More Floor Staff Fun

Thanks to all of you who shared ideas for creating and using on-the-floor staff lines (see last post).    All of my students last week were curious about the “funny-looking green tape on the floor”, which meant the staff got a LOT of use (and I remembered to take a few pictures to share)! In addition to the beanie babies I picked up, I went … Continue reading

Floor Staff Races

I had the privilege of attending the KMTA annual conference over the weekend.    This year’s keynote speakers were Randy and Nancy Faber, so it was not to be missed!!!   Natalie has posted a wonderful summary of many of the weekend’s sessions over on the Music Matters Blog, which is definitely worth a look if you haven’t already checked it out.    I picked up some … Continue reading

Ice Breaker Games

Since a number of teachers have posted about summer camp ideas over the last few weeks, I thought I’d share a couple of activities that I like to use with new groups of students.  I typically use these at our first group lesson in the fall, but they’d be great ice-breakers for camps!   (Note: Both of these activities are based on Dalcroze Eurhythmics.  The basic … Continue reading

Tasty Triads

A visit to one of my favorite ice cream shops over the holiday weekend provided an inspiration for a new studio game!  (Isn’t it funny what sparks teaching ideas?)   In their last group class of spring semester, my intermediate students learned to identify and construct diminished and augmented triads, in addition to major and minor.     To give them a chance to review … Continue reading