Category: Music Resources

  • Introduction Ukuleles, Recorders, & Mallet Percussion

    Starting the week of September 12th, I will be announcing our third and final topic of the year, “Playing Music”. Students will be introduced to the instruments they will be playing with their cluster. Red & Silver clusters will be playing beginner level mallet percussion instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones). Indigo & Orange clusters will […]

  • Recommended Keyboards for Beginner Piano Practice

    Practice is an essential part of learning anything. And, having a piano or keyboard at home for students to practice is a key to their success with music lessons. Below are a range of decent and extremely affordable keyboard options, starting with one that is just the cost of a single lesson. If you or […]

  • From A Capella to a Marble Machine, Thinking Outside the “Music” Box

    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 […]

  • First “Great Musician” of the Year: Arturo Sandoval

    The first week of school, students were introduced to the first theme of the year “Great Musicians“. We discussed traits that make a music great. We played a game to help us learn the rules for the music class. We learned that this year students will have an opportunity to earn musicianship awards (more on […]

  • Powerful, Entirely Free Music Notation Software for Your Computer Desktop

    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 […]

  • Online Music Notation for the Lowest Price Possible: FREE

    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!

  • The Absolutely Best Place for Free Printable Blank Sheet Music

    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 […]