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7 Things You Don’t Know About Me-The Domestic Musician

I am obviously passionate about music education, and that is what 90% of my blog posts are about.  But, I wanted to let my readers know a little bit more about me.  So, what better way to do that than to tell you 7 things you don’t know about me-The Domestic Musician.   1. I am an extroverted introvert I can talk to a camera, a room full of people, a classroom full of kids, […]

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How Poetry and Music Go Hand in Hand

To celebrate National poetry month, the music educator in me wanted to share how poetry and music go hand in hand.  I love using poetry to teach music, because there are so many similar characteristics between them.   There is truly nothing I love more than forming connections between music and other subjects.   Poetry and music both have… Rhythms and tempo When you read a piece of music, there are many notes to be […]

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Music and Social Studies Integration Ideas for Kids

While in school, I never had a teacher who made learning history, geography, or social studies fun and exciting.  It wasn’t until a music teacher taught a “50 States” song, that I realized I could retain and memorize facts.  So, when I became a music teacher, I wanted my student’s to not only learn the objectives I was required to teach, but also make learning other subjects fun by integrating them with music.  If you […]

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3 Fun Ways Piano Student’s can Practice Curving their Fingers

One of the hardest concepts to teach and for piano student’s to learn is how to curve their fingers.  It is a challenge because children don’t understand why it’s so important and curving our fingers doesn’t come naturally.  Curving the fingers is important because as lessons progress and the piano repertoire gets harder, correct technique makes a world of difference.  The fingers are able to move with more ease and have greater touch control when […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas Break

The time has come when the weather is getting colder, the kids have tons of energy, and parents are needing ideas to save their sanity over Christmas break (preaching to myself here people). Well…fear not.  I have composed a list of 12 fun and interactive activities to do in your home over Christmas break to keep the kids busy and the parents happy.  So, without further ado…   On the 1st day of Christmas break, […]

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“Trepak” from The Nutcracker-Movement Activity

When I think of Christmas, I think of the Christmas story, Christmas trees, presents, lights, caroling, hot chocolate, family, and The Nutcracker ballet.  The Nutcracker ballet was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1892.  Trepak is one of the most widely known Russian dances from the Nutcracker suite.   One of my favorite movement representations of this piece is in Disney’s Fantasia.  I would love to introduce you to Trepak if you have never heard […]

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10 Traditional Christmas Carols to Sing Together

One of my all time favorite Christmas traditions is singing Christmas carols.  There is something so great about learning the original carols that were written so long ago.  I have included the lyrics to 10 widely known carols that you can easily sing along to. Here is a FREE printable to use at home:  christmascarols.   My goal is that you and your kids will be able to learn some (or all) of the songs […]

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“Make America Great Again” and Respect our National Anthem

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard the slogan “Make America Great Again”.   America is the greatest nation in the world, but we are not acting like it lately.  In my opinion, there has been a lack of patriotism nation wide from not standing for “The Star Spangled Banner”-our National anthem, to the violent protests taking place across America, to hateful comments being spewed all over social media.  Everyone is […]

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THANKSGIVING Songs the Whole Family Will Love

Thanksgiving is that special time of year when families everywhere come together to eat, eat some more, and eat even more.  But, it is also a time to remember what we are thankful for.  It is easy to forget, even as adults, how blessed we are.  Thanksgiving songs can be something to do together as a family and to show our gratitude. If you are looking for something to do besides eating, watching football, and […]

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I’m Not Just Here to Cover Your Planning Period, I’m a MUSIC TEACHER

Music teachers…how many of you have been called the planning teacher or the specials class?  I taught at a pretty great school where I felt like my job was valued and what I did mattered.  But, I was still called a specials teacher and was lumped into this category with the librarian, counselor, and gifted and talented teachers.  (We didn’t have art at my school and this is a whole other can of worms that […]

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