Setting Expectations 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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Organizing Ukuleles in Your Music Classroom Just starting to teach ukulele? You’ll quickly realize that organizing your ukuleles in your music classroom can be a battle. You need a storage solution that keeps them tucked away, keeps them from getting damaged, and still keeps them accessible to your music students. Any music classroom, regardless of […]

How to Teach Beginner Ukulele

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How to Teach Beginner Ukulele Looking to teach beginner ukulele to your music students? It’s a great way for them to learn some practical application of music theory. If you’re not sure where to start, check out my Ukulele Beginner Basics Music Program. This printable (and distance learning friendly) music resource is the perfect, no-prep beginner […]

Movie Soundtrack Analysis – Home Alone

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Movie Soundtrack Analysis: Home Alone 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 movie soundtrack analysis activity that is sure to engage your students before winter break. Bonus – it’s […]

Resources for Teaching Soundscapes

Teaching Soundscapes: ‘Nighttime Symphony’ and @musicroomreads Music class lesson plans can be heavy on music theory and math. But just as important (and sometimes harder to teach) are the artistic elements of music. Teaching soundscapes and other abstract concepts expands students’ definition of music. See the soundscape teaching resources below to get your students listening […]

Music Listening as a Mental Health Strategy

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Music Listening as a Mental Health Strategy As music teachers, I’m sure you already know that there is a huge connection between music and our emotions… but do your students know that? We teach them about music theory, analysis, and appreciation, but sometimes we forget to talk about music’s most common use: helping us feel […]

Podcasts for the Music Classroom

3 ways to use podcasts in your music classroom

Podcasts for the Music Classroom Engaging middle schoolers can sometimes feel like a challenge. We want our students to be critical thinkers and actively engage in music related discussions. We also want to meet them where they’re at and incorporate their interests. So how can you do both? By integrating podcasts into your music classroom. Don’t […]

Creating Routines for Online Music Classes

Music Themed Prompt routine to start off middle school music class

Creating Routines for Online Music Classes Routines are important in every classroom. Now that I’ve been teaching online, I’ve found that I need something quick and consistent to start my online lessons. And I think I’ve found the perfect virtual music class routine… these musical prompts! Why I love using musical prompts to start off […]

Music Projects for Middle School Students

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3 Music Projects for Middle School Students Are you trying to find engaging project-based learning activities for your middle school music students? Personally, I want my students to deepen their skills as music makers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers when they spend time in my music classroom.  Opportunities for playing and performance are important. But […]