Dear readers, I am so excited to share that I've decided to join a FANTASTIC group of music educators to form a blog tribe called, "The Mix Tape." In this group we will be blogging about the benefits of mixing various musical methodologies and teaching practices. Before we delve right into educational content, we are sharing a little bit of information about ourselves with this blog hop! Check out my responses below, and then hop over to the next blog!
- What state/region are you in?
I live and teach in the state of Maryland! My husband and I recently bought our first house in a great Baltimore neighborhood and I'm so happy to call Charm City my home.
- What is your background education/experience?
I received my bachelors degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in 2011. While this degree qualifies me to teach band, orchestra, chorus, and general music for K-12, my preferred instrument is my voice! I am a singer primarily and I use this skill as I teach elementary general music. I have been teaching for three years and am gearing up to start year number four in the fall.
- What is your favorite musical concept to teach?
My county curriculum breaks the school year down into five main units: rhythm, melody, form, harmony, and tone color/timbre. If you've been following my blog this past year, you've probably noticed that I center many of my posts around teaching each of these five units. I love it because I teach the same unit and concept to every single grade at the same time.
For example: In the melody unit, while I'm teaching treble clef notes to third grade, I'm prepping that with reading a two-line staff in first grade, and identifying high and low sounds in kindergarten.
ANYWAY, of the five main units, my personal favorite to teach is form. This is my favorite because there are so many ways to engage multiple learning styles. I use a LOT of movement activities and folk dances to get students listening for changes in between musical sections. I use listening maps that are great for my visual learners. And, as in all of my teaching, I have students singing and playing instruments. Form can be tricky since it is kind of an abstract concept, especially for young students with little to no musical background. However I think that approaching it from multiple angles is great fun and helps students to make meaningful musical connections.
NEXT STEPS: Thanks for reading my post! If you're planning to enter our giveaway, be sure to comment on my post with your answer to this question: What is your favorite musical concept to teach?
Then, head on over to your next stop, Mrs. Stauffer's Music Room!