Financial Check List || free download, free printable, free resource, music education, teacher planner
Use this financial check list to keep track of students, items or amount due, date due, and if they have paid or not. This is a great tool to use to keep track of music library items, field trip dues, instruments, or personal items you lend to students. To download, click on the link that says "Download File" below. You may print and use as many times as needed. This works great as a stand-alone product or as a part of your teacher-planner! If you love this product please consider sharing, but please remember to link back to www.we-teach-music.org. This product is a free resource and may not be used for profit. Thank you!
This simple roster list lets you keep track of each ensemble, the members, and the crew assignments. You may print this roster as many times as you need. You can use it as a stand-alone printout or in your favorite teacher-planner! To download, please click on "Download File" below. If you love this document please consider sharing, but remember this is a free resource and may not be used for profit. If you do share, please consider linking back to www.we-teach-music.org. Thank you!
This form will help you keep track of all the instruments you currently manage. Whether you have students check instruments in and out throughout the year or just at the beginning of the year, make sure you don't forget who has what! This can be used as a stand-alone resource or can be included in your teacher-planner. We hope you enjoy this free resource. To download, click on the link that says "Download File." Please feel free to share this post, but remember that this is a free resource and may not be used for profit. If you share, please link back to www.we-teach-music.org. Thanks!
Choral and Instrumental Assessment Forms || free download, free printable, free music teacher resources
Whether you have formal auditions or simple "assessments," we have created two forms for you to download for free! On the Choral Assessment Form you will find space to collect student data, student choral history, ranges, voice quality, voice weight, and sight-reading skills. On the Instrumental Assessment Form you will be able to assess tone quality, prepared pieces, scales, and sight reading. To download click the links below that say "Download File." (Do not save directly from the photo; it is not a high-quality file. To save the highest-quality file you must click the link that says Download File.) We hope you find these forms useful, and if you love them, please consider sharing this post. Happy music making!
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Have a dedicated notebook/folder just for the conference!
Keep everything in one place. You can always sort it later when you get back home.
Take and keep everything you possibly can.
Handouts, music, programs, fliers, etc. Don’t try to sort through what you think you will need or not need. Save that for later. You never know when something might come in handy!
Take lots of notes.
Things you enjoy about the conference. Things you didn’t enjoy. Things they could improve. And give your feedback to the people in charge. They will appreciate it!
Take notes during each song of every performance.
Do you like it? Voicing? easy/hard? Standing arrangement, etc. Make sure you also keep these programs for future repertoire ideas.
Go with an open mind.
Nothing is a waste. Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about music, try to find something new or interesting to take away from the event. (Even if it’s a “note to self: don’t do that song!” - it’s still worth it) Sometimes it's even good just to be reminded about things you already know.
Flight Song by Kim Andre Arnesen
I LOVE this poem. It speaks so poignantly about how music touches everyone. How music answers life's desperate calls. Arnesen's melodies will haunt you (in a good way). The human voice can be powerfully moving, and I love that Arnesen is not afraid to utilize unison singing. It emphasizes our unity and our collective "flight" through song.
JW Pepper says, "'All we are we have found in song" is the first line of this stunningly beautiful poem by Euan Tait, set to music by Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arnesen. This romantic notion is woven throughout the piece, which is accompanied by piano."
Flight Song Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980) Text by Euan Tait (b. 1968)
All we are we have found in song:
you have drawn this song from us.
Songs of lives unfolding
fly overhead, cry overhead;
longing, rising from the song within.
Moving like the rise and fall of wings,
hands that shape our calling voice
on the edge of answers
you’ve heard our cry,
you’ve known our cry:
music’s fierce compassion flows from you.
The night is restless with the sounds we hear,
is broken, shaken by the cries of pain:
for this is music’s inner voice,
saying yes, we hear you,
all you who cry aloud,
and we will fly, answering you:
so our lives sing, sing,
wild we will fly, wild in spirit we will fly.
Like a feather falling from the wing,
fragile as a human voice,
afraid, uncertain, alive to love,
we sing as love,
yet our flight begins as song
First of all, own your mistakes.
Your students will be incredibly forgiving if they know that you are insecure about your piano skills but are trying to do your best anyway.
Keep it very simple.
Don’t even worry about the accompaniment itself. Just play one vocal line at a time, with only your dominant hand. If you try to get too fancy too quickly, you may end up confusing your students more than helping them.
Find some time to practice in advance.
Plan out your rehearsals enough to know which sections you’ll be working on, and then spend a little bit of time plunking out and combining different parts to prep yourself. Hey, you should be score studying anyway, right?
During class itself, position the piano somewhere where you can see everyone all at once.
This may require you to play standing up, which is also why I tend to teach in flats rather than heels.
If all else fails, have your students sing passages a cappella.
It does wonders for their musicianship and listening skills. Just make it seem like it’s what you meant to do all along.
Above all, remember that we improve our skills through practice and repetition. The more you can persevere through the first several weeks (or months), the more quickly you will strengthen your piano skills, as well as your confidence in them. Good luck!
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I recently discovered a book of poetry by James Joyce, and I'm obsessed! Chamber Music is a collection of love poems. The origin of the title is not so romantic, but I like to think of it in the musical sense, rather than the intended urinary pun. For poetry is so inherently musical, after all. In fact, many of the poems have been set to song, as was Joyce's intent.
My favorite poem from the collection is the first one listed:
Strings in the earth and air
make music sweet;
Strings by the river where
The willows meet.
There's music along the river
For Love wanders there,
Pale flowers on his mantle,
Dark leaves on his hair.
All softly playing,
With head to the music bent,
And fingers straying
Upon an instrument
Are you a poetry lover? You can download Chamber Music for free via Amazon.
It's the same routine year after year... the new year rolls around and everyone makes bold resolutions and almost everyone jumps on the detox band wagon. Juicing cleanses, strict diets, etc. etc. They last for what... a week? Two weeks? I know that in the past I have made grand statements and not followed through... so this year I'm thinking about smaller things I can do... not necessarily to detox, since scientists are currently debunking the fact that you can "detox" your body, but little things I can do to refresh my body. This is an incredibly simple ideas, but the simpler the better - then maybe I'll actually follow through!
Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning
It also happens that lemon water is great for singers. Win-win!
- Helps flush out toxins
- Prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
- Promotes weight loss
- Helps reduce pain and inflammation
- Is a great source of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Magnesium
- And many more benefits!
- Check out these sites for more info:
Everyone loves a good "freebie," amiright?
Maybe this free printable will be a good reminder that you need to drink your lemon water. Print on card stock and mount on a clipboard, put in a frame, or simply stick it up with washi tape. Either way, I think it would look beautiful hung up in a kitchen!
It's a new year! Time to get healthy! And time to freshen up your classroom! But don't poison your students while you're at it. Air fresheners and candles are not the answer. Remember this post? Remember how I said I would follow up that post with ideas for keeping your classroom smelling fresh, without all the nasty chemicals? Here is part 1 to that follow up! You need an air purifier! They're actually pretty inexpensive. We've had ours for 3 years and it still works great!
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Healthy Living || Air Purifiers
I'm a firm believer that everyone needs to have at least one air purifier in their home. We have a large one in our living room and a smaller one in our bedroom. They're not too expensive and they make such a difference, especially if you have allergies or asthma.
Also- and this is a big one - I hate candles and air "fresheners", so the purifier really helps keep things smelling fresh.
See that up there? That's the outer filter of our air purifier after about 3 months of use. It was originally black. All this grime accumulated before we got a dog. Pretty gross! The air purifier kept that from getting in our lungs!
Did I convince you yet? Run on down to Target and get yourself one! (Or order from Amazon... here's the kind we use*.)
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We are two friends who met in grad school. We love teaching music! Click on our pictures to learn more!
Julie teaches Middle School and High School Chorus and Drama
Kelly teaches High School Band, Choir, and AP Music Theory
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