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 […]

Harvest Deals

If you haven’t been on Facebook the last few days, then you are probably missing out on the freebies and 50% off deals that have been going on and will be continuing! Each day, the TpT Music Crew, of which I am a part of have been sharing a free resource (or 2) plus 50% deals which are unheard of! Today is my day to share! Be sure to take advantage below and then go over and check out all the deals going on every day through Nov. 16th! http://bit.ly/MusicCrewHarvest 50% off today only! I recently added a video component to this resource, […]

Review: Interactive Piano Method

Every once in a while there is a method that stands out a little different from the rest. These are the methods that I tend to gravitate towards. I first like to figure out why a particular method is different and how it would benefit my students or maybe just a particular student. Many times when I begin a new method it is with a particular student in mind that I think can benefit from it. Then after I am able to experience it, the possibilities with other students open up. Carol Matz has published a new method called the […]

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: Music Instruments Poke Cards

Today’s Feature Friday is a BRAND NEW set of the popular Poke Cards! The music instrument set includes 36 different instruments divided into Brass, Keyboard, Percussion, String, and Woodwind families. Poke Cards are a great way for students to assess themselves and encourage independent learning when reviewing musical concepts. Many teachers enjoy using them during lab time, waiting time and independent time. Have a big group of students? Divide into stations! Students simply “poke” in the correct answer and look on the back to see if they were correct. An answer key and optional recording sheet are included. There are […]

MER Store Highlights

It’s back to school time which means it’s time to think about lesson planning, organization, and preparation for the school year. I thought I would highlight some of the resources you can find in my store. Just click on a banner to be directed over to that category.                               Also remember! All my online courses are on sale through August 31st when you use the code: SUMMEREDUCATION  Be sure to ‘Like’ Music Educator Resources on Facebook and follow Music Educator Resources on TpT to stay up to date on giveaways, discounts, reviews […]