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Teaching Timbre with Art Music

Back in November, I wrote about how to teach tempo using art music. I covered pieces by Florence Price, Johannes Brahms, and Alton Adams. In this post, I'm going to discuss how to use Astor Piazzolla's Libertango to teach timbre; specifically the wind quintet. Wind...

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I Wonder Where Maria’s Gone

When it comes to folk dancing, I think we sometimes forget what it feels like to be a kid. We forget that we self-administered the "cootie shot" and thought it was the height of embarrassment to be accused of "liking" someone (particularly if you really did like...

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Needle’s Eye

Keeping the attention of a large class of kindergarten students, can be a lot like trying to thread a needle. Without intense concentration and purposefulness, you can end up causing yourself pain. Needle's Eye provides a fun game, a simple song, and a great...

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Down by the Bay

In looking back through old blog posts, I was shocked to see that I've never written about the song Down by the Bay. I used to sing this song every year with my students, coinciding with the year that they learned about rhyming words. This has so many benefits; it...

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Decluttering Repertoire

In the folk song Dog and Cat, there's a line that goes, "Bought me a coat, bought me a hat, they don't fit do not mind that." Well, I do mind that, and I have a freshly decluttered closet to prove it; thanks in part to Marie Kondo's contagious excitement for...

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Hey There

I’m Jennifer, a music teacher turned teacher-author and blogger here at The Yellow Brick Road.