Be Our Guest: How Does Simon Teach Us How to Practice?

Today I have asked Andy Fling with MakingMusicFun.net to share a recent post he wrote for his email subscribers. In this post he shares how using the game that many of us have grown up with, “Simon” and apply it to practicing. I have personally used this game (via the iPad) with my students but for ear training and memory purposes. It didn’t even dawn on me the other teaching application it has! Practicing! Enjoy this post by Andy Fling…     The Best Teaching Strategy You May be Missing Can be Taught with a Toy Have you ever played with Simon […]

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 […]

Rotating Lessons: All Your Questions Answered

  Rotating lessons or what is also known as 20/20/20 lessons seems to be a popular format teachers are trying out in their studios right now. I call mine rotating lessons because it describes exactly what the students are doing when they are at lessons, rotating in stations. I’ve been offering rotating lessons in my studio for almost 20 years now. I thought I would share what rotating lessons look like in my studio, answer some questions you may have and share some ideas. Perhaps it will even spark another idea that will work best for your students! Why rotating […]

Teaching Students How to Practice

I’ve been holding a practice workshop with my students every few years for awhile now. Even if the same student took it just a few years prior, their experience with it totally changes because they are older and have advanced in their studies. This past year I made my practice workshop lesson plans available to teachers. Before I made it available I wanted to do a big update to it. This summer was my first summer that I used the update and I couldn’t be happier with how everything went. In my lesson plans I break everything down for a […]

Feature Friday: Music Lab Task Cards

It’s been a while since I have done Feature Friday and I decided to not only bring it back but add some benefits to you! Every Friday I will be featuring a resource in my store. On the day that resource is featured it will go on SALE until 10:00pm AZ MST time that night. If it’s something you are interested in, be sure to snag it right away. Music Lab Task Cards I wanted to begin with the music lab task cards for 3 reasons! 1) They literally changed my studio this year! Students are focused, engaged and most importantly, lab […]

Summer Practice Packets

  The idea of summer practice packets came last year after I read an idea from a teacher going on maternity leave and what she was doing with her students. (You can read about the details in the original post here). So last year I offered summer practice packets as an “extra” for families that they can do on top of their summer camp if they wanted to. This year I had some other ideas and wanted to share because it turned out SO good! Okay, I know you are wondering… What are summer practice packets? In my studio, summer practice […]

Are Printable Resources Eating Up Your Time?

Let’s face it, while printable resources can save a TON of lesson plan time, sometimes those same resources can take a lot of prep time in order to use them. Printing, cutting, laminating, stapling, binding, hole punching, the list can go on and on… If you are familiar with my store, than you know that I like to create all sorts of music resources. Many of the resources that I use whether its something I made or something I purchased require printing and other mundane tasks. I wanted to share 6 tips to help you save on some of that prep […]