Thursday, July 5, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #18: 2018 Book Club: World Music Pedagogy v. II Chapters 4-6

Happy July!

The Music Teacher Coffee Talk book club is in full swing. This summer we are reading and discussing the book World Music Pedagogy v. 2 by Amy Beegle and Christopher Roberts.


You can listen to Tanya and Carrie's discussion of chapters four, five, and six here.

Here are the show notes for episode #18:

Smithsonian Folkways Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy

The World's Largest Popcorn Ball in Iowa

Fräeline Maria's Salzburg Sound of Music Bike Tour





Gandharva Loka (Awesome World Music Instrument Store in Salzburg, Austria!)




The Whistling Gypsy (Jill Trinka)

The Singing Sack (NOT out of print! 😉)

Coda Section (Personal recommendations of what we're enjoying lately)
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
(my favorite episodes so far are What Do White People Need to Know About Racism? with Andrew Ti and Has Britain Screwed Itself with Brexit? with Mary O’Hara)

Armchair Expert: Experts on Expert Wendy Mogal


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #17: 2018 Book Club: World Music Pedagogy v. II Chapters 1-3

Happy Summer to all you music teachers enjoying a well-deserved Summer break!

The Music Teacher Coffee Talk book club is in full swing. This summer we are reading and discussing the book World Music Pedagogy v. 2 by Amy Beegle and Christopher Roberts.


You can listen to Tanya and Carrie's discussion of chapters one, two, and three here.

Here are the show notes for episode #17:

Smithsonian Folkways Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy

Rhythmically Moving series 

Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba

Sanna Longden dance materials (If you ever have the chance to do any folk dancing workshops with Sanna you really must! She is rich with multicultural music and dance.)

Rahim AlHaj NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Bulgarian Women's Choir performance on The Tonight Show

Kate Bush with the London Bulgarian Choir 

Coda Section (Things we are looooooving!):

Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Junior with Neil Patrick Harris

Glen Hansard's cover of Ashes to Ashes




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #16: Highs and Lows from School Year

Hello Music Teachers and Music Ed Fans!

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #16 is all about our highs and lows from the school year.
You can listen to the podcast here.

Here are our show notes for this episode:






Coda Section (Professional and/or personal recommendations)


Here's that quote I could not remember!

“The woods would be quiet if no bird sang but the one that sang best.” ― Henry Van Dyke




Announcing the MTCT Summer 2018 Book Club!


We will be reading and discussing the book World Music Pedagogy by Amy Beegle and Christopher Roberts this summer. We hope you, dear listeners, can read along with us!

We will discuss Chapters 1-3 in our next episode which will drop on June 10th.

June 1, 2018: MTCT Virtual Happy Hour/FAC Facebook Live event!

Our first (official) Facebook Live will be on June 1st at 5:00pm Mountain Time. 
BYOB (or coffee 😉) and join us as we celebrate the end of the school year, answer questions, and discuss our big goals for the next school year!



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #15: Closure

Hello Music Teachers and Music Education Enthusiasts!

Here are the show notes for Episode #15: Closure
You can listen here.

La Raspa
Los Machettes

Here is Carrie's Fiesta Taco Truck!



Parachute Activities:
Parachute Activities book
Artie Almeida's Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves book (Not the book Carrie mentioned but a good resource)
Here is a Pinterest board devoted to parachute activities!

IKEA boxes for iPad storage
Popcron (Boomwhacker play along!)
Popcorn (the original! 😬)
Popcorn (The Muppet's version)

Coda Section/Recommendations:

Sylvan Esso's latest single PARAD(w/m)E

Spring Awakening Tony Performance 

Summer 2018 Book Club!
Join us as we read and discuss the book World Music Pedagogy, Volume II: Elementary Music Education by Amy Beegle and Christopher Roberts.






Sunday, April 29, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #14: Stress Relief for the Music Teacher

Hello Music Educators,

Our latest Music Teacher Coffee Talk is all about dealing with the stress of the end of the year,
(or anytime, really! 🙂)

You can listen here.

Here are the show notes for Episode 14:

Recorder fun:
(Thanks to Vicky Suarez!)
Kool and the Gang's Get Down On It.
Chic's Good Times

Coda section (professional or personal recommendations):

Dirty John Podcast (Originally recommended by Aileen Miracle on her wonderful podcast The Music Room.)
Armchair Expert Podcast
Bruce Adolphe: Piano Puzzler Podcast 
(I, Tanya, 😉mentioned the host of Piano Puzzler and called him "Bob" but his name is actually Fred! Fred Child, specifically!)



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #13: Favorite Songs and Games for Outside

Hello!

Here are several of the outside games we spoke about in Music Teacher Coffee Talk #13.
You can listen to the episode here.













Step it Down

Film: Pizza Pizza Daddy-O

The Singing Game

Thanks for listening!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #12: Mindfulness in the Music Room


Episode 12 of Music Teacher Coffee Talk is a discussion about mindfulness in the music room.
Special guest Ellie Falter and Tanya talk about how it can benefit teachers and students.

Listen to the podcast here.
Here are some links from a few of the things discussed:

The Alexander Technique

Mindful Games book

Frank Diaz blog on Music and Mindfulness

10% Happier 

Headspace changing perspectives animation video



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #11: Professional Development and Lifelong Learning






In Episode #11, Carrie and I discuss the 2018 OAKE conference and the importance of professional development.


Tanya's Spring (Break) Cleaning adventures can be found here.

Next year's conference is in Columbus, Ohio from March 21-24, 2019!

Code section:


We had a request to post videos of a couple of songs we mentioned in Episode #10.




You can also see them on FaceBook.

Visit us on Instagram.

Thanks for listening and happy musicing!




Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #10: Spring Songs and Activities

Hello Music People!

Music Teacher Coffee Talk #10 is all about our favorite Spring songs, games, and activities in the music room.

Kindergarten

Vocal Exploration using the book Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  ISBN:  0763640174

Students follow the path of the vegetables on an “oo” vowel.  Could also play as glissandi on barred instruments.




Game directions:  Students stand in a circle.  One student walks around the circle with an umbrella.  At the end of the second phrase, the student stops behind someone and sings “Little (name) wants to play” using the name of the child in front of them.  The class echoes as the students trade places.

Suggested activities to practice so and mi:
Write so/mi patterns using umbrella icons on a 2, 3, or 5 line staff.
Students match umbrella cards, one with the stick notation of the song and
the other with notes on the staff.
Students create a 4-beat so/mi pattern on individual staff boards and sing their
pattern in between repetitions of the song.

1st Grade 



2nd Grade 

Improvisation activity:
Students sit or stand in a circle.  All sing the song and one student improvises
a new fruit or vegetable at the end of the phrase. Play as a cumulative game,
repeating all the improvised words on each repetition.



3rd Grade/4th Grade


Game:
Solo singing. Children sing and improvise chores.
Children form a standing circle and bounce/catch a ball around the circle on the beat
The child holding the ball on the last syllable of "gar-den" holds the ball while singing the
improvised solo.


5th Grade

Stick passing game:
Students sit , cross legged, in a circle. Each student has two slender sticks or pencils in front of them
(Chopsticks work well.)
Students pass to the right with the following pattern:
Beat 1: Pick up 
Beat 2: click sticks together 
Beat 3: pass (place sticks in front of person on the right)
Beat 4: pick up
Beat 5: pass (repeat pattern 4 times for entire song.)
(It can be helpful for the students to say, "Pick up, click, pass, pick up, pass" as they are initially learning the pattern.)


Coda section recommendations:

Rainy Cafe

I Knew You Were Treble

All About That Bass (Clef)


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #8: Recorders!


Episode #8: Recorders!

In our latest episode Carrie and I discuss teaching recorders! We dig into our favorite strategies, repertoire, and resources. Show notes can be found below.
Listen here:

Show Notes:

Yamaha recorder

WindSong Recorder Book:

Jim Tinter

The Complete Recorder Resource (Denise Gagne)

Awesome TpT Recorder resources!
David Row’s fishing for a melody:
Aileen Miracle’s BAG Recorder Activities
Amy Abbott’s Treble Clef is Awesome


Coda
Carrie’s recommendation: House of Sound video

Tanya’s recommendation: Book Kenya Sing and Dance resource



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #7: Favorite Beat and Meter Songs



Hello!
Here are four songs and games referenced on the podcast Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode 7: Favorite Beat and Meter Songs and Activities. You can listen here.














Button You Must Wander Circle Passing Game:
Students sit in a circle. One student sits in the middle of the circle with eyes closed or blindfolded.
The students pass a button around the circle while the song is sung. At the end of the song, the child holding the button keeps it hidden in a palm. After the song is done, the center child guesses which child has the button.



3 Games for Apple Tree:

Game 1:
Students sit in a circle and pass an apple around the circle, on the beat.
The student who is holding the apple on the last beat (“out”) is out.
The “out” student leaves the circle to play the beat on a small percussion instrument
or a bourdon on an Orff instrument.
The game repeats until all the students are “out”.

Game 2:
Students stand in a circle, and the teacher makes a tree with one student, (the student stands inside the circle and the teacher stands outside while they join hands in a high arch. All sing while the circle rotates counterclockwise  and the students move their feet to the beat. On the word “out,” the teacher and the student (the tree) bring their arch down, “catching” a student. The caught student now makes an arch with the teacher and the “tree” student goes to an Orff instrument to play a simple bourdon. Game and song repeat until all students are at an instrument.

Game 2 Variation:
Students stand in a circle, and the teacher makes a tree with one student, (the student stands inside the circle and the teacher stands outside while they join hands in a high arch. All sing while the circle rotates counterclockwise  and the students move their feet to the beat. On the word “out,” the teacher and the student (the tree) bring their arch down, “catching” a student. The caught student now makes an arch with the first student and the teacher pairs with another student to become a new “tree.” Game and song begin again until all students are trees.



Thank you for listening and/or reading!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #6: Older Grades Tips and Tricks


In our latest Music Teacher Coffee Talk episode #6 Carrie and I discuss several strategies, specific activities, and songs that appeal to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
You can listen to that episode here: 



Poison Pattern Aurally (Melodic or Rhythmic)
Preparation:
  • The teacher writes a four beat melodic pattern on the board using solfege and stick notation, (or displays a melodic flashcard,) This is the special pattern. The class sings the special pattern with hand signs.
The Game:
  • All students stand. The teacher sings a four beat melodic pattern, (using solfege and hand signs,) Students are asked to echo each pattern except the special pattern. Students who echo the special pattern are “out.” “Out” students sit and hand sign patterns but don’t sing.

Advanced rounds:
*The poison pattern is erased from the board.

*The teacher sings on a neutral syllable but shows hand signs. Students must sing the solfege and use hand signs.


*The teacher sings on a neutral syllable but without showing hand signs. (It’s helpful to let the students know that you will begin each pattern on the same note.) Students must sing the solfege and use hand signs.

My Poison Pattern games for rhythmic reading are called Watch Out for the Cheetahs and can be found here (4 sixteenth notes), here (eighth sixteenth notes, and here (half notes.)


Go Fish (Rhythm or Melody cards)
 Preparation:
  • Students stand in a circle. Each card is reviewed as a class and then tossed into the “pond,” face up.
  • When there are several cards in the “pond,” the game begins with the teacher vocalizing a card. The class must repeat the pattern. Once the pattern is repeated by all, the students can indentify the card with that pattern by placing a hand on the card. (Not a foot.) The first student to touch the card wins it.
  • The student with the most cards at the end of the game (after all cards have been said,) wins.
Caution: Students tend to get overly aggressive in this competitive game. Set-up rules for safety. (Ex: If you leap into the pond before the pattern is repeated you are eliminated from the next 2 questions.

King of the Mountain (Rhythm or Melody Cards)

Preparation:
·      Students sit in a circle, each student is given a rhythm flashcard to place in front of them.

·      Warm-up: Each student takes a turn speaking his own rhythm plus the rhythm of the student to his right going counter-clockwise around the circle. (The teacher keeps a steady beat using a small percussion instrument.)

The game:
·      The “King” or “Queen” is the student with ta ta ta ta   , (or another rhythm chosen by the teacher.)

·      The “King” or “Queen” starts by saying his card plus any other card in the circle.

·      The student whose card was called then says his card plus any other card in the circle.

·      Play continues until someone fails to speak his or her rhythm correctly, stumbles saying the rhythm, does not stay with the beat, or fails to come in at all.

·      The student who falters leaves their spot on the mountain and then goes to the bottom of the mountain, (to the direct left of the King or Queen.)

·      When students move towards the top of the mountain, their first rhythm card stays in his or her spot, (everyone now has a new rhythm.)

Carrie and I also discus student favorite songs and games in episode #6. 

  • Color mix-up: A variety of rhythms are given out (green, blue and hot pink, for example) and students cannot call a rhythm that is the same color as their own color.
  • Clap/Don’t say: Students only clap the rhythm. (they really have to listen!)
  • Play/Don’t say: Students play the rhythm on small percussion instruments.
  • Play small percussion instruments
  • Play recorders: ta=B   ti ti =G , etc.
  • Play body percussion