Music Room Ramblings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Unit 2 Lesson Plans
Finally! Finished Unit 2. This set of 6 lesson plans has everything you need for Oct.-Nov.-Dec. Based on the standards, it has extensive instructions for teaching songs, activities, games, and dances. You will also find posters, assessments, program suggestions, recorder lessons, and much more. 

The Lesson Plans for a Year set, that I posted when I first retired 3 years ago, has been a huge success, but many people have expressed to me that they do not have access to the materials and resources that I have referenced in my lessons. I totally understand that frustration. I, too, started out with nothing. I borrowed an Autoharp and taught as a volunteer on the stage in the cafeteria. 

It can be done. And it can be done well.

But the great thing is you don't have to reinvent the wheel. The reason it's taking me so long to complete these units is because I'm trying to find as many of the songs and music as I can for those of you who do not have books, CDs, or other materials in your classroom. You can conduct a quality music program for under $100 and by doing so, you will gain the respect and support of other teachers and especially the parents. 

Write grants. When parents or friends ask what they can do to help or what do you need, tell them to buy a drum, a glockenspiel, lummi sticks, etc.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Program Dilemma

You may be required/asked to provide programs on a regular basis for PTA meetings or other functions. Be careful about always saying, YES. New teachers often fall into this trap and once begun, it’s hard to get out of it short of transferring to a new school!

Programs are great and can be a wonderful learning experience for your students. But do not sacrifice the integrity of your music education program to rehearse. I discovered that I needed to gently teach the adults—administrators, teachers, parents—what music education is all about. Preparing for performance and performing all the time is not best for elementary age children, especially the younger ones. Educating adults was an on-going process. But the results were SUPPORT from all sides!!