Sunday, March 10, 2019

MTCT #35: Multipurpose Songs

You can listen to the podcast here.

Multipurpose Songs:

Songs with an *asterisk can be found in the *In Holy Names Song Collection

Bounce High Bounce Low*
Snail Snail*
Two, Four, Six, Eight*

Loose Tooth
I’ve got a loose tooth, a wiggly, jiggelly, loose tooth
I’ve got a loose tooth a-hanging from a thread.

Someone took my loose tooth, my wiggy, jiggelly loose tooth,
Now I have a quarter and a hole in my head!

Lucy Locket*
Bluebells, Cockleshells*
Here Comes Mrs. Macaroni can be found in Susan Brumfield’s First We Sing
Polly Wolly Doodle
Here Comes a Bluebird*
Who’s That* (written in rhythmic diminution form)
Yangtze Boatmen’s Chantey can be found in An American Methodology
Chicken on the Fencepost (Called Dance Josey in HNU)*
Paw Paw Patch*
Bow Wow Wow*
Alabama Gal*
Liza Jane*
Hill and Gully Rider*

Coda (Recommendations)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

MTCT 34: Resiliency

Music Teacher Coffee Talk 34: Resiliency
Resiliency is an important skill all teachers should cultivate. In this episode of the Music Teacher Coffee Talk podcast, Carrie and I discuss ideas on how to keep teacher burnout at bay and how to find teacher happiness for a long career.

“When we tackle obstacles,
we find hidden reserves of courage
and resilience
we did not know we had.
And it is only when we are faced with failure
do we realize
that these resources
were always there within us.
We only need to find them and move on with our lives. “

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Resiliency Rubric for Teachers (from Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, CO)

How's your resiliency? Here's a resiliency quiz.

Know yourself! Here are some personality tests we've found helpful:

Myers & Briggs Test


Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies Quiz

Videos on happiness and resiliency

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
(SO many great ideas here!)

Simon Sinek on Millenniels in the Workplace

Dan Gilbert: Why Are We Happy?

The ABCs of Resilience 

Professional Development
The Organization of Kodály Educators conference is around the corner! (March 

Coda: Our professional and personal recommendations of what we're enjoying

Russian Doll on Netflix


David Walliams Marvellous Musical Podcast

Sunday, January 27, 2019

MTCT #32 Teaching Dynamics and Tempo

In this episode, Carrie and Tanya discuss their favorite resources and strategies to teach dynamics and tempo.


Grizzly Bear
Going on a Bear Hunt
Lullabies - video of kids from Zimbabwe rocking their shoes
Lucy Locket
Hey Betty Martin (find source for B section)


Songs and Chants:
Engine Engine #9
She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain
Page’s Train
Jim Along Josie
Cobbler Cobbler
There’s a Cobbler Down the Street
Old Joe Clark


Listening Lessons:

Sweet Honey in the Rock - Little Red Caboose

Sunday, November 25, 2018

MTCT #28: Movement and Dance in the Music Room

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #28: Movement and Dance in the Music Room

Tanya and Carrie discuss creative movement and organized dances in the music room.
You can listen to the podcast here.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Celesta Demonstration

Henry Cowell's The Banshee

Beat Activities

Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag

Sleigh Ride CORRECTION! I (Tanya) mentioned at first that I adapted my movement for Sleigh Ride from Brent Gault but it actually came from the wonderful Jo Kirk! (

Sleigh Ride performance by the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra on Late Night with Dave Letterman

Movement for March from The Nutcracker

Tanya's Nutcracker Play Along Bundle

Dolly Parton's Jingle Bells

Troika Dance

Simple Square Dance

Ariel view of Sashay the Donut

Jingle Bell Dance from Music a la Abbott


Sanna Longden materials
(Jingle Bell dance can be found in Sanna's 1 1/2)

New England Dance Masters (Peter and May Alice Amidon)

Rhythmically Moving

Step Lively from Marion Rose (NOT Marion Lively, I mis-spoke on the podcast!)

Shenanigans' Dance Music For Children Level 1 

Listen Up! by Brent Gault

Coda (recommendations)
She and Him 

Harry Belafonte and the Muppets Banana Boat Song

Musication Banana Boat Song Play Along