Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you Beth for nominating me for the Liebster Award! 

- Beth's blog, http://bethsmusicnotes.blogspot.com/ is a rich, abundant resource of folk music and material!  SO many wonderful songs, so little time!!!

 If you don't know, like I did, what a "Liebster Award," is, here is some info: 
It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.

  • This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.
  • It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend (really?)
  • It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people.
  • It can be misconstrued, depending upon your personal views, as either something wonderful (who doesn’t like awards?) or as an annoyance (a chain letter that involves work).
  • The choice lies within each of us to ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby STOPPING or INTERRUPTING the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself (keep reading for benefits you will have)!
  • Personal views play an important part in our choice to participate. Some people have refused to accept it and have made attempts to “break the chain”. There have been many people who have been nominated, yet refused to accept it, and now their blogs have been abandoned.
  • Variations have been made over time to the “rules”.
  • Marketing plays a role in accepting this award, as other bloggers are promoted. (This is not a bad thing, however, since people should help others!)
  • Other awards are a part of the whole “meme“. These include “One Lovely Blog Award”, the “Sunshine Blog Award” and the “Versatile Writer Award”.
The Liebster Award was created to highlight blogs with growing audiences. The rules for receiving this award are:
1. In your post link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and a 'shout out'.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer. See below for my answers.
3. Nominate 5-11 people (Blogs with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post. 
4. Let your nominees know and provide them with a link back to your post (so they can see the rules).
5. No nominating the person who nominated you, however send them a thank you :)

1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I began with a blog when we started the adoption process 10 years ago to adopt our now 7 year old daughter.  A few years after  we came home with our daughter from China, I began the blog (2011).  I am a creative person and I also love to share. I have been very blessed with the resources I have available to me and wanted to share some of my thoughts, observances and resources with other music teachers. I also began presenting more regularly to other music teachers and wanted a way to share those experiences with others. 
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Resources! I am passionate about providing quality resources that are easy to find, FREE (!!!) and that are accessible for children.  It's great to buy books and teacher materials but often times they would take too long to teach, are unrealistic in the amount of parts, rehearsal times, etc.  I have always kept things on the blog free and will continue to do so.

3. Is there something you learned late in your blogging journey you wished you knew before?
I wish I had labeled everything slightly differently and by grade level.

4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
Singing, playing instruments, digital scrapbooking and zentangling.

5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?
Hmmm... it's not really "per week"; it depends on my mood and how much new song material I am ready to share and whether or not it will be part of a larger post.

6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
Movement and rhythm activities.  Also using literature in the music room with songs or activities I have written.

7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
Creativity leads to tangible works of creativity; I have to share them!! 

8. Which post that you've written are you most proud of?
It is difficult to narrow it down to one; I did get a TON of response to my
and another favorite
and also the "Five Extra Minutes of Class.. Now What?" post here:  Five Extra Minutes of Music, Now What?
Finally, I really love the Chinese New Year song here
9. Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?Nope.. can't wait to publish info on my upcoming book!!! :)

10. What's your favorite aspect of blogging?
Making resources available!
Here are my nominees:
Amy Burns' technology ipads page

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