Teaching in the The Information Age Vs the The Industrial Age

What “Age” do we teach in? I ask this because from time to time we have teachers come to us saying that some of our printable resources and fun sheets materials don’t exactly match up to our game worksheets. We have comprehension fill in theRead more…

The Musical Fly Swatter Game: A Music Flashcard Activity For the Classroom

“Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.”- Carl Orff Doing is everything – especially when it comes to teaching music theory! Playing a game can often help students to retain more and can make a boring concept fun. So todayRead more…

A simple start to using boomwhackers in the music classroom

This is a very simple idea for using boomwhackers. This was developed and tested by my husband Kevin with a group of students who had never learned any music at all. It was pitched at grade 4/5 level, but can work for students of anyRead more…

“I Will Always Love You”: A Music Lesson Idea for Valentines Day, 2012

  On the eve of the Grammy Awards and just before Valentines Day 2012, we have lost a music great who was best known for her powerful voice and according to the the Guinness Book Of Records was the most awarded female act of allRead more…

Music Classroom Wish List

What are the most effective $$$’s you’ve ever spent in your music classroom? Perhaps it was what everyone seems to have on their mind at the moment- technology! An iPad or an interactive whiteboard or maybe it was a set of xylophones that your studentsRead more…

Introducing Percussion to Primary School Children

The value of movement in connection with learning is unparalleled in our elementary and primary classrooms. In cultures around the world, exploration through percussion is a natural way of connecting children to the group and developing their motor responses. Movement through music, furthermore, helps stimulateRead more…

The Secrets to Creating a Successful Music Theory Curriculum

“Research shows a positive connection between teachers’ preparation in their subject matter and their performance and impact in the classroom” . I read this recently in a US study about teacher preparation research(1) and I’m sure that it’s no surprise to any of us thatRead more…

Google Doodles & Other Short Music Clips- is this relevant music teaching material?

  There are quite a few well produced video clips emerging lately called “Google Doodles” which are being shown on the google home page on the major anniversaries of well known artists and events. They’re becoming more fun, quirky, interactive and highlight rock musicians andRead more…

Help Schools and Teachers get the funding they need!

Today, I’ve got something very special to share with you. It’s a unique opportunity to help music education in schools (even in your own school!) and it isn’t going to cost you a cent! Every year we do a special promotion to help us buildRead more…

Music Teaching Tips: Teaching about Peter and The Wolf in the Music Classroom

I’ve just stumbled across this set of very cool YouTube videos which would be relevant for teaching upper primary about Peter and the Wolf and the Instruments of the Orchestra. Click here to check out the story of Peter and The Wolf on Video  Read more…