I love teaching music to kids! Make Moments Matter – A Music Education Podcast is the most recent attempt to share ideas, connect with other educators, and talk about what it’s really like to teach music to children. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, Google Play Music,TuneIN, and Stitcher.
Below you’ll find a short synopsis about each episode I’ve publishes so far as well as links/notes for the episode. If you have questions or comments I’d love to hear them! Shoot me an email at MakeMomentsMatter@gmail.com. Don’t forget to share and rate the podcast in Apple Podcasts. This helps others find the podcast and join the community!
Scroll down to see all the episodes starting with the most recent.
It’s almost time for the Olympics so why not share some ideas for teaching music from around the world! Tune in to hear lesson ideas for the Brazilian folk song Samba Lelê as well as some handy tips and tricks for getting the most out of Pinterest! Check out the episode HERE.
In this episode you’ll get TWO different lesson ideas to use during the holiday season. I talk about several different ways to teach Jingle Bells so that you can use the carol with all grades and some lesson ideas for We Wish You a Merry Christmas. I’ll also talk about how I take my students caroling through the school and make a surprise visit to the front office. Check out the episode HERE.
In this episode you’ll get TWO different lesson ideas to use during the holiday season. I talk about my movement lesson for primary students based around the “March” from the Nutcracker and then I share about how I teach the favorite carol “O Tannenbaum” and the movement ideas I’ve included with the song. As an added treat you get to hear me fail to pronounce both “Tchaikovsky” and also several German words and phrases.
This episode includes five different ideas to use with the folk song “Over the River and Through the Woods” including some movement ideas, rewriting the lyrics, nonpitched percussion, and more. I’ll also talk a little bit about how you can add a giving opportunity to your concerts to help connect your audience with your school community!
This episode includes a variety of ideas to use with the folk song “Five Fat Turkeys” including some new and hilarious extension ideas for dancing kiddos and falling turkeys. I’ll also talk a little bit about your chance to connect with another music educator through the “Music Teacher Matchup” I’m hosting on my blog. Check out the episode HERE!
I’m so excited to welcome Eric Litwin, the author of the original four Pete the Cat books, to the podcast to discuss his newest book Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown. We chat about Eric’s experience as a teacher, what inspired him to write, and everything that’s included in his new book. Eric even takes us through how he would teach the book with kids and some tips for how to integrate Groovy Joe into your classroom. Listen to the end to hear about how you can win Eric Litwin’s newest book for FREE in a giveaway!
Resources mentioned in the podcast: www.EricLitwin.com Groovy Joe Songs and Downloads: http://bit.ly/2y1aLuF Groovy Joe Book Giveaway: http://bit.ly/2xhlv94 Groovy Joe/Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xi9Cel Fantastic Scholastic Book Parade: http://bit.ly/2xhmA0A The Learning Groove (Eric’s FREE Songs): http://bit.ly/2xh2G62 PaperBackSwap: http://bit.ly/2xSdirk
Watch out for BEARS! I’m singing my favorite bear song: “Grizzly Bear, oh Grizzly Bear, sleeping in a cave” and talking about the different games you can use with it. I also give a few tips and ideas about how to set up a music teacher web page/blog and what items you might want to include.
Resources mentioned in the podcast: Teacher Website Blog Post: http://bit.ly/2h5tI91 Blog Post about teaching the four voices with puppets: http://bit.ly/2h5plr3 Forest Animal Vocal Explorations: http://bit.ly/2xoqB1Z My Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2kliYEv
One song, multiple dances, lots of options for lessons! Check out this episode to learn about 15 different ways to teach the song “Tideo” also known as “Pass One Window.” I’ll also talk about one of the ways that I divide up classes into teams/families.
Resources mentioned in the podcast: Mailing List: eepurl.com/bMm9bD Instrument Families for Classroom Management: bit.ly/2gfUtau Folk Song Set for Tideo: bit.ly/2wgq5AN Rob Amchin’s Video for Tideo: bit.ly/2iALcKV Anthony Meehl’s video for Tideo: bit.ly/2w9R2I1 My Facebook Page: bit.ly/2kliYEv
It’s Back to School season! This episode includes a variety of ideas to use in your first few weeks back including some “name games” and tips to help you get started and organized. Listen to the episode HERE.
This episode includes a variety of ideas to use with the folk song “Alabama Gal.” I’ll sing through the song, talk about how you might teach the folk dance, and give ideas for extension and “next step” activities. You won’t want to miss my teacher tips/rant about the “Magic of Mallets.” I hope to give you some ideas about how to incorporate mallets for day-to-day use in your classroom.
This episode talks all about “The Instrument Bunny” and a ton of fun activities that can connect with this silly little rabbit! I’ll take you through my lesson and give some ideas for extensions activities. I’ll also share some great ideas to use with pool noodles (they’re on sale right now!) in the music classroom! Listen to the episode HERE.
Resources mentioned in the podcast: Pool Noodles ideas from Tracy King: bit.ly/2oPDizE My blog about the Instrument Bunny: bit.ly/2ofywrY My Easter/Bunny resources: bit.ly/2piyoHt Angie Kelton’s awesome Rabbit Rhythm resources: bit.ly/2oPxF4m
This episode includes a variety of ideas to use with the folk song “John the Rabbit.” I’ll sing through the song, talk through some variations and adaptations you could make, and give ideas for extension and “next step” activities. I’ll also share about a fun, easy, and FREE manipulative you can make when teaching young kiddos steady beat: “Magic Snowballs”
In this episode I share some lesson ideas to teach the silly song “I Caught a Leprechaun.” This is a great song for K-1 and provides an easy way to add finger cymbals! I’ll also share my favorite (and FREE) video to use when teaching piano and forte!
Learn about how to make an Instrument Petting Zoo work for you! I’ll talk about preparation, what to expecting during the zoo, follow-up ideas, and lots of organizational tips to make your petting zoo a great experience.
I share some lesson ideas to teach the folk song “I’ve Been to Harlem” aka “Turn the Glasses Over” I’ll sing through the song, give some background, share a couple dance options, and also talk about how to incorporate the “cup routine.” I’ll also share three of my favorite iPad apps to use in the classroom!
Resources mentioned in the podcast: I’ve Been to Harlem FFS Set: bit.ly/2m2l35h My Facebook Page: bit.ly/2kliYEv Incredibox (web): bit.ly/KbzzUI Incredibox (app): apple.co/23InJVc TuneTrain: apple.co/2kOyOTa iDoceo: bit.ly/1yc1ky5
I share some lesson ideas to teach the famous folk song “On Top of Old Smokey.” It’s great for Valentine’s Day (as it’s a love song) or any time of year. You’ll also hear me talk about the parody song “On Top of Spaghetti” and I’ll share my favorite tip to save your sanity when teaching choreography for your grade-level concerts!