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Recap: NJMEA PreK Music Webinar

| June 1, 2014 | Reply
Recap: NJMEA PreK Music Webinar

    On Friday, May 30, I held a first-ever NJMEA PreK Music Webinar. Last summer, NJMEA President Joe Jacobs asked me to join the board of NJMEA as the Early Childhood Music Chair. I was honored and thrilled to be asked. My first goal was to give more opportunities for professional development for early […]

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STEAM Lesson: Part 2

| May 26, 2014 | Reply
STEAM Lesson: Part 2

Recently, I wrote a post titled “STEAM Lesson Part 1″, which detailed the beginning of a unit that the science teacher and I were creating. In that post, I described a lesson which the third graders used markers, beakers, and water to perform one of their recorder songs that utilizes the notes B, A, and […]

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Summer is just around the corner…how to stay motivated

| May 14, 2014 | Reply
Summer is just around the corner…how to stay motivated

As I count down our final six performances before the last day of school, I am reminded of the question that Joe posted on the Music Teachers Facebook Group: “How are you going to both relax and keep music in focus over the coming summer?” This is an excellent question because relaxing should be a […]

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Coding in the Elementary Music Classroom

| May 4, 2014 | Reply
Coding in the Elementary Music Classroom

Recently, an alumni from our school who is now a successful young entrepreneur, stated to the students in grades three and up that one of the important skills that should be taught in schools is coding. A primary school teacher at our school received an email from a parent to let her know that his […]

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Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board!

| April 8, 2014 | Reply
Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board!

In February, my free ebook titled Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, became available on iTunes. This ebook is a resource guide for any elementary music educator who has access to a SMART Board and/or SMART Notebook software. This ebook was a labor of love and was a long time coming. I had […]

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STEAM Lesson Part 1

| March 28, 2014 | Reply
STEAM Lesson Part 1

This trimester, the science teacher and I are working together to produce a STEAM unit in the music and science classes at the third grade level. To begin, STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. STEAM is born from STEM. STEM was introduced when our country was turning to innovation as a way […]

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Audacity in the Elementary Music Classroom

| March 27, 2014 | Reply
Audacity in the Elementary Music Classroom

Back in 2007, Dr. Joe Pisano wrote a great post on this site titled, “Best Music Freeware: Audacity Audio Editor.” Seven years later, Audacity is still around, still free and still an excellent program for elementary music educators. There are four ways that I use Audacity often and very effectively in my elementary music classroom: […]

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