16: How changing your response to a default question can change your day

In this episode Janice Tuck talks about how one simple change to what you say in response to the default question of “how are you” can radically change how you feel and how others respond to you. Whenever we see a friend or a colleagueRead more…

15: How one speech radically changed the course of one of our most successful programs

This episode is a special tribute to the wonderful speaker and inspirational educational mentor, Sir Ken Robinson, who passed away recently at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer. In this episode Janice Tuck talks about how the message in Sir Ken’s famousRead more…

14: One of the most important gifts we give as music teachers

In this episode Janice Tuck puts her music advocacy hat on once again, to talk about one of the most important gifts that we give our students. Music Advocacy is really important for anyone who teaches music – the ability to share information about theRead more…

13: Just told: no singing, no instruments. Any suggestions?

In this episode of the weekly spark for Music Teachers, Janice Tuck addresses the issue of what music teachers can do in lessons when they’re told that they can’t sing or play any instruments due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive effectRead more…

12: The one thing we can control

In this episode of the Weekly Spark for Music Teachers, Janice Tuck talks about one thing that we all can control – and that is our mindset. We’re not in control of a lot of things in our life – our students, our school administrators,Read more…

11: Do more of what you love

In this episode Janice Tuck talks about the mindset needed to get more of what you want, and less of what you don’t want. Despite the challenges that we are all facing right now, there are those who are doing well, even in such challengingRead more…

10: Assessments: How we assess our students and assess ourselves

In this episode Janice gets excited about assessment! At the Fun Music Company we are working hard on a new product at the moment for Ukulele, and we’ve been putting together a series of assessments for this new program. This led us to think aboutRead more…

9: I’m a recovering racist – and I won’t be a bystander

This is a special episode of the weekly spark for music teachers to address the situation that is going on in our world right now. Since the terrible death of George Floyd in the United states there has been much said about racism and thereRead more…

8: How do problems become opportunities?

In this episode of the weekly spark for music teachers Janice talks though ideas for dealing with problems. We all have problems in life – things come up every single day which we have to deal with and we have to find solutions for allRead more…

The Weekly Spark Ep7: Something we need to constantly seek as well as be

In today’s podcast Janice is talking about something we need to seek, as well as be – and that is a role model. As teachers, we need to BE a role model for our students, and be the person that our students want to lookRead more…