NCKP 2017 Photo Highlights

I thought I would post all the “behind the scenes” outside the sessions separately as I took quite a few pictures (but still missed a bunch!). I hope you enjoy! Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Lynnette and I met at the Phoenix, AZ airport and flew over to Chicago on Tuesday night.   Wednesday, July 26, 2017 One of my favorite things about attending conferences like this is meeting/seeing those who I know online! Thursday, July 27, 2017 Friday, July 28, 2017 Saturday, July 29, 2017   NCKP went by so quickly. It’s amazing how time truly does fly when you […]

NCKP 2017 Saturday Sessions

Willis Showcase It was the last day of NCKP and Glenda Austin was the perfect person to kick it off. The theme to this showcase was “Happy Birthday Mr. Gillock!” showcasing many of Mr. Gillock’s pieces. If you are you are friends with Glenda on Facebook then you probably have seen her little video “snippets” that she has shared. She decided to take those snippets and create a complete book called Holiday Encores which include those short Christmas pieces. This was a fun surprise and I’m so excited to play through them. One could not celebrate Mr. Gillock’s birthday without a birthday treat, […]

NCKP 2017 Friday Sessions

Strike a Chord Showcase  The first showcase of the morning that I attended was by Elyse Weakley who developed an app called Strike a Chord. I met Elyse several years back at an MTNA conference. At that time Strike a Chord was brand new so I was looking forward to seeing what additions have been made. Strike a Chord is an iOS app where students are learning and playing chord symbols that guide them through improvisation and composition projects that they can record. If you want some hands on creating along with theory application, Strike a Chord is an easy […]

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 […]

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 […]

From Preschoolers to Adults

  Have you ever had a student hide under the grand piano playing a little hide and seek the second you turned your back? How about a really wiggly student who just couldn’t sit still? Or maybe an adult student who’s lesson time was over and realizing after sharing about their life’s challenges they hadn’t touched the piano at all? These are just some of the things that I have experienced with students over the years. Did you know that all these scenarios are typical of certain age characteristics? When it comes to teaching, understanding the different age groups is […]