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  1. Hi, I've been teaching music education for 30 years: College, High School, and "now" (for the last 17yrs) -mostly K-8 [A Montessori school, yet with a large Music Department - which is unusual for Montessori]. Annyywayy, I just wanted to say that I was fortunate to stumble upon one of your YouTube videos (your 17-18 room tour). Amazing! Your work, your thought and creativity, and of course - your organization, is a wonder to behold. I started to read some of your blog/newsletter (ex: Things to Stop saying to us)... Yes, you have like minded music educators, like me, agreeing with your words. In the past 5 years I've had some tough days with "Music class" being devalued (and yet, admin always asking for more). I was encouraged by you and your ability (& time taken) to share all this info with ... well, with the world. Best Wishes, Mike

    1. Hi Mike, thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your message has definitely made my day! I enjoy my work so much and it is such an honor to know that other teachers like you can find some use for my ideas and resources! Thanks again for reaching out. Best wishes on the rest of your school year!

  2. Seeking IDEAS for my H.S. Special Needs General Music class of 9 students (mostly cognitive issues/4th grade reading level, etc.)... Substitute teacher with terminal degrees in Music Performance and in a long term post! Glad for the work but not sure of things that are available to complete this year Virtually and perhaps in class IF/When that happens...
    We are using GOOGLE CLASSROOM and MEET... (not my choice but...)
    I did a study of selected movements from Grans Canyon Suite, Faure REQUIEM, SUPERMAN Movie soundtrack, and Peer Gynt Suite...
    Considering a section on German Polka Band v.s. Mariachi Band (similar/difference/cultural influences). Other thoughts!
    Also looking for hand-out, worksheet, grade-able materials too,,,
    SINGcerely - Eric

    1. Hi! I'd love for you to email me so we can talk more, but some initial ideas to consider would be composition projects- if the students have devices chrome song maker and mario paint composer are great tools- and studying music from a particular culture more in-depth and doing so in an experiential way. I have written posts with lots of lesson ideas and resources that I think would work well for your class- see them here: If you haven't already, I also highly recommend the book Creative Miracles. The author is a music teacher for students of all ages with special needs and her book is amazing. Link to her book and other resources for self-contained music classes in this post: