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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113- Teaching music virtually and self care with Michelle Rose
Teaching music virtually is something you may have never thought you would be doing.  It's a learning curve and comes with it's own unique challenges, especially if it's out of your comfort zone. With COVID-19, so many teachers became virtual teachers all of a sudden.  I asked my friend Michelle Rose to come on the podcast to talk about her experience with virtual teaching so that you can get the help and guidance you need to help you move forward this school year.  She also talks about self care and offers a unique perspective that I know you'll get a lot from. Michelle Rose teaches middle & high school music at North Carolina Virtual Academy. She also directs the after school virtual band and choir. 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). You can connect with her on Instagram @the_musical_rose or through her website themusicalrose.com Links mentioned in the episode: How to create a virtual ensemble using SmartMusic and GarageBand: https://youtu.be/LKcDXTubAiM How to play Doggie, Doggie via Zoom for elementary music teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVOWmfex2ME 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.
54:29
August 12, 2020
112- How to cope with anxiety and worry as you go back to school
So much has been on my heart lately, especially in regards to going back to school.  The worry, anxiety, and overwhelm parents, students, and teachers alike are facing is surreal.   I wanted to record this episode today for a couple of reasons.  First of all, you're not alone.  I'm praying for you as you go back to school and completely get the feelings you're probably feeling.  Secondly, preparing to go back to school will look a bit different this year.  Never in a million years did I think I would need to buy masks during back to school shopping for my kids.  As you listen to the episode, my hope is that you're able to get even one piece of advice to help you move forward into the new school year with hope and feeling loved.  Although this year looks so strange, and there are so many unknowns ahead, you can do this. 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
August 5, 2020
111- Classroom management, setting up your classroom, and having the right mindset as you head back into the school year
This episode comes directly from the "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge that I hosted earlier in the month.  If you missed the challenge and want to be a part of the challenge next summer or this coming Winter, be on the lookout on the podcast for announcements about when those are coming. In this episode, we'll talk all about classroom management, setting up your classroom, and mindset as you head back into the school year.  We discuss ways to approach these ideas whether you're teaching in your classroom, virtually, or on a cart. If you want to join the free Facebook group, you can do that here. You can also download a free classroom management guide here. Join the HARMONY waitlist so you're the first to know when doors reopen. 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.
52:12
July 29, 2020
110- Intentional bridge building in music classrooms with Justin Mclean
In this episode, Justin Mclean and I have a conversation all around intentional bridge building in music classrooms.  You'll find out what building bridges really means, why it's so very important, and ways to connect with your students on a deeper level.  Justin Mclean is currently the Percussion Director/Assistant Director of Bands at Hightower HS and Lake Olympia MS Band in Fort Bend ISD. Mr. McLean is a Texas native raised in Rosenberg, Texas a humble community right outside of Houston. Justin’s love of music began at an earlier age and was heavily influenced in church through both gospel and secular artists/musicians. His ambitions propelled him to strive for excellence not only in his personal aspirations but also in his academic/professional life and to his wife Brittany and 3 beautiful children Lennox, Blaise, and Cairo.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Prairie View A&M University in 2011 and has had the pleasure of educating and training young musicians as a band director and percussion instructor for the past 9 years in HISD and now Fort Bend ISD. He is also a devoted music director and student minister in his local church and currently pursuing a Masters Divinity degree through Reformed Theological Seminary. You can connect with Justin here: Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with The Score podcast here: On Apple podcasts On Instagram 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.
1:04:46
July 22, 2020
109- A conversation with my teacher sister Jeralyn about all things education
In this episode, my sister Jeralyn and I have a candid conversation about all things education.  She's taught in the general classroom, has taught in 3 different states, and now is the ESL coordinator at her school.  Since it's July, I wanted to have a lighthearted conversation about: What classroom teachers wish music teachers knew and vice versa What it's like teaching during COVID while also being a parent How to help special needs learners succeed Ways to still bring music to your students, even if teaching virtually 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.
28:29
July 15, 2020
108- How to start the school year off feeling a little bit less overwhelmed
If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed heading into this school year, or you have no idea what to expect with all the uncertainty about going back, this episode is for you.  This audio comes from a recent Facebook live I did.   I talk about mindset you might be struggling with, where the overwhelm is coming from, and how to move forward with letting go of what you can't control.  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.
28:19
July 8, 2020
107-Why joining HARMONY is an easy choice with Autumn Shurley, Justin Stanton , and Lauren Larson
Autumn Shurley, Justin Stanton , and Lauren Larson are three music teachers who are apart of my HARMONY membership site.  They came on the podcast to talk about their experience with joining HARMONY, what their teaching life was like before they joined, and the reasons they choose to stay a member month after month. Download a FREE HARMONY lesson plan pack sample right here. We'd love to have you join us!  Enrollment is open until Tuesday, June 30th at 10pm CST.  You can join HARMONY here.
55:56
June 28, 2020
106- How joining HARMONY helps music teachers beat the overwhelm with Joseph Tagnipes and Ashley Hawk
Joseph Tagnipes and Ashley Hawk are two music teachers who are a part of my HARMONY membership site.  They came on the podcast to talk about their experience with joining HARMONY, what their teaching life was like before they joined, and the reasons they choose to stay a member month after month.   Download a FREE HARMONY lesson plan pack sample right here. We'd love to have you join us!  Enrollment is open until Tuesday, June 30th at 10pm CST.  You can join HARMONY here.
40:00
June 26, 2020
105-What my former student wants teachers to know with Ralph Edwards
One of the greatest pleasures of being an elementary music teacher is being able to pour into the lives of your students each and every day.  But, one of the hardest parts is when they leave you and move on to middle school, high school, and beyond.   In this podcast episode, I get the opportunity to talk to one of my former students Ralph.  He talks about his experience in going from elementary school to being a full time worship pastor and pursuing music as a career.  We also talk about his experience as a black student with white teachers and those times he felt like he was unseen by certain teachers   One thing Ralph says that I love is how teachers don't know how many seeds you're planting in the lives of your students right now.  You don't know the fruit that those seeds will bear one day either.  The teachers he remembers the most are the ones who took the time out to form relationships with him, gave him understanding, and didn't just teach the content.   Ralph Edwards is a professional musician and creative in the Central Arkansas area. Originally from Tulsa, OK, he developed a passion for music and the arts at an early age, leading him to a full time career in music today. He serves as the Worship Pastor at That.Church in Sherwood, AR. You can connect with Ralph here: Facebook Instagram Email Register for the upcoming FREE 5 day "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge 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.
48:55
June 17, 2020
104- Finding balance while teaching from home and being a parent
Is navigating parenting and working from home a challenge for you right now?  I know transitioning from the classroom to the virtual world is a game changer. I’ve been asked and have seen so many questions around working from home, so I wanted to give some tips and tricks that have worked well for me as I've been doing this for the last 4 years.  I hope you’ll find this information helpful as you navigate this work from home journey. This presentation was originally given for the Music Education Summit Series.  The main points I talked about are: Give yourself grace Let your kiddos know when you need to work (if they’re old enough to understand) Plan activities ahead of time for your kids to do while you’re working Know that there will be a lot of interruptions Work when your kids aren’t awake Stay consistent and be patient Your workload will look different each day Let go of that parent guilt Be clear about your expectations with others Set a schedule Communicate with your spouse (if you’re married) what you need Find quiet time for YOU Work in a quiet spot and get creative Read the parent and work from home blog post here Register for the upcoming FREE 5 day "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge here Find out more about the HARMONY membership site 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.
50:00
June 10, 2020
103-Beating imposter syndrome with Katie Holbrook
In this episode, Katie Holbrook and I talk all about imposter syndrome, finding your people, and leaning into communities as a music teacher.  This conversation was so good and we discuss all the things that will help you gain forward momentum if you're battling any of these things.   I also always say that if one music teacher is dealing with something or has a question, it means someone else does too.  Katie shares some great ideas and strategies and I know you'll walk away from this conversation feeling refreshed and ready to go into next school year feeling a bit better.  Katie isn't a veteran teacher, but is a second generation teacher so it's in the blood.  She's active online in the teacher community and is an advocate for equitable music education. You can connect with Katie here: 130music.com On Instagram at onethirtymusic On TPT at 130 Music Register for the upcoming FREE 5 day "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge here Find out more about the HARMONY membership site 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.
34:55
June 3, 2020
BONUS-White Music Teacher...Do Better
White music teacher friends.  This episode is all about my experience working in a school with a high demographic of black students.  I talk about what I learned in the process and my hope is that you'll hear my words and will learn from them.   If I can be honest, I’ve been stewing on whether or not to record this podcast episode for days now.  I even told one of my best friends I have so much to say, but I don’t want this to be about me or to offend anyone with my words at all.  That is never and will never be my intention. But, with so much stewing in my heart, I knew I had to get my words down in the hopes of helping other white educators.  After praying about it, I knew it was time. I pray those of you hearing this episode can see and hear my heart through my words.  Because, that is the only way I’m coming at you is with a completely loving and open heart to learn and also share with you today. You can read the blog post that goes with this episode here. Register for the upcoming FREE 5 day "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge 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.
24:09
June 1, 2020
102- How to connect with your students while teaching virtually
Teaching music and trying to connect with your students virtually can be tricky and weird.  You want to still see them and hear them make music.  Of course you do!  All of a sudden you've had to figure out this new world of teaching music online and it can be so hard.  In this episode, we're going to talk about ways you can connect with your students while teaching virtually.  It's not going to look the same as it did in person, but you can still connect, interact with them, and show them you care.  You're just going to need to realize that although it will look different, keep in mind that you still showing up any way you know how to matters so much. Register for the upcoming FREE 5 day "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge here Mentioned in this episode are: Episode 101- Preparing for any teaching situation next school year Episode 61- How to build relationships with your students as the music teacher Episode 86- 5 practical ways to implement SEL in the music room with Paige Bell Narwhals and Waterfalls YouTube channel 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.
36:47
May 27, 2020
101-Preparing for any teaching situation next school year
Let's be honest.  Teaching during COVID-19 has been overwhelming.  Now that school is wrapping up, thinking about what your teaching might look like in the fall might be causing even more stress.  In this episode, I want to go through the various teaching situations you might face next school year and how to make a plan to have success.   Join the FREE 5 day "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge here The different situations discussed in this episode include: 1. Teaching like you normally would 2. Teaching on a cart in the general teacher's classrooms 3. Continuing to teach virtually 4. Teaching only half of each class at a time 5. Sending home paper packets 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.
45:10
May 20, 2020
100- Ideas for integrating music and social studies
This episode is all about integrating music and social studies. There are so many ways to integrate social studies and history with music, and the ideas discussed in this episode include: Teaching songs from other cultures and countries Doing a 50 states rap or song Rap about the presidents Doing songs about various wars and world leaders Resources mentioned in this episode include: Join the FREE 5 day "Start the School Year Off Right" challenge here "How to Integrate Music and Social Studies" blog post Free 5 day music integration e-course  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.
22:22
May 13, 2020
99- The importance of early childhood music education with Dr. Michael Ruybalid
In this episode, Dr. Ruybalid talks about why early childhood music education is so important.   You'll hear why starting kiddos from such a young age not just learning, but experiencing music will help carry them into elementary school and then adulthood and how to implement music learning for the youngest of students.  If you're going to be asked to teach preschool music at some point, or this is something you've wanted to learn more about, this episode is definitely for you.  Dr. Michael Ruybalid is the Music Education Specialist at the University of Montana. He teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate music education and supervises student teachers in their general music placements. Dr. Ruybalid earned his PhD in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and currently holds Kodály certification (Levels 1-3), Orff-Schulwerk certification (Levels 1-3 and a Master Class) and Elementary Level 1 certification in Dr. Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory. He previously taught music education coursework at the University of Maryland and Southeastern Louisiana University. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Ruybalid taught PreK-12th grade music for eight years in both private and public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Ruybalid has presented pedagogical and research sessions for local, national, and international audiences, including several conference sessions on early childhood music. You can connect with Dr. Ruybalid here and can check out the "Everyday Musicality" podcast he referred to 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.
39:38
May 6, 2020
98- Ideas for integrating science and music
This episode is all about integrating music and science. There are so many ways to make science musical, and the ideas discussed in this episode include: Science and sound Frequency and music Sing about science Make a thunderstorm Go on a nature walk Resources mentioned in this episode include: "How to Integrate Music and Science" blog post Free 5 day music integration e-course  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.
16:31
April 29, 2020
97- Cultural Relevant Teaching in the Elementary Music Classroom with Franklin Willis
In this episode, Franklin and I discuss what we wish we had known before entering the teaching profession, cultural relevant teaching in the elementary music classroom, and the importance of music education advocacy. You'll get SO much out of this episode and so many amazing ideas, strategies, and thoughts were shared.   Some of my favorite things Franklin said in this episode are: Build community, build trust, build relationships Understand that the kids have some brilliance and knowledge that we don’t have and be ok with letting them share that with us. Understand what it is that you want to accomplish as a music educator and start with the end in mind. We can accept and realize that it’s ok to explore the music our student's enjoy, while still implementing the musical standards. Music education advocacy begins with the teacher and your views on music education. Mr. Franklin J. Willis currently serves as the Elementary Music Coach for the Metro Nashville Public Schools district. In this role he provides instructional support for elementary music teachers in creating a learning environment that fosters meaningful cultural experiences int eh performance, understanding and appreciation of music. Before this new role, Willis taught both general music and choir at the elementary and middle school levels for the past decade. He is a three time recipient of the prestigious Country Music Association Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence award. His student performance groups have been featured on national syndicated television programs such as NBC New with Lester Holt, Entertainment Tonight, and The Today Show.  He specializes in providing musical instruction that will empower and engage all children to achieve their best through authentic culturally relevant teaching experiences. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis where he earned a Bachelor's of Music Education with an emphasis in choral music. Willis also earned the Master of Education Degree in Nonprofit Leadership at Belmont University. To learn more about Franklin and his advocacy for music education visit his website at www.fwillismusic.com You can also follow Frankin on social media here: Instagram Twitter 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.
55:03
April 22, 2020
96- Ideas for integrating music into math
This episode is all about integrating music and math.   There are so many ways to make math musical, and the ideas discussed in this episode include:  Helping kids memorize math facts by speaking them in rap form  Recognizing fractions  Addition and subtraction with note values  Creating and finishing patterns  Practicing number order  Resources mentioned in this episode include:  "How to Integrate Music and Math" blog post  Free 5 day music integration e-course  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.
13:12
April 15, 2020
95- Being a music education author with Sarah Gulish
Writing an eBook is something that many music educators think about doing, but just don't start for some reason.  Your reason might be because you're dealing with imposter syndrome (which we talk a lot about in this episode too), because you don't know how to get started, or the whole process just overwhelms you.   In this episode, Sarah Gulish talks all about her journey in not only being a music educator, but also with writing, publishing, and editing eBooks of her own and for so many others.  She shares so many valuable tips and has helped me even as I continue on my journey of writing my first book.   Sarah Gulish holds a Ph.D in music education from Temple University.  For over a decade, Sarah has taught secondary level music at Lower Moreland High School located in the state of Pennsylvania in the U.S.A..  She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Buffalo State University and Temple University. Her teaching centers on creativity and improvisation in courses focused on new music learners. Sarah is an active researcher, writer, presenter, and clinician at the state, national, and international levels. She serves as the United States representative for the International Society of Music Education’s Popular Music Special Interest Group and is a past member of the National Association for Music Education’s IN-ovations Council.   She also regularly tours and records as a rock musician with a variety of groups. Her experience as a popular musician has influenced her curricula and philosophy as a music educator and is detailed in her book, Creativity in the Classroom: An Innovative Approach to Integrate Arts Education. She works to provide authentic learning and performing experiences for adolescents both in and out of the classroom. In 2019, Sarah launched F-flat Books, a music publishing company focused on practical and affordable resources for musicians and music educators. She regularly contributes to the F-flat community blog and publishes her curricula for a variety of teaching settings on that platform. Her research interests include informal learning, creativity, popular music pedagogy, and student autonomy.  You can connect with Sarah here:  On the F-flat books website here  On her F-flat Instagram page 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.
44:30
April 8, 2020
94- Ideas for integrating music into reading
Have you wanted to integrate music and reading, but you just don't know how?   In this episode, I'll share my favorite ways to integrate reading, which includes: Rhyming books Poetry and speech pieces Movement books  Books about composers Musical scores Story books Resources mentioned in this episode include: Resources and books I recommend "How to Integrate Music and Reading" blog post "How Poetry and Music Go Hand in Hand" blog post Free 5 day music integration e-course 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.
19:58
April 1, 2020
93- Keep teaching music… yes even online
In this episode, I'll talk about how you can and will keep teaching music, yes... even if it's online.  Just like when you were a new music teacher, you took things one day and one week at a time, until you eventually found your groove.  The same can apply for teaching remotely.  This isn't going to be easy and just something that comes  Also.. just like when you're in the classroom, don’t compare what you’re doing with your students to anyone else because your expectations put on you, your teaching style, and what your students need are all different than any other music teacher. Remember to just encourage your kids to engage in active music making- my kids enjoy just dancing, singing familiar songs, and doing movement or body percussion activities Right now is the perfect way for kids to make music with their families.  So often they’re already singing the songs you’ve done with them or teaching a music game or dance they’ve learned, so that won’t change. Nothing replaces you- yes, there are so many technology options out there and so much advice being thrown around, but nothing will replace you as a teacher. You can still communicate (even if by just posting on your class website or PTA page) different ways students can make music together and remind them how to do it. Know that parents and kids are trying to find a new routine right now.  So many parents were sent home work to do with their kids (speaking from experience here) while juggling working full time as well.  Music still matters, but there won’t be as much time to make music as you had to do with the kids at school. Let go of expectations you’ve put on yourself. I think so often we’re overachievers as music educators and that’s a good thing.  You’d rather have more planned than not enough.  Just like I talk to you about keeping it simple in your classroom and not trying to get through all the things, the same applies with teaching remotely.   You’ll see so much out there that you could do with your kiddos, but it doesn’t mean you have to or even need to.  It’s still your classroom, even if it’s virtual, so the systems and processes for teaching you have put in place is completely up to you. Take time to just breathe.  It’s ok to not teach all day every day like you’ve been used to doing.   Links mentioned in this episode include: "Learn Music with Mrs. Jessica" music lesson bundle "How To Teach Elementary Music Remotely- Ultimate Resource Round Up" "6 Ways to Make Lesson Planning Easy for Music Teachers" blog post Music Teacher COVID-19 chat replay "How to Parent and Work From Home" blog post
31:55
March 25, 2020
92- Teaching solfege with Melissa Stouffer
In episode 92, Melissa Stouffer comes on to talk about what solfege is, how to teach it and use it in your classroom, and how she sees it helping her students to thrive in the music room.   Whether you've already implemented solfege, it's brand new to you, or you're just looking for new strategies in using it, you'll find this episode so helpful.  I know I learned so much just from my conversation with Melissa. Mrs. Melissa Stouffer is the music teacher in her 10th year of teaching. She teaches preschool through 5th grade general music, elementary choir, middle school choir and middle school band. She earned her BS in Psychology and BME in Music Education from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Stouffer is Kodály Level Two certified and serves as the president of the Michigan Kodály Educators as well as the MMC Planning Committee representative for the Michigan Music Educators Association. She is a music education blogger and frequent presenter at conferences in the region. She is married to Sam, a financial analyst, whom she met in marching band at CMU. They live in Metro Detroit with their dog, Cindy Lou Who. You can connect with Melissa here: Her website mrsstouffersmusicroom Her TPT store On Instagram On Facebook 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.
38:30
March 18, 2020
BONUS- Teaching music amidst COVID-19
This is such a stressful time right now.  Whether your school has closed, is going to close soon, or you're just not sure what's going to happen, you're still a music teacher. Those relationships you spent all year building have not been in vain. Let's talk about that today... Check out the "How to Teach Elementary Music Remotely: Ultimate Resource Round-Up" blog post here Access the "Sing with Mrs. Jessica" course 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.
32:27
March 15, 2020
91- What a flower and teaching music have in common
Did you know a flower and teaching music have a lot in common?  From starting out as a seed, then growing into a bud, and then eventually a full flower, it takes time for it to grow.  With the right nurturing and care, the flower grows into it's full potential and doesn't compare itself to other flowers along the way.  This episode goes into how you are just like a flower when it comes to your growth, confidence, and uniqueness as a music teacher.  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.
16:39
March 11, 2020
90- Transitioning to a new school with Rachel Hahn
If you've ever transitioned to a new school, you know it feels like a transition for sure.  There are so many things you need to process mentally and emotionally before starting at your new school.  Whether you're about to transition to a new school, have already done so, or are just thinking about it, this episode will help you as you hear from Rachel Hahn about what it was like for her to make the decision to move school's and her mindset behind it.  Rachel Hahn teaches elementary music in Owasso Public Schools in the Tulsa, OK area. She is in her eighth year of teaching K-5 music. She previously taught in Broken Arrow Public Schools before switching districts this summer. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance. Rachel completed her Kodály certification at the University of Oklahoma in 2015. In 2017 she was chosen as a Fund for Teachers Fellow to travel to Austria to study the music and lives of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. She performed in the Classical Music Festival in Austria as part of her fellowship, performing music by these great composers in the original places they were performed hundreds of years ago! Rachel joined the music teacher Instagram community last year when she started her TpT store, Harmony with Mrs. Hahn (formerly Harmony with Ms. Hammon). Although her teaching schedule keeps her busy, she enjoys playing in her church orchestra, teaching clarinet lessons, serving as an accompanist, and playing the occasional gig.  You can connect with Rachel here: Instagram  Facebook  TPT  Blog  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.
30:46
March 4, 2020
89- You can successfully teach music without ever taking a levels course
One thing I’ve been seeing around lately is how teachers don’t feel like they can be effective teachers without a levels course under their belt.  Remember that degree you received or that certification you worked towards?  Remember taking that Praxis test and the other teacher exams?  Remember keeping up your PD hours every year?  Remember being in the classroom and teaching music?  That matters too!  Coming into teaching elementary music whether new teacher or not, you won’t have a levels course under your belt and that’s ok.  You are there to teach music, which is the main goal, and your students need YOU! Blog posts that you can refer to: 3 Ways to Teach with the Kodaly Method 4 Ways to Teach with the Orff Method Also, be sure to refer to the different Kodaly and Orff interviews and solo episodes on the podcast as well.  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.
25:32
February 26, 2020
88- Movement and improvisation using the Orff approach with Allison Croskey
In this episode, Allison and I discuss how to do movement and improvisation in the music room while using the Orff approach.  I love how Allison breaks down how she loves doing movement and improvisation with her students and easy strategies you can implement in your own classroom even if this is brand new for you.   Allison Croskey is an elementary general music teacher from Cincinnati Ohio.  She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education from Miami University.  Allison has completed all 3 levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification as well as Orff Curriculum, and utilizes the Orff approach in her classroom everyday.  She currently serves on her local Orff Chapter's executive board.  Allison has presented lessons at her Orff Chapter's Sharing Day as well as county-wide professional development days.   Allison and her husband Greg live in Cincinnati Ohio with their 2 black labs Cameron and Cady and are parents to their first baby.   You can connect with Allison here:  Mallets and Music website  Instagram Facebook  Twitter Some books Allison recommends are:  Creative Dance for All Ages by Anne Green Gilbert  Teaching Movement and Dance by Phyllis S. Weikart  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.
31:24
February 19, 2020
87- How to encourage love and kindness in the music room
In podcast episode 87, we're going to talk about how to encourage love and kindness in the music room.   As a music teacher, your job is to obviously teach music, but it's so much more than that.  Your job is to also help bring up good citizens who will grow into good adults one day too.  It's hard to do this in the music room.  You're limited for time, and only have a few minutes each week to teach music to your students.  So, how in the world are you also supposed to talk to your students about character too?   Well listen in, because we'll explore strategies and ideas for helping you to do just that! Read the blog post that goes right along with this episode 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.
30:14
February 12, 2020
86- 5 Practical Ways to Implement Social and Emotional Learning Strategies In the Music Classroom with Paige Bell
In this episode, Paige and I discuss 5 practical ways to implement social and emotional learning strategies in the music classroom.   This is something music teachers ask a lot about, because with only seeing your students for a limited amount of time, it's difficult to know how to connect with them and help them connect with others in a deeper way.  Research has shown that students will learn more from teachers they know care about them and care about their life.   Social-emotional learning can serve as a great classroom management tool.  Classroom management isn't just about being strict and enforcing the rules, but also about connecting with your students too.  The 5 practical ways to implement social-emotional learning in the music classroom (that are discussed in detail in this episode) include: 1. Implement a feelings check in or greeting 2. Incorporate a zen zone in your classroom 3. Do breathing exercises and meditation 4. Practice social-emotional learning for yourself too 5. Dialogue effectively with your students  Paige's mission with the “Simple Music Teaching” blog, and TPT store, is to share simple, effective, lesson ideas and resources. As a self-proclaimed “minimalist music teacher,” she enjoys inspiring teachers to say “no” more often so that they can say “yes” to the things that really matter and live a more balanced life with less burnout. She's been teaching music at a large Title I elementary school in Dallas, TX for 6 years and specialize in ukulele, guitar, social emotional learning, technology and classroom management. Paige loves morning routines, running and Thai food. She's a non-fiction book nerd (specifically personal growth & psychology books), coffee-shop dweller, traveler, introvert, songwriter and entrepreneur. She's been married to her favorite human for 6 years and has an energetic 2 ½ year old blue heeler dog. You can connect with Paige on her blog and on social media on:  Instagram here Facebook here Her TPT store here YouTube here For the resources that Paige recommends in this interview, head to this link.  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.
54:14
February 5, 2020
85- Teaching ukulele and curriculum design for elementary music with Annie Rasmussen
Today's podcast interview is with the amazing Annie Rasmussen.  I'm so excited to bring her on the show to talk about teaching ukulele and curriculum design for elementary music.   She breaks down teaching ukulele so that even the most beginner of teacher can walk away feeling confident in teaching this incredible instrument. She's also super passionate about creating curriculum and if this is something you've been interested in, I pick her brain about transitioning from teaching elementary music to what she does now on a day to day basis.  Annie Rasmussen is the creative brain behind MusicPoppins.com. She's a full-time music curriculum developer and the author of the ukulele launch curriculum Let's Say Aloha!, she runs curriculum test classes in her home-based lab studio in Houston, Texas. She is obsessed with puppets, folk instruments, and all things 'ukulele. Her dream is to put music making back into the recreation time of kids and their families. She graduated from Utah State University in Music Education in 2007. She has taught middle school band and general music, private flute lessons, group and individual piano and theory lessons, church choirs, and of course, LOTS of ukulele classes! She has two sons and is married to a brilliant scientist. You can find Annie at musicpoppins.com and on social media as Music Poppins on Instagram and Facebook. On her blog at musicpoppins.com/blog, you can find posts about curriculum design in elementary music and ukulele as well. 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.
50:23
January 29, 2020
84- Combining Orff and Kodaly and teaching upper elementary and middle school music with Jessica Grant
Today's podcast episode with Jessica Grant is about two topics that she is both knowledgeable and passionate about... combining the Orff and Kodaly approaches and teaching music to upper elementary and middle school students.  Jessica Grant is the middle school music specialist at Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas.  She taught fourteen years as an elementary public school music specialist prior to teaching middle school students for the past four years.  She has taken Dalcroze classes, is certified in Orff Schulwerk, and completed Kodaly Level III this past summer.   Jessica earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and her Masters of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  She is a member of AOSA, OAKE, ARS, and TMEA.  Jessica is the host and creator of the Afternoon Ti Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. You can find Jessica here: Instagram:  @highafternoonti Facebook:  Jessica Morrison Grant Afternoon Ti Blog Afternoon Ti Podcast Links shared in this episode include: Waltz No 2 by Shostakovich Percussion for Waltz in 2 (Group Example) Playlist 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.
53:11
January 22, 2020
83- How to have a successful first year teaching music with Bethany Johnson
This episode is about how to have a successful first year of teaching music.  Bethany Johnson and I talk about: Her experience going from student teaching to her own classroom What it's like to team teach Advice from her heart to new music teachers Why it's important to give yourself grace when you're just starting out Bethany grew up in Richmond, VA, earned my bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education from George Mason University, and completed her first year of teaching in Northern Virginia in 2019.  She team-teaches approximately 1,000 K-5 students per week now. You can follow Bethany on Instagram at missgeneralmusic 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.
28:12
January 15, 2020
82- Why reflecting on the beginning of the school year is important
Reflecting on the beginning of the school year is so important, so you're able to move forward into the rest of the year with success.  When you reflect on the start of the school year, you'll feel renewed and ready to keep teaching music like a rock star!  In this episode, we talk about: -Doing a mid-year reflection -Looking ahead towards the rest of the school year -Goal setting and writing a mission statement We'd LOVE for you to join us in HARMONY!  You can enroll 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.
20:41
January 7, 2020
81- HARMONY Facebook live replay
Have you wondered what all the fuss is about when it comes to the HARMONY membership?  Why are so many music teachers enrolling and staying around every month?   Not only do members get monthly done for them lesson plans, lesson plan packs, and implementation lessons, they get bonus resources, monthly coaching calls, and Facebook lives where I answer questions submitted to me or posted in the group each month.   Download a FREE HARMONY lesson plan pack sample right here. This is your opportunity to listen in to one of the Facebook lives I did with the members so you can hear what it's like.   We'd LOVE for you to join us in HARMONY!  You can enroll 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.
29:41
January 4, 2020
80- A recap of every podcast episode from 2019
In this episode, I'm recapping every episode from 2019.  I give a short synopsis of every episode and break down what you'll learn by listening to each one.  Then, you'll be able to identify what you're needing and will be able to gain momentum before heading into 2020.  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.
32:55
December 23, 2019
79- Responsive classroom and movement in the music room with Matthew Stensrud
In this episode, I talk with Matthew Stensrud, better known as "Mister S Orff" about the responsive classroom and movement ideas in the music room.  He shares so many amazing ideas that are easy to implement and that I know you'll gain so much value from.   If you're unfamiliar with what the responsive classroom is, then this episode will help you out so much.  You'll find out how to connect with your students better, ways to include movement and to get them involved in the learning process, and how to really make your music classroom your own.  Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently teaches PK-4 music and movement at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement Levels Courses in South Carolina and Oregon. Matthew is also on The Orff Echo Editorial Board and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He present workshops internationally and is well-known on social media as @MisterSOrff. You can connect with him here: His website: www.mistersorff.com On Instagram here On Facebook 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.
43:45
December 18, 2019
78- Ways to beat the holiday stress as a music teacher
This time of year can feel so stressful.  You've got holiday parties, performances galore, and oh so many gifts to buy.  But, it's also possible to find joy in this season too.   In this episode, we'll discuss how even though this is the most overwhelming time of the year, it is possible to beat the holiday stress while still teaching music to your students.  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
December 11, 2019
77- How to turn negative parts of teaching music into positive ones with Traci Stewart
This interview is all about how to turn the negative parts of teaching music into positive ones.  Every day of being a teacher won't be all sunshine and rainbows, and in this episode we explore what to do when you feel like it's all just too hard. Traci Stewart is an elementary music teacher from Alabama who LOVES her school and LOVES her students  She has been married for 20 years and has 2 teens, both in the high school band, for which she is lead chaperone coordinator.  She also teaches a group fitness class as a Revelation Wellness instructor. You can find Traci on Instagram at elementarymusicmatters and revelatefitnessandpraise 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.
34:44
December 4, 2019
76- What I'm thankful for 3 years after starting The Domestic Musician
I honestly can't believe it's been 3 years since I started The Domestic Musician website.  Those years seriously flew by so fast.  In this short but sweet episode, I'm going to let you know why I'm thankful for each and every one of YOU.  I'm thankful for your support and for every listen of the podcast, read of the blog, and kind message I've received.  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.
06:20
November 26, 2019
75- How your background makes you the teacher you are today
In this episode, we'll talk about how your background makes you the teacher you are today.  Think about your childhood...how did you grow up and how does that make you relate to your students?  Also, think about your background with music and how to communicate that with your students.  How did you become a musician and in your childhood, how did you know you wanted to pursue playing an instrument or singing?   All of these things from your childhood experiences, the way you grew up, your highs and lows from your childhood, and how you connected with music will help you form connections with your students.  Mentioned in this episode: "How Your Background Makes You a Better Music Teacher " blog post Episode 35- Forming a sense of community in the music classroom Valentine's Day activity Episode 42- Bringing your musicianship into your classroom Episode 61- How to build relationships with your students 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.
18:37
November 20, 2019
74- Working with special learners in the music classroom with Bryson Tarbet
This episode with Bryson Tarbet is seriously so good.  He talks about his experience working with students on the autism spectrum and how to work with several other types of special learners in the music classroom.   Bryson Tarbet is an elementary music educator just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Between two buildings, he serves nearly 700 students, Kindergarten through 6th grade. Bryson received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music with Kodály Emphasis from Capital University, where he has also completed Kodály level one. In addition to his "traditional" music education responsibilities, he also serves students with exceptional needs in self-contained music classes. Regardless of the situation, Bryson strives to create successful music-making experiences for all students. Bryson is a proud Cat-Dad and loves to wear silly socks and share them with his students each day. This blog post "Music Speaks Autism" gives some reasons why music helps autistic learners so much.  You can connect with Bryson here: His Website  Instagram Facebook Here are some links Bryson wanted to share as well: Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Music for Little People Wee Sing Dinosaurs Coast Music Therapy   Free PDF that shares my top 5 ways to better serve exceptional learners! 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.
34:10
November 13, 2019
73- Adaptive music education and technology adaptations for deaf and hard of hearing students with Kelly Surette
This episode with Kelly Surette is about adaptive music education and how to help your special needs learners in the music room.  We also talk about technology adaptations for deaf and hard of hearing students. Working with students who have special needs can be intimidating and overwhelming.  It's hard not knowing how to best help them and how to help them become active music makers. In this episode, we explore so many ways that you as the music teacher can help your special needs students thrive in the music room.  Kelly Surette has been an adaptive music educator for almost a decade now, working specifically with students who have special needs as well as Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals with disabilities. Kelly is a speaker, blogger, and author of Creative Miracles: A Practitioner's Guide to Adaptive Music Instruction to be released in fall 2019. You can find Kelly's blog, book release info, and contact Kelly on her website at www.kellysurette.com If you're wanting to connect with Kelly on social media, you can find her 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.
36:15
November 6, 2019
72- Restorative behavior management and equity in music education with Elizabeth Caldwell
This episode with Elizabeth Caldwell is all about restorative behavior management and equity in music education.   I love this conversation and think it is one that is so important to have.   We talk about what it's like working with kids who have gone through trauma, how you can be a great teacher no matter what your school environment looks like, and even ways to bring hip-hop music into the elementary music classroom.  Elizabeth has been teaching elementary general music and choir for 12 years. She has lead trainings on general music curriculum design and has published her own K-6 curriculum.  She has also lead trainings on restorative practices, school climate, and behavior management for elementary teachers (not just music).  Elizabeth grew up moving around a lot, but spent her most significant growing up years in Japanese public schools.  She currently teaches general music and choir in a K-6 school with an under-resourced, high-trauma student population of primarily Black and Latina students. You can connect with Elizabeth on her website at caldwellorganizedchaos.com and on Instagram and Facebook. 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.
47:12
October 30, 2019
71- How to be a more purposeful, sequential, and joyful music teacher with Anne Mileski
I'm so excited about today's episode where Anne Mileski talks about how you can be a more purposeful, sequential, and joyful music teacher.  Anne Mileski is an elementary music specialist in Eastern Washington. She has taught elementary general music in both public and private school settings, and piloted an early childhood program for the Spokane Area Youth Choruses. She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály Pedagogy, 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 serves as a pedagogy instructor for Kodály teacher education programs. 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. Currently, Anne serves as the director of the early childhood program for the Spokane Area Youth Choruses. She is the founder of The Anacrusic Podcast and Anacrusic.com, where she works to inspire other music teachers to be more intentional with their teaching through purposeful, sequential, and joyful resources. She created her signature program, The Sequencing Solution, to help other teachers discover the plug + play formula for intentional music teaching. You can follow and connect with Anne here: Instagram: instagram.com/annemileski Facebook: facebook.com/anacrusic FREE Podcast Community: facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ Subscribe to the FREE Anacrusic Newsletter: anacrusic.com/newsletter Join the waitlist for The Sequencing Solution: anacrusic.com/tss 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.
37:37
October 23, 2019
70- 4 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in the Music Room
In this episode, I'll talk about 4 ways you can celebrate Halloween in the music room with your students.  1.  Have a Halloween week  2. Sing songs 3.  Poetry and stories  4. Movement  The blog posts mentioned in this episode include:  The Ultimate List of Halloween Songs for Kids  3 of My Favorite Halloween Activities  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. 
15:40
October 16, 2019
69- Aimee Pfitzner on using the Orff approach with singing games and body percussion
This episode with Aimee Pfitzner is about how to use the Orff approach when it comes to doing singing games and body percussion in your music classroom.  Aimee Curtis Pfitzner has been the Lower School Music Director at Cannon School in Concord for 22 years. She holds a Masters of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro and completed Level I Orff-Schulwerk Training at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, Levels II and III at UNLV, and Master's Level at the University of Memphis. Aimee is a frequent presenter at AOSA chapter workshops around the country and National AOSA conferences.  Her books, "Hands to Hands, Clapping Songs and Games from Around the World",  "Hands to Hands, Too", "Painted Music", and "Sing a Song, Play a Game" are available from Beatin' Path Publications.  She is passionate about music making, gardening, adoption, and anything and everything creative; painting, zendoodling, digital scrapbooking, making jewelry, writing music, crafting, and sewing. When not teaching or writing music, singing, or creating, she can be found musically musing on her blog, www.ofortunaorff.com.  You can also find Amy on social media here:  Instagram  Facebook  Resources mentioned in this episode include:  singsmileplay.com  westmusic.com  musiciselementary.com  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. 
43:11
October 10, 2019
68- Why Teaching Music in Year Three Is the Best
In this episode, we'll explore how getting to year 3 and moving past that 1st and even 2nd year of teaching is so great!   Year 3 is the year of: finding your stride learning how to find the right mixture of lesson plans knowing your students better and your kids knowing the way you do things your relationship with your colleagues happening You can read a blog post that goes right along with this episode 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. 
14:14
October 3, 2019
67- How to transition from teaching classroom music to a private teaching business with Jessica Dutton
In this episode, Jessica Dutton and I have a discussion about how it's ok to shift from teaching classroom music to something else like private lessons, owning your own studio, or even starting your own business online or in person.   Once you get your music education degree, this doesn't mean you're required to teach elementary music (or secondary) for the rest of your life.  If you do, than great!  High quality music teachers are DEFINITELY needed in the schools.  That's the exact reason I started this podcast... to help give you tips and strategies to teach music. But, I also like to talk in the podcast about how as a musician and teacher, you'll have multiple passions, and how it's ok to follow those and shift a little bit sometimes.  Jessica Dutton is a former public school music teacher turned private teacher and music studio owner/manager. She's also a writer, speaker, business coach, and serial entrepreneur. She juggles these pursuits with her Spanish teacher hubby while raising three kids under five. She specializes in equipping music teachers with the encouragement, direction, and practical tools they need to build a successful business that fits their life and goals.  You can find her on Instagram or Facebook at Music Business Mom or in her Facebook group, Music Teacher Business Launchpad. 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. 
31:09
September 26, 2019
66- Juggling Being a Parent and a Music Teacher
Juggling being a parent and a teacher is not easy.  In college, there's not a course that tells you "one day you'll be a parent and do this".  Wouldn't that be nice?   The main takeaway I want you to get from this episode is to know that you're doing a better job than you think you are.  Just like when you became a teacher and it's all about just getting in there and doing it, and figuring it out as you go, the same goes for being a parent.  You'll have days where you feel guilt, or like you're not doing a good job, but these emotions and feelings are normal and you're allowed to feel them. These blog posts will help give you even more insights into being a parent and a teacher: Juggling Teaching and Motherhood- As a Music Teacher Teacher Work-Home Life Balance- for Elementary Music Teachers 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. 
24:29
September 19, 2019
65- 10 Things Music Teachers Really Think During Staff Meetings
In this episode, I'm sharing 10 things that music teachers really think during staff meetings.  You might be able to relate to one of all of the points, but if anything, I'm hoping you get a good laugh out of today's episode.   You can read the blog post that goes right along with this episode 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. 
15:04
September 12, 2019
64- Marketing and technology advice for music teachers with Megan Kuhar
Megan Kuhar is a Marketing Technology Coach with many titles: entrepreneur, videographer, podcast producer, audio engineer, educator, and musician. She is the first-ever Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, where she teaches music majors and educators about branding, marketing, and technology for artists.  Through the Fan Finder Podcast as well as coaching sessions, Megan teaches professional musicians how to turn their social media audience into loyal fans, so they can get booked and make more money online. Her unique background in music, technology, marketing, and education allow her to coach her clients into creating beautiful, purposeful content that is authentic and built upon a foundation of a strong brand. This episode is a little different than other ones, because it's all about marketing and technology. Whether you're just wanting to connect with other music teachers online, are wanting to start a side hustle, need advice about making your website work for your classroom, or are wanting to implement more technology with your older students, this episode is for you.  Links mentioned in the episode: Article on "Innovate. Music. Lead.", Eastman School of Music publication: Technology in Arts Entrepreneurship Curriculum Music Technology Coaching Session, for educators who want to learn more about how to teach technology projects in their arts courses Megan's social media links:  Instagram  Facebook group The Fan Finder podcast 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. 
31:13
September 5, 2019
63- Setting up your music classroom
In this episode, we'll go over simple strategies to set your music classroom up for success.  Whether you teach on a cart, have a small classroom, or have a large classroom, you'll find some tips that will work for you.  The blog posts that go right along with this episode are: Setting up Your Classroom for Maximum Effectiveness  Ideas for Decorating Your Classroom 5 of the Best Music Education Quotes 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. 
21:10
August 29, 2019
62- Teaching music in a large Title 1 school with Audrey Jones
In this episode, Audrey Jones and I have a discussion about what it's like to teach in a large, Title 1 school.  You'll discover that although it gets a little overwhelming at times, every day is a new day and your students need you! Audrey Jones is a fifth year teacher at a large title one school in Texas. She's passionate about cultural relevance and compassion in the classroom. Outside of school, she's a runner, worshipper, and a dog mama to the cutest dog in the world.  You can find Audrey on social media here:  Instagram  Facebook  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. 
42:04
August 22, 2019
61- How to build relationships with your students as the music teacher
In this episode, we're going to talk about how to build relationships with your students as the music teacher.  It can be overwhelming trying to connect with your students when you have so many of them.  But, there are strategies and ways that you can effectively connect with them.  You can read the blog post that goes right along with the podcast episode here.  The strategies mentioned in this episode include: It takes time Learn your students names Have a talk to me box Talk about things unrelated to music Say "hi" and welcome them Realize when it's ok to stop teaching and come back to a lesson Remember the students acting out might need the most love Eat lunch with them sometimes Care about what they care about Positive reinforcement goes a long way 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. 
32:59
August 14, 2019
60-Composing with technology and pitched percussion ensembles with Justin Griffith
In this episode, Justin Griffith and I talk about teaching composing to your students, how to use technology, even if you don't have much of it, and starting a pitched percussion (or any other) ensemble.  He shares so many amazing and helpful advice for elementary music teachers.  After studying classical voice & graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas in 2005, Justin Griffith began teaching music at Vitovsky Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas.  Since then, he's continued developing skills as an educator, songwriter, composer, performer, & audio engineer.  Music is the focus, but the ultimate goal is to teach children how to be good humans.  Building a comfortable & safe environment while providing a lifelong outlet for students is the foundation of his philosophy.  You can connect with Justin here:  Instagram   Twitter    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. 
49:26
August 8, 2019
59-Hear why 3 elementary music teachers joined HARMONY
In this episode, 3 teachers share their stories of how they became an elementary music teacher and how joining the HARMONY membership has helped them gain momentum in their teaching and balance in their work-home life.   Download a FREE HARMONY lesson plan pack sample right here. How will joining HARMONY change your life for the better?  To find out and to sign up for HARMONY, click 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. 
29:26
July 30, 2019
58-Work-Home Life Balance Tips
Are you struggling to find a work-home life balance you so desperately need as an elementary music teacher?  In this episode, I'm going to share with you 5 tips that will help you go into the school year with a little more ease.   You can read the blog post that goes along with this episode here. To sign up for HARMONY that was mentioned in this episode, click 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. 
19:56
July 25, 2019
57- Starting the school year off with success
How can you start the school year off with success?  What are ways you can reflect on last school year and adapt things to work for this coming school year?  We'll explore that and more in this podcast episode.  You can also read this blog post to get even more tips to help you prepare for the upcoming school year.  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. 
15:17
July 18, 2019
56-David Row shares about Orff, centers, puppets, and books
I'm so excited about today's episode with David Row.  We're discussing a little bit of everything pertaining to Orff, centers, puppets, and books.  His teaching style is just so much fun, and I loved talking with him about all the things and am so honored to have him on the podcast.  David Row loves teaching music to kids.  A Nebraska native and Midwesterner at heart, David now lives and teaches in the Cherokee County School District outside of Atlanta, GA.  He holds a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory, completed three levels and a master course in Orff Schulwerk training, and has extensive experience with critical thinking in the arts.  David is an active clinician and has presented workshops at state and local conventions across the country.  He loves sharing and networking with other educators and tries to actively engage the larger music education community through his podcast, social media, and with "Musical Monday" LIVE videos on Facebook where he shares his lessons for the week along with favorite resources, tips, and tricks.  On his blog, MakeMomentsMatter.org, David shares ideas about classroom content, management, lesson plans, critical thinking, and much more! You can find out more about David, including his podcast and resources at MakeMomentsMatter.org. 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. 
46:22
July 11, 2019
55-10 of the best Patriotic songs for elementary students
It's 4th of July, which means it's America's birthday.  So, what better way to celebrate than by sharing 10 of my favorite Patriotic songs to teach to elementary students, both old and new.    You can read the blog post that goes right along with this episode here.  It contains links to listen to snippets of some of the songs mentioned as well as some YouTube links as well.  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. 
16:25
July 4, 2019
54-A few of my favorite elementary music teaching resources
In episode 52, we discussed how to go about choosing teaching resources to use in your own unique classroom.  But today, I want to share some of my favorite resources and why I like them just so darn much.   You can find most of these resources I discussed today 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. 
19:52
June 27, 2019
53-Routines and classroom management with Jane Marsilio
Today's episode is a guest interview with Jane Marsilio from sillyomusic.com.  I'm so excited about this episode, because we're talking all about how to use routines to effectively help with classroom management in the elementary music classroom.  Jane shares so much insight about how to use routines effectively, how to know if they're not working for you, and what to do when you need to change them up.   To join the FREE "Start the School Year Off Right" 5 day challenge, sign up 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.  Check out these other links too: TeachersPayTeachers  Free recorder lesson Free Solfa Dojo  S Cubed for Choir
34:50
June 20, 2019
52-Music teaching resources- how to choose what to use
In this episode, we're going to talk about how to choose music resources to teach when there's so much out there!  It can get so overwhelming with so much available and not knowing what to pick!  I'm going to break down a step by step strategy for you to be able to choose resources and not get so overwhelmed while doing so.  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. 
21:49
June 13, 2019
51-How to deal with the "It must be nice to get summers off" statement
In this episode, we're going to talk about how to address the "it must be nice to get summers off" statement.  Even if you've never heard someone say this before, you may have felt some guilt around having summers off.  We'll discuss why taking a break is needed and why you simply don't need to justify you taking a break to anyone else.   You can read the blog post that goes right along with this episode 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. 
17:48
June 6, 2019
50-Music Literacy with Kristen Pugliese
In this episode, Kristen and I will discuss music literacy.   She has some amazing advice and insights when it comes to helping kids not just learn to count notes, but understand how rhythms and note reading all fit together like a puzzle piece.   Kristin M. Pugliese has been an educator for more than 15 years, first in early childhood education and then in the music classroom. She has worked almost exclusively in Title 1 Schools and helped create music standards for Cambridge Public Schools. In 2009, Kristin created Note Knacks Music; a company devoted to making music more accessible for young children.  Through her company, she provides support for educators via lesson plans, a blog, workshops and as a national clinician. You can find out more about what Kristen and the amazing work she's doing by visiting noteknacks.com.   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. 
34:55
May 30, 2019
49-How to prepare your music classroom for summer
In this episode, we'll discuss easy ways to prepare your music classroom for summer.  You'll learn how to store your instruments, what to do with the other resources, and why thinking about the beginning of next school year is so important.  To read the corresponding blog post for this episode, click 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. 
20:37
May 23, 2019
48-How to put on an end of the year talent show
In this episode, we'll explore exactly you need to know about putting on a talent show.  If you've never put on a talent show before, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start and how exactly to do it.  This episode comes right from lesson 19 of The Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint course. 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. 
08:25
May 16, 2019
47-How to use the Orff-Schulwerk approach with Erin Elliott
Today, I'm interviewing Erin Elliott, who breaks down the steps she takes to teach Orff-Schulwerk in her classroom.   In this episode you'll learn: -how to get started teaching with the Orff method -ways to attend an Orff level or training -how to teach with the Orff method, even if you don't have many instruments -ways to incorporate other music teaching styles while using the Orff approach For even more help getting started using Orff, read this blog post where I break it down into simple strategies.  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. 
36:37
May 9, 2019
46-Dealing with stress and anxiety in your teaching and home life
In this episode, I'm going to be super honest and real with you.  Anxiety is something I've suffered with for years and I want to share strategies that have worked for me with you, so hopefully you can feel like you can take a deep breath and help alleviate some of the stress you've been feeling.   To read the corresponding blog post that goes right along with this episode, click 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. 
27:55
May 2, 2019
45-Ways to use keyboards in your music classroom
In this episode, I'll explain 3 simple ways you can use keyboards in your music classroom.  We'll discuss, how to use them in centers, as a full keyboard lab, or for small group instruction, even if you're not a pianist yourself.   To read the corresponding blog post that goes right along with this episode, click here.  If you want to find out more about the piano courses you can use in your music classroom, click here and for my favorite keyboard suggestions, click 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. 
19:45
April 25, 2019
44-Teaching music with a limited budget and pursuing a graduate degree with Stacey Garrepy
I’m so excited about today’s guest Stacey Garrepy.  Shes in her 3rd year of teaching elementary music at a Classical Christian school while also in her 3rd year in the PhD program at UNC Greensboro.  Today, we’re going to have conversations about what it’s like teaching while pursuing a post graduate degree at the same time.  We’ll also talk about what it's like to teach music with a limited budget and how you can teach music if you find yourself in this situation.   If you’re an elementary music teacher and you’d like to come on to talk about your story in becoming an elementary teacher and what challenges and wins you’re facing in your teaching journey, I’d love to have you.  Simply email me at jessica@thedomesticmusician.com for the details or fill out the form on the podcast page 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. 
26:43
April 18, 2019
43-What to do during testing week in music class
In this episode, we're going to talk about what to do with your students in the music room during testing week.  You'll learn effective, yet simple strategies, that still teach your students music, yet isn't overwhelming them.  Your students are already tired and don't want to focus on one more thing when they come to music.  So, leave that week open to having some fun and creating a quiet atmosphere for learning.   You can read the blog post I wrote about this too here.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes,  to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
16:43
April 11, 2019
42-How to bring your musicianship into your classroom
In episode 41, we talked about the importance of not losing your musicianship.  In today's episode, we're going to talk about how to bring your musicianship into your classroom. It's ok if you don't do things like the music teacher down the street.  Your musicianship will not look like anyone elses, so therefore you as a teacher will not look like anyone else. In this episode, we'll discuss: -Why it's ok to not be comfortable teaching everything in elementary music -How your musicianship will help you teach elementary music your way -Ways to show your students the musician side of who you are I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
16:18
April 4, 2019
41-Why you shouldn't lose the musician side of who you are
In this episode, we're going to have an honest conversation about why you shouldn't lose your musicianship.  You're so busy as a music teacher and in your private life, that practicing your instrument looks a lot different than it did while you were in college and before you became a teacher.  But, it's so important you still find the time to play your instrument for fun, even if you have to get a little bit more creative about it.   For even more encouragement, read the blog post: "Those who can't do teach?  Excuse me... I'm a music teacher." I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
13:25
March 27, 2019
40-How to advocate for music education in Music in Our Schools Month
In this episode, we'll discuss ways to advocate for your music program during Music in our Schools Month.  Some ways to advocate aren't just about barging into your latest Congressman's office and demanding respect.   Most of the ways to advocate are about simply inviting parents and other teachers to observe what you're teaching to the students in the music room.  Sometimes, the simplest things go the longest way with bringing awareness and support for music education. You can read the "3 Reasons Music in Our Schools Month Matters" blog post, that was mentioned in this podcast episode, by clicking here.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
19:17
March 20, 2019
39-Mentorship for the elementary music teacher with Elisa Jansen Jones
In this episode, Elisa Jansen Jones and I discuss mentorship for elementary music teacher's.  Mentorship is usually just thought of as being assigned one teacher to help you when you're starting out in your teaching career.  But, did you know it is actually so much more than that?  You are capable of getting the help and support you need as an elementary music teacher, even if you don't have many connections.   I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.  You can find out more about Elisa and everything she has going on by heading to her website here.  To register for the International Music Education Summit mentioned in this episode, click here.  To enroll in The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, click here. 
32:24
March 14, 2019
38-4 ways to deal with music teacher burnout
In this episode, we'll discuss 4 ways to deal with music teacher burnout.  You feel like you’re like the little engine that could and you’re barely making it.  Maybe this is your first year teaching, so you’ve never experienced a true Spring in the music room, so all of this is new to you.  Or, maybe you’ve taught for years, but every year this time of year sneaks up on you and you feel like you’re just going through the motions.  So, if this is something you’ve been battling, we’re going to talk about that today and how it’s completely normal to feel this way.   I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook.  To access any of the free resources mentioned in this episode and to join my email list, head here.
17:57
March 7, 2019
37-How to celebrate Mardi Gras in the music room
In this episode, we'll explore ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in the music room.  Ideas were shared from this blog post. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
10:47
March 4, 2019
36-I'm a music teacher, what's your super power?
In this episode, we'll talk about the super powers you have as a music teacher.  You may have hard days, but each day you get to change the lives of your students through the power of music.   You can read the blog post about this same topic here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
19:51
February 13, 2019
35-Forming a sense of community in your classroom with this Valentine's Day activity
In this episode, we'll talk about an easy Valentine's Day activity, how to keep it simple with your lower elementary kiddos, a rhythm heart activity, and a way to foster a sense of community with positive phrases. For 5 Valentine's Day songs to do with your students, read this blog post. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
10:00
February 6, 2019
34-Simple yet effective ways to plan and implement programs
This episode originally aired on this Facebook Live. In this episode, we'll discuss ways you can plan, pick out, and implement programs.  Even if you have no resources or have never put a program on before, you can do this!  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful. and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
19:45
January 28, 2019
33-How to apply the words of Martin Luther King to your teaching
In this episode, we'll discuss my absolute favorite Martin Luther King quotes and how you can apply his words to your life and teaching.   I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
16:59
January 22, 2019
32-How to celebrate Black History month in the music room
In this episode, we'll talk about ways you can celebrate black history month in the music classroom. The Facebook Live I did where I taught "Lift Every Voice and Sing" can be found here. I mentioned two blog posts that can be found here: How to teach students to write a rap 5 ways to teach music in a low income school I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
12:17
January 17, 2019
31-How to get back into the swing of things after break
In this podcast episode, we'll explore ways you can find your motivation as you head back to school after Winter break.    I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
08:04
January 10, 2019
30-My top 5 podcast episodes from 2018
In this episode, I share my 5 favorite episodes from 2018.    You can also read "My Top 10 Music Education Blog Posts" here... www.thedomesticmusician.com/my-top-10-music-education-blog-posts-from-2018/  This has been a great year and I can't wait for what 2019 has in store. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
19:14
January 2, 2019
29-Ways teachers can really relax over Winter break
In this episode, we'll discuss how you can really relax over Winter break. It's so hard to leave work at work and to "turn your brain off". But, self care is so important and in this episode we'll talk about how you can really unwind.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
20:29
December 19, 2018
28-5 reasons I'm thankful for music education
In this episode, I'm going to share 5 reasons I'm thankful for music education.  I'll discuss:  1. How music helps students explore creativity  2. Why music class doesn't just teach music  3. Why every child can learn music  4. The importance of students working together in music class  5. How music class exposes students to the world around them  The blog posts mentioned in this episode:  -Teaching music and learning styles... https://www.thedomesticmusician.com/teaching-music-learning-styles/  -How to integrate music and foreign language (look for links at the end of the blog post to other ways to integrate music)... https://www.thedomesticmusician.com/how-to-integrate-music-and-foreign-language/  -How to teach music to the hearing impaired child... https://www.thedomesticmusician.com/how-to-teach-music-to-the-hearing-impaired-child/  -Music speaks autism... https://www.thedomesticmusician.com/music-and-autism/  -Is music education really that important... https://www.thedomesticmusician.com/benefits-of-music-education/  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
23:11
November 26, 2018
27-5 things I'm thankful for this year
In this episode, I want to talk about 5 things I'm thankful for. This episode is a little different, because I break away from the normal music education episodes, and share my heart with you a little bit.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
21:30
November 15, 2018
26-The importance of teaching music from other cultures
In this episode, we'll talk about why teaching your students music from other countries and cultures is so important and ways to go about doing this.  Don't forget to grab your free resource and you can download the free "40 Children's Songs from Around the World" PDF mentioned in this episode here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
08:47
November 8, 2018
25-Tips for simplifying lesson planning- part 2
In this episode, we'll discuss:  -how to keep planning and teaching the lesson simple when you're just starting out  -ways to keep yourself from over planning  -how to use lesson plans from last year  Don't forget to check out my website to grab your free resource and you can download the free "20 Fun Filler Activities" PDF mentioned in this episode here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
17:13
November 1, 2018
24-Tips for simplifying lesson planning...part 1
In this episode, we'll discuss:  -ways to use old textbooks and other resources  -simplifying by combining lessons per grade level  -how to organize your lessons by teaching standards   I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
16:53
October 25, 2018
23-How to handle a behavior problem child in the music room
In this episode, I'll share with you an answer I gave to one of the music teachers I mentor about how to handle a behavior problem child in the music room.   Click here for a free printable to help you with classroom management in your music classroom.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
15:35
October 17, 2018
22-What it's like being a teacherpreneur
In today's episode, I'm going to talk about why I'm a teacherpreneur and what it's like being one. If you've wondered why I do what I do, or what a teacherpreneur is exactly, than this episode is for you.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
19:12
October 11, 2018
21-Pass the Pumpkin Fall music activity
In this episode, I'm going to teach the activity "Pass the Pumpkin."  Even if you're already familiar with this activity, I'm going to talk about how to make it even more musical, ways to extend this lesson, how upper elementary can use this lesson as well. For a free printable of filler activities you can use with your students, click here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
10:49
October 4, 2018
20- "Peanut Sat On a Railroad Track" music lesson
This elementary music lesson "Peanut Sat On a Railroad Track" is a speech piece that adds instruments to it that your students will love! I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
11:55
September 27, 2018
19-Ways to beat imposter syndrome as an elementary music teacher
In this episode, we'll discover real ways you can beat imposter syndrome and stop comparing yourself once and for all to other music teachers.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
15:29
September 20, 2018
18-Why songwriting in elementary music isn't scary
In episode 18, I'll go over why teaching songwriting and composition in elementary music isn't scary. If you're new to teaching your students to compose, just the very thought can make you want to run to the corner and suck your thumb.  In this episode, I mentioned the "Teaching Songwriting in Elementary Music Isn't Scary" blog post. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
10:33
September 14, 2018
17-Teaching kids to sing in the elementary music classroom
In this episode, we're going to talk all about teaching kids to sing in elementary music. I wrote a blog post about teaching kids to sing that you can check out here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
11:56
September 6, 2018
16-The Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint FREEBIE
In this episode, you'll be able to listen to one of the 20 lessons from inside The Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint course. The Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint teaches everything you need to know to successfully teach elementary music, even if you're brand new at it.  It contains 20 lessons that have slides to go along with the audio recordings and 20 printable worksheets that accompany each lesson to work through at your own pace. You'll be able to think about YOUR students and YOUR classroom as you take the course. You can access the The Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint course by clicking here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
06:29
August 27, 2018
15-Making students feel welcome in the music room this school year
Whether students are new to your school or have known you a while, I want to share ways that you can make students feel comfortable in the music room.  In this episode, I'll discuss:  -how to make kindergarten students feel welcome  -ways to welcome all students even if they've known you a while  -why going over procedures helps with more than just good classroom management  -why making students feel welcome matters a lot  To download your free cheat sheet "Classroom Management in the Elementary Music Classroom", click here I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
13:27
August 21, 2018
14-Tips on transitioning from summer back to school
This was originally aired on my Facebook page.  In this episode, we'll talk about my favorite ways to transition from summer back to school. The first week is always the hardest as you adjust to waking up to an alarm and getting back on a schedule.  Check out my blog to find posts about back to school lesson planning, the first day of school, and so much more.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
20:20
August 2, 2018
13-10 things you don't know about me
In this episode, I'll talk about 10 things you don't know about me.  If you've ever wondered who I really am, then you need to listen to this episode.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
24:36
July 19, 2018
12-How you can feel successful teaching elementary music
In this episode we'll discuss 3 ways you can feel successful teaching elementary music.  To sign up for The Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint course, head here.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
06:55
July 11, 2018
11- Why teaching Patriotic music to kids is so important
In this episode we'll talk about why teaching Patriotic music to kids is so important. A lot of times, kids aren't given the opportunity to learn songs about America, and it's our job as music teacher's to teach them these beautiful songs.  For tips on how to teach the National anthem to your students, click here.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
12:12
July 3, 2018
10-Why self care for teachers is so important
Self care for teachers is so important! The quotes I share in this short but mighty episode are:  "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." Anne Lamott  "You can't pour from an empty cup unless you take care of yourself first." Author Unknown  "Self care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." Eleanor Brown  "If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit." Banksy  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
07:32
June 19, 2018
9-Advice for new music teachers
In this episode, I'll share my favorite tips I wish someone had shared with me my first year of teaching.  We'll discuss:  -why going in with confidence is key  -why it's ok to ask for help  -practice procedures like it's your job (oh wait it is)  This blog post "4 Things Every New Music Teacher Should Know" will give you even more helpful advice.  To sign up for The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, head 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. 
14:29
June 5, 2018
8-Find motivation to take professional development
In this episode, we'll discuss how to find your motivation to take professional development this summer. Professional development is not only required, but it really does help give you new ideas and fresh inspiration to use in your classroom for the next school year.  In this episode, we'll discuss:  -how to find your motivation  -ways to get the most out of professional development  -why it's important to relax  Here's the blog post about professional development opportunities as discussed in the episode. To sign up for The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, head 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. 
11:14
May 22, 2018
7- Why music teachers matter during teacher appreciation week
Music teachers, do you have any idea how much you matter? During teacher appreciation week, it can be so hard to watch several other teachers receive cards and gifts while you sit by and wonder if you're invisible.  In this episode, we'll discuss:  -why music teachers matter  -how appreciated you are  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast, to share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
11:47
May 14, 2018
6-How to plan for the next school year
It really is never too early to begin planning out the next school year. As this school year wraps up, think about what worked and what didn't work this year.  In this episode, we'll discuss:  -ways to think about changing up what worked and what didn't work for next year  -why planning out the next school year now matters  To sign up for The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, head here.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
10:27
May 14, 2018
5-Classroom management in elementary music
In this episode, we we'll talk about:  -why practicing procedures over and over matters  -how to practice what your preach  -my favorite positive classroom management strategy  Here's the blog post I wrote about classroom management that also contains a link to my 3 favorite ways to practice procedures. If you're looking for even more help with your classroom management, go snag your free cheat sheet here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
15:44
May 14, 2018
4-Why the teacher walkouts matter
As a former Oklahoma educator, the walkouts matter a lot. Teachers aren't being heard and, lots of times also not seen.  In this episode, we'll talk about:  -why the walkouts matter  -what the conditions at some of the schools are like  -my story as an Oklahoma teacher  If you are a new elementary music teacher, or are just switching to teaching elementary music from another subject, this free cheat sheet "20 Things to Know Before Teaching Elementary Music" was created just for you. Go snag your freebie here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
12:37
May 14, 2018
3- Springtime activities for the music classroom
In this episode, I will talk about my favorite Springtime activities for the music classroom.  We'll discuss:  -creating a rainstorm using instruments  -a fun composing activity about Spring  -4 songs about rain and ideas for teaching them  If your lessons aren't going according to plan and you need some ideas for "those days", this "20 Fun Music Filler Activities" printable will help you. To see the songs that were mentioned in this episode, click here. I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
13:36
May 14, 2018
2-How to teach music in a low income school
Teaching in a low income school has its own set of unique challenges. These are the strategies that worked for me...   -Do what works and don't compare yourself to other teachers   -Gain the students trust  -Teach with what you have   -Bring real world experiences to them  -Some days don't teach music (what?!?!?!)  If you are new to teaching music, here is a free cheat sheet I created called "20 Things You Need to Know Before Teaching Music in an Elementary School."  To watch the free webinar mentioned in the episode, click here to sign up.  To purchase The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, go here.  I'd love for you to leave a rating and a review of the podcast on I-tunes, share the podcast with any music teacher friends who would find it helpful, and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. 
12:57
May 12, 2018
1-Welcome to The Elementary Music Teacher podcast
Welcome to The Elementary Music Teacher podcast!  Hi, I'm Jessica, and I'm excited you're here.  In this podcast, my hope is that you'll find the mentorship and support you've been needing in your elementary music teaching career.  
08:26
May 6, 2018