Posts Tagged: making it work

Making It Work: Teaching With Technology

Making It Work: Teaching With Technology There are numerous circumstances that could cause you to have to teach elementary music classes from your home. These could range from weather-related school closings to an illness that causes you to be home for the week. When this occurs, you want your students to keep musically progressing. Whether… Read more »

Making It Work: Self Care for Teachers

Chaotic Harmony Podcast Episode 17: Self Care for Teachers It’s the most wonderful time of year, but also one of the most stressful for music teachers.  Teachers take care of everyone else first and often neglect their own care. In their recent podcast, the members of Chaotic Harmony Classroom tackle the subject and share openly… Read more »

Making It Work: Informance

What Is an “Informance,” and How Do I Do It?! A growing trend among general music educators is to host Informances instead of Performances at their campuses. Informances are a great way to invite your students’ parents into the classroom and pull back the curtain to reveal the thoughtful process behind what and how we… Read more »

Making It Work: Planning Ahead for Peace

Planning Ahead for Peace While you are fresh at the beginning of a new school year there are quite a few things that can help you prepare for a peaceful and productive year for you and your students. Please keep in mind that these ideas are what works for me and the students I am… Read more »

Making It Work: Last Weeks of the Year

Keeping You & Your Students Happy & Learning During the Last Weeks of the School Year Many of us have reached the time of year where state testing is finished, the weather is improving, spring fever and end of the school year activities abound. These circumstances can lead to frustration and classroom management issues that… 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 »

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 »