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Laura L.
Hi! Kristin!
I am so impressed with the work you do/create! Thank you for being such a great role model! I was just wondering if you had ever looked into Whole Brain Teaching? I think with your movin and groovin vocabulary, it would be a natural transition for you...Just curious! :) I've thoroughly enjoyed Whole Brain and still have a lot to learn, but it would be awesome to have more music colleagues sharing techniques with Whole Brain. Thanks for your time and your amazing talents! Happy Spring!

Laury :)
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
Hi Laury! Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad I get to do what I love. I have used some Whole Brain teaching. I have adopted a few of the techniques to work in my musical world. I want to look at it again this summer!
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Kathryn A. re: Musical Happy Notes
Hi Kristin! I adore these notes - thank you! I have tried to make my own but these are much better. I was wondering if there was a way to make them a little bigger (maybe 1/4 or 1/2 a page) so I can write why that student is getting that note. That way the student will remember and their parents can also see when they bring it home!

Katie
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
I'm glad you like them! I use them all the time. When I write a child's name on one, I tell them what they were doing that I liked to let them know. You could just lay these down on a copy machine and enlarge them to make them any size you'd like. Enjoy!
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Merri Purdy  (TpT Seller) re: Musical Happy Notes
Thank you for your free document. I went to the discovery website to look for the music alphabet clipart used in your document hoping to make some bulletin boards with the music themed letters. I was unable to locate this particular clipart image. Is there any chance you could help me to locate it? I did go to the clipart gallery but did not see the alphabet images. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Merri Purdy
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
Hi Merry! I got all my clip art from that web-site. I have used their clip-art for years and have noticed that sometimes it changes. They have a category for NEW clip art. I don't any other way to find what your looking for as I don't think they have a search feature any more.

Ah...now I think I understand. You want the font! This is where you can get that! http://www.fontspace.com/renny-murray/dtnoted
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Joan K. re: Beginning of the Year Keynote - New for 2013
Hi Kristin,
Would you please send me the PowerPoint for this file? I never did have any luck opening it last year and would really like to use it this year!

Thanks!
August 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
I sure can! Let me make sure of the email you want me to send it to. Could you send that to my email? kristinlukow@gmail.com

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You seem like a very accomplished music teacher and so, I need some help. I taught music last year, on a grant. I was given a list of things that I had to teach, with no materials to teach them. So I used whatever I could find from the internet, and included the history of composers, used rhythm worksheets, introduced the students to different types of music, music theory, and played percussion instruments. The school has not had a music program for 20 years, so the decisions I make are important to the future of the program. I need a curriculum book, something from K-5 that will have modified lessons for each grade. I don't have a classroom, and go from room to room. Sometimes I have access to a computer and smart board, and sometimes I don't. (It depends on the teacher.) Can you recommend some teaching materials that would be suitable for my situation? Thanks! Chandra Hart, UT
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
Hi Chandra! Thanks so much for writing! I always amazed at how differently school districts handle music teachers. I can't imagine teaching on a grant and in your situation. Bless your heart. One thing I can suggest in Denise Gange's Music Play curriculum. I was given this curriculum from a retiring teacher and love the fact that you need nothing to make it work. Since you are working on a grant, I'm wondering if you could also get one for her materials! It is a very reasonable curriculum to buy when compared to all the other things out there and she has it all set up for national standards. I don't use everything in the curriculum but the things I do use are wonderful. There are grant applications on their site! I hope that helps a little?! You are a saint to be teaching in the situation you find yourself!

http://shop.musicplaytext.ihoststores.com/category.aspx?
categoryID=32

Hi Chandra! I asked the music teachers on the MK8 music list about your situation and have a reply to share with you. If there are others, I will post those as well.

"I was in the same boat when I started where I was the last year and a half. Except, they didn't even give me a list just "meet all the state standards" and zero budget and paraprofessional pay with the "promise" of certified pay when my license came in. Didn't happen and I'm not there anymore as of the end of last month.

I would have loved to have had the opportunity to get MusicPlay. The principal didn't even want me to work on a grant. She was very undermining and ended up forced to resign an didn't even come back the last week of school.

From everything I have seen and heard, MusicPlay is an awesome asset. Hopefully in my next position I can swing MusicPlay and quaver's. I'd love to work in quavers. My kids loved the free trial stuff I got from a session on quavers at Mississippi mea conference."

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I was in a similar situation as well. I'm ending my second year at my
elementary school. I'm actually a contracted teacher, b/c I haven't gotten
my credential yet, but will be working on it this fall. So, they're not
paying me much. Luckily, I was working with another contracted music
teacher a year ago, she had a few books called "Wee Sing Sing Alongs" "Wee
Sing America" and "Wee Sing Silly Songs" and she offered to make copies for
me. I've used these books a lot. I don't have the cds to these books, but I
play guitar, so it works for me, and the kids. Even if I didn't play
guitar, the kids love singing these songs, esp the silly songs.

Luckily, I was given some instruments to start general music classes, and a
mariachi group, and they also wanted a choir. Having access to instruments
was really great considering our limited budget, but all books, and cds
were on my personal budget. I've bought cd's from Greg and Steve, Hap, and
Palmer, Kalani hand drum books, orff movement books, eurythmics book by
Black and Moore, in fact Dr. Moore was one of my professors in college, and
is a certified eurythmics instructor, Suzuki method, mariachi books, choir
books, the list goes on.
I found mariachi books on the MENC website that have worked very well with
our group. It was a huge challenge for me to get this group off the ground
by myself. I only got to see the children two hours a week, and they came
all together, and were all beginners, never have seen a note in their life.
Luckily, I had mature children that would wait patiently while I worked
with the violins, the guitarron's or vihuela's or guitarists. We recently
had our first concert at one of the local feeder high school, and played
several exercises, and Cielto Lindo, which turned out to be a huge success.
My principal was really happy, and asked if I could intern, so that I can
stay while I'm in my credential program. I'm still waiting to see if the
district will hire me as an intern. I'm hoping they will, because I really
enjoy working with these children a lot.

Good luck, and I hope your situation will get better.

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I did a multi-part series on my blog regarding curriculum. I have received much private, positive feedback regarding it. Here is the link to part I:

http://music3t.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-plan-part-i.html

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When I first started they gave me a key to a room and a list of students. In the new school two years ago they gave me a key to the room but no list of students. Next time they will probably give me nothing at all. I teach public school so obviously all the state expectations apply.

I applied for MusicPlay grant and they gave us a grant that covered 50%. The principal came up with the rest of the money. I bought a projector (the one the school provided me with did not work with my laptop) and projected MusicPlay Power Point presentations and Quick Movies on the wall (two 2nd graders got stuck in my projector screen the year before when they tried to take robber stoppers off the legs of the screen to throw at kids. After un-stucking them I decided that a wall is safer) MusicPlay teacher guide comes with CDs with both performance and accompaniment tracks for every song - I think at least 100 songs for each grade level. I love all the Kodaly and Orff activities. Every lesson includes a game. It is working very well for me!

I don't think teachers in public schools should agree to teach on a cart anymore. This is 21 century and given the importance of entertainment, marketing and communication industries, music teachers need to have access to technology and training on how to prepare today's children for 21 century careers, not given a cart and a boom box.

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It's either a cart or nothing! I teach in a school that I will never have
a room. Every nook and cranny is filled to the brim with OT, PT, Speech
therapy, Pal's tutors, SPED classes, small group intervention and on and
on. I have been doing a cart for the last 14 years so I'm used to it. I
have found there are a few advantages. One, I am on time! I can see what
the students are doing and the classroom teachers see what I am doing. I
have learned to be fully self contained. If I need technology, I have a
laptop and a projector on my cart. I can clear the floor, dance and play
instruments with the kids and put it all back again in 30 minutes. If I
unplug it I plug it back, if I write on it, I erase it, if I move it, I put
it back. If I know I will need the board, I write what I need on either
bulletin board paper or a piece of dollar store tablecloth and put it over
what's on the board. I never erase unless I ask and I try not to do that.
I have another school and I do have a room there, but if we get 3 more
second grade students, I will lose it to a second grade classroom. And
this building is two story with no elevator!!! But again, you make it work
FOR THE CHILDREN!!!! I'm the only music teacher they get so I MUST cram as
much as humanly possible into what ever time/circumstance I see them.

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I would strongly recommend that music teacher take a Kodaly levels class this summer.

When I was getting ready to come back to teaching, after being home for 13 years with our sons, I was trying to decide between taking Orff or Kodaly levels.
I finally settled on the Kodaly, because I figured I wouldn't know whether or not an eventual job would have the Orff instruments, and have never been sorry.

Jill Trinka's quote during those levels classes comes back to me, reading this music teacher's situation: all you need is a piece of chalk.

Granted, other things are wonderful to have, but I did a long term sub job, in a tough city school, without a classroom or any materials, after doing two Kodaly levels, and loved it!

Sometimes I think we can be our worst enemy if we make a bad situation look good, but maybe in this case, if this teacher can begin to improve this program, she will gain credibility which may translate into materials.

DonorsChoose grants are awesome but not sure you could fund a curriculum that way.

Shame on a school that would put the burden of providing for these students' music education on the back of the teacher! But unfortunately, it happens way too often.

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I hope these comments are a help to you!!
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Buyer re: Musical Scope and Sequence
What is your scope and sequence based on?
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
I developed this through years of experience in collaboration with another music teacher who no longer teaches music. We obtained several scope and sequences from other school districts, compared and contrasted them in accordance with our own needs. We aligned those with our national standards and thus, this Scope and Sequence was created. It is constantly being updated. This is intended to be a springboard.
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Buyer re: Beginning of the Year Powerpoint - New for 2013
Is it possible to change it to make it for my class next year?
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
Please tell me which one you are talking about and I'll see if I can help you! Oh...I see now! Yes, you can change it however you like. It's a Powerpoint so download and change away!
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Buyer re: Musical Word Wall - 60 Words - Customizable in Microsoft Word
Kristin,
I just came across your videos and I think they are wonderful! I ordered your word wall words but I was wondering if you have the kind that also have the meanings of the words like I see on your W.O.W wall on the videos. I think those are awesome. Also, I saw you had a music educators workshop and I was wondering if that was a yearly things and if not, were going to have another one of those at some point?
Thank you,
Stacy Hageman
October 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
Hi Stacy!

Thank-you so much for your kind words. I do have the vocabulary with meanings.

Here is the link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Musical-Word-Wall-With-Meanings

As far as the music educators workshop, I hope it does become a yearly thing! I have done several small ones and the one I led this summer was my first big one. I hope to do it again! I will definitely be advertising if I do!
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LaTasha Gordon Peyton  (TpT Seller) re: Musical Word Wall With Meanings
I love these Word Wall and definitions. I cut them out and placed them on my wall. I have other words that I would like to do the same, how do do them just as you did? Please contact me at latasha_gordon@yahoo.com. This was such a neat idea.
Thank you
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
Hi Latasha! I made them in Word. I could send you the Word document and you can customize however you like! I will do it as soon as my sweet grand daughter wakes as she is sleeping on my lap as I type on my phone! *I sent it to your email.
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Joan K. re: Beginning of the Year Keynote - New for 2013
Hi Kristin,

I am having a problem opening up the download. I installed Keynote but still no luck.Do I use Keynote to open it or Powerpoint? Can you give me some ideas on what I am doing wrong? Thanks!!
August 21, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristin Lukow  (TpT Seller)
You have the Keynote version I see. Have you opened Keynote yet? I would open the program and then go to "Open" and find the file and try to open it from there. Try it this way first and then...

I also have this one as a PowerPoint and can send it to you in that format if you'd like.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

29 years of elementary music classroom education. Pianist, vocalist and worship leader at church. Adult education facilitator.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Joyous, Eclectic, Innovative and Energetic!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools highlighted teacher - 2010.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BME in music education from The University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm a joyful and grateful woman, a wife, mother, grandmother, musician, reader, innovator, techie, walker, conservative, gardener, thrifter, friend and follower of Jesus Christ. Find me at http://kristinlukow.blogspot.com.