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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The September Music Education Blog Carnival is Here!
Sep01

The September Music Education Blog Carnival is Here!

Welcome! This blog carnival is a collection of blogs from music educators found around the world that submitted them over this past month. This month’s blog carnival is a wonderfully eclectic collection of posts that range from ideas and items for your music classroom, to temporarily leaving the classroom to pursue doctoral work in music education, to how music can respond to current events. I appreciate all of the contributors to the...

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Post Series Highlight: Amy Burns on iPads in General Music Education
Aug01

Post Series Highlight: Amy Burns on iPads in General Music Education

I’d like to take a moment (and a post) to highlight a number of recent, and fantastic, articles on MusTech.Net authored by Amy M. Burns.  Amy is at the forefront of elementary music education and using technology in the general music education classroom – I dare say (and with all honesty) -at the top of the field and THE emerging authority on iPad in Elementary Music.  If you are looking for ideas about how to integrate...

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Summer is just around the corner…how to stay motivated
May14

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 priority for the summer. However, some minimal time should be given to keeping ourselves musically motivated, which could vary...

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Coding in the Elementary Music Classroom
May04

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 child is now using http://scratch.mit.edu/ and this child is successfully coding. In a recent faculty meeting, we were introduced to...

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