The only way I had to get through was to work hard. Really hard! I worked incredibly long days planning. Within two years of this routine I was totally burned out!
I knew there had to be a better way. I knew that what made a difference was not lesson plans or the worksheets. When I had the lesson plans handled, I could focus on the children! I really wanted to make a difference for these children. I could see the potential if I could just spend time focusing on them. My issue was that I was stuck working hard to just create resources.
That’s when I had the vision of the Fun Music Company. Way back then! 30 years ago! I hadn’t even heard of the internet at that time. However, I saw the vision back then of a place full of teaching resources! Something so complete that it would have everything required for teaching. That way, I could focus on the students!
It took me a great many years of teaching in all different situations. I taught preschool, primary and high school. I realised that the creation of a complete resource isn’t as easy as it seems! I did hold that passion in my mind from that very first day teaching!
I’ve made it my mission to understand music curriculum. I want to get this handled for teachers! That way, they can focus on the students and have the life they deserve.
Then the breakthrough moment came. We looked at every music curriculum in the world we could find. We found that there are four broad terms, or categories of activity in music. These represent the essence of every statement in the curriculum.
That became our four UNIT system. It is taking everything in the curriculum and bringing it down to simple steps. Steps that are clear and easy to understand for teachers and students.