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Several music blogger friends and I have teamed together in order to collaborate and offer fresh music education ideas using a variety of methodologies and approaches. You can expect to see these collaborations in the coming months here on my blog. However, before diving into music education topics, we thought it would be fun to organize a blog hop with a giveaway. Our aim is to get to know our readers a little better while also sharing a little bit about each of us!

How will this blog hop benefit you?

#1. Getting to Know You

  • We want a chance to get to know you! Understanding our current and past experiences helps us to form stronger professional learning communities, and we’d love for you to be a part of it!

#2. Giveaway

  • After you’re finished with the hop, you can enter a giveaway for your chance to win lots of teacher goodies that are sure to make you smile! Simply leave a comment with an answer to the highlighted question at the bottom of this post. Then, do the same at each blog hop stop. When you reach the end of the blog hop, you’ll be able to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!
The winner will receive some paper goodies to stay organized…

an inspirational quote block for your desk along with a book that is sure to keep you laughing till your spring concerts; complete with very sweet, but very wrong test answers from students….

Describe the term stakeholder.
“A vampire hunter. Buffy being the most famous.”

some practical items such as hand sanitizer and a glass jar to store your pencils and…

magnetic clips, paper clips, binder clips, and push pins.

So, don’t forget to answer the highlighted question at the bottom of this post before hopping to the next blog!Now it’s time for me to answer a few questions about myself:

What state/region you are in?Β 

I live in Indiana, but moved within the state to a larger city just last week. And by “larger”, I mean that there’s several options for restaurants, department stores, and coffee shops. The last town we lived in had a post office and a gas station. Should I mention the swineΒ veterinarian as well? Because that was definitely a thing…
What is your background education/experience?I have a bachelor’s degree in general, instrumental, and choral education K-12. Once upon a time in Indiana, we called this an “area degree”. However, now undergrads must choose one area over another. I was grandfathered in and received the area degree before it phased out.

As a music teacher I spent most of my time teaching elementary music and assisting with the high school band. Because of my degree, I was a musical jack-of-all-trades, and was fortunate to be able to help in all areas of our music programs. After earning my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, I discovered a passion for creating educational resources, which eventually led me to the career of teacher-author/blogger.

What is your most cherished memory as a teacher?

I once had a student whose father was in prison, and had been for quite some time (this wasn’t unusual for the area in which I taught). This particular student was usually pretty shy in class, so I was surprised when she asked to stay after class one day to talk. She told me that she had a song she’d written, and she wanted me to hear it. I dropped everything I was doing, leaned forward in my chair, and said, “Sure! I’d love to hear your song!” What came out of her mouth next was unexpected. Her lyrics were sorrowful, not the raindrops and flowers I was used to hearing about from students. Her lyrics were a description of how much she missed her dad. The words were repetitive and so was the melody, but her use of minor skips and a slow, mournful tempo proved how much effort and meaning she’d poured into her song.

I spent the next few weeks working with her. She wrote down the lyrics and helped me to notate the entire piece on Finale. She was thrilled when she finally received the printed score in her hands. I was proud of how she turned her heartache into something beautiful, but as these moments go in the life of a teacher, that was the last year I had her as a student. She moved, and I never had the chance to say goodbye. Even so, I take comfort in knowing that she found music.

As Maya Angelou famously said “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

Okay, now it’s your turn! Leave a comment answering the highlighted question below.

What is your most cherished memory as a teacher?

When you’re finished, simply click on the image below to go to the next stop in the blog hop!