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Make Moments Matter: A Music Education Podcast

I love teaching music to kids! I am a certified Orff Schulwerk teacher and plan to share lessons about singing, playing instruments, recorder technique, creative movement, improvisation, guided listening, and other techniques that will help you teach music better! Find more information and ideas on my blog: www.MakeMomentsMatter.org

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#034: Back to School in the Music Room

Back to school songs, games, tips, tricks, and more. Hear some fabulous new ideas and real talk about what it’s like to prepare to go back to school (the fun stuff and the stressful stuff too!). Resources mentioned in the podcast:  TGIF Giveaway: http://bit.ly/TGIFGiveaway Setting Goals Blog Post: http://bit.ly/2ydP6AW David’s Facebook Page: bit.ly/2kliYEv David’s Instagram: http://bit.ly/2lLe6Wy David’s Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2mzBkzH

39mins

28 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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#024: Exploring Orff Schulwerk with guest Jennifer Donovan

In this episode I’m talking with Jennifer Donovan about the world of Orff Schulwerk. Our conversation centers around what it means to be an Orff teacher, ways to include pitched and nonpitched instruments into lessons, tips for teaching recorder, ideas about teaching on a cart, and lots more. Resources mentioned in the podcast:  Windsongs Series Recorder Books: http://bit.ly/2FRbNO8 Chris Judah-Lauder Recorder Games: http://bit.ly/2pg2Wvh Everyday Recorder: Recorder Everyday: http://bit.ly/2FzgFIp Recorder Routes: http://amzn.to/2GpZKoU Creative Sequence by Tim Purdum: http://amzn.to/2HwI4Hk American Orff Schulwerk Association Website: http://AOSA.org

57mins

14 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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#035: Back to School in the Music Room with guest Tracy King

Back to school songs, games, tips, tricks, and more with special guest Tracy King. Hear some fabulous new ideas and real talk about what it’s like to prepare to go back to school (the fun stuff and the stressful stuff too!). Resources mentioned in the podcast:  TGIF Giveaway 8/3-8/5: http://bit.ly/TGIFGiveaway Tracy’s Steady Beat Swords Blog Post: http://bit.ly/2KwYTmU Tracy’s Newspaper Dance Blog Post: http://bit.ly/2Kucnj8 Tracy’s Pinterest Page: http://bit.ly/2OcpojG David’s Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2mzBkzH Tracy’s TPT Store: http://bit.ly/2AIFKPa The Bulletin Board Lady Website. Tracy King on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2vfqVy6

51mins

4 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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#036: Back to School in the Music Room with guest Aileen Miracle

Back to school songs, games, tips, tricks, and more with special guest Aileen Miracle. Hear some fabulous new ideas and real talk about what it’s like to prepare to go back to school (the fun stuff and the stressful stuff too!). Resources mentioned in the podcast:  Musical Mondays: http://bit.ly/MusicalMondays Aileen’s Name Games Blog Post: http://bit.ly/2wgqaVi David’s Name Game Podcast: http://apple.co/2un9wBq Aileen’s Ice Breaker Dice Freebie: http://bit.ly/2vU8kbd Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers Book: https://amzn.to/2wbIb7e Aileen’s Pinterest Page: http://bit.ly/2MZllXG David’s Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2mzBkzH Aileen’s TPT Store: http://bit.ly/2OLtS0G Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room Blog: http://bit.ly/2BnUOSD Aileen Miracle on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2PmiyJM

44mins

18 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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Musical Mondays Replay #11 - Focus on First Grade and Thanksgiving Books Fall 2019

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 10/28/19.  This week I'll share all of my K-5 lessons, talk through some of my favorite books for Thanksgiving, and so a deep dive into my 1st grade lessons. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

59mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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#026: Orff Schulwerk & Recorder with guest Natasha Thurmon

In this episode I get a chance to discuss everything recorder with my friend Natasha Thurmon. In this conversation we talk primarily about ways to approach teaching the recorder, some common practices, resources to consider, and more! Resources mentioned in this podcast: Music For Children CD Recordings (English): https://amzn.to/2pDMzJD Musica Poetica CD Recordings (German): http://bit.ly/2DSllU0 Recorder Resources -- Recorder Routes (Carol King): https://amzn.to/2pEcHnL Recorder Improvisation & Technique Bk 1 (Isabel McNeill Carley) : https://amzn.to/2DSlPJO Music for Children Vol. 1 (Orff & Keetman): https://amzn.to/2GavH3o American Orff Schulwerk Association Website: www.AOSA.org

44mins

25 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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Musical Mondays Replay #13 - Focus on Thanksgiving Lessons and Nutcracker Books Fall 2019

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 11/11/19.This week is all about Thanksgiving! From the little gobblers to the big 5th grade turkeys, you'll see some lessons that you can use or adapt for your kiddos (and even a sub lesson or two)! If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

59mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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#029: Orff Schulwerk & Movement with guest Laura Bercaw Petersen

In this episode I’m talking with Laura Bercaw Petersen about Orff Schulwerk. In our conversation we talk primarily about how movement and dance function as a part of the Orff approach and ways that you can incorporate movement into your lessons. Resources mentioned in the podcast:  General Orff Schulwerk Books -- The Schulwerk (Orff): https://amzn.to/2GG2PEJ Elementaria (Keetman): https://amzn.to/2IBW4QE Discovering Orff (Frazee): https://amzn.to/2GL3alt Exploring Orff (Steen): https://amzn.to/2H3T9mO Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk (Goodkin): https://amzn.to/2IDC2pd Movement Books -- Creative Dance For All Ages (Gilbert): https://amzn.to/2GHTEDP New England Dance Masters Search: http://bit.ly/2HmIIsk Shenanigans Resources Search: http://bit.ly/2JtPwop Lesson Plans for Creative Dance (Carline): https://amzn.to/2ICuxyE Teaching Movement & Dance (Weikart): https://amzn.to/2GIZGQk American Orff Schulwerk Association Website: http://AOSA.org

38mins

8 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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Musical Mondays Replay #1 - Back to School Focus Fall 2019

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 8/5/19.  This week I’ll start by sharing a little about Back to School in the music room – all grades K through 5 and will give you some ideas about what to focus on leading up to the first day of school, first day/rotation lessons, and follow up for the week/rotation after.If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

1hr 1min

6 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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#027: Orff Schulwerk & Pitched Percussion with guest Josh Southard

In this episode I’m talking with Josh Southard about the world of Orff Schulwerk and the instruments often used in Orff classrooms. We talk about how to get kids started on the instruments, pitched percussion exploration, instrument tips and tricks, how many/what kind of instruments to purchase, some instrument care ideas, and lots more! Resources mentioned in the podcast:  Teaching With Orff: http://bit.ly/2pVegxK Instrument Repair Hospital with Lissa Ray: http://bit.ly/2uzSNPX Smoky Row Elementary Music Website: http://www.smokyrowmusicroom.org/ American Orff Schulwerk Association Website: http://AOSA.org

50mins

31 Mar 2018

Rank #10

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Musical Mondays Replay #15 - 2nd Grade Focus

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 4/22/19. This week I'm sharing all my K-5 lessons for the week and we’ll dive into my Second grade lesson with Oliver Twist, Gerald the Giraffe, and this Old Man I know who plays crazy rhythms with his sticks all over town! After watching the video please take 3 minutes to complete this quick survey: http://bit.ly/2ZtNRHt If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

1hr 1min

23 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Musical Mondays Replay #2 - Back to School Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Fall 2019

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 8/12/19. This week I’ll share all my K-5 music lessons for the week and I will go through some of my back to school plans, tips, and tricks.   If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

1hr

13 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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Musical Mondays Replay #10 - Focus on Fifth Grade and Orff Instrument Procedures Fall 2019

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 10/21/19. This week I'll share from my 5th grade lessons and talk through some Orff instrument procedures that you an use for any grade! You'll also see one of my square dance tricks and learn a few more uses for your yarn ball! If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

1hr 1min

23 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Musical Mondays Replay #12 - Focus on Kindergarten and Christmas Books Fall 2019

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 11/4/19. This week I'll share all of my K-5 lessons, talk through some of my favorite books for Christmas, and so a deep dive into my Kindergarten lessons. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

1hr

6 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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#033: Sweetly Sings the Donkey

Sweetly Sings the Donkey is one of my all-time favorite folk songs. Tune in to get lesson ideas about this fun folk song from the barnyard and hear about how I use it to connect with Westward Expansion, farm chores, and rounds/canons. I’ll also be talking about one of my favorite emergency backup YouTube channels from the band Ok Go! Don’t forget to let me know the topics/songs/ideas you’d like to hear about in future podcast episodes. You can email me at MakeMomentsMatter@gmail.com, leave a review on Apple Podcasts, or send me a voice message at (402) 629-0808 (should go straight to VoiceMail). Resources mentioned in the podcast: Sweetly Sings the Donkey: http://bit.ly/2IAGo0C Favorite Folk Song Barnyard Bundle http://bit.ly/2IYiOyo Ok Go YouTube Page: http://bit.ly/2wWZmgy My Facebook Page: bit.ly/2kliYEv My Instagram: http://bit.ly/2lLe6Wy

26mins

21 May 2018

Rank #15

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Musical Mondays Replay #6 - Learning Centers Focus

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 2/18/19. This week I’ll share some of my favorite tips and ideas for learning centers, including thoughts about assigning students to groups, rotation tips and tricks, time spent at each station, how to use and reuse materials, and storage! If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

56mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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#038: Fingerplays - Open Shut Them

Open Shut Them is a classic fingerplay song for Kindergarten and 1st grade.  It gives you a chance to talk about behavior and staying in control of your hands all while you teach a really catchy song. Fingerplays are short poems or rhymes that require the singer to use their hands and fingers to help act out the story. In the next few episodes I’ll be sharing some of my favorite fingerplays along with the process that I use to teach them! Resources mentioned in the podcast:  Musical Mondays LIVE Videos, Live Video with Book Recommendations, David’s Facebook Page, David's Instagram, Wendell the Narwhal Book, Amazon Page with David's Favorite Books, LIVE Video with Fingerplays, David's Blog page.

26mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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Musical Mondays Replay #1 - Focus on Concert Planning and Composers Spring 2020

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 1/6/20. This week I’ll be sharing all my K-5 lessons for the week, show off some new toys and resources, and talk a little bit about how I plan for concerts.  If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

1hr

7 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Musical Mondays Replay #2 - Focus on Second Grade and Black History Month Books

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 1/13/20. This week I'll be sharing about my 2nd grade lessons, tech tools for the music room, and some of my favorite books for Black History Month. If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

1hr 3mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Musical Mondays Replay #4 - Focus on First Grade Fall 2019

This episode of the podcast is a replay containing the audio version of the Musical Monday LIVE video recorded on 9/2/19.This week I’ll share all my K-5 music lessons for the week and then I’ll do a deep dive into my first grade lessons.  If you’re not familiar with musical Mondays, every Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time I go live on Facebook and Instagram to share about the lessons that I’m using in class with my students.  I give a recap of my K-5 lessons and then do a deep dive about one grade level and share the books, instruments, songs, and process that I use to teach the lesson to kids.  This podcast episode contains all the audio from the Musical Monday video, but if you’d like to see a replay of the video itself you can follow this link to the archived video on YouTube.  Click here to see the Musical Mondays LIVE recap page where I share links to resources and ideas mentioned in the video.

59mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #20