How Not Paying Musicians Greatly Hurts Us

On the very first day of teaching Music Appreciation, I asked students to do just one thing this semester: Be respectful of everything you hear, even if you absolutely hate it.

I explained to them that there were lots of genres of music that I am not particularly fond of, like opera and electronic music. However, there are people that perform those genres, compose for those genres, and study them, and I am grateful that we have people who devote their time to advocate them.

But most importantly, there are people making a living off of their work in those fields, and I can’t imagine robbing those musicians of their livelihood. I asked my students, “Wouldn’t you hate if people didn’t support your career paths, or even your passions?”

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How To Make Change Less Scary and More Normal In Your Classroom

One of my favorite parts of an extended break is the possibility of change. A change in pace, a change in routine, and changes in lifestyle!

My response when people ask how I am enjoying my break has been, “It’s amazing and sooooo refreshing!” But then I thought to myself, why can’t all year be amazing and refreshing? Why can’t changes occur during busy seasons of the year?

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Gain A Competitive Edge with an Online Portfolio

As music educators, we essentially produce a product for our schools and our communities. Because that product takes time and preparation throughout the school year, it is hard to represent that in words on a paper document. What an online portfolio can do is show videos, images, and reviews of your previous work, in a way that says, “See, I really can do this, and I have had prior success!”

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If Reflection Isn’t Part of Your Teaching Routine, Change That Immediately!

If you are a music education major or practicing music educator, you have probably had to write a few reflections on your teaching by now. Depending on the situation, it was either required of you, or you wrote it of your own volition. As an educator, I approve of both scenarios. 🙂

Reflection is one of the best tools for growth as an educator, but it was also a large part of my choir curriculum. I wanted my students to value the reflection process so that whatever field they end up in, they will be equipped with a way to always be improving their skill sets or craft.

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Hi there! I’m Lindsay, a choral music educator by day, a singer-songwriter by evening, and a writer when time allows.

Hi there! I’m Lindsay, a choral music educator by day, a singer-songwriter by evening, and a writer when time allows.

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