Is this you?
You're out there doing your music teacher thing.
You know, students lined up back to back or huge ensemble classes in school prepping for auditions, teaching scales, fundamentals, repertoire, sightreading.
You see these other teachers doing things like games, crafts, music theory and history activities in their lessons and classes, and you think they must be some
magical music teacher unicorn
because coming up with those activities takes so much time!
You're really good at what you do. You have happy students who enjoy learning about music. You keep up with invoices, recital and concert scheduling, class trips, and your taxes but you feel like your lessons or classes could be more...
but you're not sure how to manage it.
You have the best intentions to work theory, history, world music, games and activities into your plans, but you always seem to not feel...
You wish one of those
magical music teacher unicorns
would create those activities, games, or assignments for you and just deliver them to you every month.
Enter magical music teacher unicorns...
I'm Katherine, and my team (Laura and Anamarie...aka KE Creative) and I have created a resource JUST for you!
We combined our knowledge of elementary music education (hello, Orff Schulwerk), middle and high school music education (we've taught ALL the sectionals), higher education (yeah, 10 degrees between the 3 of us), and our out-of-the-box thinking to create a resource for music teachers that outlines easy, fun, and educational activities that mixes up the usual routine or lessons or rehearsals.
From music theory to world music and beyond, this resource delivered monthly provides music teachers with fast, sometimes hilarious activities to build great relationships with students while also teaching them something new.
Music Teacher Monthly is a subscription email newsletter delivered on the 15th of each month.
Each edition contains creative activities that teach subjects such as music theory, history, world music, and team building.
There are different activities for...
private lessons with variations for online lessons
sectional coaching or large ensemble classes
studio/class bonding games or crafts
The current July edition includes...
Have you ever noticed how even if you teach key signature identification and construction to students, they forget how to do it when you return to review it again? This is a great time of year to incorporate theory review into your lessons!
Write It Out
Sometimes, it’s easier to just write out what you want the students to play instead of breaking apart a phrase and telling them what to do. Learn how to save tons of time in sectionals by doing 10 minutes of prep work.
Start of School Party
If you don’t have group activities in your studio yet, this is a great time of year to try it out! Studio parties are a great way to get everyone excited about the next school year, review some important concepts, and have a little fun. I’ve included 4 of my go-to activities for studio parties.
Woodstock Music Festival, 1969
Many kids have heard the word “Woodstock” before, but very few actually know what it was or why it was influential to music and American culture. Here’s a quick printable that you can share with students about the music festival that includes some specific songs that would influence music history. Plus, they can talk to their grandparents about it. ;-)
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