BEST field trip ever!

BEST field trip ever!

These days I am VERY busy working full time while working to earn my Masters in Music Education through the online program at Kent State.  I am loving every minute of my time studying, but spending time on class work has kept me from blogging.   However, this weekend I got to spend my Saturday with my amazing crew of 5th grade choir members as we enjoyed our spring field trip to Moody Gardens.  It was really fun and was truly one of the most enjoyable field trips I’ve ever had.     I just had to share this video! My principal creates a vlog each week for our students.  This week’s episode is ALL about the 5th grade choir and our annual field trip to Moody Gardens.  I literally got teary eyed the first time I saw it because my students are just so sweet and I’m gonna miss them when they go to Jr. High.  If you enjoy this episode please be sure to subscribe to the vlog as it is really well done and a great idea for any school.   Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
Melodysoup Video Wednesday!  Robert Gupta – TED Talk

Melodysoup Video Wednesday! Robert Gupta – TED Talk

The keynote address at TMEA was absolutely stunning and beautiful and this is just a little bit of a taste of what was shared…. The TMEA talk was so much better and yet I have to share at least a little bit. Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
Video Wednesday! – When I Rise!

Video Wednesday! – When I Rise!

Ordinarily I try to share any videos that I might use in my classroom on Wednesdays, but since it’s summer I’m going to share with you some videos that we should watch in order to lift our spirits, renew our minds and challenge our thinking.  As a result, the videos that I’m sharing today are just a taste of a film that I think is a must see for everyone, but especially for any music teachers who need to be reminded of our purpose. I’m one of those people who doesn’t pay attention to what I’ hearing.  Contrary to the fact that I am a music teacher who is supposed to know all about the music we hear, I hardly ever know who sang this or that, I don’t pay attention to titles and other than the fact that I enjoyed every minute of music history, I sometimes find it shocking that I got a good grade in it because I don’t pay attention to musical details much to my shame!  However, since seeing this documentary a couple of years ago I have become a huge fan and follower of Barbara Smith Conrad and even though I don’t consider myself an opera lover, I could listen to her sing all day long! What has me hooked to her music and her inspiring voice is her incredible story of strength, determination, and forgiveness.  I love her music and her voice because of the light of Jesus that I can see and hear shining through her when she sings.  I’m sure that when you watch this amazing story you will be...
Professional Collaboration – Gold Worth Every Penny!

Professional Collaboration – Gold Worth Every Penny!

When you are a music specialist – or art specialist….. or pretty much anything besides a regular classroom teacher it is sometimes hard to find really great opportunities for collaboration because in many cases, no one that you come into regular contact with is doing what you are doing. If you are blessed enough to have a co-teacher of any kind, whether they are there all day, or just half-day…… enjoy the time you spend collaborating with them because it is a rare gift that in these days of constant budget cuts, may become extinct…. (which would really break my heart)  Over the last 13 years I have been blessed to work with 4 different music teachers.  Some of whom I worked with all day as we were both full time and others were only at my school for a half day.  Each one, like me, brought their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses with them into the classroom. As we worked together through the success of a  large production or  when we leaned on each other so that we could limp through a difficult day, I can honestly say that through the good days and bad,  no one has ever influenced my teaching more than these folks….. simply because we spent a good portion of our time together “talking shop”. The reality is that our best teaching is not done in isolation and even if you are in a situation where you don’t have someone one your campus doing your same job, you simply must find another teacher   with whom you can share ideas and solve...
Thank You!  – Encouraging a Culture of Appreciation Through Music

Thank You! – Encouraging a Culture of Appreciation Through Music

  If your school is anything like mine, it might sometimes feel that you are running through your school days, long on need and short on solution. In schools like ours, the needs that our students bring with them to school are daunting at best and often feel insurmountable……. But then, through the help of parents, teachers, community members, support organizations, donations, social workers, counselors, and hours of hard work  and elbow grease, physical needs and emotional needs are attended to and learning takes place.    Nothing can solve a problem like a person and when it comes to the folks who support our schools we really don’t know what we would do without them! With such awesome support, it’s always the right time to say Thank You! But it’s at this time of year when most of us become more intentional about our showing our gratitude.  So I thought I’d share a few of the reasons and ways that my students get to say “Thank You” this year! Donorschoose.org  One of our recent donorschoose.org projects! Because my classroom has benefited so greatly from donorschoose.org, my students are now accustomed to writing “Thank You” notes and now instead of explaining WHY we must say “Thank You”, I get to visit with my students about how to best express gratitude.  I LOVE having that conversation!  The more they write the “Thank You” notes, the more original and heart felt they have become. Volunteer Appreciation Lunch Nothing says “thank you” like a little food, and some great music.  I was thrilled to be able to have a group of 2nd grade...
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