Setting Expectations and Routines When Teaching Ukulele

Before teaching students how to play the ukulele, it is important to first establish clear expectations and routines to help maximize their success. Learning to play the ukulele can engage a lot of excitement in the classroom, so you want to ensure that your music students have clear instructions to be attentive and respectful.

Organizing Ukuleles in Your Music Classroom

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If you’re just starting to teach ukulele, you’ll realize that you need to figure out a way to effectively store your ukuleles safely to prevent damage, while still making them accessible to your music students. Any music classroom, regardless of size, can benefit from a well-thought approach to organizing ukuleles. Here’s some tips that you […]

How to Teach Beginner Ukulele

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  So you want to teach your music students how to play the ukulele? You’ve come to the right place! Check out my Ukulele Beginner Basics Music Program. This printable and distance learning music resource is the perfect, no-prep beginner guide for your students and includes: Basic theory student pages Anatomy of the ukulele  How to […]

Five Fun Music Games for Teaching Rhythm

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One of the most important jobs we have as music teachers is to teach our students to develop a strong sense of rhythm in music. When teaching rhythm in music, it’s not enough to repeat a single rhythm exercise. Repetition is key, but it needs to be the right type of repetition that allows your […]

Home Alone – Movie Soundtrack Analysis

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Do you need one more “last week before the holidays” activity?⁣ I don’t know about you, but I’m tired and ready for a break! Lucky for you, I’m offering a great no prep, printable holiday activity that is sure to engage your students this holiday season. For our final week of music classes, my older […]

Book ‘Nighttime Symphony’ in the Music Classroom

Have you heard? My friend Gina from @musicpluscoffee and I have partnered to create a community-driven platform called Music Room Reads where music educators across the globe can come together to share music book recommendations on our new Instagram page: @musicroomreads. If you’re a music teacher who is interested in being featured on our page, […]

How to Use Picture Books to Compose Rhythms

Rhythm Composing and Picture Book Lesson

I love incorporating picture books into my music lessons for students. There are so many stories that include rhythmic text, percussive words and rhymes – the perfect recipe for a great music lesson! Not only do I want to teach music using picture books, but I want to give my students opportunities to compose rhythms […]