Monday, November 14, 2016

Why I Teach Music Blog Hop and Giveaway

I am in a Facebook group with fellow music teacher bloggers.  Many of us are stressed right now, for many reasons, so we want to encourage everyone and to spread a few warm fuzzies along the way.

If you would have told me 24 years ago that I would be teaching elementary music I would have laughed you off the planet!  NO WAY was I going to teach, but if I had to, I would teach high school as it was more sophisticated and complex.  I was an opera major, with little to no real interest in teaching but changed my major to music education because my parents really wanted me to have a safety net in case performing didn't work out.  I only had one elementary methods class in college and it was terrible.  When I arranged my student teaching I chose 12 weeks with high school and middle school, although I knew middle school was not my age preference, I had to teach them as it was a package deal with the high school.  I then went to the K-3 school and taught 4 weeks with the wee ones and absolutely fell in love with their genuine affection, excitement, and joy.  As I  worked with them I began to realize how much I loved working with the younger children and how I became a different person in front of them; I was funny, and loved hearing their giggles and seeing their joy at playing shakers, hand drums, Orff instruments, and triangles.  Everything was a new experience to them and I loved hearing their sweet voices and encouraging them to reach for higher levels of musical understandings and develop true musicianship. I never looked back, and only applied for elementary school positions and have now been teaching 24 years!
That is what keeps me going; seeing/hearing/enjoying THEIR giggles, joy, and excitement while learning about instrument families, Orff instruments, folk music, dancing, the Piano Guys, Beethoven, and everything in between.  I also love their lovely, innocent, and sweet (most of the time) voices and seeing them develop from 4 year olds to 10-11 year olds and beyond, knowing I planted seeds and roots for their middle and high school teachers.


As I wrote before, I'm teaming up with some other music education bloggers to spread the love this week, and I'd love for you to become part of the conversation! Read on...
Not only is our country going through a stressful season, but many of us are stressed as we enter our busiest time of year with holiday concerts and performances fast approaching!  We want to encourage music teachers to remember why we do what we do. To sweeten the pot, we're hosting a giveaway too,  chock full of goodies!
You can enter the giveaway (and help spread the love) two ways: commenting on our blog posts (links in the giveaway below) all week- there will be one or two of us posting each day- and sharing your own inspiration on social media with the hashtag #whyiteachmusic. Don't forget to include a link to this blog post so others can enter the giveaway too! You can share every day until Monday 11/21 and earn more entries (and spread more positivity)!
Each of us is giving away something different, so there will be plenty of winners! My prize is a FREE copy of my book, Hands to Hands, Too!  Hand Clapping Songs and Games from the USA and Canada.
Good luck!
 
 
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38 comments:

  1. My kids are my motivation too, although I never ever ever wanted to teach teenagers LOL. Their smiles are #whyiteachmusic. Thank you so much for sharing! Your book looks awesome as well.

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    1. Thanks for your awesome organization of all of this!!!

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  2. Thanks for some positive thoughts right now. I needed that! #whyiteachmusic

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    1. I think we all are in need of postivity!! Daily!

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  3. Awesome idea! I actually know a ton of people who are reacting to all the recent news with decisions to deliberately spread more positivity. Happy to see music teachers doing it as well! Thanks!

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  4. What a great way to inspire good things! So excited to see who the winners are! Music Teachers can be a light to students and other teachers when things are looking down.

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    1. I think we are so blessed to teach the one subject area that has an immediate "mood altering" affect. Powerful!!!

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  5. I was so in the same boat! I never thought I would want to teach elementary music. I was all marching band, all the time, and I was gonna go be an awesome lady band director. Welp. I think sometimes about high schoolers and just shudder to myself. I teach because we make a difference!

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    1. Life is funny, isn't it?? I can't imagine doing anything different and still find something new every day to enjoy and giggle about!

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  6. When I was in college I spent double the amount of time with secondary students as I did with elementary. Now looking back, I wish I had reversed that because I can't imagine not spending my time with the little ones! Their smiles are so infectious.

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    1. I spent almost no time in college with students and am so happy to hear most colleges require a significant amount of time working with children of all ages. I do love the smiles and uninhibited joy of the wee ones!!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your story. I started out in the band world, and I am very thankful to be teaching elementary music. Your book looks like it is full of fun stuff!

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    1. It's interesting that so many of us who teach elementary began without wanting to!!

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  8. My kids are my motivation too, although I never ever ever wanted to teach teenagers LOL.Thank you so much for sharing! Your book looks awesome as well.
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    1. Thanks for your comments. The kids absolute joy is the thing that keeps me going!

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  10. Oh Aimee, isn't that the truth? On my hardest, most frustrating days, I close my door and focus on those amazing little kids in front of me. Their smiles, laughter, wonder, and silliness feed my soul in a way nothing else does! It's all the "other stuff" that wears be down as a teacher, but the kids always inspire and energize me!

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    1. Some days i want to say, can you go away and just let me teach?! Haha!!

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  11. How wonderful that you found your calling! I love the same things..the giggles, singing and sweetness of the kids...Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your comment.. The giggles are the best!!

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  12. I always knew I'd be a teacher, but when I started playing instruments, I knew it was music education for me!

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    1. I love that we get to "play" every day!!

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  13. What a lovely idea. This is exactly what I needed to read today.

    Thank you for the chance to reconnect with my reasons for teaching music, and the opportunity to learn more about my colleagues.

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    1. This has given me great encouragement also!!

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  14. I love kids. I love music. It's a win-win!

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  15. When I student taught elementary I was hooked! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Isnt it the best?! Those chorus and band teachers just dont know what they are missing!

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  16. I teach music to make sure kids get an awesome first experience with music from our nation and all around the world. It is so important to start kids off with a solid basis of musical knowledge coupled with a love for creating, performing and just enjoying music! I also teach music so I can continue to live out my child hood in the experiences I have with my students in the classroom. It definitely keeps me young and fuels my creative side!

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    1. We plant the seeds and water the roots. Although we arent as appreciated as the leaves of the tree, we are equally important!

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  17. Thank you! I love being around kids and music!

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  18. I was another who did not plan to teach. I wanted to be the next Julie Andrews but fell in love with elementary music after being advised to study music as a safety net. I can't believe I get paid to sing,dance, and play games all day! I love seeing The lightbulb that goes on in their eyes when they master a new concept. My kiddos feel so proud and accomplished when they do something they could not do before

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    1. It seems there are many of us who didn't set out to teach! So funny how we all ended up loving (and being flabbergasted) getting paid to giggle, sing, dance, and play!

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  19. I teach with a goal to reach...students who are looking to find their voice, who can discover their unique potential and value, who can find the joy of music.

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