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ENVoY Training Part 2

by Candis Parrish

In my last post, I emphasized the importance of non-verbal communication and outlined some of the factors the go into the way teachers present themselves in the classroom. This post will cover some practical things you can do in the classroom to improve your non-verbal communica…

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ENVoY Training Part 1

By Candis Parrish

Do you ever feel like you’ve planned a standards driven lesson that’s both engaging and fun, only to have it fall flat because you spend more time dealing with behaviors than teaching your class?  Have you tried management systems like breaks and timeouts with limited success?  …

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Idea Exchange: Tips for Teaching Older Adults

By Tamra Brunn

The MacPhail Music for Life™ program is expanding at MacPhail Center for Music and we currently serve over 1,000 adults age 55+ in our student body! Earlier this month we gathered together a panel of experienced Music for Life teaching artists—Jeanie Bri…

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Setting and Communicating Boundaries with Parents

By Dr. Carlynn Savot

The working relationship between a music teacher and students and their parents is a unique one, and its scope can be difficult to define. To provide students with an inspiring and challenging learning environment—and at the same time keep our sani…

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The First Day

by Sarah Hruska-Olson Olson.Sarah@MacPhail.org

As the ECM department at MacPhail prepares for the start of Fall Semester, I remember how excited and nervous I was to teach my very first Early Childhood Music class at MacPhail in the fall of 1997. I was so preoccupied that I left my garage door up w…

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Working with Resistance

by Emily Greenleaf Greenleaf.Emily@MacPhail.org

Here is a very common portrait of resistance in a MacPhail Music for Life™ class:

Nick Johnson has brought a bowed psaltry to today’s session. He gives a demonstration of the instrument, talking about its origins, as well as this particular instr…

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Things Technology has Fixed in my Teaching Part 3

by Jeremy Hanson Hanson.Jeremy@MacPhail.org

The third in a series showing HOW exactly technology has improved the quality of teaching or music therapy, i.e. Problems and solutions. No how-to's, just what impact is seen with students and clients

I use many kinds of technology in my teaching every d…

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Enforceable Statements

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

All four years of college, I woke up Friday mornings and attended Music Education Forum at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  This was a required, zero credit course that all Music Ed majors took.  Despite the lack of credits, it was an importa…

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Being a Classroom Manager

by Sarah Hruska Olson Olson.Sarah@MacPhail.org

Some teachers are instinctive classroom managers.  From the very start, they know how to lead a group and manage Hitane Elementary School classroom 2student behavior.  Unfortunately, I was not one of these people.  It took me several years to develop effective classroom management skill…

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The Singular, Unique Challenge of Group Teaching

by Katie Condon Condon.Katie@MacPhail.org

Many years ago, on my first day teaching general music, I told a group of kindergarteners to raise their hands if they had something to say. Immediately, a hand shot up and a little girl said, “I have a brother”.  Hand after hand went up, each child wanting t…

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