Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hey, everyone - 

I'm moving all my activity to my Facebook Music page:

I've leave this up through the end of the year. 
No need to duplicate. 


Thursday, June 28, 2018

This summer I'm refreshing, rejuvenating, enjoying my family, friends and flowers.  I also slip in a little bit of time to organize for school.  We're moving into a new school this year so once that magic date arrives, the day we actually get to move into our rooms. 

One thing I'm working with is Class Dojo!  I need help!  Yikes! 

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.