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 […]

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, […]

Getting to Know Our Students- Fun Activities to Kick Off the School Year!

Back to school is just around the corner. For some much closer than others. Regardless when your fall semester begins, it will be here before we know it! I think it’s important to get to know my students beyond the time I spend teaching them. I want to know what makes them tick. Their likes and dislikes. I want to know what music they like and listen to but I also want to know what they do outside of school, what their favorite food is or movie. There are so many ways to get to know our students better.  Get […]

Feature Friday: MEGA Music Puzzle BUNDLE

*Heads up- next week I will be skipping Feature Friday while I am in Chicago for the NCKP conference. It will resume the following week.   Do you remember doing puzzles growing up? I grew up doing puzzles with my mom and siblings. My mom loved doing puzzles and many times she would have a card table set up in the family room with a puzzle on it, especially during the summer months when we were out of school. Reading and puzzles were a favorite summer activity. Wonderful memories! I thought I would feature my MEGA puzzle bundle which includes 12 […]

Feature Friday: Composer Time Capsules

One of my favorite group lesson activities was one I did over 10 years ago, composer time capsules. Time capsules are a fun way to not only learn about someone but they are a great way to remember interesting facts and stories. A couple years ago I started to make my composer time capsules available for teachers to use. Each time capsule comes with 16 facts about a composer and picture cards representing those facts. The best way to see what these time capsules are all about is to watch me introduce them in this video. (The video is older so 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 […]