New Teaching Resources Every Week!

I LOVE reading blogs and follow quite a few so that not a day goes by in which I am not exposed to a new idea or way of doing something.  It keep me excited about my chosen profession … teaching music!
Here are a few new (to me) resources that will bring fresh ideas to your teaching!

Teaching Precocious Preschoolers

With only so many teaching hours available, one of the groups that has been a blessing to add to my teaching schedule has been preschoolers. In some ways, this group is like junior high students. Teachers either seem to love teaching preschoolers or loath it. In my teaching years, it was the same for junior high teachers. Thankfully, I find it invigorating being around these often precocious and energetic young ones.

Play It Again, Sam!

This is the first in a new series of book reviews on the blog.
Lately, I have been wondering about the role of repetition in both lessons & practice time. In my own practice, it has been enlightening to see the natural patterns I fall into. Especially since some of them, as a teacher, I really do know better. As a teacher, it’s painful sitting through a song that once again a student has obviously put NO thought into during a week of incorrect practice. (“Why is the starting note still incorrect?” “I didn’t realize.” “It was written in bold on your practice page.” “Huh.”)

When it's been one of those days: Part 2

You know the day I’m talking about. The one where you in danger of becoming Jacob Two-Two because you have repeated the EXACT same phrase to (almost) every student you are teaching. Perhaps it’s been one of those days (or weeks) where you have repeatedly heard …