Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! Solving a Problem

Anna Fagan shares her experience with music lab and how it all began for her in this review below. I love her story and maybe yours is similar? Whether or not you have been running a music lab for years or just getting started, music lab was born to solve a problem. To help our students learn. In 1991, I had been out of college for 10 years, teaching part-time (about 10-12 students per week), and I was sick of spending lesson time to check written Music Theory work that had probably been completed in the back seat of a […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! A Course Overview

I am happy to announce that the brand new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success has been released! If you have a music lab that you are wanting to improve or interested in beginning a music lab or doing any kind of lesson rotation, this course is for you. Lizbeth Atkinson shares her unbiased review below. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to leave it in the comments.   The “Music Lab, Setting Up for Success!” course is one you will want to purchase now if you are interested in starting a lab or […]

Music Lab Release Party

  Today we kick off the release of the new online course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success! I’m thrilled to have this available to teachers. The journey for this course began almost 6 months ago when I wanted to create an in-depth course to help teachers in their music lab. I didn’t want to leave anything out so I asked you what questions and frustrations you had and any advice you needed from me. Thus, Music Lab – Setting Up for Success was born. I would encourage you to find out more about the course inside the course […]

Review: Sarah and The Magic Piano

Summertime, when I was a child, meant lots of trips to the library and many, many books to read.  Anytime that I can combine a story element to creating music, my interest is peaked. Combining those two elements together is something that I love to do with my students with their compositions, so when I found out about Sarah and the Magic Piano, you can bet I was interested in what it was all about. In the story, Sarah discovers a magic piano in her grandmother’s basement which transports her through time and space. Sarah and the Magic Piano is the […]

Have You Taken the Free Music Lab Course Yet?

Did you know that Music Educator Resources has online courses you can take? Yep! I enjoy doing online courses because I love to help teachers improve their teaching, learn, grow and stretch. One of the courses that I have shared is The Basics of Starting a Music Lab, which is a free course if a music lab is something you have thought about starting in your studio. This course is nice and short so just set aside a little time (less than a 30-minute lesson) and get started. After you take the basic course, if you are interested in learning more […]

December Music Lab Task Card Update

If you own any of the music lab task cards, the December updates are finished and have been uploaded! The following updates have been made: Went through and separated the “retired” apps in its own file Brand new layout Added a new “general” student reflection card you can use with any subject (editable) 1 READ and WATCH file- page 2 printing instructions are important for the new layout. Watch file is a video of me going through the changes. (I also linked to this video on our Facebook page). Please take the time to watch the video first so you know […]

Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away? PART 2

This is a “part 2” to the original post, Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away? This last week I have been contacting app publishers/developers like crazy hoping to find out if they have any plans on updating their 32-bit app to 64-bit so it will work on iOS11. I thought I would share who I have heard from and what I have found out. Keep in mind, I have not heard back from everyone by my deadline, so I will come back to this post and update it as I receive more responses.   Audio Ninja- Sad news about Audio […]

Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away?

This week I’ve been in mourning because I have over 200 apps on my iPad that will no longer work when I update to iOS 11.  That is crazy!!! I thought I would share the list of my personal music apps that won’t work on iOS 11. I would say that I probably use about 1/3 to 1/2 of these apps (yes I’m an app-a-holic) but boy some of them are painful to see! All of these apps listed are currently (as of the writing of this post) 32-bit apps. iOS 11 requires the app to be 64 bit in […]

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 many 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 […]