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38-4 ways to deal with music teacher burnout

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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, strategies, and give you the motivation you need to help you gain momentum in your teaching so you can continue being the music teacher rock star you already are.

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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 Also, you can find out more about The Elementary Music Teacher Academy 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. 
23:21
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.   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. 
29:28
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.  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. 
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. 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. 
48:11
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.  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. 
18:14
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.  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. 
21:41
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.  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. 
23:38
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.  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. 
19:37
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 which is inside of The Elementary Music Teacher Academy.  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. 
08:28
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.  To enroll in The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, 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. 
38:48
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.  To enroll in The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, 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. 
28:54
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. 
34:35
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. To enroll in The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, 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. 
22:02
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. 
10:16
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. 
20:17
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. 
08:44
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. 
21:41
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. 
09:28
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. 
17:33
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. 
17:17
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 my students in The Elementary Music Teacher Academy 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. 
15:38
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. 
19:17
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. 
11:09
October 4, 2018
20- FREE music lesson- Peanut Sat On a Railroad Track
This elementary music lesson "Peanut Sat On a Railroad Track" is a speech piece that adds instruments to it.  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. 
11:46
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. 
11:19
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. 
12:23
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 that's included in The Elementary Music Teacher Academy 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. 
06:23
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. 
21:03
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. 
25:28
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 Academy, 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. 
10:45
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. 
07:55
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. 
16:40
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. 
11:35
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. 
12:54
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. 
13:23
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. 
16:15
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. 
15:08
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
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