The Best CD for March Listening

This is my go-to CD for the month of March.  Liz Carroll, composer and fiddle performer, creates stirring, lovely melodies.  She’s American-born, but of Irish parents.  Her music always touches my soul – I discovered her years ago on NPR and since then, my students and I have enjoyed her Lake Effect CD every March.Continue reading “The Best CD for March Listening”

Rhythm Flashcards

Teaching rhythm to young students is always fun, but can be challenging too!  Follow this link to download a copy a PowerPoint I created to enhance my  presentation, review, and reading of rhythms with my students. In focus with this slideshow are the following rhythms: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, and Quarter Rests. All slides are inContinue reading “Rhythm Flashcards”

3 Late-Night Ponderings….Your Input Appreciated!

I have a lot going through my mind tonight. A short post to get my thoughts down…these are things that I hope to explore in future posts. Comments? Ideas? All are greatly appreciated! 1. iPad 2So the iPad 2….a major change to something that was already so cool. Adding GarageBand as a $5 app makesContinue reading “3 Late-Night Ponderings….Your Input Appreciated!”

March is MIOSM – “Music In Our Schools Month” – sponsored by MENC, Music Educators National Conference. As a music educator, obviously I support music education in school. However, it is interesting to hear what other people think about music education. Check out these Public Service Announcements from MENC’s MIOSM website. Clay Aiken’s PSA SaraContinue reading

Korg nanoKey

So I am working on a Capstone Project proposal for a technology endorsement called Teach21. While selecting the hardware and software I will need for my project, I stumbled across this cool little piece of hardware called a nanoKey. I am so excited about this little guy for a number of reasons…. It is smallContinue reading “Korg nanoKey”

March 2009 Music Education Carnival

Please check out this month’s “MUSIC EDUCATION BLOG CARNIVAL” at Tanbur Music Education Blogspot. My post “Using Audacity to Have Fun with Folk Dances” is one of the featured articles this month. From the Carnival, I also like Joseph Pisano’s article “Should we Utilize Technology in the Music Classrooms? Questions to Ask First.” This isContinue reading “March 2009 Music Education Carnival”

ActiVotes are Great!!

First of all, it has been FOREVER since I have posted. I apologize….March is a busy month, and things get crazy. Second, I used my ActiVotes for the first time this week. My classroom is equipped with an ActivBoard by Promethean. Included with the ActivBoard are these little voters called ActiVotes. They are wireless, battery-operatedContinue reading “ActiVotes are Great!!”