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The Elementary Music Teacher Podcast: Music Education

The Elementary Music Teacher Podcast: Music Education

By Jessica Peresta
Are you an elementary music teacher? Maybe you’re worn out, overwhelmed, or feel like it gets harder each year.

Hi, I’m Jessica, and it’s my passion to help elementary music teachers, just like you, figure out your unique teaching style. In this podcast, I'll share helpful tips and strategies, work-home life balance tips, and mindset blocks, while helping give you the motivation you need to gain momentum in your teaching so you can continue being the music teacher rock star you already are.

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The Elementary Music Teacher Podcast: Music Education

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The Elementary Music Teacher Podcast: Music Education

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186- 45 Minute Class Period Break Down
In a 45 minute class period, it's easy to feel stuck when trying to figure out what to do with your students throughout the class time.  Of course, there are a lot of factors to consider including if you see your students more or less than 45 minutes, what your teaching situation is like, and also the unique needs of your different classes.  Whatever the case may be, this breakdown will help give you a guideline to follow as you're thinking through your music time with your students.  Social media links mentioned: 45 minute break down on TikTok 45 minute break down on Instagram Other episode to listen to: 156- Determining How to Structure Your Class Time in the Music Room 168- What to Know About Students Entering the Music Room 177-Lining Up Students to Leave the Music Room Find out more about the HARMONY membership here. Get your copy of Make A Note: What You Really Need to Know About Teaching Elementary Music Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
22:32
January 19, 2022
185- Teaching Music on a Cart with Amy Walworth
Teaching on a cart is something many music teachers find themselves doing at one point in their career.  There are a lot of questions surrounding on a cart teaching and I'm so excited to have Amy Walworth on the podcast to help answer them.  In this episode, she breaks down her experience in teaching on a cart including: why she likes it what's hard about it why teaching in the general classroom isn't necessarily a bad thing tips and strategies for decorating your cart Amy Walworth is the elementary music specialist for Macon County Public schools, in the beautiful hills of Lafayette TN. She is the only music instructor for over 1100 K-5 students and teaches at five different schools during the year. She travels to every class using a cart and is the author of the new book Teaching Music on a Cart which includes encouragement, cart teaching tips, teaching strategies, and lesson plans for music cart teachers. Links mentioned in this episode: Amy's website Teaching on a Cart Teaching on a Cart Facebook page Amy's book Teaching Music on a Cart at F-Flat Books Find out more about the HARMONY membership here. Get your copy of Make A Note: What You Really Need to Know About Teaching Elementary Music Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
37:36
January 12, 2022
184- Recapping the Podcast in 2021
Every year, I do a recap episode to reflect back on the episodes recorded and to share some of my favorite moments.  2021 was a fantastic year for the podcast and I'm so excited to keep this show going and to continue bringing on guests and creating solo episodes that meet you where you're at.  Happy New Year and may this be the best year ever! Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation and you can watch the Thursday Facebook lives on my Facebook page The Domestic Musician. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
42:54
January 05, 2022
183-4 Guiding Questions to Help You Create a Mission Statement
What is a mission statement and why do you need one as a music teacher?  When you do goal setting and really strive to reach those goals, it’s what keeps you motivated to keep going. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve thought about goals or you’ve never really done anything like this besides your teaching philosophy you had to think through in college. What I want to help you do in this episode is to think through 4 questions that will help guide you as you create your mission statement.  Then, I want you to hang this statement by your desk, write it on a stick note, frame it, or even put it in the notes app on your phone to refer to it from time to time.  Because, when not if you’re having one of those crazy hard days, this mission statement will remind you of your why. Find out more about the HARMONY membership here. Get your copy of Make A Note: What You Really Need to Know About Teaching Elementary Music Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
20:05
December 29, 2021
182- 5 Steps for Finding Renewal as a Music Teacher
In this episode, I want to give you 5 steps that will help you to find renewal before you head back to school after Winter break. Let go of unrealistic expectations put on you by others or yourself Process through the successes and struggles you’ve had so far this school year Think about what you'd like to improve upon going forward Consider how or what will improve your teaching practice or life Think about what ways can you improve on practicing real self care Sign up for the "Reflect and Renew" challenge right here. Find out more about the HARMONY membership here. Get your copy of Make A Note: What You Really Need to Know About Teaching Elementary Music Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
25:09
December 22, 2021
181- Being an Empowered Educator with Jen Rafferty
Being an empowered educator means that you notice how you're feeling, and are therefore able to take a deep breath and focus.  A lot of times you don't have your feelings validated, which is so hard. In this episode, Jen Rafferty does a great job of explaining what an empowered educator is, why this is her mission in helping teachers, and how refocus your thought patterns to help you move forward.  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. Links mentioned in this episode: Jen's website Empowered Educator Facebook page Jen Rafferty Music Instagram Facebook live about Finding Your Why Sign up for the "Reflect and Renew" challenge right here. Find out more about the HARMONY membership here. Get your copy of Make A Note: What You Really Need to Know About Teaching Elementary Music Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
49:20
December 15, 2021
180- Music Teacher Coaching Call with Stephanie Klemetson
If you aren't aware by now, I'm beyond passionate about serving, mentoring, and coaching elementary music teachers.  With that said, I've been doing not only group coaching, but 1-on-1 coaching with some of my HARMONY members.  I wanted to share this coaching call with one of the music teachers in the membership for you to get advice and strategies about what you might be facing in your music teacher life. If you're interested in 1-on-1 coaching, I'm offering this as a service outside of my membership site now as well!  Fill out this form and we'll get you set up. Sign up for the "Reflect and Renew" challenge right here. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
01:10:37
December 08, 2021
179-Working with English Language Learners in the Music Room with Angela Ammerman
Working with English Language Learners in the music room can feel intimidating, yet rewarding at the same time.  How can you teach music to student who speak a different language than you?  What are ways you can communicate and help them progress in the music room?  In this episode, we'll talk all about that including: the best strategies for connecting with your students why you don't have to go it alone building a sense of belonging teaching with non verbal communication Angela Ammerman is currently both a stay at home mama and a passionate music teacher trainer. She stays at home six days a week and spends one day on campus at George Mason University where she teaches Lab Orchestra, Aural Skills, and String Methods. Ammerman also supervises student teachers for both GMU and James Madison University and is the author of the upcoming book “The Music Teacher’s Guide to Engaging English Language Learners,” to be published by Meredith Music THIS MONTH (October)! Ammerman has been named Virginia’s 2016 Orchestra Director of the Year, the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Advisor of the Year in 2019, and she has been honored by the Virginia House of Delegates, and featured in the Washington Post as well as the Tennessee Alumnus Magazine. Ammerman is the host of the #MusicEdLove Podcast and is in high demand as a guest conductor and clinician across the country. Angela lives with her 1 year old son David Michael and her husband, Dr. David Allen Ammerman. Links mentioned in this episode: Connect with Angela at angelaammerman.com Also connect on social media on Instagram @angelaammerman Sign up for the "Reflect and Renew" challenge right here. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here. Get your copy of Make A Note: What You Really Need to Know About Teaching Elementary Music Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
35:46
December 01, 2021
178- How to Be Thankful Even When it's Hard
Teaching right now is hard.  There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Although things are going back to "normal", they're not quite there yet.  So what do we do? How can you move forward? In this episode, I'm going to talk to you about reframing the way you view thankfulness and gratitude.  It’s not going to be sunshine, unicorns, and rainbows all the time.  We're all very well aware of this.  But, in this episode, you'll get some example phrases to show you how to reframe the negative into a positive and then I want you to think about your own life and how you apply these tips and strategies into it. Sign up for the "Reflect and Renew" challenge right here. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
20:25
November 24, 2021
177- Lining Up Students to Leave the Music Room
In this podcast episode, I'll talk about what to know about students lining up to leave the music room.  Every class time will look different and will change according to what you're doing with your students and what grade level is leaving your room.  But, the ideas I share in this episode will help you to get your students lined up and ready to leave in an easier way. In this episode, I discuss: What to allow time for Things to think through  Knowing your schedule well What to do before lining students up How to have students leave Why procedures and expectations are important Read this blog post that goes right along with today's podcast episode.  Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
38:07
November 17, 2021
176- Deconstructing K-5th Grade Music Standards
What does it mean to deconstruct a music standard?  It can be overwhelming having objectives, deciding what quarter to teach them in, lesson planning to teach the objectives, and knowing if you're doing it "right." In this episode, I break down step by step how to deconstruct a standard to help you move forward in your music classroom. Read this blog post that goes right along with today's podcast episode where you'll see what's discussed laid out in a sequential process.   Links mentioned in this episode: Get your copy of my book Make A Note. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Sign up for 1-on-1 music teacher coaching. Listen to episode 157. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
37:34
November 10, 2021
175- Decolonizing Music Education with Giuliana Conti
What does decolonizing music education look like?  Are there steps you can take to make sure you're making your music classroom equitable for every student who comes through your doors?  In this episode, I brought on Giuliana Conti to discuss this with me.  The advice she shares throughout the entire episode is awesome and you'll get practical tips you can apply into your teaching right away.  One of the best quotes from this episode is that equity means access, accountability, and opportunity to learn.  In the classroom, equity means thinking critically about what you're presenting, how you're presenting it, and your role in it.  After listening in, I can't wait to hear what your key takeaways are.   Giuliana Conti is a proud educator, education researcher, and leader.  She has committed five years to representing nearly 15,000 colleagues in local, state, and national arenas while evaluating and developing the advancement of GPSS as an organization. She also has five years of teaching experience in the K-8 music setting.  Her recent focus has been on increased communication with stakeholders and partners, professional development programming for our constituents, and providing her team with a strategic plan grounded in inclusive, effective, and sustainable processes for the next three years. As a PhD researcher she has carried out a sizable portfolio of qualitative and quantitative studies. These have involved standard and innovative processes within study design, need assessment, data collection, analysis, evaluation, and impact measurement. While my Doctorate is in music education specifically, she has a deep understanding of the practical and theoretical intersections between psychology, sociology, cognition, culture, learning, policy, reform, and student-centered curriculum development in K-12 settings. She loves teaching, and contributing to the success of others within education. Links mentioned in this episode: Connect with Giuliana on Twitter The Smithsonian Folkway website World Music Pedagogy books by Patricia Campbell Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
46:52
November 03, 2021
174- Music Teacher Coaching Call with Joanna Busch
If you aren't aware by now, I'm beyond passionate about serving, mentoring, and coaching elementary music teachers.  With that said, I've been doing not only group coaching, but 1-on-1 coaching with some of my HARMONY members.  I wanted to share this coaching call with one of the music teachers in the membership for you to get advice and strategies about what you might be facing in your music teacher life.   If you'd like to sign up for coaching with me where we can talk about anything and everything going on in your music teacher life, fill out this form.  Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
56:12
October 27, 2021
173- Drama Education and Integration with Deb Baldwin
As an elementary music teacher, you bring drama into what you're already doing with your students, whether you realize it or not.  As you put on performances, do movement activities, read stories with action words, and create different sounds, you're integrating drama.  I'm so excited for the conversation I had with Deb Baldwin in this episode about drama instruction and integration, because this is where her expertise lies.  She breaks down how to teach drama to the youngest and oldest of students and gives sound advice that you can use in your own music or drama classroom.  Deborah Baldwin is an award-winning theater teacher and director having done both for nearly 40 years.  She directed over 250 plays and musicals with adults and children alike. Deborah developed and administrated several youth theater companies in the Midwest and serves as a consultant to them as well. She taught in Missouri and Colorado retiring in 2016. She created curriculum in all areas of theater for grades second through twelfth--creative dramatics, introduction to theater, musical theater, playwriting and technical theater.  Currently, she created drama education resources for her store, DramaMommaSpeaks on Teacherspayteachers.com. In addition, she coaches teachers just starting out on their journey. She is an award winning indie author of Bumbling Bea a middle grade book.  She blogs at www.dramamommaspeaks.com and can be found on Facebook at Drama Momma Speaks and Instagram under the Dramamommaspeaks name. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
39:14
October 20, 2021
172- Dealing with Feeling Left Out
Are you struggling with feelings of being left out or lonely?  I know I sure have.  In fact, I've gone through some anxiety and stress the past two months and know others have as well from conversations I've had.  If this is you too, then I recorded this episode just for you.   During this episode, I talk about how to move past the feelings of being left out or not included.  What do you do?  How do you process through your emotions?  We'll talk about that and so much more.  So, listen in and get ready to feel encouraged. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
26:53
October 13, 2021
171- Diversity in Music Education with Nate Holder
Diversity in music education is so important.  Making your classroom equitable starts with you first... understanding who you are, what your knowledge is, and where the holes are. In this conversation with Nate Holder, we discuss: why it's important to learn and to keep relearning the importance of helping students to see themselves in your music classroom including music from your students culture in your classroom and much more Nate Holder BA (Hons), MMus is a musician, author, speaker and music education consultant based in London. He is an advocate for decolonising music education and has been speaking, writing and consulting on the subject internationally for the past few years. Nate brings his passion and skill in public speaking into leading CPD training and workshops for schools, hubs and universities; helping address bias, underrepresentation in music classrooms, departments, hubs and boards internationally. He is currently serving as Professor and International Chair of Music Education at the Royal Northern College of Music. You can connect with Nate here: www.nateholdermusic.com www.thewhybooks.co.uk Instagram - @n8holder Twitter - @n8holder Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
01:00:15
October 06, 2021
170- How to do Centers in the Elementary Music Room
Have you wanted to bring centers into your elementary music classroom but you're just not sure how?  In this episode, we'll go over simple ways you can begin doing centers with your students. These include: Boomwhacker melodies Student devices Listening activities Using keyboards Recorder or mallet instruments Music games and activities Read the blog post that goes along with this episode right here.  Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
24:45
September 29, 2021
169- Being a Leader in Your School as the Music Teacher with Jamal Maxsam
What if I told you that you can step into being a leader in your school building and amongst your peers as the music teacher?  You have the advantage of teaching every child or each grade level, know how to adapt lessons on the fly, and can deconstruct a standard to reach the different ages of learners.  Not only that, you're great at getting the unengaged learners excited about learning and your lessons are hands on and not boring. So, you have a lot to bring to the table my friend.  It's time you step into being a leader and bring your confidence and strengths to the table.  In this episode, I'm so excited to chat all about this with Jamal Maxsam. Jamal Maxsam is an Igniter of Champion leaders. He started in business, then realized he could do more to help others reach their fullest potential. Then Jamal made the shift and became a teacher, then served as a school Principal turning around struggling schools and accelerating performing schools. Now he helps teachers go to the Principal's office and Edupreneurs birth their dream, shifting it from a good idea to a business. You can connect with Jamal here: website: jamalmaxsam.org social media: Clubhouse, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook LinkedIn: Jamal Maxsam Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
33:46
September 22, 2021
168- What to Know About Students Entering the Music Room
In this podcast episode, I'll talk about what to know about students entering the music room.  Honestly, when you set yourself AND your students up for success before they even step foot into your classroom, your class time will run smoother than ever. Throughout the episode, I discuss: The importance of meeting your students at the door Doing body percussion activities as they walk in Greeting your students with a smile on your face Silently doing echo rhythms or movement for students to follow Simple singing warmups Practice, practice, practice procedures and stay consistent Read this blog post that goes right along with today's podcast episode.  Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
30:16
September 15, 2021
167- Taking an Empathy Based Approach to Behavioral Challenges in the Music Room with Dr. Erin Parkes
While working with students with exceptional needs, you'll encounter students who deal with behavioral challenges.  It's so tough as the music teacher knowing how to best work with these students and to stay patient in the process. In this episode, Dr. Erin Parkes discusses how to take an empathy based approach to the behavioral challenges you may encounter. But, not only that, she and I have a conversation around sensory processing disorder, students on the autism spectrum, and so much more. One of the biggest pieces of advice she gives is that it will take a lot of trial and error when figuring out how to best meet the needs of certain students.  But, trust that your boundaries are your boundaries and it's your classroom.  Dr. Erin Parkes is the founder and executive director of Lotus Centre for Special Music Education, a charitable organization based in Ottawa, Canada with a mission to provide access to music education for the special needs community. As part of her commitment to teacher education, Erin leads the first and only post-secondary program in special music education at the University of Ottawa, and has recently started the Lotus Centre Institute for Professional Development. Erin has been teaching students with exceptionalities for 25 years and welcomes students of all ages and abilities in her studio. You can connect with Dr. Parkes on her websites here: www.lotuscentre.net www.institute.lotuscentre.net And... you can connect with Dr. Parkes on social media here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lotuscentreforspecialmusiceducation YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5B_QWcde9iHIDWDf8T6gNA Twitter: https://twitter.com/LotusCentreMus1 Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
46:40
September 08, 2021
166- First Steps in Pursuing your Edupreneur Dreams
Maybe you've wanted to start a side hustle or sell some products or services, but you're not quite sure how.  I remember starting out and having all of the questions and no idea how to figure out the answers. In this episode, I'll break down the first steps to consider while pursuing your edupreneur dreams.   Some of these tips may be strategies you've never heard before, and my goal is for you to take what you learn and to brainstorm ideas so you can make forward momentum.  Fill out the business coaching Google form on this link.  Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Connect with me and send me a direct message on Instagram here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
24:10
September 01, 2021
165- Empowering Music Students and the Student-Centered Music Room with Theresa Hoover
What is a student-centered classroom?  How exactly does it empower your music students?  In today's episode, Theresa and I talk about these exact topics and help provide you with strategies to move forward with implementing ideas into your classroom.  Theresa is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, frequently working with teachers to help integrate technology into their music classes. Theresa is a recognized presenter and clinician for local, regional, and national conferences and is the co-author of the book Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students.  You can find Theresa's work online at www.musicaltheresa.comTheresa Hoover is a music educator, speaker, and writer. She is an advocate for student voice in the music room and works to empower students throughout their musical experiences and help teachers transform their classrooms to become student-centered learning environments. You can connect with Theresa here: www.musicaltheresa.com On Twitter @MusicalTheresa Instagram @MusicalTheresa Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
30:14
August 25, 2021
164- Personal Development and Creating Educational Leaders who are Empathetic with Robert Anderson
Personal development for teachers is an important topic, to help you in both your teacher life and for your students.  A lot of times the focus is on professional development only, and personal development for teachers is forgotten about.   It's important that you know how much you matter as a person, and not just a teacher.  Then, show that person to your students and form those connection points that will open the doors to empathy.  We'll talk about all of this and so much more in this episode.  Robert Anderson is the President of Win by Design consulting.  He has served as a consultant to corporations, universities, individuals, and teams.  He is also the author of the recently released  "The 12 Things They Wanted To Teach You High School...But Couldn't " A Personal Development book written to create educational leaders is quickly becoming an Amazon Best Books of 2021. He is focused on raising awareness of the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our educational institutions and executive spaces. Robert has 15 years of classroom teaching experience, has been married for 14 years, has 4 beautiful kids, and is a lacrosse dad, and health fanatic. You can connect with Robert here: On Facebook here At his website winbydesign.co On Instagram @rajrofficial On Twitter @anderson9363 Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
51:40
August 18, 2021
163- What to Expect Heading Back to in Person Teaching
Whether you already taught in person last school year or you'll be headed back into your building this school year, there's a lot of fear, uncertainty, and unknowns facing not only you, but your students too. In this episode, I'll address some thing to think through as you head into the new school year. We'll discuss: How music class may feel new to your students Why things may feel awkward for a bit Knowing that fear is still there Remembering that kiddos aren't used to being at school Getting excited to create music in person with your students again Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
13:11
August 04, 2021
162- 3 Mindset Beliefs to Tackle Before Heading Into the New School Year
There are so many mindset beliefs music teachers deal with on a daily basis.  In this episode, I'm going to tackle the 3 I hear mentioned the most.  Today, we're going to talk about the thoughts: "I'm not good enough..." "I feel like giving up..." "My students are behind..." The doors to HARMONY are officially open, but hurry because doors close tomorrow, June 29th!  You can find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here.
26:11
July 28, 2021
161-How to move from feeling stuck to supported as a music teacher with Taylor Middleton
Have you felt stuck or supported as a music teacher? In this episode, I brought in Taylor Middleton to talk about her journey as a music teacher and how she's found the support she needs.  What you need won't look the same as any other music teacher and it's important to identify what that looks like for you.  As you listen in today, you'll hear Taylor talk about what has worked for you and how she gets what she needs from a variety of different groups, resources, and online communities, including the HARMONY membership site.  The doors to HARMONY are officially open!  You can find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here.
37:58
July 21, 2021
160- How These 15 Music Teachers Journeys Are Just Like Yours
In this episode, you'll hear from 15 music teachers who all have different stories to share.  That's what so cool about meeting elementary music teachers... everyone's story is different.  You'll hear what struggles each teacher faced and what they've gotten from being in the HARMONY membership.  While listening in, you'll be able to connect with a story you hear.  Come to the "Back to School Planning Workshop" where you'll get to interact, ask questions from, and support other music teachers and will leave the workshop with your first 4 weeks of school completely planned out.   The workshop is on Monday, July 19th- Thursday, July 22nd and you can sign up by heading here.  The doors to HARMONY are officially open!  You can find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here.
25:49
July 14, 2021
159- Reframing the Way You View Professional Development
Do you view professional development as only earning PD hours and enough credits just to get by?  What if I told you it was about so much more than that.  In this episode, let's talk about how you can reframe the way you view professional development and what my favorite way to do that is.  Read the blog post that goes hand in hand with this episode right here. Come to the "Back to School Planning Workshop" where you'll get to interact, ask questions from, and support other music teachers and will leave the workshop with your first 4 weeks of school completely planned out.   The workshop is on Monday, July 19th- Thursday, July 22nd and you can sign up by heading here.  Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
17:46
July 07, 2021
158- Planning Out the First Month of School
Planning out the first month of school can seem a little daunting.  There are so many decisions to make and things to think about before you teach a single lesson.  In this episode, I'll break down the "how to" behind planning for back to school and will walk you through some deciding factors to consider while you're making your plans.  Come to the "Back to School Planning Workshop" where you'll get to interact, ask questions from, and support other music teachers and will leave the workshop with your first 4 weeks of school completely planned out.   The workshop is on Monday, July 19th- Thursday, July 22nd and you can sign up by heading here.  Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
22:07
June 30, 2021
157- A Simple Way to Keep Your Lesson Plans Organized
You’ve probably accumulated so many lesson plans from different workshops, trainings, levels courses, friends, and resources.  It gets so overwhelming knowing what to do with each lesson plan and how to find what you need when you plan each week. Today, I want to talk about a simple way to keep your lesson plans organized. Want to take a deeper dive into this topic? Register for the "Organizing Your Lesson Plans" workshop that's happening on July 5th. Sign up for all of the summer professional development workshops Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
18:23
June 23, 2021
156- Determining How to Structure Your Class Time in the Music Room
Determining how to structure your class time in the music room can be tricky.  You see your students on average for 45 minutes once a week and want to use your time wisely with each class that comes into your in person or virtual music room.  In this episode, we'll talk about how to structure what happens in the music room so the time you see your students is used efficiently and effectively. Want to take a deeper dive into this topic?  Register for the structuring your class time workshop that's happening on June 28th. Sign up for all of the summer professional development workshops Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
19:57
June 16, 2021
155- What Classroom Management Is and Isn't
Did you learn in college that classroom management was only about the rules and about being strict?  Yeah, me too... But, classroom management is about SO much more than that.  In fact, forming relationships is the KEY to classroom management.  In this episode, I'll be talking about what classroom management is and isn't to help you move forward with making a plan that works for you.  Want more guidance in making classroom management work for your students and in your classroom?  Register for the classroom management workshop that's happening on June 21st.  Sign up for all of the summer professional development workshops Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
17:01
June 09, 2021
154- School’s Over… Now What?
So, now that the school year is over, what do you do now?  You’re probably thinking… umm Jessica, absolutely nothing is the answer to that...right?  In this episode, we'll talk about how the most important thing you can do is to take a break and then do something fun before you even begin to think about going back to school.  Then, begin to process through last school year and what you're wanting to do moving forward into the new school year.  Sign up for a summer professional development workshop Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
19:40
June 02, 2021
153- How to have a Side Hustle and Teach Music Full Time with Katie Holbrook
Maybe you're teaching music full time, but you've had the desire or passion to pursue something else as a side hustle too.  Thinking about doing this can be intimidating and overwhelming.  There are a lot of questions to think about like, "what would I pursue" or "but there are already so many people doing what I want to do."   The thing is that there is only one you.  So, that means that special gift you bring to the world is unique and the world needs it.  In this episode, Katie Holbrook and I talk about what to do when you're wanting to pursue a side passion on top of your full time teaching job.  She is my community manager for The Domestic Musician, LLC as well as a founding member of my HARMONY membership.  She and I talk about how to pick one thing to focus on, ways to manage your schedule so you're not overwhelmed, and how to choose what to pursue. Connect with Katie here: On Instagram @onethirtymusic At her website 130music.com Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head here to grab your free online business guide. Sign up for 1 on 1 business coaching with Jessica right here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
41:25
May 26, 2021
152- What to do if You're "Ready to Quit"
Have you had thoughts about quitting teaching?  What do you do with these thoughts and how do you move past them?  In this episode, we'll talk about not only identifying where these thoughts are coming from, but what you need to do in order to keep moving forward in your teaching career. Links mentioned in this episode: "Make A Note: What You Really Need To Know About Teaching Elementary Music" book "20 Things To Know About Teaching Elementary Music" cheat sheet Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group  Sign up for a summer professional development workshop Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
39:25
May 19, 2021
151- Wrapping up the School Year with Your Students
The end of the school year is inching closer and closer and up goes the energy of your students.  Maybe you have guilt about what you haven't done or what you should've done, but haven't really taken the time to appreciate the fact that you've almost taught an ENTIRE school year during a Pandemic. In this episode, I'll address some mindset stuff you may be feeling, but will also share some practical tips and ideas for engaging your students in music class, no matter what your teaching situation may look like.  Links mentioned in this episode: "How to Put On an End of the Year Talent Show" podcast episode 48 "5 End of the Year Elementary Music Activities" blog post "6 Fun Elementary Music Center Ideas" blog post Sign up for a summer professional development workshop Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
28:28
May 12, 2021
150- Self Care for Music Educators with Beth Duhon
Self care is more than a buzzword.  So many times, we hear phrases like "just take care of yourself" or "find the one thing that works for you" or even "pencil in time to get that pedicure." But, self care isn't the same as self soothing.  In fact, it's about the daily, mundane, and boring stuff that will help you to feel better every single day that matters.  In this episode, Beth Duhon does a great job of explaining what self care REALLY is and has an easy to remember acronym called "MAP" that will give you amazing tips to implement what you're hearing today. Beth Duhon is, to borrow Tracy King’s phrase, the K-5 “ambassador of joy” at Travis Elementary in Rosenberg, TX.  This is her fifth year teaching in Lamar Consolidated ISD.  She has received over $14,000 in classroom grants for a keyboard lab, iPads, and music manipulatives in addition to regularly receiving travel grants for music education conferences.   In 2021, she presented “Self-Care for the Music Educator: Not Just a Buzzword” for TMEA and the LCISD elementary music teacher cohort.  Previously, Ms. Duhon was a successful horn private lesson teacher, clinician, and freelance performer in the West Houston area for over a decade.  She also taught elementary music in Williamsburg, VA and middle school general music in Falls Church, VA before moving to Texas.   She was an honors recitalist, principal horn in the wind ensemble and orchestra, cum laude and an inductee of Pi Kappa Lambda from Illinois Wesleyan University where she received a B.M.E.  At the University of Houston, Ms. Duhon was a teaching assistant in the music history department, summa cum laude and a student of Roger Kaza (St. Louis Symphony) and Nancy Goodearl (Houston Symphony).  She received an M.M. in horn performance.   Ms. Duhon met her husband, Jimmy, when they were both performing as instrumentalists at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  They have a ten-year-old son, Mark. You can connect with Beth here: On her Facebook account here See her YouTube presentation (as long as it's available) right here Join her "Self Care for the Music Educator" Facebook group here. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
56:19
May 05, 2021
149- Teaching Music in Low Income Schools
No two schools are the same.  The way you teach at one school won’t be the same as the way you present the same exact lesson at another school. Funding is different, relationship building is so important, you'll need to adjust and adapt what you do a lot, some of your students are dealing with a lot, and you won't have as many resources to work with at times.   In this episode, you'll hear about my story with teaching in a low income school and why teaching music isn't a "one size fits all" approach.   Read the blog post that goes hand in hand with this episode right here. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
27:58
April 28, 2021
148- Making Music Education Inclusive for All Students
The word inclusive means, "aiming to provide equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those having physical or mental disabilities or belonging to other minority groups."  Every student can and should have the opportunity to receive a quality music education.  There are not ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Unfortunately, some kids aren't getting the same opportunities to learn music for a variety of reasons.  In this episode, we're going to explore why making music education inclusive for all students is so important and how you can go about doing that. Read the blog post that goes hand in hand with this episode right here. Come to the Make A Note book club Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
23:57
April 21, 2021
147- Culturally Relevant Music Education with Casey Hall
In today's episode, Casey Hall came on the podcast to talk about culturally relevant music education.   We discuss:  what culturally relevant music education is why it's so important why forming relationships with your students is so important understanding the culture of your students researching what music your students like Mr. Casey Hall is a Fine Arts Education Program Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. As a Fine Arts Education Program Specialist, it is our mission to create the next generation of fine artists and foster a deep appreciation of the arts for students and fine arts patrons in the State of Georgia. In Georgia, we believe this occurs with a world-class fine arts education, fine arts experiences in the arts community, and fine arts extensions of learning after school. He joins the GaDOE Fine Arts Department team from Fulton County Schools as a Fine Arts Support Teacher (FAST) and the Music Specialist at Wolf Creek Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. On the FAST Team, he coached and provides support for elementary music teachers across the district. He was a member of Fulton County's Vanguard Team and works with educators across all grade levels and disciplines to support a personalized learning environment in their classrooms, build capacity, and seamlessly integrate technology. He was selected to be a member of the Working Committee to revise the Georgia Performance Standards for Music in 2017. Most recently, he was awarded the title of 2019-2020 South Learning Community Teacher of the Year for Fulton County Schools. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and a master's degree in music education from Georgia State's School of Music. While at GSU, he studied and developed the term, culturally driven pedagogy (a comprehensive term which uses students' culture to drive instructional practices) as well as developed a songwriting curriculum for the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Mr. Hall has presented at various conferences on topics such as Project-Based Learning, Personalized Learning, App Smashing, Cultural Pedagogies, Culturally Driven Pedagogy, and Behavior and Classroom Management at international, national, state, and local school district professional development sessions. Connect with Casey here: GaDOE Fine Arts Website: https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/Fine-Arts.aspx GaDOE Fine Arts Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jesbooth GaDOE Fine Arts Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GADOE-Fine-Arts-Department-104588351442666 My Personal Education Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrhallpass Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
59:58
April 14, 2021
146- 3 Ways to Implement Instructional Software in Elementary Music
Implementing instructional software in elementary music can be a bit tricky or even overwhelming.  In this podcast episode, I share 3 ways you can easily do this with with your students. I'll discuss: Drill and practice Tutorials Simulations Read the blog post that goes hand in hand with this episode right here.  Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation and you can watch the Thursday Facebook lives on my Facebook page The Domestic Musician. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
18:52
April 07, 2021
145- How to use Orff and technology and connecting elementary and secondary music with Eric Young
I'm so excited for you to listen in to this episode with Eric Young.  We talk a lot about how to connect elementary music to secondary music and why it's important for it to be a seamless transition for students.  But, Eric also talks about his love for Orff Schulwerk and how it easily transfers to what he does in secondary music as well as what technology he has used with his students and why.  Eric has been both an elementary and secondary music teacher, so he understands both worlds.  This conversation will help bridge the gap in a way between what happens in elementary and secondary music and how teachers of both worlds can talk to and help each other out.  Eric Young taught Pk-5 Elementary Music for 12 years with Montgomery County Public Schools in Christiansburg, VA. In 2016, Eric left the classroom to focus on full time music education consultant work. He worked with Lynn Kleiner's Music Rhapsody teaching online teacher training, manager of Lynn Kleiner's Music Box, and content/lesson development. In 2018, Eric returned to the classroom teaching K-3 music and 4-5 beginning band with Roanoke City School. He then returned to Montgomery County in 2019 teaching Pk-5 Elementary Music. Currently, Eric is in his first year teaching middle school Band, Choir, Guitar and General Music at Auburn Middle School in Riner, VA. Additionally, Mr. Young is an adjunct faculty member at Radford University where he teaches Music Technology for the Music Educator. Eric frequently presents music education workshops all over the US and China. Eric holds a BAchelor of Music in Music Education from Radford University and a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech.  Mr. Young completed his Orff Schulwerk Levels I, II, III and Master Class from Appalachian State University. Eric lives in Christiansburg with his husband Joe and their spunky boxer, Luna. You can connect with Eric here on: Instagram @heymisteryoung Twitter @heymisteryoung Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation and you can watch the Thursday Facebook lives on my Facebook page The Domestic Musician. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
01:01:45
March 31, 2021
144- What a formal music education doesn't teach you
A formal music education is so important.  But, it's not the end all be all to learning.  It’s not that having a music degree doesn’t matter, because it does. It just means that although you have your degree, never stop learning from others, growing as a music educator, thinking outside of the box, and not staying stuck in your ways.  In this episode, I talk about what a formal music education doesn't teach you and my feelings around that.  Purchase the book "Make A Note:  What You Really Need To Know About Teaching Elementary Music" right here. Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation and you can watch the Thursday Facebook lives on my Facebook page The Domestic Musician. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
20:42
March 24, 2021
143-How to do songwriting with your students with Lori Burke
In this episode, Lori Burke and I discuss her story as a songwriter and how you can help your students write songs with ease.  She gives so many actionable steps including choosing a topic, using music to write a story, changing up the words to a familiar melody, and so much more.  We also discuss the importance of music education and music teachers and how music can be used as a tool in students lives when they need it.   Lori Burke is the business owner and entrepreneur at Lori Burke Music LLC.  She uses music and kinesthetics as a medium to achieve dreams. She's a Sesame Street alumni songwriter, Division 1 Javelin athlete, Hall of Fame for Volleyball (playing and coaching) and T&F, and has been nationally recognized for her work by the Today Show, PBS, Huffington Post, Redbook, and YouTube viral video.  Lori has been married for 20 years to her high school sweetheart and has 2 beautiful children who are teens also achieving their big dreams.    You can connect with Lori here: Website: loriburkemusicshop.com Instagram: @lori_burke_music Facebook: Lori Burke Music Facebook group:  Sing-A-Long Parenting Group Find out more about and sign up for the HARMONY membership waitlist here. Head to my website to grab your free music teaching resource. Join the Elementary Music Teacher Community Facebook group to continue the conversation and you can watch the Thursday Facebook lives on my Facebook page The Domestic Musician. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, be sure to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.
53:32
March 17, 2021