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Four Ideas for End-Of-Year Activities with Ensemble Classes (2022 edition)

By |May 16th, 2022|

For many music teachers, this was the first school year since 2019 that ended with a "normal" concert season. And, it might be the first time in a while that you've scratched your head and thought, "What do we do now?" Concerts have ended. Competitions are over. And, you still have a few weeks left. How can you engage in meaningful experiences at the end of the school year?  In this blog post, I share four ideas for engaging end-of-year activities in your ensemble classrooms. 1. Create [...]

Teaching Anxiety and the Power of the Present

By |March 10th, 2022|

The bell rings. I see a group of adolescents walking into my room. Under my mask, I’m smiling. But, inside, I’m anxious. I just received an email from a parent who’s upset about a situation that occurred in class the day before; I’m questioning the way I handled a student last period. I forgot to copy the music we are supposed to be reading today. Between war, the pandemic, and social unrest, I don’t know if my students are ok. I worry about my own kids at school [...]

How College Music Majors Can Effectively Practice Self-Care

By |January 16th, 2022|

As a college music major with a demanding schedule, how do we begin to take care of ourselves in ways that are meaningful? In this blog, we will be navigating through what self-care is and how we can embrace it in a way that nurtures us to be our best selves. Misconceptions There are many misconceptions revolving around self-care, especially in the college music environment. The first is that music majors do not have time for it. That is 100000% false. We are indeed swamped, but there [...]

A Music Teacher’s Guide to Soundtrap

By |January 10th, 2022|

A Music Teacher’s Guide to Soundtrap Like all good broke college students, I have a very old laptop - almost 7 years old in fact. It’s very possible that my MacBook Pro has been running on the same software update for as long as I’ve been able to drive. And so, as you can imagine, I have absolutely run my Garageband software into the ground. Even pressing play brings on the buffering and crashing, let alone daring to attempt projects with more than a couple of layers. [...]

Why Self-Care and Rest Should be a Priority to College Music Majors

By |December 3rd, 2021|

As a Music Education major, I am not a stranger to the extraneous workload, unbalanced and crazy class schedules, and a lack of clarity in when/how to take breaks. It can be argued that music degree programs are some of the most demanding in the University curriculum. In return, as "music people," we come out with a better understanding of life, music, and more life lessons than others. But at what cost if we don't prioritize our mental health? I strongly believe that if we do not [...]

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