Friday was a good day teaching.The Wifi went out, and I was suddenly bereft of a plan. I asked my principal if we could go to the library and use the parachute. Due to COVID, I was expecting a hard ...

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If you're like me, singing and chanting in class is difficult these days. I need tracks that I can use so that students can clearly hear me and I can focus on engaging them. Here is a Tune for Teaching that ...

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This tune is an update on the folk classic, "Cripple Creek." It is in Mixolydian tonality and unusual-paired meter. I use it as an acculturation and movement activity in "five." The notation and challenging dance movements appear below, which are from ...

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I am very excited to announce the release of my brand new book, MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De. This book breaks down Gordon’s Music Learning Theory into simple, easy to understand language and manageable chunks. No Ph.D. required!This long-awaited Teacher’s Guide ...

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I have a brand new book out that I think will prove to be an invaluable resource for you in your teaching. It's called "Fifty Tunes For Teaching: New Songs With and Without Words to Use in the General Music Classroom."  ...

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In Part 1 of this article, I explained the basics of verbal association as a level of learning in Gordon’s Skill Learning Sequence. In this article, I will endeavor to describe the ways in which Gordon and his contemporaries have ...

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This quarantune (a song written during the Covid-19 quarantine) is in the Freygish mode (also known as Phrygian dominant.) I actually originally wrote it in Locrian, but it didn't quite set right. This song has built in opportunities for echoing, ...

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Verbal Association (abbreviated VA) is the second level in the Skill Learning Sequence. At this level, we use tonal solfege (movable do with a la-based minor) and rhythm solfege (movable “du,” a beat function rhythm syllable system) to label the ...

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Aural/Oral (abbreviated A/O) is the most fundamental level in the Skill Learning Sequence. This level is far-reaching, as not only does it cover a level in the Skill Learning Sequence, it is also all-encompassing for instruction in preparatory audiation. Everything ...

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This is an updated version of the "My Mother, Your Mother" song archetype. There is built in listening, echoing, and improvisation. Lyrics Verse 1Once upon a time, there were two sheep,And mighty chatty sheep were they.Every afternoon, they'd have a ...

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