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 […]

From Stagnant to Engaging!

As teachers, we know all too well that no two students are exactly alike. For this reason, it is important that we change up our teaching styles, strategies and techniques to prevent our lessons from becoming stagnant. The not so great news is we are creatures of habit. It’s easy to teach the same way, from the same lesson plans and material that we are comfortable with over and over. I know I have been guilty of this many times over the years. The problem with that is our lessons get stagnant and predictable. Stagnant lessons can dis-engage students. The […]

Establish an Engaged Learning Environment

  The following article was recently published in the March issue of The Piano Bench Magazine, a magazine I highly recommend. It is an app you can find in the iTunes Store or GooglePlay Store and read from your mobile device. Engaging our students can sometimes feel overwhelming especially when a teacher might be feeling a bit burned out.  But did you know that when we truly engage our students in their learning we can also be engaged in our teaching? And visa versa. This is because students respond more positively when they are interested and engaged in what they are learning. That positive energy can return […]

3 Ways to Activate the Students Brain

  Have you ever had a student tell you, “You never taught me that” when you know that not only have you taught them what they were claiming you didn’t, but you have gone through it multiple times? There is actually a scientific reason in the brain that explain why a student has no memory of being taught a particular concept. As teachers we have the responsibility to activate our students brain. We need to make sure they are fully engaged in their learning. This isn’t always easy especially if you are experiencing a bit of burnout. (See articles regarding […]

TpT Love Sale!

SHOWING SOME LOVE! It’s February and what is more appropriate than to show some LOVE to teachers with a big SALE?! When you use the code: LOVETPT you can get up to 28% off February 7-8th. A FEW SUGGESTIONS… It’s a great time to check out the Valentine Resources, Lucky Shamrock game and anything else that is on your wish list. Do you do have a music lab station your students use? You may want to check out the Music Lab Task cards as they can save you a TON of time while keeping students more engaged and on task during […]

Just Ask Jennifer Has Moved to a Different Day!

Just Ask Jennifer has moved over to Sunday mornings at 9:00am AZ MST starting, this Sunday, February 12th. Do you have a question you would like answered? Be sure to submit them before Sunday, here. Then join me on Facebook where I will answer a question or two live. Not sure what Just Ask Jennifer is? Check out some past episodes here. If I don’t have an answer to your question, I will find someone who can help!