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Finding Time to Play

by Cathy Smetana

I am, first and foremost, a teacher. I do not have a church job, or play for weddings, or do a lot of accompanying. I do not currently have a significant other with whom to share expenses and chores; in spite of my best efforts, my cat Pablo simply bli…

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Mindfulness: A Path Toward Teacher Wellbeing

On March 6, 2015, Jennifer Niedzielski presented a workshop at MacPhail Center for Music entitled Mindfulness: A Path Toward Teacher Wellbeing. (See video at the bottom of this post.)

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The Sick Teacher's Survival Guide Part 2

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


Jennifer Sylvester writes:

Behavior changes can be hard in a classroom full of kids, but as a music teacher, I have found that having set routines really help, and endorsing the help of students can also be a great strategy.  Older kids who can read…

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The Sick Teacher’s Survival Guide Part 1

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

DSC07522“Enter if you dare,” said the sign on the classroom door to one of my Early Childhood Music teaching sites. Although the sign was actually part of a Halloween display, it can really be a bit scary to enter this toddler room when there are multiple …

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Be mindful of your playing position

by Melissa Wenszell  Wenszell.Melissa@MacPhail.org

Please be mindful of your head position while playing! 

As you can see from these drawings, the more forward the neck, the greater the strain which can lead to many problems down the road.  If you have added weight on your body from your ins…

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