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Culturally Responsive Teaching: Using Exit Tickets to Foster Joy

By |June 21st, 2021|

Today’s Topic:  Culturally responsive teaching with exit tickets (fostering joy) Today’s Tip:   Utilize daily exit tickets for qualitative data that informs your practice. Exit tickets work!  Since the pandemic started, I have been using exit tickets to gauge student engagement and understanding. It started as a way to stay connected with my students and to make sure they had a voice in their learning, even from afar. However, I have found exit tickets so beneficial to my practice that we’ve continued them, even as the world [...]

The Music Business: Finding Your Way Through the Noise

By |May 27th, 2021|

The truth about the business So many people in the music business will want to "use" you. They will use you for your talents, understanding, and skills to bring them more "prestige" and "clout" rather than for the genuine pursuit of artistic, professional, and human excellence that culminates into the creation of a project focused on imprinting the heart of humanity for the better. I have found that many people in this small but powerful industry do not care to invest in a genuine, healthy, and honest relationship [...]

Four Ideas for End-Of-Year Activities with Ensemble Classes (that don’t include a concert)

By |May 6th, 2021|

As the 2020-2021 school year draws to a close, many of us feel burnout, exhausted, and suffering from a lack of inspiration when it comes to lesson planning. Coupled with the inability for many of us to have "normal" performances, it can feel daunting to find a way to keep kids engaging in music-making and music learning while providing some type of capstone experience for them. In this blog post, I share four ideas for engaging end-of-year activities in music class AND provide some free resources to [...]

The power of a microphone in a safe space

By |April 26th, 2021|

I remember playing an original song at my first open mic night. I was 17 years old and a senior in high school. Until that point, I had written some original songs that I would play around with but never felt confident with my voice or playing to do anything with them. I met some friends at school interested in playing music, and we formed a little trio--acoustic guitar, keyboard, and vocals. My friend Leah had the most incredible voice I'd ever heard. If I couldn't sing my [...]

Musicast Episode 23: Emily Desmond- Bringing the Real World into the Classroom

By |March 24th, 2021|

Emily Desmond, singer/songwriter from Massachusetts sits down with Maggie and Marissa to talk about her work as a musician, teacher, and so much more! Check out how she brings her music into a classroom that's specifically designed for students with special needs. [...]

The Asterisk: Ableist Language

By |March 23rd, 2021|

Welcome to The Asterisk*, a new regular column where we’ll chat about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in music education. The function of an asterisk is to quickly give readers a baseline of knowledge so the reader can dive into content. This column aims to introduce or refresh deia concepts in a judgment-free space and provide ideas for incorporating deia principles into your teaching practice. Happy Music in Our Schools Month, Women’s History Month, AND Brain Injury Awareness Month! Today I’d like to talk about ableism and ableist [...]

Musicast Episode 22: Kevin Coyne- An Innovator’s Mindset

By |March 17th, 2021|

Kevin Coyne is an amazing middle general music teacher pushing the limits of what is possible and exciting students at the same time. With a focus on informal learning and working towards a music education for all, Kevin talks to the Musicast team about his classroom and all the amazing work he is doing! [...]

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