Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#whyiteachmusic: Great Stories that Motivate

I was part of a blog hop last week where people wrote stories of why they teach music. I was so fun to read the stories on my blog post and the other 7 bloggers. I'd like to share some of my favorite comments. 

Read to the end to see the giveaway winners. 

I choose some of my favorites posts about why people teach music. Read on!

"It was my love of early childhood music that launched me into music education! Seeing how musical little ones are is such an inspiration!"

"I teach music because my music teacher believed in me when I did not believe in myself. I love seeing my students when the lightbulb that goes on in their eyes when they master a new concept. My kiddos feel so proud and accomplished when they do something they could not do before."

"I've had some similar experiences of students refusing to sing in kdgn, graduated to a whisper in my ear in first grade, gradually making progress to singing. A couple of twins that started their journey in kdgn grew to audition and sing beautifully in a 4th grade community children's choir. All the individual journeys create special rewards for me."

That is just a little inspiration we got from our blog post. Be sure to read some the other blogs to read some more inspiration. 

The winner of my Vocal Play Bubble Magic Mike is Jenny Trites. Check your email for a message from me :)

 There were seven other winners too! If you see your name below, check your email (the one you used to enter) for a message about your prize!

Organized Chaos: Michaela Gibbons
O for Tuna Orff: Christy Gibson 
Music with Mrs. Tanenblatt: Dan Leopold 
Sing to Kids: Becca Fiscus
Sing Play Creatively: Brooke Chamberlain 
Music Teaching and Parenting: Blanca InezSuzanne Fleischmann Bishop
Sally's Sea of Songs: Erin Scharman Middelhoven

I hope you enjoyed reading about why we all teach music and got some inspiration to keep you going! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Why I Teach Music Blog Hop and Giveaway

I'm teaming up with other music education bloggers to spread some positive thoughts this week, and I'd love for you to join with us! Many of us are very stressed right now for many reasons. We want to give you some encouragement and reasons to be optimistic about your job. 

We plan to make it even better by having a giveaway of some fun goodies too! 

I loved playing the French Horn and being in concert and marching band in school. I went into music teaching because of my love of music. 

For many years, after I got my bachelor's degree and master's degree, I taught toddlers and their parents in classes. I loved how I could have such a great influence on those young developing minds by including parents. 

9 years ago, I went to a Kodaly certification course and was so inspired that I began teaching elementary music. I love how I get to teach every child in the school for years and I love seeing them find joy in the music. I especially love when one of my kindergarteners or first graders find their in tune singing voice and the whole class cheers. The delight on their face is priceless. 

I will never forget one of my students who came to my school as a kindergartener and refused to sing. It was a special challenge to get him singing at all, much less on pitch. I remember him singing a solo last year as a 4th grader and us talking about how he had become a songbird. The student and I got a great chuckle about it. 

I have so much fun using my "Magic Mike" bubble microphones (see pictures below) that I am giving a set away in the giveaway. My kids LOVE choosing their favorite color and singing hello back to me. Read more about how I use them and how I get students to sing on pitch HERE

Enter the giveaway and get many chances to win by:

1. Comment on the blog posts that will come out every day this week. (see links in the rafflecopter below)
2. Share your own inspiration about why you teach music on any social media, with the hashtag #whyiteachmusic plus a link to this blog post. Share this link
3. Share new blog posts every day to have more chances. 

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