Blog Posts - Music Education



Music Exploration Classic FM Hall of Fame and tv music

Last month I decided not to write up a music exploration post because we’d not been doing much music, but this time I’m on it, although it’s largely been music by accident.  But with music always on the radio, quite often on the tv...
by Bubbablue and Me on Apr 15, 2016

Music PBL Night

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a big deal in my district.  All teachers are expected to do at least one project each year.  This was my first year doing a project and I chose the Science of Sound.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to create the en...
by MiscellaneousMe on Mar 22, 2016

Curriculum Mapping: Cohesive Planning for Effective Instruction; Part 4: Building Your Lessons

This is Part 4 in the Curriculum Mapping series.  Check out Part 1: Curriculum Evolution, Part 2: The Nitty-Gritty Details, and Part 3: The Big Picture. In Part 3, I discussed using your district’s yearly calendar to begin to map out your year...
by MiscellaneousMe on Mar 21, 2016

Curriculum Mapping: Cohesive Planning for Effective Instruction; Part 3: The Big Picture

This is Part 3 of the Curriculum Mapping series.  Check out Part 1: Curriculum Evolution and Part 2: The Nitty-Gritty Details. In Part 2, we looked at the details such as disassembling the standards, creating objectives, and sorting those standards/...
by MiscellaneousMe on Mar 20, 2016

Curriculum Mapping: Cohesive Planning for Effective Instruction; Part 2: The Nitty-Gritty Details

This is a continuation of my Curriculum Mapping series from TMEA 2016.  If you missed Part 1: Curriculum Evolution, click here. This is Part 2: The Nitty Gritty Details and that is exactly what we’re going to dive into.  Note: this is the fir...
by MiscellaneousMe on Mar 19, 2016

Product Review:4-Beat Rhythm Blocks

Kelly Parrish recently asked me to review her 4-Beat Rhythm Blocks (Connected) and she was so generous!  She sent me a class set of these blocks with quarter note, quarter rest, beamed eighth notes, and sixteenth notes. Now, I work at a 1:1 school...
by MiscellaneousMe on Feb 21, 2016

How to Introduce Your Child to Music

Playing With Xylophones, by Donnie Ray Jones under CC BY 2.0 Research has shown that children between the ages of 0 and 6-years-old are at a critical stage in their musical development. It’s important during this time, when a sense of pitch and a s...
by Molly's Music Blog on Jan 31, 2016

Music Exploration 19 – the likes and loathing of film music

This month’s Music Exploration covers what feels like a broad spectrum of time, given we’ve got Christmas in there as well as the more normal new year.  So it’s a real mix of, mostly accidental, music. This month, we Sang More nati...
by Bubbablue and Me on Jan 18, 2016

Music Exploration 19 – Christmas carols and french songs

We’ve not focused on music much this month.  Although with Christmas coming, music has been high on the agenda by default. This month we’ve Sung Nativity songs N had his nativity play which was ‘There’s a miracle in town̵...
by Bubbablue and Me on Dec 16, 2015

Music Exploration month 18 – drumming

We’ve been a bit rubbish recently listening to music.  After the Paddington Concert last month, N’s still just been obsessed with rock music, although there’s been some other music floating round. Here’s what we’ve been...
by Bubbablue and Me on Nov 18, 2015

7 Key Strategies for Parental Involvement in a Child’s Music Education

Parental involvement in a child’s musical education is more important than ever before. Usually, the age when children normally begin learning musical instruments is the age when they need lots of encouragement and approval. Parental involvemen...
by Music Wizard Affiliates on Sep 1, 2015

Music Education Grants

Music education can be quite costly, therefore the presence of music education grants are important. These grants can be awarded for various purposes, from funding the college education to providing free musical instruments for schools t...
by Start Grants on Jul 28, 2015

Music Exploration 16: Festivals at home

This month’s been a quiet one for music. Our plan to go to Cornbury didn’t happen because N had his non-birthday party the same weekend, so we’ve been limited to talking and listening to music on the radio and tv. Listening to: ACDC on the radi...
by Bubbablue and Me on Jul 16, 2015

Popularizing the Musical Theatre "Genre"

A few days ago, I pulled into the parking lot of my local Target with my car windows rolled down and the stereo blasting the Side Show cast recording. As I pulled into a parking space, I noticed there was a 20-something year old girl standing on the...

Bringing the piano home

A couple of weeks ago saw the arrival of my piano.  After living in this house where it was big enough to have a piano for close to 13 years, I’ve finally managed to move it from my mum’s house to ours. The reason it wasn’t moved earlier was b...
by Bubbablue and Me on May 20, 2015

Molly’s Music Foundation

We’re extremely excited to announce the official launch of our 501(c)(3), the Molly’s Music Foundation. Our foundation has already been active in Oakridge Private School music for the past 2 years, offering in-school and after-school music cl...
by Molly's Music Blog on May 5, 2015

Janelle Monae To Play Free Concert at Education Rally

Today Janelle Monae is set to give a free concert at an education rally in Albany, New York. The event, hosted by Families for Excellent Schools’s Don’t Steal Possible, will take place at the State Capitol in front of 9,000 students, teac...
by Spaced Out Magazine on Mar 4, 2015

You Cannot Be A Finalist For Grammy™ Educator Of The Year Without Having Had Your Own Amazing Teachers

I am not going to pretend that this list is comprehensive, but the events of Friday, for which I am truly honored and humbled, make me feel more than just a little bit compelled to share this list of my own teachers who impacted me and my practice. &...
by Crossfeed The Mix on Dec 7, 2014

There Are Only Two Kinds Of Music...and "Good and Bad" Are Not Them...

So, a few days ago I asked for comments on this notion and promised to share my own thoughts on the subject.  I should start by saying the rather obvious - that this is just my sense of this, NOT any kind of claim to being "right." Anyway....Thi...
by Crossfeed The Mix on Oct 11, 2014

The Benefits a School Music Program Can Hold for Your Child

For years, many have debated the importance of music programs in public schools and the benefits a school music program can hold for your child. […]...
by How To Learn on Sep 24, 2014


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