when I wanted to create an in-depth course to help teachers in their music lab. I didn’t want to leave anything out so I asked you what questions and frustrations you had and any advice you needed from me. Thus, Music Lab – Setting Up for Success was born. I would encourage you to find out more about the course inside the course […]

Camp Lesson Plan Made Easy

I kicked off my summer camp workshops last week! I wanted to share how easy it is to create a lesson plan for a summer camp using the resources you might already own. For this post, I will be giving an example of an easy composer camp that can be created by Composer Time Capsules and the Composer Who Am I bundle and because my email subscriber freebie for May, June and July are Composer card sets, let’s throw those in as well as an “if time” activity. (If you missed subscribing to my email list before May 1st, no […]

End of the Year Reflection and Celebration

It’s the end of the school year! A perfect time for students to reflect back on the year. What were some of their favorite memories? What did they learn? What would they like to improve on? What are they looking forward to on summer break? Enjoy this freebie. It includes an editable version if you would like to change some of the questions. This year is recital week in my studio. I am going to have students fill out some compliment cards while they listen to each other play at rehearsals. I thought it would be a nice little boost before […]

Burnout Is Real

I don’t know about anyone else, but this is my most stressful time of year. It’s also the time of year that I tend to burn out and when I notice my students burning out. This is the time for re-registration, summer camp registrations, summer scheduling, following up with the waiting list, figuring out who I can add to the schedule, planning the spring recital, getting students ready for spring recital, prep the summer camps, not to mention my other creative and educational projects. Oh, the list can go on and on… I know you can relate how crazy it […]

2018 MTNA Pics and Disney Fun

I thought I would share some of my favorite parts of MTNA beyond the classes. Visiting the exhibits and spending time with other teachers!         After the conference, my husband met me Wednesday morning to stay a few more days at Disney for some fun! We were able to visit all 4 parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios). Plus we went to Universal for a day to check out the newest Harry Potter ride. After we spent some time at the Animal Kingdom, we checked into the Carribean Resort since Coronado wouldn’t let us stay […]