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    Hello all! In a couple of weeks, I will begin my first classroom music teaching position. I have tried to cover all of my bases, but just wanted to reach out to ensure that I have everything I need to help my year run as smoothly as possible. Does anyone have any helpful hints regarding preparation of items/procedures needed for a music classroom? ...See More
    I just wanted to share a story with you guys, I've posted my availability to teach piano lessons for beginners on Kijiji and had details such as how much my rates were and where to contact me if parents were interested in my teaching them. So I received a text from this person which said (i'm not going to include his full email):

    I'm cont...See More
    i'm pretty self conscious about my size and wish I didn't have to stand with my back to the audience to conduct my elementary choir. Men are lucky, they can just wear a suit. My kids usually perform in jeans and their choir shirts (black), I think I should be a little more dressed up than that epecially for choir competition. Just wondering if any ...See More
    Garland/GA Kimonos are in right now, or a shirt with an overlay of some sort.
    May 16
    Delwyn I like to wear a dress at knee length - no shorter, especially on a stage. I think it is important to wear black and something not too showy because after all it is about the children not the conductor. A dress is better for a bigger size than trousers. A jacket over is good too.
    May 24
    Does any one teach with Quaver Music? If so do you like it. Do you use it all the time or just as a resource?
    LillyLu The Music teacher at my school uses it and LOVES it. The students love it as well. She teaches K -1 but I believe we use it up through 5th grade.
    May 22
    Lis I love it, too! I have not bought the curriculum although it looks wonderful. I use the DVD's and other resources often in my class. The website is fun to use, too!
    May 24
    I'm interviewing for a great music job i really want on Monday. Has anyone ever left a portfolio with the principal after their interview? What did you include? Thanks.
    Just wondering; does anyone know what thick and thin texture is in music?
    Layers of sound Thin texture - just one thing going on. A single melody line.

    Thick texture - many different layers of sound going on at the same time.

    On 5/09/17, E. Avery wrote: > Just wondering; does anyone know what thick and thin texture is in music?
    Next time, do your own homework. On 5/09/17, Layers of sound wrote: > Thin texture - just one thing going on. A single melody > line. > > Thick texture - many different layers of sound going on at > the same time. > > > On 5/09/17, E. Avery wrote: >> Just wondering; does anyone know what thick and thin > texture is in music?
    May 11
    I remember someone posting years ago about a rhythm stick routine that went with the Mickey Mouse march. Anybody know who that was? If it was you, will you share again? Sounds like a fun end-of-the-year plan!
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    Garland/GA Thanks for sharing that Donna! It looks really fun!

    On 4/22/17, DonnaR/CA wrote: > On 4/21/17, Charlotte wrote: >> I remember someone posting years ago about a rhythm stick > routine that went with the Mickey Mouse march. > > Mine wasn't the Mickey Mouse March, but was the music from > the Main Street Electrical Parade...See More
    Apr 24
    Charlotte That's the one, Donna! Thanks so much for sharing again.
    Apr 25
    I'm a private instructor who inherited some students from another teacher - a few of them are difficult and I worry they may have preferred their former teacher's style better. These are mainly 8-12 yr. old kids.

    I'm well aware that most younger students don't practice as much as they should, and many don't practice at all—perhaps they'...See More
    A thought I am not a private teacher but have taught in private schools where a full roster is important.

    At the end of the lesson, take a few min. to make a connection with each student (those who are interested and those who don't seem to be). For the less interested students I would tell them what you have noticed and ask if there is something t...See More
    Apr 23
    I have been teaching 30 years and have never ever ran into a problem like this one. I have 22 students in Mixed Chorus. This is a non-audition class. Out of the 22 students, 19 are failing at least 3 of their core subject classes plus mine. They don't want to sing, I have given them paper work, they wont do that either. All they want to do is sit a...See More
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    Mrs H I don't know what your relationship with your administrator is, but you might schedule a meeting with him/her. Talk about the strategies you have tried to engage the students, and talk about what has worked (even if it's just a tiny bit) and what hasn't. Then present a plan regarding a general music curriculum. Include the standards you would cover...See More
    Gary On 2/07/17, Mrs H wrote:
    > I don't know what your relationship with your
    > administrator is, but you might schedule a meeting with
    > him/her. Talk about the strategies you have tried to
    > engage the students, and talk about what has worked (even
    > if it's just a tiny bit) and what hasn't. Then present a
    > plan r...See More
    Apr 18

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