Music Teacher Tip #19: Establishing Boundaries

As we begin another school year, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about boundary setting. While boundaries may come across as a negative thing, it is actually a very positive and healthy thing to establish. Establishing clear boundaries means you are establishing clear communication. You are putting expectations on the front line and in doing so, you will find they will respect them and you for the clear communication. People will push boundaries as far as you will let them. That is great news! You are probably thinking to yourself, huh?! It’s great because the key […]

Music Teacher Tip #18: Getting to Know You Activities

It’s back to school time, which means you will want some fun getting to know you activities in your arsenal. Getting to know our students help create a sense of belonging. It can help us when we are trying to figure out what music will motivate them. It also let’s them know we care about them and in turn it will lead to trust in us to provide them with a positive music experience. In today’s teacher trick I go through some of my favorite getting to know you activities. I do most of these in a group setting, I […]

Music Teacher Tip #17: Missed Lessons

One of the most common questions I see or hear from independent music teachers is, “what do you do when a student needs to miss a lesson?” OR “Do you do make-up lessons?” I don’t do make-up lessons. Matter of fact, I am strongly against them. I don’t know where the idea for make-ups even got started but there really is no reason for them especially nowadays when there are SO many things we can do instead. In this new music teacher tip, I will share 4 different win-win solutions when a student (or teacher) needs to miss a lesson. […]

Music Teacher Tip #3: Sphere Teaching Manipulative

Music Teacher Tip #3: Hoberman Sphere I have been using a Hoberman Sphere in my teaching for years now. So what does a sphere have to do with music? Watch this short video and find out! Do you have a tip or trick to share? We would love to hear it! Just click the picture below to fill out the form.