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Book Review: Play, Sing, & Dance

Book Review: Play, Sing, & Dance Play, Sing, & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk is a book that is perfectly described by its title. Published by Schott in 2002, author Doug Goodkin takes the entirety of the Orff Schulwerk experience and distills its essence into a book that both novice and experienced teachers can… Read more »

Making It Work: Making Time for Self-Care

Making It Work: Making Time for Self-Care Some of us are enjoying a well deserved spring break, others are trying to hang in there until spring break arrives. As you make plans for the final few months of school, our Chief Motivation Officer, Michelle Brady, encourages you to include a plan for your own self-care… Read more »

Making It Work: Orff Level III

Making It Work: Orff Level III Title Photo Credit: Jennifer Mishra, University of Missouri St. Louis What is about Level III? Congratulations! You have completed two levels of Orff training! It is time to start thinking about Level III!  Don’t be frightened, you will love every minute.  But wait, you may ask! Are you ready… Read more »

Making It Work: Engaging Young Boys in Music

Engaging Young Boys in the Music Classroom What captures boys in the classroom? There are many ways to excite and motivate children at the start of a lesson, but if you want to get your boys on your side you must include RHYTHM. The initial greeting or simplest speech piece needs to have clear evidence… Read more »

Book Review: Compassionate Music Teaching

Book Review: Compassionate Music Teaching   Book by Dr. Karin S. Hendricks Book published in partnership with National Association for Music Education Compassionate Music Teaching will change the way you teach. Author Karin Hendricks reminds educators of what is truly important in the music classroom – students. And the way to reach them is through… Read more »

Making It Work: Adaptive Techniques

Adaptive Techniques: Instrumental Possibilities for Students with Physical Disabilities   Last September, I attended a conference on Music and Physical Disability organized by the OHMI Trust.  While I was there, I heard many speakers reference the “Social Model of Disability.”  This idea proposes that it is the attitudes and structures in society that make someone… Read more »

Making It Work: Wholehearted Attention

Wholehearted Attention Music teachers in school settings often feel a sense of isolation from the activities happening in other classrooms, and a lack of understanding on the part of other teachers and administrators about what it is, exactly, that music teachers teach.  There are striking differences in the way teaching and learning happens in the… Read more »

Letting Go and Letting Them: Mentoring a Student Teacher

Letting Go and Letting Them: Mentoring a Student Teacher  Mentoring a student teacher can be a positive and rewarding experience for your student teacher, you, and your students. It will make you a better teacher by forcing you to analyze your own teaching and consider why you make the educational choices you make.   Before you decide to take a student… Read more »

Making It Work: Music Center Logistics

Music Center Logistics – The How, What, and Why Learning centers can be fun and educational – a place where students get to explore and work with friends to complete objectives.  There is a ton of potential for everything to go right and for students to learn at their own pace and expand their knowledge… Read more »