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 […]

NCKP 2017 Thursday Sessions

Alfred Showcase Tom Gerou, Gayle Kowalchyk, and E. L. Lancaster’s presented a showcase, From Solo to Concerto: Variety in the Studio. They introduced us to new materials includes solos, duets, masterworks, concertos, and a keyboard history book. Game Theory vs Theory Games by Linda Christensen, Stella Sick & Shana Kirk Have you ever heard of Game Theory? I’ve heard the phrase “Game Theory” online for awhile but never really looked at exactly what it meant. I just assumed it was video game based but it actually goes much deeper AND doesn’t even have to be a video game. Linda, Stella and […]

NCKP 2017 Pre-Conference Wednesday

  This was my first time attending the NCKP conference. I was so excited because I have heard over and over again how it is the best conference to go to if you teach piano. It was also my first time in Chicago and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t very humid. The weather was absolutely beautiful the entire time we were there. I roomed with my friend, Lynnette Barney. This was our 9th or 10th conference rooming together and we always have so much fun. My favorite part of these conferences are seeing teachers that I have known online! I […]

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 […]

Getting to Know Our Students- Fun Activities to Kick Off the School Year!

Back to school is just around the corner. For some much closer than others. Regardless when your fall semester begins, it will be here before we know it! I think it’s important to get to know my students beyond the time I spend teaching them. I want to know what makes them tick. Their likes and dislikes. I want to know what music they like and listen to but I also want to know what they do outside of school, what their favorite food is or movie. There are so many ways to get to know our students better.  Get […]

Feature Friday: Practice Incentive Programs

I love to do practice incentive programs with my students each year. Not only do they help motivate many of my students, but just having a new theme to look forward to motivates and gets me excited for the new year. The great thing about practice incentive program is that not only it helps engage students during the year but it helps them accomplish goals. Whether it is specific practice goals or leveling up in some way, they are able to really see measurable progress. For today’s Feature Friday I thought I would highlight all the practice incentive programs that […]