TMEA/TI:ME – Friday/Saturday
Feb16

TMEA/TI:ME – Friday/Saturday

The final days of the TMEA/TI:ME Conference were full of amazing sessions. From the beginning of Friday to mid-Saturday before I left, any music educator could find a session that would rejuvenate his or her teaching. Some highlights were: Free Tech Resources for the Elementary Music Educator – I presented this session to a room full of wonderful elementary music educators. They were very receptive to all of the links I showed...

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TMEA/TI:ME Conference 2015 – Day 2
Feb13

TMEA/TI:ME Conference 2015 – Day 2

Day 2 of the TMEA/TI:ME conference proved to be as good as the first day. There were so many sessions to choose from, that I was strolling in and out of many during the morning hour. In addition, the exhibit hall opened and if you have never been to TMEA’s exhibit hall, it takes about two days to explore it all. As an elementary music educator, it was great to begin the day yesterday in the Ballroom C rooms. They had numerous...

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TMEA 2015 – Day 1: TI:ME Pre-conference
Feb12

TMEA 2015 – Day 1: TI:ME Pre-conference

Yesterday, The Technology for Music Education (TI:ME-http://www.ti-me.org), held a pre-conference day at the Texas Music Educators Association’s (TMEA) annual conference. TI:ME provided over 35 sessions about music education and music technology. There were so many amazing presentations, that it was difficult to choose which ones to attend. I attended Jennifer Patterson and Virginia Neely-Stout’s session titled...

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PlanBook.com – Organizing My Lessons Efficiently
Jan25

PlanBook.com – Organizing My Lessons Efficiently

When I teach classes or workshops on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom, I continually reference Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR Model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition), found at http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/.  I emphasize to music educators that when integrating technology into the music classroom, you can begin by getting your feet wet, or substitution, as opposed to diving...

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Top 10 Things I’ve Learned About Preparing for an Elementary General Music Concert
Dec09

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned About Preparing for an Elementary General Music Concert

It is the time of year where many of us elementary general music educators are preparing for some type of holiday or winter concert. I wanted to share the top ten things I have learned when preparing for an elementary general music concert: Check with the nurse during the concert week to see which students have visited the nurse’s office or was sent home ill. If I know a child has been ill during the week, I will place that...

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