Posts By: Brian Burnett

Build Your Instrument Inventory: A Five Year Plan

Build Your Instrument Inventory: A Five Year Plan Building a quality instrument inventory can seem like a daunting task, particularly for new music educators. However, with some careful thought and long-range planning, you can present a budget to acquire a full complement of Orff instruments using Brian Burnett’s five-year plan.* *All model numbers are based on the Studio 49 catalog. … Read more »

Assessment for Learning

Assessments must be an integral part of the instructional process, are sources of information for students and teachers, and must be followed by high quality corrective instruction. Click below to find these Guidelines for Success from a workshop by Dr. Tom Guskey from the University of Kentucky. Assessment for Learning

The Road to Improvisation

Road to Improvisation_notes This workshop presents a logical sequence to develop confidence and skill in improvisation. Teachers are required to show their students are mastering student learning objectives (SLOs). Improvisation is the highest form on Bloom’s Taxonomy to demonstrate musical elements through movement, rhythm and melody. An improvisation rubric is included to help students and… Read more »

Rhythm Cards, Manipulatives for notation

The colors of these simple rhythm cards can be used to link the iconic color name with the sound.  Whether you use Kodály, Gordon MLT syllables or the Frank Erickson number system, these cards help you see what the students understand.  Observe and assess the students immediately without lugging papers home to grade.  The students… Read more »

Maypole Dance Kit

Amaze the neighborhood of your school with an outdoor Maypole dance.  If you have room around your school’s flagpole, you can perform many forms of Maypole dances with this easy to assemble kit.  The kit comes with everything but ribbon.  Choose your school colors or any combination of two or three contrasting colors.  You will… Read more »