Using Student-Created How-To Videos for Skills Assessment
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Using Student-Created How-To Videos for Skills Assessment

By 2022, most adults have probably watched a how-to video at some point in their lives. Maybe it involved cooking techniques, home repair, or even craft projects. It’s also very likely that students have watched this type of video as well. In fact, there were many days when students would come to class, proud to…

Creativity With Composing Pieces
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Creativity With Composing Pieces

This was post was originally published in July 2021, but has been updated now in September 2022. As the new school year is about to start, remember how important it is to include students in the creative process. Even though my project was completed during hybrid learning, the concepts can definitely transfer now that we’re…

Another Way to Think About Creativity in Music
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Another Way to Think About Creativity in Music

For many music teachers, the creativity standards are the most elusive and sometimes challenging to incorporate. When the National Core Arts Standards were released in 2014, there was a noticeable change in the format and language included in the standards. What were nine simple statements turned into a multi-page document with numerous subsections. The difference…

Empowering Music Students at the Beginning of the Year
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Empowering Music Students at the Beginning of the Year

August 2022: This blog post has gotten a much-needed update! Whether you are about to start the school year or a few weeks in, hopefully it will provide you with simple ways to empower your music students. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you can only empower music students later in…

Using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in Band

Using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in Band

This article was originally published in The Woman Conductor Journal, June 2022 issue.  Prior to the year 2000, a digital audio workstation, known as a DAW, was only found in professional music studios. The DAW was complex and primarily used by those in the music industry. However, in 2004 Apple introduced GarageBand on all of their devices,…

Music Snippet: Music Notation for Google Docs and Slides

Music Snippet: Music Notation for Google Docs and Slides

June 2022 – This post has gotten a much-deserved update!  This blog post has been updated, just like the awesome tool it features! Flat.io, the creators of the well-known Google Add-on, Flat for Docs, has recently announced some changes to this tool, including a name change! Flat for Docs has re-branded, and is now known…

OK Google, What’s New?

OK Google, What’s New?

One thing we can always count on with Google for Education – updates and improvements! Google listens to users, working to make their products functional and efficient. This was especially evident when schools shifted to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the Google updates keep coming, I’ve worked to put together a list of…

How an “Almost Ready” Performance Gives Students Ownership
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How an “Almost Ready” Performance Gives Students Ownership

As musicians, we’ve all been there. It’s the week before a performance and we wonder, am I really ready for this? Ready to get in front of an audience? Do I know the music well enough? Did I prepare everything thoroughly? We add a whole other layer to this when we ask the same questions…