The Arts are not Quick

Tweet “If we demand quick results, the arts will not supply them.” -Eric Jenson page 1 of Arts with the Brain in Mind. So true. But that’s ok! I believe I have made mention to this before. But as I read what Jenson says, I just can’t resist the urge to reflect more on how […]

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The Garden Philosophy

Tweet As a new school year is underway, so marks a time to refocus your goals and hone in on what types of things you want to impress upon your students.  We teachers get this great perk to our careers – we start a school year fresh, often with a new group of students, optimistic […]

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Arts Integration Series About to Begin

Tweet We at The Inspired Classroom are very excited to announce that the Arts Integration blog series is about to begin! This topic has always been the true focus of The Inspired Classroom and we have so much experience and expertise to share with you over the next two months through our team of guest […]

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A Review for ME!

Tweet How excited I was when yesterday I saw a wonderful post by Shelley Krause @butwait about my book, Inspired by Listening: Teaching Your Curriculum While Actively Listening to Music.  This book is where is all started years ago when I decided to make music part of my life forever.  I took the lyrics by […]

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Collaboration at #ntcamp

Tweet Summer workshops are fun.  You do them on your own time, connect with other teachers and learn in a stress free environment.  Over the past week and a half, I was able to participate in a couple workshops, both presenting and participating. This past weekend, I traveled down to Philly to participate in the […]

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Authentic Integration of Music – Grad Course

Tweet Music is a great way to reach out to your students, motivate them and teach your curriculum. In this course, we will explore ways to make music part of your classroom culture as you create a safe learning environment for your students. Then we will discuss ways to integrate these musical experiences in creating, […]

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Erosion Blues

Tweet This past week, my students and I had a great experience as we created a makeshift recording studio in our school and recorded an original piece of music: The Erosion Blues. It is a great example of integration, collaboration and freedom in structure. Integration: The blues was meant to be a culminating project for […]

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Inspire Your Students with Music (workshop)

Tweet Course Description: This 2 hour workshop is designed for the PreK-12 ELA teacher who wants to integrate music into their curriculum in a meaningful and practical way. You will learn how to use the active listening strategies in the book Inspired by Listening to motivate and capture the interest of your students, even if […]

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Musical Experiences – Composing in the Classroom

Tweet In the spirit of Music in Our Schools month, I would like to reflect some more on how music can build community, this time through composition. With MCAS (Massachusetts’s high stakes test) next week, I think it is necessary to give my students a balance of testing with play. We WILL go outside and […]

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