Music – So Much More Than Notation
Jan26

Music – So Much More Than Notation

As a Music Technology specialist, I often get questions from educators looking to start a Music Tech program in their school. One of the most common inquiries is about notation software, i.e. which engraving product do I use to teach Music Tech – Sibelius, Finale, Notion, Noteflight etc.? I love all those products and I use them in my personal composing and arranging, but teachers are always surprised that I deflect their...

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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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Cobb County Music Teacher’s In-service Day (Amazing iPad Applications for Music)
Jan01

Cobb County Music Teacher’s In-service Day (Amazing iPad Applications for Music)

  This is the landing post for the materials (mostly iPad Music Education apps) that I discussed at the Cobb County School District In-service day on July 30.   Most of the links will take you directly to the iPad (iOS) apps that I discussed.  In many instances, these apps will cost under $5.00 U.S.; but, for most of you, the app itself is more than worth the money you will spend for it.   Although, I didn’t get to cover...

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Cross Curriculum Connection: 1st Grade Music and Science
Nov20

Cross Curriculum Connection: 1st Grade Music and Science

One of my goals for this school year was to make more cross-curricular connections with other subjects along with keeping the music curriculum intact. One of my first endeavors was making this connection with first grade science. The first grade science teacher is one of those inspiring teachers who brings in guest scientists and makes her science classroom an educational and fun place to learn. In the first grade music curriculum...

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NJAIS Recap: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Learning: Full STEAM Ahead”
Oct31

NJAIS Recap: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Learning: Full STEAM Ahead”

This week, most of my friends who are music educators attended the NAfME conference in Nashville, titled The Learning, The Performing: The Inspiring. From the tweets, it looked like it was a successful conference. Next year, NAfME’s conference is titled Empower Creativity with emphases on STEAM and 21st Century Learning Skills. This is very coincidental as this week, I presented at the New Jersey Association for Independent...

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Back To School Night for an Elementary Music Educator
Sep18

Back To School Night for an Elementary Music Educator

Once school begins, Back-To-School night soon follows. Many music educators are asked to participate in one way or another. When asked, there are numerous ideas that could be done on Back-To-School Night that could highlight the elementary music program. Here are some: Slideshow: By using iPhoto, you can place all of your photos and videos from your music classes into a folder and click on the “Slideshow” button. iPhoto...

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