Let’s All Make a Drum!

  It’s MIOSM! In today’s post I am participating in MusicEdBlogs 31 Days of Rhythm. Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to participate in a 3-day Roots of Rhythm workshop given by Dr. Craig Woodson of Ethnomusic and Frank Thompson with AZ Rhythm Connection. In this workshop, we learned about percussion instruments from around the world within their respective cultural and historical contexts.  We also learned how to make at least a dozen different types of drums or rhythm instruments. We would then use the instruments we made in a drum circle. Shortly after I participated in this workshop, I did a Roots of Rhythm […]

10 Body Beat Activities to Engage Students Today!

    It’s MIOSM month! In today’s post I am participating in MusicEdBlogs 31 Days of Rhythm. I thought I would kick off this post with a little Stomp. Love Stomp! One of these days I will actually see them live! Body beat or body percussion activities is one of my favorite activities to do with students. The great thing is you don’t have to worry about any instruments! Our body is the instrument! Students can clap, snap, stomp, pat or click. Body beat activities also work well if you are needing a quick activity to end your class. It […]

Light Up The March From The Nutcracker

Last week was our first week of our Nutcracker Christmas camp. One of my favorite activities is using flashlights to help the kids learn about the musical form. Before we bring out the flashlights, I have them pick out the A, B and C sections. Before camp, I had bought and cut up squares of red and green cellophane (I bought mine at Michaels). So when we were ready, I gave the students some squares to fasten with rubber bands over their flashlight. (I had them bring their own flashlight but I had some extra’s just in case). A little tip […]

Christmas Camp: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I just love this time of year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…. I LOVE Christmas music. It just has a way of lifting the spirits and I do not mind it one bit when I hear it in stores, restaurants or radio a little bit “early”. Matter of fact, I was having breakfast with my husband at one of our favorite places last weekend and my eyes totally lit up when I found myself singing along and realizing it was Christmas music!   I have been telling my students this week that Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, can you believe […]

Group Lessons Goes Tech!

Back in 2011, I bought a projector. It was probably one of the best investments I made for my studio because I use it ALL the time in group lessons and camps. It has opened up a lot of possibilities of different activities I can do with my students. You can hook a projector up to your iPad or Tablet, laptop, computer… show a powerpoint, pdf, movie, website and more! (More on projectors later) Now if you have an Apple TV (which I do but it’s in a room I don’t always want my students to go to) a lot of […]

Let’s Go to the Movies!

  If you didn’t open your email newsletter yesterday be sure you do. I counted at least 6 freebie links in that email.  😉 In the newsletter I also announced the release of my newest summer camp available in my store, “Let’s Go to the Movies.” Right now it’s on sale $10 off for the first 20 teachers who purchase or until the end of the day today, whichever comes first. (hint: I only have a handful left at that discount.) There are no codes needed, so go grab it at it’s biggest discount it will be while you can. IMPORTANT– If […]

Running Your First Summer Camp

Running Your First Summer Camp Podcast I had the fabulous opportunity to be interviewed by Tim Topham for one of his podcast episodes. If you are not familiar with Tim and all that he has to offer, you must check him out. On his website you will find great podcasts, blog posts and resources. His latest addition is the Inner Circle. Here is how I would describe the Inner Circle… Did you ever wish on occasion that you can be a fly on the wall in somebody’s music studio observing their teaching? Just to get a little sample of how they approach certain styles […]