Music Blogs

These are some of the other music blogs I have happened across.  Don't see yours here?  Let me know. Part of why I started this blog was to network with other music teachers.  They are in no particular order, just added as I have come across them.






http://musicwithmrsdennis.blogspot.com/

http://sherylwelles.blogspot.com/

http://ppsmusicwithmsmutz.blogspot.com

http://ppsmusicwithmsmutz.blogspot.com



































25 comments:

  1. Feel free to add my two blogs from last school year. (Sorry to Mrs. King about the similar background on one of my blogs -- I picked it last November before ever hearing of Mrs. King!)

    http://blogs.csdvt.org/mutzm/ (Music at Union Memorial School) and http://ppsmusicwithmsmutz.blogspot.com (Music at Porters Point School)

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  2. Thanks for posting the links to your blogs, I hadn't happened across them yet. They will be up shortly! :)

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  3. Hey Emily.

    I'm wondering what you do for substitute plans. I have a colleague who had to leave on emergency medical leave and my principal has asked me to write sub plans for her. She does all of our K-5 music classes. I'm at a total loss. I would struggle if she asked me to teach the classes and I'm finding it even harder to create lesson plans for someone who doesn't know anything about music. Can you help?

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    1. Hi Ann,

      Wow! That's a tall order from your principal. First of all, I hope that everything is well with your friend and that she will not be out for too long.

      To set your mind at ease, could you get away with doing a video on a related topic for the moment and work on coming up with a set of lessons that are non music sub friendly? From there, do you know what curriculum your friend is using? If so, do you have an idea where she left off? This may give you a good starting point because you will know what the kids were working on. From there I might do some worksheets or simple games that will be easy for a sub to take on. Centers are also a good idea. You could have the kids work on creating halloween compositions, spooky rhythm patterns, etc. (that is if you are allowed to do Halloween at your school).

      I would be careful about allowing a sub to handle instrument activities or teaching a new concept. These are areas that you want to definitely avoid because the outcome will probably not be great. I am working on a post about sub plans now and I hope to have it up tonight. Please let me know if I can be of anymore help.

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    2. The post is up! Hope it helps!

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  4. I feel honored to be among this list, Emily! Thanks... With that said, I am trying to find the balance between teaching 500 students once a week, preparing, presenting and practicing material and then also being the historian in class. I am in my 30th year (total) teaching (25th at present school) and it does not get any easier! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that finally in my career music teachers are "coming together" and sharing! I just want to say thanks to everyone. I hope I can find that balance and begin to share more. Seems like a slow process, but I'm working on it!

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  5. Wow, 25 years at the same school sounds great! I can only imagine what your program must be like, all the resources you have gathered. I think that Pinterest has spurred some of the great sharing among music teachers. Honestly, the only reason I found so many of these blogs and started my own blog was because of Pinterest!

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  6. I just discovered your blog via Pinterest Emily. (Pinterest has saved my sanity while immobilised after foot surgery a week ago - and I also found it challenging to plan for a substitute teacher) I am a Performing Arts Specialist teacher and 3/4 classroom teacher in a Catholic Primary school in Lower Templestowe, Victoria, Australia. I have been teaching for 13 years in the same school (started teaching after raising 4 kids - all in the music/entertainment industry now!) and I agree with Ms Mutz that this is a wonderful 'collaborative' time as blogs and Pinterest bring breadth and depth, enthusiasm and new energy to our teaching and learning experiences.
    Now for a cup of tea and back to Pinerest!
    Marg Weston
    http://mweston.global2.vic.edu.au/

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    1. Hi Marg,
      So glad you discovered my blog but sorry to hear about your foot. I can imagine what a great source of entertainment Pinterest has been, it can be maddening when you aren't mobile. Your position sounds really interesting. Do you teach the arts for a portion of the day? How does your schedule break down between the classroom and the arts? Do you integrate your specialty into your classroom instruction?

      I have added your blog to my list.
      Emily

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  7. Wow that was quick response Emily! I am Performing Arts specialist Prep-6 Monday and Tuesday plus choir on Tuesday afternoon. Next year I will again be 3/4 classroom teacher Thursday and Friday. Where and when possible I like to integrate the Performing Arts with the students Inquiry units but this is sometimes very challenging. We had a school production 31st August "Waltzing with Matilda". The students presented their new learnings about Australian History. This was the first time we had a school production that was shaped from Inquiry (Inquiry started 2nd term with teachers and students in each grade constructing their different focus on Australian History in a way that will allow them to present the learning on stage. It was very tricky at times and lots of 'workshopping' ideas). Whole school 3rd term Inquiry was stage craft so there was lots of 'in class' time to prepare for our one production night (we are a small school around 160 students). Because we have been involved as a contemporary learning research school, I have been able have a considerable amount of professional development with blogs, vimeo and other eLearning tools. (I've had to run to keep up most of the time but well worth the effort). One of the main elements I love with the blog, is how I 'hear' the students true personalities as they post, feedback and respond. I also love how our choir enjoy being recorded for the blog(music video!) and they strive to improve after viewing themselves. It is wonderful how the blog provides another way for students to showcase their skills and talents and that I/we can receive feedback from everyone from a Nana to a teacher in Ireland! Filming is also terrific because there are never any student management issues and we often get what we want in one take(so they can have lunch etc!) Do you agree? Do you have anything to do with school productions or choir Emily?(sorry for the lengthy post - maybe you can tell I'm craving professional dialogue or any dialogue!!!) Marg

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  8. Your school sounds like a great creative environment. It is interesting how often you mention history in your reply, it seems like history is a forgotten subject in US Elementary schools. Classroom teachers seem to be under so much pressure to get their math and reading blocks in that history seems to go by the way side.

    I think it is wonderful that you are able to find some time to integrate the arts into classroom instruction. My school was part of an Arts Integration grant but it was hard for classroom teachers to fit in with all of the constraints from the county and state.

    I love filming my kids. I do find that it curbs some of those unwanted behaviors because no one wants to have to sit out. :) I have seen many teachers using their blogs to showcase student work, it's not something I have done with blogging yet but something I'm interested in. I can imagine the thrill your kids get out of viewing themselves and sharing with their families. It is definitely something I must try out. Maybe next year.

    Have you had any push back from parents when it comes to posting pics/video of their children on the web?

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  9. Parents are all on board. They all signed permission for students' images after thoroughly understanding that at all times their images are never labelled with full names. Students do not have their images on blog avatar but we have our image - all the usual safety precautions. We needed the permissions when we became a Contemporary Learning Research School. An initiative of the Catholic Eduction Office in Melbourne. The parents have been very supportive.

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    1. That's great that the parents are so supportive. I will definitely have to start planning for next year. I think a blog would be another great way to share music news and events with my parents and students.

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  10. I love your blog, Emily! My education was Gordon based but I have been incorporating more and more Orff! Do you mind adding me to this great list? -Christine

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    1. Thank you! I have added you to the list.

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  11. I'd love to be listed here -- I have a lot of music resources on my site -- lessons for homeschool parents, but as a former music teacher they are all classroom appropriate, too!

    http://www.homegrownlearners.com

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    1. I just added your blog to the list. Can't wait to check out some of your SQUILT lessons!

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  12. Hi Emily, I recently learned about your blog and love it - great job! I am a fellow elementary general music teacher and brand-new to blogging. I love that you have this section with so many others' blogs. What a great idea!

    I just created my own blog and was wondering if you could add it to your list? It's:
    http://roxannerenemusicblog.blogspot.com

    I look forward to reading your posts and sharing together!!!
    Roxanne

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  13. Would love for you to add my blog; love the sharing of resources! http://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com
    Thanks!
    Aimee

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    1. I will try and get to it this week. Hectic times around my house! :)

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  14. Hi Emily! Thanks so much for including my blog on your blog! We music teacher folks have to support each other and this is great!

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  15. Would love to have my blog added to your list. Http://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com thanks!

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