Saturday, April 21, 2018

Consolidating. Down-sizing. Decluttering.

Every day I'm at a school, I teach at three, I am throwing away and packing up materials that are going to our new school AND those are are going to an auction. I have to fit three rooms into one. (We will have a band room also where we can keep some instruments.)
I'll have 3 bass xylos, 3 altos, 3 sopranos, 3 metalophones, 3 glockenspiels, and 30 steps bells. I have about 25 chromatic melody bells that are in rough shape. Maybe 5 that are nice. Should I keep the 5 nice ones? I think I will for now just because they are chromatic and they make a visual point for me.
I am not a saver so decluttering feels good! But...I STILL have a lot of stuff. How many tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks and maracas does a teacher need? #ireallywantadvice

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jump Bands Highlights

I am working on a new Jump Band highlights video.  Until then,
here is what i show my students to introduce and inspire!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fun in the Music Classroom

Is it important to have fun in the music classroom?

Music is enjoyable. I don't think I have to entertain my students, but I do want to impart the joy of music to all of them.

I know we have to get ready for programs and make sure our students can keep a steady beat and read rhythms and hopefully be able to read melodies with some kind of accuracy but more than that, I want them to really enjoy music.

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job's a game. And every task you undertake, becomes a piece of cake, A lark! A spree! It's very clear to see that, just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Juniata 2017

Here is our final show for the year! And our final K - 6th show!  We'll be in one school next year and will have new kinds of programs.   Tonight was truly the end of an era!   I have loved it since 1984, with an 8 year hiatus to stay home with my children.  AND, I am looking forward to a new school and a new style of program! 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

You Are Our Heroes by Teresa Jennings

I teach in three elementary schools that all feed into one high school.  This is our last year for three schools as next year we will be moving into a brand new school.  Here are all 420 of my students from Adams Central Elementary Schools: East, Juniata and Wallace singing You Are Our Heroes by Teresa Jennings. Nov. 8, 2017 at our Veterans’s Day program at Adams Central High School.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pass the Pumpkin

This is a classic Game Song we Play/Sing/Perform every year in October.  Pass The Pumpkin. It's a great alternative to Halloween activities as it doesn't mention anything scary or objectionable.  Just a pumpkin and music.  This video was taken before I had an HD video recorder so it's a little grainy, but still good. 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017