Sunday, May 20, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #16: Highs and Lows from School Year

Hello Music Teachers and Music Ed Fans!

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #16 is all about our highs and lows from the school year.
You can listen to the podcast here.

Here are our show notes for this episode:

Coda Section (Professional and/or personal recommendations)

Here's that quote I could not remember!

“The woods would be quiet if no bird sang but the one that sang best.” ― Henry Van Dyke

Announcing the MTCT Summer 2018 Book Club!

We will be reading and discussing the book World Music Pedagogy by Amy Beegle and Christopher Roberts this summer. We hope you, dear listeners, can read along with us!

We will discuss Chapters 1-3 in our next episode which will drop on June 10th.

June 1, 2018: MTCT Virtual Happy Hour/FAC Facebook Live event!

Our first (official) Facebook Live will be on June 1st at 5:00pm Mountain Time. 
BYOB (or coffee 😉) and join us as we celebrate the end of the school year, answer questions, and discuss our big goals for the next school year!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #15: Closure

Hello Music Teachers and Music Education Enthusiasts!

Here are the show notes for Episode #15: Closure
You can listen here.

La Raspa
Los Machettes

Here is Carrie's Fiesta Taco Truck!

Parachute Activities:
Parachute Activities book
Artie Almeida's Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves book (Not the book Carrie mentioned but a good resource)
Here is a Pinterest board devoted to parachute activities!

IKEA boxes for iPad storage
Popcron (Boomwhacker play along!)
Popcorn (the original! 😬)
Popcorn (The Muppet's version)

Coda Section/Recommendations:

Sylvan Esso's latest single PARAD(w/m)E

Spring Awakening Tony Performance 

Summer 2018 Book Club!
Join us as we read and discuss the book World Music Pedagogy, Volume II: Elementary Music Education by Amy Beegle and Christopher Roberts.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #14: Stress Relief for the Music Teacher

Hello Music Educators,

Our latest Music Teacher Coffee Talk is all about dealing with the stress of the end of the year,
(or anytime, really! 🙂)

You can listen here.

Here are the show notes for Episode 14:

Recorder fun:
(Thanks to Vicky Suarez!)
Kool and the Gang's Get Down On It.
Chic's Good Times

Coda section (professional or personal recommendations):

Dirty John Podcast (Originally recommended by Aileen Miracle on her wonderful podcast The Music Room.)
Armchair Expert Podcast
Bruce Adolphe: Piano Puzzler Podcast 
(I, Tanya, 😉mentioned the host of Piano Puzzler and called him "Bob" but his name is actually Fred! Fred Child, specifically!)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #13: Favorite Songs and Games for Outside


Here are several of the outside games we spoke about in Music Teacher Coffee Talk #13.
You can listen to the episode here.

Step it Down

Film: Pizza Pizza Daddy-O

The Singing Game

Thanks for listening!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #12: Mindfulness in the Music Room

Episode 12 of Music Teacher Coffee Talk is a discussion about mindfulness in the music room.
Special guest Ellie Falter and Tanya talk about how it can benefit teachers and students.

Listen to the podcast here.
Here are some links from a few of the things discussed:

The Alexander Technique

Mindful Games book

Frank Diaz blog on Music and Mindfulness

10% Happier 

Headspace changing perspectives animation video

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #11: Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

In Episode #11, Carrie and I discuss the 2018 OAKE conference and the importance of professional development.

Tanya's Spring (Break) Cleaning adventures can be found here.

Next year's conference is in Columbus, Ohio from March 21-24, 2019!

Code section:

We had a request to post videos of a couple of songs we mentioned in Episode #10.

You can also see them on FaceBook.

Visit us on Instagram.

Thanks for listening and happy musicing!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #10: Spring Songs and Activities

Hello Music People!

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #10 is all about our favorite Spring songs, games, and activities in the music room.


Vocal Exploration using the book Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  ISBN:  0763640174

Students follow the path of the vegetables on an “oo” vowel.  Could also play as glissandi on barred instruments.

Game directions:  Students stand in a circle.  One student walks around the circle with an umbrella.  At the end of the second phrase, the student stops behind someone and sings “Little (name) wants to play” using the name of the child in front of them.  The class echoes as the students trade places.

Suggested activities to practice so and mi:
Write so/mi patterns using umbrella icons on a 2, 3, or 5 line staff.
Students match umbrella cards, one with the stick notation of the song and
the other with notes on the staff.
Students create a 4-beat so/mi pattern on individual staff boards and sing their
pattern in between repetitions of the song.

1st Grade 

2nd Grade 

Improvisation activity:
Students sit or stand in a circle.  All sing the song and one student improvises
a new fruit or vegetable at the end of the phrase. Play as a cumulative game,
repeating all the improvised words on each repetition.

3rd Grade/4th Grade

Solo singing. Children sing and improvise chores.
Children form a standing circle and bounce/catch a ball around the circle on the beat
The child holding the ball on the last syllable of "gar-den" holds the ball while singing the
improvised solo.

5th Grade

Stick passing game:
Students sit , cross legged, in a circle. Each student has two slender sticks or pencils in front of them
(Chopsticks work well.)
Students pass to the right with the following pattern:
Beat 1: Pick up 
Beat 2: click sticks together 
Beat 3: pass (place sticks in front of person on the right)
Beat 4: pick up
Beat 5: pass (repeat pattern 4 times for entire song.)
(It can be helpful for the students to say, "Pick up, click, pass, pick up, pass" as they are initially learning the pattern.)

Coda section recommendations:

Rainy Cafe

I Knew You Were Treble

All About That Bass (Clef)