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 course, if you are interested in learning more about […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
With fall semester coming to a close, I thought I would give an update on how things have been going using the music lab task cards. So far I am thrilled with the results from using the lab cards. I have seen more engagement, staying on task, less “wasted” time and definitely a more purposeful lab session each week. Not to mention the HUGE time saver they have been. I can literally plan an entire month of lab activities quickly and easily. While a couple of my students who have been with me for a long time weren’t initially thrilled […]
Once Upon a Time there was a piano teacher who lived in a small town. She enjoyed teaching piano lessons but was looking for something to spice things up a bit. Something that would allow her students to learn and engage in more than what there was time for during lessons. She had heard about this thing called a music lab, where you can add time before or after a students lesson while continuing to teach another student. This would allow students to continue to learn, review and engage in music concepts independently. She loved this idea and decided to […]
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 […]
Today I went live and answered the following questions on Just Ask Jennifer! Question #1– What are your iPad rules? Question #2– Do you have a list of music related games that could be played on a computer/laptop? Question #3– How do you keep your students on task when using the iPad? You can hear my answers and catch the recording here. Feel free to add your own comments in the thread and share what you do! Do you have a question you would like answered?