This year at Open School, our 2nd and 3rd grade clusters will be learning to play the recorder! At our school, the students are given recorders to use in the classroom and keep at the end of the year. However, it is up to the parents whether they wish to purchase the instruments for their […]
Practice is an essential part of learning anything. Yet, it is common to make excuses not practice music: “I couldn’t find my music.” “I was busy with _______.” “I had too much homework.” The most surprising excuse? “I didn’t have an instrument to practice with at home.” Sometimes this is because the student left the […]
This week, my students are being introduced to the second of three themes we will cover this year: “Music is Connected“. The specific lesson topic is “Thinking Outside the ‘Music’ Box”. Students will be encouraged to think differently about music. Our lesson will connect music to science. And, we discover the idea of inventing new […]
Screenshot of MuseScore Music Notation Software Music notation software does not have a history of being affordable. When I was in high school (in the ’90s), I shelled out almost $1,000 for the software Finale. And, despite many exciting upgrades through the years, I have consistently refused to pay that same pricetag again for the […]
A few weeks ago, I shared the absolutely best place for free printable blank sheet music. And, now I have one better. A place for FREE online music notation!
Whether you are trying your skills at one of my ear training exercises or wanting to write your own music, you should definitely have this resource on hand. Of course, you can buy a book from your music store with blank staff paper, but what if you are all out and your music store is […]