Games, Games and MORE Games!

Games. Why do we love to play games? Whether it is a board game, a physical game, a video game, played in a group, or by yourself, games just make things more fun! But does it go beyond that? Are there actual benefits to playing games? Of course, there are! GAME BENEFITS Educational– Let’s face it, playing games makes learning more fun! Take any subject and turn it into a game and you have instant reinforcement of what they are learning. Many times lightbulb moments come on during these times! Retention– A well known Chinese proverb says, “Tell Me and I […]

Feature Friday: Don’t Eat Frank!

I’m back from Fall break and it was beautiful! My husband and I did a New England road trip covering 7 states plus Canada in 10 days! Whew! I’ll have to share some pictures in the November newsletter soon. Today’s feature Friday is a BRAND new game, Don’t Eat Frank! If you are familiar with the game, Don’t Eat Pete then you know your students are going to love this Halloween music version!   Did you miss the October newsletter freebie a couple weeks ago? No worries, I decided to put this one available for all on TpT! Grab it by […]

Feature Friday: Spider Scales Puzzle

  I thought I would feature a resource that I love to use with students when they are learning or reviewing major and minor scales. Do you hold group activities? Make it a race and see which team or student can put a scale you shout it, first! It’s perfect for this time of year with Halloween approaching! I hope your students enjoy it too! Here is what a couple teachers have said about the Spider Scale Puzzles: “Great for group lessons in October, my students had fun!” Janet “Creative activity for Halloween.” Teacher     Be sure to ‘Like’ […]

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 […]