The Power of One Word in Student Success (Music Teacher Tip #41)

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I enjoy making goals, checking off lists (probably why I still have a physical calendar) and all of that. But sometimes having a goal can be too much. Yes, we can break that goal down, but sometimes all we need is just one word. One word that gives a focus for the year. One word that can remind us to look in, look up and look out. This is why I enjoy the One Word concept. It’s not just a laundry list of goals but a continuous, personal guide.

In this music teacher tip, I share how I use the one word concept for my music students, making it a cornerstone of our spring semester kickoff. I hope this music teacher tip will help inspire some ideas.

Here are my students sharing the word they chose for 2024…

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Have you missed the previous music teacher tips? You can find them on the blog (with a few written preface thoughts) or go straight to the YouTube playlist to catch up!



  1. James Harding

    Love it! As always, you know how to get students to focus and work toward a goal. It’s so fun to see how you do it! All my best!


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