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That Music Podcast

That Music Podcast

By That Music Teacher, LLC
Each week on That Music Podcast you’ll hear from me, Bryson Tarbet, about what it really means to be a music teacher.

Along the way, you’ll hear from friends and colleagues that are able to bring valuable insights into their specialties and share actionable steps to influence our own classrooms in a positive way.
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73 | What is Universal Design for Learning?
A few years back, Lauren Marcinkowski introduced me to the concept of Universal Design for Learning and I was HOOKED. Since then, I’ve done a decent amount of research into UDL as part of my graduate research for my Master’s degree and I’ve been able to see incredibly positive results in my classroom since looking at things through the lens of Universal Design. In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast we’re going to talk about what UDL is, what it's NOT, and how it can benefit each and every one of the students in your classroom. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom!
11:60
May 04, 2022
72 | Sowing the Seeds as a Student Teacher
Student teaching is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. On top of teaching full-time and being a full-time student, you are also likely trying to line up your first teaching job for the next year! In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast, I talk about some of the best ways to ensure that you are set up for success while student teaching and in your job search! Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom!
14:19
April 27, 2022
71 | Defiant Students: How Do I Win?
Some students are naturally a bit stand-off to music. Some can be outright defiant at times. But all students deserve a high-quality music education. In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast, I dive into how to win over students that might need a little extra persuading so that everyone can be successful in your music classroom. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom!
10:19
April 20, 2022
70 | Kodaly Levels: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?
One of the best decisions I’ve made in my career has been starting my Kodály levels after my first year of teaching. I knew that I eventually wanted to do my levels training, but I didn’t quite realize how important this training would become to the day-to-day reality of my classroom. In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast, I talk about what Kodály levels are, why they matter, and how they’ve changed my teaching in an incredible way! Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom!
11:41
April 13, 2022
69 | PreK Music: Where Do I Start?
My first day in a PreK classroom I felt completely out of my element. But I quickly realized preschool was one of my favorite ages to teach! This week’s episode of That Music Podcast is for those of you who felt like me and are trying to figure out where to start when it comes to PreK music! Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom!
10:57
April 06, 2022
68 | Intersections Between Private Lessons & General Music
Music happens in so many ways both inside and outside of our music classrooms. This week’s episode of That Music Podcast is all about the intersections between the music education that happens in our classrooms and that that occurs in a private lesson setting. Links and Resources: Check out That Music Teacher Store
13:15
March 03, 2022
67 | Student Teacher Self-Care
Student teaching is an incredible time where you can start to truly find yourself as a teacher. But unfortunately it’s also one of the most difficult things a pre-service teacher can do. This week’s episode of That Music Podcast is for the student teachers, and those who are near student teaching. I share the tips that I wish I would’ve known before student teaching so that I could’ve navigated a lot of the pitfalls that came with student teaching. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
15:31
February 24, 2022
66 | Curriculum Mapping in Music Classroom
If you’re tired of feeling like you’re reinventing the wheel every time you sit down to lesson plan, this episode is for YOU! In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast I talk about curriculum mapping and how investing some time to do it can actually help you save time. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
15:12
February 16, 2022
65 | Kindergarten Curriculum Night: How I Did That
This year I was able to put on a Kindergarten performance for the first time in my career. I decided to turn it into an informance & curriculum night to show parents and grownups what actually goes on in the music classroom. In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast I share why I decided to take this approach to the performance, why I think it was incredibly successful, and how you can throw your very own curriculum night and informance. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
12:14
February 13, 2022
64 | Elementary Choir with Emma Bassett
This week’s episode is all about choir at the elementary level. You are not going to want to miss this fantastic interview with Emma Bassett. Emma Bassett was born and raised in Wisconsin, but got to Texas as fast as she could! After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with degrees in Music and Psychology, she moved to Texas, where she fell in love with the great state, and its dedication to Fine Arts Education and decided to stay. While growing up in Milwaukee she found her love of music through Piano lessons. She is also a proud 10 year alum of the Milwaukee Children's Choir. Since beginning her career, Mrs. Bassett has taught all levels and genres of Music in grades K-8 including Choir, Band, Orchestra, and General Music. She is absolutely thrilled to be the Music Specialist at Pomona Elementary where she also directs the award winning Pomona Pirate Choir, who are honored to be an invited performing group for the 2022 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. You’ll often find her wearing her tutu and sparkly shoes, while singing and dancing down the halls of Pomona. When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and their two young children. Links and Resources: Learn more about General Music Jumpstart Join the Elementary Choir Directors FB Group
42:25
January 12, 2022
63 | What They DON'T Tell You About Student Teaching
There is so much that we don't learn about student teaching until we are in the thick of it. Now that I'm a few years out of student teaching, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I wish I would've known about student teaching. This week's episode of That Music Podcast is all about just that: the things I wish I would've known about student teaching before I was in the middle of that wild balancing act we call student teaching. Links & Resources: Three Secrets for Success in the Elementary Music Classroom (FREE Workshop)
17:27
January 05, 2022
62 | English Learners in the Music Classroom with Betha Maust
So many of us have an increasing population of English Learners in our classrooms. Especially for those of us, me included, who are not bilingual, this can be an incredibly difficult population of students to serve. In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast I bring in a wonderful expert, Betha Maust, and ask her to share her knowledge of English Learners, and what that means for us as music educators. Betha Maust is an English Language teacher located near Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Goshen College in Indiana with a degree in elementary education, and ended up teaching adult ESL classes in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for two years. After returning home, she got her TESOL endorsement from Capital University. She has taught k-12 EL for 8 Years, and currently teaches k-4.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking,  and traveling as much as possible. Links and Resources: Check out That Music Teacher Store! Colorín Colorado
28:36
December 15, 2021
61 | Decolonizing the Kodály Classroom with Audrey Rice
I often get questions about how a Kodály-influenced classroom can also be one that asks questions to allow us to be anti-racist and anti-biased. Today’s episode of That Music Podcast is all about refocusing the Kodály classroom to ensure that the repertoire we choose to perpetuate is one worth teaching, while also making sure all of our students feel seen and included in our classrooms. Audrey Rice currently teaches 4th and 5th grade general music at Winchester Trail Elementary School in Canal Winchester, OH.  She also co-directs the Winchester Trail 5th grade choir with her co-worker and fellow music teacher, Bobby Phillips. Audrey also co-facilitates a research-based girls empowerment program called ROX at Winchester Trail and is the Secretary of the Canal Winchester Education Association. Audrey holds a BME from The Ohio State University.  She has previously taught grades 1-5 general music and grades 6-8 choir, as well as private flute, voice, piano, and ukulele.  She has also previously taught with the Kodaly-based early childhood music program "We Joy Sing". She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from Capital University and is an active member of the Tri-City Kodaly Educators (TRIKE). Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom! Decolonizing the Music Room Songs with a Questionable Past
37:22
December 08, 2021
60 | Reflecting On What I'm Thankful For
In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast, I get a little bit personal. I share my thoughts and reflections on this past year. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
08:16
December 01, 2021
59 | Rethinking Musical Assessment
Assessment doesn’t need to be scary. Data and assessment are truly invaluable in the elementary music classroom. In this week’s episode of That Music Podcast, I share my thoughts on assessment, and how we can use nearly constant informal assessment to truly guide and drive our instruction. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
11:36
November 24, 2021
58 | Advocating for Ourselves as Professionals with Sarah Oliver
Whether we like it or not, we must advocate for ourselves and our programs. On this week’s episode of That Music Podcast, I share a conversation I had with Sarah OIiver about advocating for ourselves and our students. Sarah Oliver lives in Xenia, Ohio with her husband Kevin, her three beagles, and two bengal cats. She is a music educator on a mission of sharing her passion and knowledge of music to anyone who will listen. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Illinois University and a Masters of Music Education from Wright State University. Sarah has been teaching general music for the past 6 years, most recently at Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School in Liberty Township, Ohio. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide Music with Mrs. Oliver Music and Mayhem Podcast Follow Sarah on Facebook
30:03
November 17, 2021
57 | Why Teaching Solfege STINKS
I had a mindset shift a year or so ago about teaching Solfege, and it was an absolute gamechanger in my classroom. On this week’s episode of That Music Podcast, I share that mindset shift and talk about how we as music educators can really think about the why of what we teach in a more meaningful way. Links and Resources: Check out That Music Teacher Store!
10:37
November 10, 2021
56 | Vocal Health for Music Teachers with Dr. Jennifer Whitehead
Vocal health is important for all teachers, but we as music teachers have an added struggle if we don’t take care of our voices. Even those of us who went through undergrad as vocal majors often lack the knowledge of how to truly use our voices in a safe and sustainable way. Today’s guest on the podcast is Dr. Jennifer Whitehead. Dr. Whitehead was one of my professors in undergrad, and she is just amazing. I cannot wait for you to hear this conversation! Dr. Jennifer Whitehead is an associate professor of voice at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she teaches voice and voice-related courses as well as directing music department staged productions. Whitehead is a Columbus, Ohio native and a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Singing Health. She has appeared in both staged and concert works in central Ohio and has also been extensively involved with the Opera / Columbus education and outreach programs. Dr. Whitehead is a frequent lecturer on vocal health and practice strategies for singers. She resides in Westerville, Ohio with her husband and daughter. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
37:55
November 03, 2021
55 | Music Education & Character Development with Hendrik Marais
On the podcast today we have our first international guest! I am so excited for you to hear this conversation with Hendrik Marais about music education and character development, as well as his experience hosting the 2021 Creative Arts Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Hendrik Marais was appointed as Head of Music and Specialist Subjects at RGJS in January 2005. He served as President of the South African Choral Society from 2009 - 2014 and got appointed as Executive Board member of the International Federation of Choral Music in 2016. In the same year, Marais was selected by the British Council to visit the UK as part of the Connecting Classroom Program, with the special task to present a series of workshops, demonstrating the correlation between Music and Maths. He completed his B Ed (Hons) degree Cum Laude at the end of that year and his research, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A CHOIR CURRICULUM IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL TO ENHANCE, SUPPORT and CONTRIBUTE to the linguistic development of the primary school learner, received outstanding reviews on the international platform. With his passion and positive energy towards choral singing, he receives regular invitations to serve as adjudicator at eisteddfods and music competitions and has presented a number of choral conducting workshops around South Africa. He is known for his campaign to ensure quality arts education to every child in every school and live his life by the proverb, 'If you can WALK, you can DANCE. If you can TALK, you CAN SING!' Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide Learn more about the Creative Arts Conference
43:09
October 27, 2021
54 | Music, Memories, and Neuroscience with Jen Rafferty
Music is so much more than notes and rhythms. Music is something that activates parts of our brains in truly unique ways. My first course I took in my master’s program was a music psychology course. I was instantly hooked, and loved being able to dive further into how music affects our brains. For this episode, I brought the amazing Jen Rafferty as a guest to talk more about just how music and neuroscience intersect in a truly unique way. Presenter and author Jen Rafferty began her career as a middle school music teacher in Central New York. Jen brings her energy, humor, and expertise to all professional development workshops. She is known for her practical ideas and passion in her presentations while inspiring teachers to stay connected to their “why.” Jen currently serves as the Co-chair of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Secondary Classroom Committee, member of the advocacy committee, and is the President of Cortland County Music Teachers Association. She earned a B.M. in music education and vocal performance, a M.M. in music education from Ithaca College and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in educational psychology. Jen is frequently invited to conduct elementary and middle school choirs throughout New York State. Additionally, in 2020 she founded Sing Together, an international virtual singing community of singers of all ages and abilities. Her most recent publication is A Place in the Staff: Finding Your Way as a Music Teacher, available on Amazon and JW Pepper. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom! Follow Jen on Instagram Check out Jen’s Podcast JenRafferty.com Neuroteach book
45:58
October 20, 2021
53 | Learning Centers in the Music Room with Aileen Miracle
What if I told you that you could easily implement more student choice in your classroom while at the same time increasing the level of differentiation in your lessons? Today’s episode is all about how learning centers can do just that in your classroom! I brought in the expert on centers in the music room, Aileen Miracle, to share why she believes learning centers belong in the music classroom, while also giving you tips to get started! Aileen Miracle teaches general music, band, and choir in the Olentangy Local School District in Ohio; this is her twenty-third year of teaching. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 1999, and her Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis from Capital University in 2003. Over the past fifteen years, she has held leadership roles in local, regional, and national music education organizations. In 2016, Aileen was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Cheshire Elementary. She has taught Methodology and Folk Song Research for the Kodály Programs at Colorado State University, Capital University, and DePaul University, and presents workshops across the nation and around the world. Links and Resources: Check out That Music Teacher Store! Grab your free centers set from Aileen Check out Aileen’s blog Follow Aileen on Instagram
33:20
October 13, 2021
52 | Recorders: NOT Instruments of Torture
I never liked the recorder. Even when I was in school it wasn’t my favorite. But once I discovered how the recorder can be used as another tool of music-making rather than just another unit, I changed my tune (see what I did there?). This episode is all about why the recorder ISN’T an instrument of torture, and why I think they belong in every elementary music classroom. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of my guide on better serving the students with disabilities in your classroom!
12:14
October 06, 2021
51 | Ukulele in the Music Classroom with John Hamel
This episode is all about ukulele in the music classroom. You’ve probably heard of people using the ukulele in their classroom, but if you’re like me you still don’t quite have the administration support for the funding for these instruments, as well as where to start once you get them! I hope this episode can help you get some talking points to help you convince the stakeholders in your program to support ukuleles in the music classroom. John Hamel is the 3rd of 5 generations of musicians. He has been teaching guitar and ukulele for over 20 years. He is currently the K-8th grade music teacher at a private school in addition to teaching private lessons. He and his wife have 6 grown children and 27 grandchildren. Links and Resources: Gospel Ukulele Society on Facebook Check out That Music Teacher Store! Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
28:42
September 29, 2021
50 | How Curriculum Mapping Changed My Teaching
My lessons were a bit of a jumbled mess my first year of teaching. I’ll be the first one to say that I spent the majority of my first year just trying to survive. But once I started mapping out my curriculum, everything changed. This week’s episode is all about the process of curriculum mapping, and how starting this process not only made my teaching better, but also saved my time and sanity. Links and Resources: Check out That Music Teacher Store!
10:46
September 21, 2021
49 | Five Ways to Teach a Song
There are so many ways to teach a song, so how do we choose the best ways? In this episode I share five ways to teach a song so you aren’t just using the same methods day in and day out. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
14:22
September 14, 2021
48 | Preventing Teacher Burnout with James Robinson, II
What can we do to combat teacher burnout? That's what I chatted with James Robinson, II about on this week's episode of That Music Podcast. Unfortunately, burnout is a very real problem within the teaching profession as a whole. Add on the fact that music teachers are often isolated on our own 'islands' and you have an even more exacerbated problem. James Robinson, II received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina, where he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Instrumental Music, the faculty advisor for the LU Collegiate NAfME chapter, and teaches the non-major percussion studio. Previously, he taught 2nd through 5th-grade general music, including an all-age honor choir, handbell ensemble, and the world-percussion club, in Gaston County, North Carolina. Robinson has presented professional development sessions for various state and local education associations with topics including relevant repertoire for elementary students, music tech in the elementary classroom, music teacher burnout causes and prevention, and the impact arts programs have on student mental health. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide Follow James on Instagram Follow James on Twitter
38:18
September 08, 2021
47 | Seamless Transitions in the Music Classroom
Transitions can make or break a lesson. By thinking through the ways in which our students (and us as the teachers) move from one activity to the next, we are able to help make our lessons more streamlined and seamless. This year I’m challenging myself to lesson plan in a way that focuses more on the transitions in my lessons. It’s definitely a bit more work on the front-end, but I’ve already seen some amazing results from this experiment. In this episode of the podcast, I share some of my favorite ways to pivot between songs and activities in the elementary music classroom. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide! Download the lesson plan template I’m using this year!
14:44
September 01, 2021
46 | What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching
There are SOOOO many things I wish I knew before I walked into my music classroom. In this week’s episode I share a few of the things I truly think would have been a game-changer had I known before I started teaching music. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
12:03
May 26, 2021
45 | This Episode is all About YOU
This week I’m stepping back and thanking YOU for all of the hard work you have done this past school year. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
08:25
May 19, 2021
44 | You've Got the Job: Now What?
Today I share a few steps that you should take once you accept a teaching position. Whether it is your first position, or you’re moving onto something new, there are so many things that you need to do to help set yourself up for success. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
09:18
May 12, 2021
43 | Inclusivity: Thoughts from a Music Teacher
A lot has happened in the past few days in my professional and personal life that has made me think about what it means to be inclusive in my classroom. I’m not going to lie and say that the past few days have been easy. But I’ve been reminded why it is important for me to be an agent of change. I’ve been reminded why it is important for us as educators to stand up against the system sometime and advocate for our students. All students deserve to feel safe, seen, and valid in the music classroom. Hard stop. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
08:29
May 05, 2021
42 | Ideas for the End of the Year
This week we talk about some ways to keep students (and ourselves) engaged at the end of the year! Links and Resources: Grab your FREE copy of the Elementary Music Newbie Guide
14:47
April 28, 2021
41 | Building Relationships in the Music Classroom with Katie Holbrook
In this episode I share a conversation I had with Katie Holbrook about how we as elementary music teachers can build meaningful relationships with our students. Katie Holbrook is a Georgia-based third year music teacher and creator of 130 Music. She firmly stands on the belief that music is vital to a well-rounded education and seeks to integrate music with other subjects. Her heart is in serving others, as she works to empower other music teachers and, in turn, their own students. She has presented at state conferences, and works with other teachers and teacherpreneurs to support both groups in their journey. Music is healing, and Katie seeks out opportunities to use music in our social toolbox. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Follow Katie on Instagram The 130 Music Blog
31:11
April 21, 2021
40 | What Happens to the Teenagers? (with Lesley Schultz)
In this episode I share a conversation I had with Lesley Schultz about the fate of our teenagers after they leave our classrooms. Lesley shares her experience with teaching general music at the secondary level and how we as elementary music teachers can work together to help better serve our students. Lesley Schultz currently teaches Secondary General Music and Orchestra at Princeton City Schools (Cincinnati, OH).   She earned her Bachelors of Music Education from West Virginia University and her Masters of Music Education from Ohio University. Lesley is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator.  Lesley keeps an active performing schedule around the state of Ohio, performing with several regional symphonies on viola. She is a member of TI:ME (Technology In Music Education) and serves as the Ohio Chapter President and on the National Conference Committee.  Lesley is a columnist for SBO Magazine.  In her copious amounts of spare time she enjoys knitting, watching West Virginia Mountaineer sports and spending time with her family and making TikToks about her cats. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE Elementary Music Newbie Guide Lesley's Blog Music for Teens Podcast
40:29
April 14, 2021
39 | Creating an LGBT-Inclusive Music Classroom
In this episode I share some ways that you can make your classroom more LGBT-friendly. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs!
14:58
April 07, 2021
38 | Rachel Ammon's Music Teacher Journey
In this episode, I share my conversation with Rachel Ammons on her music teacher journey. Rachel Ammons is a music educator in Central Ohio. Currently, she grades 2nd through 12th. She was a substitute teacher for three years after obtaining her Bachelors in Music Education from Ashland University in 2016. Before taking a full time teaching position, she was an Assistant Marching Band Director in 2018 and a building substitute in 2019. She now teaches at an independent school for students with learning differences (including ADHD and Dyslexia). When she’s not teaching, Rachel enjoys reading, crocheting, and playing video games with her husband, Jim. I absolutely loved being able to chat with Rachel. She shares so many wonderful insights into music education and her journey to become the music teacher she is today. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Follow Rachel on Instagram Rachel’s Posts on the That Music Teacher blog Check out Rachel’s Blog
28:47
March 31, 2021
37 | Charissa Duncanson's Music Teacher Journey
In this episode I share a conversation with Charissa Duncanson on her music teacher journey. Charissa Duncanson (kuh- rih-suh dung-kin-sen) has taught K-5th grade general music in the Metro Detroit Area since 2014. Born and raised in Michigan, Charissa began her musical journey in elementary school. Throughout her childhood Charissa participated in choirs, bands, and theatre within her community and schools. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Education from Wayne State University and currently teaches at Blackwell K-8th Grade Institute in Detroit Public Schools. As a professional, Charissa has presented locally and internationally at conferences and PD workshops. Being an avid advocate for music education, Ms. Duncanson has served on multiple boards for music education associations including MMEA Michigan, Detroit Orff Schulwerk Association, and The American Orff Schulwerk Association. In her spare time Charissa loves to craft and go on walks with her husband and dog, Maizey. I absolutely loved being able to chat with Charissa. She shares so many wonderful insights into music education and her journey to become the music teacher she is today. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Follow Charissa on Instagram Follow Charissa on Facebook Charissa’s Website
48:27
March 24, 2021
36 | Katherine Miller's Music Teacher Journey
In this episode I share a conversation with Katherine Miller on her music teacher journey. Katherine Miller proudly teaches Kindergarten-5th grade music in Waukesha, WI as well as serving as a model tech classroom for her district. In 2018, she was recognized as a WPT Education Innovator by Wisconsin Public Television Education. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Otterbein University (Westerville, OH) and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Antioch McGregor Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH).  The training she received gave her a firm foundation in leading a Kodály-inspired classroom. She also loves to incorporate technology as another tool students can use to be their most musical selves. In her free time, you can find Katherine with a good book, a great travel companion or her chocolate Lab. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Follow Katherine on Instagram Technology in the Music Classroom with Katherine Miller
28:49
March 17, 2021
35 | Anne Mileski's Music Teacher Journey
In this episode I share a conversation with Anne Mileski on her music teacher journey. Anne Mileski is an elementary music specialist in Eastern Washington. She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály, Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy, Music Learning Theory Elementary General Level I, and has completed coursework in Dalcroze Eurythmics. She is a regular clinician at local chapter workshops, state music conferences, and has presented at both the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and Organization of American Kodály Educators national conferences. In the summers, she has served as a pedagogy instructor for Kodály teacher education programs at both the American Kodály Institute at Loyola Maryland, and the Plano ISD/SMU Kodaly Certification Program in Dallas Texas. Anne holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Bill Campbell and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Southern Methodist University where she studied with Tom Booth of the Dallas Symphony. She has performed on trumpet with prestigious groups such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Wind Symphony. In addition to her applied music studies, Anne holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. Prior to relocating to the pacific northwest, she completed coursework toward a doctorate in music education at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. She served as an associate instructor for the music education department, both as a supervisor for student teachers and as a teaching assistant for choral and elementary music methods courses. Also while at IU, she conducted second and third grade singers in the IU Children’s Choir. Anne currently serves as a conductor for the Spokane Area Youth Choruses, and founded the ABC early childhood program for young singers through SAYC. She presents regularly at local, state, and national workshops and conferences, on topics including purposeful movement and curricular sequencing in the elementary classroom. She is the founder of anacrusic.com and The Anacrusic Podcast, where she helps music teachers get more intentional with their teaching through trainings, custom curriculum, and weekly podcasts. Links and Resources: Follow Anne on Instagram AnneMileski.com
35:55
March 10, 2021
34 | Taylor Nardone's Music Teacher Journey
In this episode I share a conversation with Taylor Nardone on his music teacher journey. Taylor Nardone is an elementary music teacher based on the eastern shore of Massachusetts. Passionate about giving each student an equitable opportunity to build a love and joy of music, he consistently strives to blend the newest teaching techniques into his practices through technology, movement exploration and music production. Taylor is currently in his fourth year of teaching general music and chorus. Links and Resources: Save 15% on used books with Thriftbooks Follow Taylor on Instagram Follow Taylor on Youtube
30:16
March 03, 2021
33 | Where do we go from here?
This week we’re gonna keep it real. This year has been so hard. In this week’s episode I reflect on my last couple of months teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. My music room has been silent for 83 days. During that time all of my students were receiving music asynchronously at-home. I was able to “push in” to the homeroom classes for five minutes a week, but that wasn’t cutting it. This past week we came back in a schedule that allows music to return to the music classroom. I have been thinking a lot about the music making we were able to experience this past week, and wanted to share my thoughts. Links and Resources: Save 15% on used books with Thriftbooks
10:05
February 24, 2021
32 | Becoming a Children's Book Author with Vicky Weber
In this episode I chat with Vicky Weber about her journey as a music educator and a children’s book author. Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children's literature. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them. I absolutely loved being able to chat with Vicky. If you have not seen her books, I cannot recommend them enough! They are perfect for reinforcing and introducing various musical concepts! Links and Resources: Save 15% on used books with Thriftbooks Follow Vicky on Instagram Follow Vicky on Facebook Vicky’s Website
25:17
February 17, 2021
31 | Books in the Music Classroom with Meghan Kennedy
In this episode I chat with Meghan Kennedy about using picture books in the music classroom. Meghan Kennedy is in her fourth year of teaching elementary school music. She has taught elementary general music (K-5) and chorus (3-5) for the past 3 years in Georgia. Before moving to Georgia, she taught elementary general music and band in New Jersey where she grew up and began her music journey with the flute in the third grade. Meghan attended the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College for her Bachelors in Music Education. While in college, Meghan spent her summers earning her Level I, II and III Kodaly Certification from Westminster Choir College. Through these experiences Meghan discovered that her passion for teaching lies in Elementary Music, which is where she feels she can be the most creative with her students. This passion for elementary music education mixed with her joy in connecting with other educators led Meghan to create her music teacher instagram a few years ago. You can follow along with Meghan @musicmrsk where she shares daily life as a music teacher, lesson ideas, materials and book recommendations (these are shared weekly in a series called "Music Book Monday"). She has also shared a series of rhythm call and response and play along videos on her YouTube channel MusicMrsK, which was created as part of an effort to create more free online resources for music educators in Spring 2020. In conjunction with her social media presence, Meghan loves working on her TeachersPayTeachers store in her free time, Music Mrs K. Her store features elementary general music curriculum, lesson plans, and both digital and printable lesson materials. Meghan loves connecting with other music educators online as Music Mrs.K! Links and Resources: Save 15% on used books with Thriftbooks Follow Meghan on Instagram Follow Meghan on Youtube Music Mrs. K TPT
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February 10, 2021
30 | Culturally Responsive Teaching with Darlene Machacon
In this episode I share my conversation with Darlene Machacon about how we can be sure we are respecting the identities of our students by allowing our curriculum to allow all students to feel seen and accepted in our music classrooms. Darlene is a TK-6th grade elementary music educator, chorus director, private piano teacher, and podcaster in southern California. Her experiences include designing curriculum, directing studio music programs, leading professional development, and training new teachers. She is passionate about creating student-centered learning environments and is a firm believer in “knowing better, doing better”. She holds two Bachelor’s of Music degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance from Biola University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to chat with Darlene, and I hope that you find the episode as informative as I did. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Follow Darlene on Instagram Follow Darlene on TikTok Coloring the Melody Instagram Coloring the Melody Podcast Check out Darlene's Website
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February 03, 2021
29 | General Music Jumpstart: A Student's Perspective
This week’s podcast comes from an Instagram live I did with a General Music Mastermind alumnae. Kate took the course when we did our beta launch over the summer and is going to be taking it again with us this time around. Kate shares her experience with the course and helps me answer questions about the course for those who were tuning in live. If you want to learn more about General Music Mastermind, click here! Hurry, we’re closing the doors on January 31st.
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January 27, 2021
28 | Advocating for Music Education with Rainy Barton
In this episode I share my conversation with Rainy Barton about how we can advocate for music education and our programs. Especially now during the time of COVID-19, it is important for us to make sure we are advocating for high-quality music education for our students. Rainy Barton is a K-5 elementary music teacher in Central Fl, and has been teaching for six years- all at the same school. She is on her way to being Orff -Schulwerk certified (It's taking a lot longer due to Covid). She also is a teacherpreneur that creates digital music resources for music teachers, and her mission is to help them utilize a purposeful musical curriculum that inspires active music-making in the hearts of their students! Her favorite food in a heartbeat is tacos, and in her spare time, you'll find her teaching silks and trapeze at her local circus studio (They have those- who knew?) She loves her job with a passion, and hopes to instill a love and appreciation for music with everyone she meets. I enjoyed this conversation with Rainy, and I hope that you are able to find some ways to advocate for elementary music education in your community. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Follow Rainy on Instagram Subscribe to Rainy on Youtube Musically Whimsical on TPT The Music Teacher’s Guide to Creating a Dynamic Music Curriculum (Freebie)
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January 20, 2021
27 | Piano Lessons for Exceptional Learners
In the first (real) solo episode of the season, I share my experiences with teaching piano lessons to students with exceptional learning needs. Whether it be using a visual schedule or a color-coded curriculum, there are so many easy ways to make private music lessons fabulous for our exceptional learner students. Links and Resources: Join the FREE Renew & Recharge email challenge! Learn more about Musicologie
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January 13, 2021
26 | Adaptive Music with Stephanie Powell
In this episode I share my conversation with Stephanie Powell about adaptive music education, and how she (accidentally) began teaching adaptive music lessons. Stephanie Powell is a wife, mother of 4, special needs teacher and adaptive music instructor. She has lived in Pensacola, FL for 6 years and loves serving in her church, serving the community and spending warm days on the beach. She started teaching adaptive music lessons 5 years ago when she noticed many of her school students learned music concepts very quickly but didn’t have anyone outside of school to help them develop music skills. This conversation with Stephanie is wonderful, and I loved being able to talk to her as someone who comes from the world of special education. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Creative Miracles: A Practitioner's Guide to Adaptive Music Instruction (Affiliate Link) The Autism Helper Follow Stephanie on Instagram Follow Stephanie on Facebook Melody Makers 850 Website
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January 06, 2021
25 | Music Therapy & Music Education with Lauren Marcinkowski, MT-BC M.Ed.
In this episode I share my conversation with Lauren Marcinkowski about the intersections between music education and music therapy. Lauren Marcinkowski is a PA, K-12 certified music teacher and board-certified music therapist. She also has Pennsylvania certifications in special education and elementary education. Lauren lives in Bucks County, PA, which is in the greater Philadelphia area. Lauren is currently serving as a Special Education teacher in Bucks County. Previously, she was a music teacher for an educational agency which services students with special needs in alternative settings. She taught students of all abilities from grades K to 12 and older. Lauren loves teaching and is passionate about advocating for all students, especially those most who struggle advocating for themselves. Lauren is a wife, a mother to a baby boy, and a proud wife to an incredible husband who is a special education teacher himself. She has two wonderful parents, and two amazing sisters and one brother. Lauren's brother and uncle lived with her while growing up, and both have diagnoses of intellectual disabilities and autism. Growing up with them has given her a unique insight to unique challenges that families with children who have disabilities face. Lauren also is a blog contributor for That Music Teacher, so you might recognize her name if you are familiar with our blog. Links and Resources: Grab your FREE guide on better serving students with exceptional needs! Lauren’s Posts on the That Music Teacher blog Follow Lauren on Instagram Music in Special Education (Affiliate Link) Models of Music Therapy in School Settings (Affiliate Link) American Music Therapy Association
38:55
January 06, 2021
24 | Season Two is HERE!
In this episode I share what I’ve been up to over the past months. While I didn’t anticipate for the podcast’s hiatus to last this long, life had other plans. Like many of us, COVID-19 completely changed what my job looked like, and while I had every intention of launching season two at the beginning of the school year, I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to do everything. So here we are. Even though it’s later than I expected, I am SO glad to finally be launching season two of That Music Podcast! This season is going to be the best one yet, and I cannot wait for you to let me know what you think of this season!
03:56
January 06, 2021
Season Two Trailer
That Music Podcast is back. Season two launches on January 6th, 2021 with three brand new episodes! Make sure you are subscribed so you won't miss a new episode every Wednesday!
00:45
December 26, 2020
23 | A Look Back at Season One
Wow, is it really the end of season one? I am so incredibly grateful for all of you for supporting me over the past six months as I started this new adventure. On this week’s episode I take a look back at season one and break down a few of my all-time favorite episodes and the takeaways that have helped me in my classroom during this crazy year! I’ll be taking a break from new episodes for the summer, but That Music Podcast will be back in full-force in the fall! Links and Resources: Start the Year Strong (free webinar) Episode 5: Music Therapy with Kate Shannon, MT-BC Episode 8: Technology in the Music Classroom with Katherine Miller Episode 14: We Are Still All Connected ​Episode 15: Digital Music Teaching with Michelle Rose Episode 22: What This Year Has Taught Me This episode is brought to you by my free webinar on Starting the Year Strong. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a successful year of teaching, head on over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/startstrong to reserve your spot! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
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May 27, 2020
22 | What This Year Has Taught Me
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week’s podcast is about things that I learned during this past year of teaching. As the year comes to a close, I have been thinking back on the past year. And let’s be honest, it's been a crazy year. Links and Resources: Start the Year Strong (free webinar) This episode is brought to you by my free webinar on Starting the Year Strong. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a successful year of teaching, head on over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/startstrong to reserve your spot! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
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May 20, 2020
21 | What I Didn't Learn in Undergrad
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m sharing a few things that I learned about teaching elementary music that I didn’t know when I came out of undergrad. Links and Resources: Start the Year Strong (free webinar) This episode is brought to you by my free webinar on Starting the Year Strong. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a successful year of teaching, head on over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/startstrong to reserve your spot! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
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May 13, 2020
20 | Remote Learning Check-In
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m taking a step back and looking at the last few weeks of remote teaching. Links and Resources: FREE Music Teaching Portfolio Template This episode is brought to you by my FREE editable music teaching portfolio template. Whether you are looking for your first job, or are just trying to find something new, this free template will help you stand out from the rest of the applicants. To grab your easy-to-use template, head over to www.ThatMusicTeacher.com/Portfolio Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
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April 29, 2020
19 | Remote Teaching with Katie Wonderly
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m talking with Katie Wonderly about how she has adjusted to teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Katie Wonderly is a fourth-year teacher, making music with 650 of her favorite musicians in Oklahoma City. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Education from Oklahoma City University in 2015 and has completed two summers of master's coursework in Kodály Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. Katie is a member of The Organization of American Kodály Educators, National Association for Music Education, and the National Education Association. She was recently named the 2020 Putnam City District Teacher of the Year. Katie connects with educators and community members through social media platforms under the username, Ms. Wonderly Makes Music (@mswonderlymakesmusic). She is known for innovatively sharing her journey as a young music educator, featuring favorite resources, classroom decor, lesson ideas, tech tips, and more. Through these platforms, she has been able to share and collaborate with educators across the world. Katie believes every classroom should be a place where creativity, community, and diversity are embraced and encouraged. She strives to teach in a way that ensures every student leaves her room knowing their voice matters, and that they are an essential part of the ensemble. Links and Resources: @MsWonderlyMakesMusic This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
23:08
April 22, 2020
18 | Teacher Self-Care with Jackie Sunga
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m talking with Jackie Sunga about different ways that we can make sure we are taking care of our mental health during these unprecedented times. Jackie Sunga is finishing her fifth year as a K-4 music teacher in Fort Worth, TX. She completed her Kodaly certification at Texas State University with the authors of Kodaly Today and El Patio de Mi Casa. She is currently finishing up her life coaching certification with Hungry for Happiness. As a coach, she helps millennial women alleviate anxiety holistically. Links and Resources: @GenuinelyJackie www.JackieSunga.co This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
35:59
April 15, 2020
17 | Little Kids Rock with Melody Oberschlake
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m talking to my good friend Melody Oberschlake about Little Kids Rock. Melody Oberschlake received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2017. During her time at Ohio Wesleyan she majored in vocal music education while also minoring in clarinet and piano. She is in her third year of teaching 5th and 6th grade General Music at Lakeview Intermediate School in the Stow Munroe Falls City School District where she also teaches choir and directs the school musicals. In her free time, she loves crafting, trips to Cedar Point, and spending time with her husband Jonathan and dog Theo. Links and Resources: FREE Music Teaching Portfolio Template Little Kids Rock This episode is brought to you by my FREE editable music teaching portfolio template. Whether you are looking for your first job, or are just trying to find something new, this free template will help you stand out from the rest of the applicants. To grab your easy-to-use template, head over to www.ThatMusicTeacher.com/Portfolio Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
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April 08, 2020
16 | Culturally Responsive Teaching with Kelsey Burkett
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m talking to my friend Kelsey Burkett about culturally responsive music education. Raised in Solon, OH, Kelsey D. Burkett is a 2006 Graduate of Capital University, where she majored in Music Education and served as the alto section leader in the renown Chapel Choir.  She completed her Masters of Music in Music Education and Kodaly Certification from Capital University in 2019. In her 14th year of teaching, she has gained a passion for the developing voice and middle school singers. Currently she serves as the Director of Choirs at Hilliard Memorial Middle School, where she directs the 7th Grade Treble Choir, 8th Grade Treble Choir, Blue Notes, and the annual school musical.  Choirs under her direction have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings and Grand Championships at the District, State, and National Contest levels. In June 2016, the MMS Choirs made their Carnegie Hall Debut as a part of the Songs of Inspiration and Hope Concert under the director of Mrs. Lori Loftus. Ms. Burkett maintains an active singing career, performing with professional ensembles around the city of Columbus.  In March 2020, she was selected as one of ten National recipients as a 2020 CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence.  Her most important job is being Mommy to 16-Month old Harper. Links and Resources: FREE 5-Day Music Technology Challenge Jaguar Choirs Instagram Decolonizing the Music Room This episode is brought to you our FREE 5-day challenge all about including technology in the music classroom. Click here to join. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
34:08
April 01, 2020
15 | Digital Music Teaching with Michelle Rose
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m talking to Michelle Rose about teaching music remotely over the internet. Michelle Rose teaches middle and high school general music and directs the extracurricular virtual band/orchestra and choir at North Carolina Virtual Academy. She is also the director of the International Music Education Summit Virtual Honor Band. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Performance (flute) from Elon University and is currently pursuing a Master's in Music Education from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a teacher-author and blogger at themusicalrose.com. Michelle has been a presenter at several conferences and has been a guest speaker for pre-service music teachers at colleges across the country. In her free time, she enjoys baking, sewing, and going on walks with her dog Tovy (short for Beethoven). Links and Resources: FREE 5-Day Music Technology Challenge Follow Michelle on Instagram Intro to using Zoom for music teachers Choir Rehearsal in Zoom Band Rehearsal in Zoom Elementary General Music Lesson in Zoom with Nearpod Music Educators Creating Online Learning Facebook Group Nearpod Zoom This episode is brought to you our FREE 5-day challenge all about including technology in the music classroom. Click here to join. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
38:31
March 25, 2020
14 | We Are Still All Connected
As many of us transition into teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to offer my support and remind you that we are still all connected through the power of music, even if we aren’t in the same room. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
04:42
March 15, 2020
13 | Regrouping After "That Class"
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m sharing a few ways that I regroup and refocus after a particularly rough class. Links and Resources: FREE Music Teaching Portfolio Template Mindfulness in the Music Classroom This episode is brought to you by my FREE editable music teaching portfolio template. Whether you are looking for your first job, or are just trying to find something new, this free template will help you stand out from the rest of the applicants. To grab your easy-to-use template, head over to www.ThatMusicTeacher.com/Portfolio Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
10:49
March 11, 2020
12 | My Music Teacher Journey
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m sharing the somewhat unique way that I ended up being a music teacher. Links and Resources: FREE 5-Day Music Technology Challenge This episode is brought to you our FREE 5-day challenge all about including technology in the music classroom. Click here to join. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
15:50
March 04, 2020
11 | Anxiety-Free Composition Opportunities
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m sharing some of my all-time favorite ways to sequence composition and improvisation in the music classroom. Composition can be incredibly intimidating to our students, especially if it’s something they haven’t done before. As is true with most things in our classroom, using a sequence that builds upon itself can really help take away some of the anxiety of learning something new. Links and Resources: FREE 5-Day Music Technology Challenge Fall Food Rhythm Cards Rhythm Composition Cards Burger Composition Bundle Ostinato Composition Lesson Plan Chrome Song Maker Lesson Plan This episode is brought to you our FREE 5-day challenge all about including technology in the music classroom. Click here to join. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
10:52
February 26, 2020
10 | Building a Program from the Bottom Up with Abby Helbling
So many music educators face the task of building a music program from the bottom up. It can be hard to know what to do in these situations, especially when most of our fieldwork in undergraduate settings are in well-established settings.  My guest this week is my good friend Abby Helbling. Abby is a second-year teacher who has been working hard to rebuild the music program in her current position. In our conversation, Abby shares her story and gives great advice for any music teacher who is trying to wear #AllTheHats and rebuild a music program. Abby Helbling is in her second year of teaching at Hillsdale Local Schools.  She directs four choral ensembles ranging from 5th-12th grade, as well as teaching 5th and 6th grade general music and guitar at the high school level.  Abby has numerous experiences in performing on stage for musicals and choral events.   During her masters degree, she worked for the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, where she was the assistant director for the Chamber Choir for two years.  She has worked and performed with choirs in Europe, as well.  Outside of school, Abby enjoys exercising, reading, musical theatre, and spending time with family, friends, and her cat, Ivan. Abby holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Masters of Sacred Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from the University of Notre Dame. She resides in Wooster, Ohio. This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
32:06
February 19, 2020
09 | Low-Stress Performance Planning
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m sharing my personal philosophy on performances in the elementary music classroom. Whether you love it or hate it, performances are a huge part of our jobs as music teachers. If you were to ask 100 music teachers how they plan performances, you’d probably get nearly 100 different answers. Because when it comes down to it, we are all different people, serving different students, in entirely unique situations. This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
08:40
February 12, 2020
08 | Technology in the Music Classroom with Katherine Miller
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m joined by the amazing Katherine Miller. Katherine Miller is an elementary music teacher in Waukesha, WI. She proudly teaches Kindergarten-5th grade music as well as serving as a model tech classroom for her district. Incorporating technology into her teaching has allowed Katherine to connect with so many students and other educators. Katherine was recognized as a WPT Education Innovator by Wisconsin Public Television’s Education team in 2018. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Otterbein University and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Antioch McGregor Midwest. Links and Resources: FREE 5-Day Music Technology Challenge This episode is brought to you our FREE 5-day challenge all about including technology in the music classroom. Click here to join. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
35:44
February 05, 2020
07 | Fostering a Positive Community in the Music Classroom
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m sharing about how I strive to create a positive community in the music classroom. A positive classroom environment is incredibly important. In the music room, it can mean the difference between a student feeling confident enough to try something new and refusing to participate. While all teachers begin to craft their own classroom philosophies based on their education, past experiences, and personal differences, I believe there are a few published philosophes that I have greatly drawn on to create my own. Links and Resources: Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group! *This post may contain affiliate links. These links help support the podcast with no additional cost to you!
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January 29, 2020
06 | Meaningful Music Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m sharing a little bit of the research on music education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder that I came across while pursuing my Masters of Music Education at Capital University. Across the United States, there are music educators that are teaching students with varying levels of exceptional needs. One of the subsets within this student population are students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Just as ASD itself lies upon a spectrum, so too does the need for accommodations and supports for students with ASD to have successful musical experiences. Links and Resources: 5 Ways to Better Serve Students with Exceptional Needs Intersections Between Music Education and Music Therapy Using Music to Encourage Joint Attention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder The Challenges of Imitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders with Implications for General Music Education Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Resource for Teachers This episode is brought to you by my free guide on 5 Ways to Better Serve Students with Exceptional Needs. To download your free PDF, head on over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/exceptionallearners. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group! *This post may contain affiliate links. These links help support the podcast with no additional cost to you!
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January 22, 2020
05 | Music Therapy with Kate Shannon, MT-BC
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I had the great pleasure to sit down with Kate Shannon, MT-BC to talk about music therapy and the intersections between music therapy and music education. Kate Shannon is a board-certified music therapist working in the Denver, CO area. She is currently finishing up the requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and is excited to become a dual-certified clinician to better support her clients needs. She is passionate about working with children with developmental differences and special learners. Kate is the host of "Creative Therapy Umbrella: The Podcast" and loves to hike, read, knit, create, play with her dog and cat, and laugh with her husband. Links & Resources: 5 Ways to Better Serve Students with Exceptional Needs American Music Therapy Association Music in Special Education Music, Therapy, and Early Childhood Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Resource for Teachers Fact Sheets Music Therapy Ed Follow Kate on Instagram Creative Therapy Umbrella Podcast www.CreativeTherapyUmbrella.com This episode is brought to you by my free guide on 5 Ways to Better Serve Students with Exceptional Needs. To download your free PDF, head on over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/exceptionallearners. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group! *This post may contain affiliate links. These links help support the podcast with no additional cost to you!
30:31
January 15, 2020
04 | Trauma Sensitivity in the Music Classroom
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I’m talking about something that is near and dear to my heart as a teacher in a Title I school: trauma sensitivity. Like most music teachers out there, I have many students that walk through my door that have experienced more trauma than any child should ever have to experience. These Adverse Childhood Experiences alter the way our students are able to learn, both on physical and emotional levels. On this episode of That Music Podcast, I share a few ways to help better serve these students in order to make sure they can be successful. Links & Resources: 5 Ways to Better Serve Students with Exceptional Needs Adverse Childhood Experiences (CDC) Take the ACES Survey This episode is brought to you by my free guide on 5 Ways to Better Serve Students with Exceptional Needs. To download your free PDF, head on over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/exceptionallearners. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
08:15
January 08, 2020
03 | Staying Sane as a Traveling Teacher
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. This week I shared my favorite ways to keep my sanity as a traveling music teacher. For better or for worse, being a traveling teacher is a reality for a large percentage of music teachers, especially those at the elementary level. While I can vouch that there are definitely advantages and disadvantages of sharing your time between multiple schools, I can also vouch that you need to set some specific procedures for yourself so that you don’t go crazy. This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
09:31
January 01, 2020
02 | What I Wish I Knew Before Student Teaching Music
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. Today I shared my experience student teaching music, and what I wish I would have known before stepping foot into the classroom. I spent the weeks leading up to student teaching searching the internet for tips and tricks about student teaching music. I was able to find some helpful information about being a student teaching in general, but I felt like there was always something missing. After all, student teaching for music looks completely different than student teaching in the general classroom. This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
13:49
January 01, 2020
01 | Setting Goals for Music Teachers
Thank you for listening to this episode of That Music Podcast. In this episode, I talk about goal setting for music teachers. I set goals for myself at the beginning of the school year. I think it’s a great way to frame my year and work towards bettering myself as a musician and educator. Now that we’re in a brand new decade, I decided to sit down with a cup of coffee and reflect on these goals. Whether you’ve already set goals or are just thinking about some, this episode is for you! This episode is brought to you by ThriftBooks. To save 15% on your first order PLUS free shipping on all orders over $10, head over to www.thatmusicteacher.com/thriftbooks. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
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January 01, 2020
00 | That Music Podcast Teaser
Each week on That Music Podcast you’ll hear from me, Bryson Tarbet, about what it really means to be a music teacher. Along the way, you’ll hear from friends and colleagues that are able to bring valuable insights into their specialties and share actionable steps to influence our own classrooms in a positive way. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes of That Music Podcast. You can check out show notes and more at www.thatmusicteacher.com. While you’re here, take a moment to join the free General Music Mastermind Facebook group!
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