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By Vivien L. Li: Parental involvement in a child's musical education is more important than before. Usually, the age when children normally begin learning musical instruments is the age when they need lots of encouragement and approval. Parental involvement can help foster their children's growth and at the same time see rapid results. Read further for the seven key ways you can be involved in your child's progress: 1. Be supportive of their choice of musical instrument. OK, you've never been very fond of loud noise, so it might be a little uncomfortable when your child tells you he wants to...
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This book is your step-by-step action plan to help you find a new (or slightly used) piano for your music classroom at no cost to you. Some may be completely free, some may require effort in obtaining funds from one source another. Everything is outlined for you. Find your FREE Piano, Now!  ...
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Music Teachers teach at fast pace for many more hours beyond the school day (every day!). To keep from burning out, it's a good idea to pause and take daily inspirations from regular sources. I've found that positive quote books or books with quotes of music lovers are a great start (like this one). Some of us turn to spirituality. Others look to musical accomplishments. Whatever works for YOU, I implore you to get into a habit of doing that one thing, every day! According to Google, here are some of the highest visited places online where music teachers get inspired....
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If you are a first year music teacher or starting out as the new music teacher in a new school, there are countless pitfalls and traps you can easily avoid. Here are six ways our experts feel you can easily avoid some problems in your music class. 1) Make Your Room Beautiful (Tracy King, Music Teacher): Like it or not, every student and every teacher and every parent will be judging the new music teacher. They'll be drawing their own conclusions based on the looks of your classroom. So even if you are brand new to the music education game, don't...
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Every music teacher goes through lots of resources. And let's face it. Resources are scarce. But there are some ways you can give old things a new life which saves money while making you incredibly hip. 1) Vocal Music Teachers: REPERTOIRE BOX: Do you have piles of old sheet music? Don't throw it out! Instead, make a class project. Have students trim away the margins. Then find a discarded cardboard box. Tape it shut and get some glue. Glue the cut up manuscript all over the box at any angle. When dry, cut a slit in the top it. Now you have...
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None of us could imagine a life without music. That’s why it is inconceivable to imagine a society that doesn’t embrace Music Education as being an essential part of schooling. Music teachers around the globe are suffering from tighter budgets, limited resources and some even have had their jobs eliminated. How can we, as a society, allow that to happen? Somehow, it HAS happened and here we are.

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Here is a challenge I call "Music in a Day": ...

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In short, it’s a way to outfit your classroom with the supplies you need through crowdsourcing. Intrepid teachers can fund their music programs by joining DonorsChoose.org for FREE. They are a non-profit with the sole concern of funding your classroom. Teachers are able to post a project (starting with a maximum of $800) and pre-select how the money will be spent through the vast array of retailers and educational providers connected through their website. People are able to browse these projects by location, subject or theme and then decide how much they would like to donate. If the project requires $800...
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Let's create a sample student named Bobby. One day, in general music class, the teacher introduces the students to the music of The Beatles. All of a sudden something happened to Bobby. He’s now changed, forever and says “That's what I want to do with my life.” Let's say that Bobby is eight years old and for the next two years of his life, he spends a fair amount of his time playing video games like guitar hero or rock band. He also listens to classic rock recordings trying to hear exactly what the electric guitarist is playing, and he feels...
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A fact that shocked me in my early years as a music teacher in the public schools was that parents wanted to know what was happening in music class. I had been told in school that when parents sit around the dinner table and ask how the school day was, it only concerns ‘core subjects’. One day, a parent came to me and thanked me for the stories their child was sharing every night at dinner about what they heard and discovered in music class. She was happy that someone was able to make her son excited to go to school....
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Music education can create communities within school districts. This is an invaluable fact we should all embrace. But it begins with communities of music teachers working together. Teaching cohorts provide the professional support needed to identify and share best practices while empowering music educators with a feeling of community and security. It’s within these cohorts that teachers can identify needs, address budgeting concerns and band together for change creating an overall more positive experience. Our community provides inspirations for the individual music teacher to defend, advocate and secure their position, all of the information is exponentially more powerful when executed as...
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Singing lessons in early childhood education have long been utilized by teachers. Not ‘singing lessons’ in terms of learning how to sing, but as a vehicle for teaching and learning a concept. We know that song makes things easier to remember because it connects facts to long-term memory. And that’s also why singing is always a part of early childhood MUSIC lesson plans. But did you know that group singing is therapeutic and makes people happy? It’s actually a proven scientific fact. Here’s a link to the actual study:http://pom.sagepub.com/content/33/3/269.short While the study was done in 2005, it really didn’t become part...
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If you are a general music teacher or the director of your school choir, orchestra or band in the elementary or middle school setting, there is a good chance you have been approached to do a school musical. At this level, we are wall beginners. A first year music teacher with no experience doing school musicals is equal to a veteran music teacher ALSO with no experience doing school musicals. This is empowering and humbling to both types of teachers!

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The most difficult part of tackling the project is that your regular school duties of teaching, rehearsing and performing with your ensembles must continue during the process of putting on the school musical. SO how do you manage the time? Fact is, there is no easy way. For some, it is best as a before school or after school activity. For others, they may be able to squeeze in rehearsal time during the school day. However you find the time, make no mistake, this will be an undertaking...

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One of my favorite capabilities of music is it’s power to transport you to a certain time and place. Do you ever listen to a song and you are immediately reminded of where you were and what you were doing while it was playing? Over the years you develop your very own soundtrack to your life. To this day, when I hear Sublime’s “What I Got,” I am taken back to my first car……a teal ’92 Hyndaui S’coupe that shot smoke out the back every time I turned the key in the ignition.  I can still smell it, still feel the...
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Singing is one of the most personal musical experiences that a person can have. Not only does it involve the direct production of sound using the body, but it also involves the expression of one’s emotions through words. Consequently, many avoid singing because of the vulnerability it makes them experience. As an experienced music teacher of adolescents, I seldom ask students to sing anymore... I've learned from experience that the word "singing" is a great source of anxiety for their age group. Many have confessed that the act of singing in front of their peers makes them feel embarrassed, self-conscious, and prone...
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Speaking from experience as a former public school music teacher in Newark, New Jersey, I can say that when it comes to inner-city teaching, or ‘Urban Education’, music teachers are subject to more budget cuts and even greater lack of support than they may have in a suburban or rural school district. I also taught in Asbury Park, New Jersey where I was met with the same difficulties. We need music curriculum to teach music but there was none to be found in either place... Forget trying to find sheet music or textbooks, in both cities I had to find my...
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There is a significant amount of attention and pressure begin placed on marching band programs in the wake of several events in the news stemming from both negligence and improprieties. As a music teacher involved in marching band in any capacity, it is our duty to create and maintain a safe environment. To that end, I was trying to find free resources to share with the MusicTeaching.Guru community that would help Marching Band Directors address these concerns... Keep in mind, even if your program is happy and healthy, by sending out a simple anonymous evaluation, it shows that your goal is...
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After 18 years in the music classroom, I have learned something important. Inclusion isn’t just a technique or a tactic; it’s an approach to a roomful of children that treats each one as important as the next. Yes, there are modifications and adaptations that must be made for special needs students, but doesn’t every student deserve to be assessed, have individualized learning goals written for them, and given individualized best-practices instruction to make sure that they understand the material being covered?... As music teachers, we are extremely lucky in this area. We can be the one class in a students’ day...
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