Episodes

Jan. 25, 2023

227- How You're More than a Music Teacher with Franklin Willis

Why are you more than a music teacher? How can you inspire your students day in and day out in the music room? What are ways you can build authentic relationships with your students? Throughout my conversation with Franklin W...

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Jan. 18, 2023

226- Music Technology Ideas for Elementary Students

Maybe you've wanted to bring more technology into your elementary music classroom, but you're needing new ideas. There's so much amazing technology available to use and it can get overwhelming knowing where to start and what ...

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Jan. 11, 2023

225- Recapping the Best Episodes of 2022

In this episode, I'll recap 10 of the most popular episodes from 2022. 2022 was a great year, and 2023 will bring new solo and guest episodes! Grab your free Simplifying Lesson Planning guide. Sign up for teacher coaching or …

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Dec. 28, 2022

224- When You Feel Like Quitting Music Teaching

What do you do when you feel like quitting music teaching? More than ever before, teaching has gotten harder for a variety of reasons. Maybe you used to love your job, but the thought of doing it anymore just drains …

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Dec. 14, 2022

223- Talking Less During Instructional Time as a Music Teacher

You’ll be amazed at how well students pay attention when they have to completely focus on what you’re doing and not just what you’re saying. As you’re singing and talking all day every day, try to plan for days where …

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Nov. 30, 2022

222- Online Opportunities to Help Music Teachers Create and Consume w…

As a music teacher, you may be wanting to put work you've created into the world. Or, you want to consume more content, but aren't sure where exactly to go. Whether you're a consumer or a creator, the resources shared …

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Nov. 16, 2022

221- The 10 Things No One Tells you About Being a Music Teacher

Most of this episode comes from what is written in chapter 4 of my book “Make a Note” and other parts of the episode come from personal experience, different coaching I’ve done, or from conversations I’ve helped foster betwee...

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Nov. 2, 2022

220- How the Creative Process Promotes Innovative Thinking and Proble…

You may have never stopped to think about how much the creative process promotes innovative thinking and problem solving skills in the music room. As a music educator, it's important to put on your creative mask first, then y...

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Oct. 19, 2022

219- Music Education Technology with David Smolover

Implementing technology into the music room can be overwhelming. There are so many different technology platforms to use with your students, yet so little time to figure out what to use. In this episode, David Smolover of Mat...

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Oct. 5, 2022

218- Teaching Music to a Large Class

Sometimes, you’ll get a class that has more students in it than normal. Or, there might be a certain day you’re asked to combine classes since a teacher on your electives team is out for the day. It gets a …

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Sept. 21, 2022

217- SEAL: Social-Emotional Artistic Learning and How that can Play a…

SEAL focuses on art, music, dance, and drama and they integrate with the 5 SEL competencies. The awesome thing is that the possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating SEAL into the music room. Incorporating SEAL ...

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Sept. 7, 2022

216- 10 Engaging Ways to Bring Classical Music into the Music Room

You may want to bring Classical music into the music room, but aren't quite sure where to start. You need engaging activities and want your students to really connect with the music they're learning. If so, this episode ( and...

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Aug. 24, 2022

215- Songwriting and Children's Books in the Music Room with Dennis M…

Sometimes, it can get frustrating not being able to find the songs you're wanting to use in your music room. But, you've probably written some songs and have just stored them away somewhere for safe keeping. I'm so excited fo...

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Aug. 10, 2022

214- Why Trial and Error is a Good Thing

The word failure is so tough. Nobody wants to mess up or make mistakes and wants to get things right all the time. But, trial and error is actually a good thing. It's an opportunity for you to try new …

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July 27, 2022

213: Bite Sized PD- Feeling Successful

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about how you can feel successful moving forward into this coming school year. The resources mentioned are: 1. https://www.thedomesticmusician.com/first-day-of-school-in-music-class/ 2. https...

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July 20, 2022

212: Bite Sized PD: Staying Organized

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about staying organized both at home and work. We'll talk about: ways to stay organized action steps to take the exact systems that work for me The resources mentioned this week include: 1. …

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July 13, 2022

211: Elementary Music Coaching Week Wrap Up and Harmony Q&A

I just wrapped up elementary music coaching week and it was amazing. If you missed it, this episode will share a wrap up and a condensed version of what was talked about in the various sessions. I'll also be talking …

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July 6, 2022

210: Bite Sized PD- Accountability as an Elementary Music Teacher

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about accountability and what that can look like for you as an elementary music teacher. We'll talk about: what accountability is and why you need it action steps to take the way you …

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June 29, 2022

209: Bite Sized PD: Believing in Yourself

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about your uniqueness and believing in yourself including: how your uniqueness is a GOOD thing resources to help you move forward action steps to take The resource this week is Elementary Mus...

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June 22, 2022

208: Bite Sized PD: Finding Fulfillment

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about finding fulfillment including: how to find fulfillment as a music teacher resources to help you move forward action steps to take Resources mentioned include: 1. https://www.edutopia.or...

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June 15, 2022

207: Bite Sized PD- Finding Peace

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about finding peace including: ways to do this resources to help you move forward action steps to take Resources mentioned include: 1. https://themodernschoolmarm.com/how-i-maintained-peace-o...

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June 8, 2022

206: Bite Sized PD- Feeling Unappreciated

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about feeling unappreciated including: why you feel this way resources to help you move forward action steps to take Resources mentioned include: 1. https://www.verywellmind.com/7-things-to-d...

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June 1, 2022

205: Bite Sized Summer PD- Beating the Overwhelm

In this bite sized PD, we'll talk about beating the overwhelm including: where it's coming from resources to help you move forward action steps to take Resources mentioned include: 1. https://teachsmartwithme.com/stop-the-ove...

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May 25, 2022

204- Let Your Summer Be YOUR Summer

This summer, I want you to focus on letting it be the summer that YOU need. Make no plans, make plans for fun, and then make plans for relevant professional development. We'll talk about all of this in this episode. …

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