Tech Tuesday: Organize Websites to iPad Folders

If you are like me, you have websites you use over and over again whether for yourself or for your students. While you can always bookmark those websites, if you are using the iPad (especially with students), I found it even better to create an icon for that specific website and pop them into one of my existing folders. For example, if I liked to use ClassicsforKids.com with my students and we were learning about a different composer each month, I may want to include it in my “Music History” folder on my iPad along with the rest of my […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 3 Student Benefits for Music Lab

  A few weeks ago, I had a teacher contact me that was brand new in implementing a music lab for her studio. She was writing up a letter for parents explaining the new feature and wanted to include some benefits to get them excited. She was asking for my thoughts and I decided that it would be very beneficial especially those newer to music lab to share here as well! A little background first… I’ve been doing music lab in my studio for 20 years now. My music lab started out with using one piece of software, Music Ace. I’m […]

Music Lab Task Cards Q & A

I’m really happy with the feedback I’m getting from the Music Lab Task Cards. With excitement, comes questions so I thought I would go ahead and add a Q & A page for the Music Lab Task Cards as the questions are coming in… What is Music Lab? Music Lab is an extension of a students lesson time but separate from the actual lesson. Independent time where students can work on theory, rhythm, ear training and so on through an app, computer, keyboard, etc… Some call it “tech time”, others call it “off the bench” time. Music lab is probably the’ […]

Group Lessons Goes Tech!

Back in 2011, I bought a projector. It was probably one of the best investments I made for my studio because I use it ALL the time in group lessons and camps. It has opened up a lot of possibilities of different activities I can do with my students. You can hook a projector up to your iPad or Tablet, laptop, computer… show a powerpoint, pdf, movie, website and more! (More on projectors later) Now if you have an Apple TV (which I do but it’s in a room I don’t always want my students to go to) a lot of […]