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“Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” –Martin Luther
 
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An assignment I did with my music appreciation class. I came up with a list of 25 musician pairs that had similar styles; one of pair was an older (usually deceased) musician or group, and the second was a more modern popular musician. I paired
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A small "unit" I created to show my "musical theatre" class some scenes from famous musicals. Included are links, explanation of what is happening, names of lead actors, and trivia for some scenes. There is an assignment sheet for students to write
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"Scales" (basically a rubric) on the 4-point scale used in the Marzano evaluation system. Rubric includes rhythmic accuracy, note accuracy, steady beat, tone quality, rehearsal and concert etiquette, and posture. I teach 6 classes, 2 orchestra, 2
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This "Find Someone Who" is uniquely designed to fit the needs of middle school chorus directors to help students focus on similarities, differences, and getting to know their classmates. While most of the questions are music-oriented (i.e. "find
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This quiz is designed to help students learn and remember what appropriate behaviors are at performances, and to help them realize that there are different types of events that have different guidelines, and that everyone (including themselves) who
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A guide I designed to use with my "musical theatre" students to help them come up with their own costumes to wear for the song "We Need a Little Christmas", which we will perform at our Holiday Concert. The worksheet includes spaces to put
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This worksheet is intended to accompany an article from Time Magazine on the effects that choral singing has on your body and brain. It is essentially a "Close" worksheet designed to help you track students' absorption of content, keep students on
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An assignment that has students answer questions about an assigned composer. Some sample questions: _____________ (composer name) wrote a famous piece called _______________ that was meant to be played by _______________ (name of
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Using basic music terminology (staff, treble clef, etc.) and guitar terminology (saddle, bridge, tuners, chord, fingerpicking, etc.) I designed (using a program) a word search for a substitute to do with my rowdy guitar class.
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6th, 7th, 8th
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This is a little character creation guide I created to use with an unusualy group of kids enrolled in what was supposed to be a musical theatre class, but has turned somewhat into an intro to drama class. I include questions like "What is your
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A basic seating chart for a large chorus classroom. Includes 42 chairs in four rows with a place to label a desk or podium, and a box with information on the class. Each box is a text box, but there is a regular old square underneath each (I started
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This is something I created to do over a three-day period with an overly rambunctious "musical theatre" class. We have a drama coach who comes in once a week to work with the kids, play theatre games, etc. (I can do theatre, but teaching it is
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Helping students to remember the parts of the stage, from the ACTOR's perspective. Includes a labeling exercise with a blank (gridded) stage, complete with actor on stage. Then a "tic-tac-toe" board where the student has to label where the Xs are
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My beginning middle school chorus class has been misbehaving recently. Partly because I think I have not been strict enough with them, but also because they are still in that stage where they do not realize that other people have feelings too, and
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A theory test using solfege, rhythms, and symbol identification. Easily modified for use with less-advanced groups, or with non-choral groups.
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This is something that I created (though I have seen similar ideas used elsewhere) to help some of my students understand how the notes and counting go together. I originally just drew the example on sticky notes to show some of my students who were
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A test that includes symbol recognition (clefs, bar lines, note names, etc.), note values, filling in measures with the correct number of beats, and labeling solfege.
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This is a worksheet I created to accompany the reading in the "Introduction to Theatre Arts" handbook. It is not taken directly in order, but is derived from the information on two separate pages (one that has reading and information on productions,
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This was taken from a larger PDF that had terrible formatting. You can see the original PDF here. www.musicedconsultants.net/uploads/8/9/0/1/890157/advanced_chorus.pdf You are simply being charged for the formatting. If you want to use the PDF
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This is a simple worksheet meant to reinforce the note values and names of basic notes used in beginning music classes. Includes the single eighth note and the double eighth note to assist students in differentiating between the two. The answer key
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

5 and a half years of college... Three years at a community college studying clarinet, voice, piano, oboe...took chorus, chamber choir, orchestra, music composition, filmscoring, theory, and private lessons. Primary: clarinet. Secondary: voice. My small vocal ensemble performed in Russia as "musical ambassadors" in 2008. 2.5 years at the University of South Florida studying music education with a focus on instrumental education. Studied privately on: voice, clarinet, oboe, piano, violin. (Also play recorder, some guitar, tinwhistle, sax, and flute.) Performed with: bands, choruses, orchestras, small vocal ensemble, wind trio/duet, Andrews Sisters trio, solo performances on clarinet, piano, voice. Substituted in music classes for two years. Coached students in public schools for a year. Taught orchestra and piano for 6 months at a magnet school after their teacher had to suddenly leave. Taught at my previous position for two years, and subbed long-term there the year prior. Last taught: guitar, advanced chorus, beginning chorus, advanced orchestra, beginning orchestra, and "musical theatre". Currently teaching private music lessons.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Traumatized.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Semper Fidelis Award, and John Philip Sousa Award, Music Educator's Scholarship within my county when I was in high school, Most Valuable in performing arts at my community college.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Studied at a community college for 3 years (with the third year being only musical studies), and 2.5 years at the University of South Florida.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Visit my neato website! I was frustrated with the lack of consolidated information available on music education when I was in college, so I decided to collect the information myself. https://musicadventures.wordpress.com/

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