Music Room Ramblings

Look before you buy!

How discerning are you?


There is a current trend to purchase online resources for the classroom. As a Teachers Pay Teachers seller, I am all for this, of course. But just because something is for sale or free online, easy to download, print and use, does not necessarily make it a viable resource for your classroom.

A few things to think about when you purchase a resource you find in places online like Pinterest or Teachers Pay Teachers—

That Squeaky Wheel . . .

Ever hear your students say . . . 


"This is boring!"

"Why do we have to do that?"

"I hate music class."

"I'm NOT going to do that!"


Are your squeaky wheels getting oiled first?

Teaching with a Purpose

Goals and Mission

As an elementary music educator for 30 years in the public school system in Nashville, Tennessee, I had the privilege of being a part of the lives of thousandss of children. My mission/goal for my classroom was to provide my students first and foremost with a safe and welcoming environment where I could present

Looking for a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

Want to validate yourself as being a "real" teacher?

 

Feeling alone in your building?

 

Are you just the "fun" class? 

 

An extra so the "real" teachers can have their planning time? 

 

Validate your program!!

STANDARDS & Essential Questions

Post your standards!!

Post the Essential Questions!!

My 2014 Standards Posters Set includes a set of the Essential Questions that are color-coded to match the standard. Posters for your bulletin board. Only $5.00!

Validate your program by showing admin, faculty, and parents that you have a plan. And your plan is not something you just made up! It comes from the National Association for Music Educators. Music educators worked long and hard to develop these standards.

Are folk songs obsolete?

Will they work with all children, no matter the culture or demographics?

I recently had an interesting question from a teacher whom I'm coaching. 

Will folk songs work with children in an urban school? I love teaching folk songs but I'm not sure if the children in my new school will enjoy them.

I began my career in an upper-class, predominantly white neighborhood.