OwlTail

Cover image of The Anacrusic Podcast

The Anacrusic Podcast

Anne Mileski from anacrusic.com engages in meaningful conversations about music and music education. Following the mantra "purposeful, sequential, joyful" each episode highlights different topics elementary music teachers face each and every day in their school classrooms. The Anacrusic Podcast is a chance to put your arm around another music teacher buddy and start discovering your most joyful music teacher heart.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Popular episodes

All episodes

The best episodes ranked using user listens.

Podcast cover

TAP 005: Why You Should Get Comfortable With Getting Uncomfortable

In today’s episode, I talk about why it’s so important to stretch yourself, step out of the box, and start trying new things. As I prepare for my workshop at this year’s OAKE conference, I share some of the ways you might incorporate new modes of music making into your classroom to ignite student curiosity and musicianship.Check out the show notes at http://anacrusic.com/podcast

26mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #1

Podcast cover

TAP 009: 5 Tips for Classroom Management

Today on TAP, I'm giving my 5 tips for Classroom Management. These tools are important for your music teacher toolbox if you want to keep your students motivated and participating in the Elementary General Music Classroom.

28mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #2

Similar Podcasts

Podcast cover

TAP 034: Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Marla Butke

In this episode of TAP, we’re continuing our conversations about active music making approaches. Today I talk with Dr. Marla Butke, current president of the American Eurhythmics Society, about using Dalcroze in the general music classroom. Marla Butke, Ph.D., directs the Women's Chorale at Otterbein University and teaches Choral Methods at Capital University. She has previously taught at Ashland University, Xavier University, The Ohio State University, and Ohio Wesleyan University. She holds degrees from Miami University, Wright State University and The Ohio State University. She is a Master Teaching Artist with the American Eurhythmics Society, serves as the president of the board of AES, and is on the board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Dr. Butke regularly presents workshops throughout the United States on Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Dr. Butke has been published in General Music Today, TRIAD, Update, The Orff Echo, and Enrollment Management. Her book, co-authored by Dr. David Frego, Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher's Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics, was recently released. Links mentioned in this episode: American Eurhythmics Society | Dalcroze Society of America | Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher's Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics by Marla Butke and David Frego The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com Click here to become a member of the TAP Insiders FB Group | Click here to subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter

40mins

13 Dec 2018

Rank #3

Podcast cover

TAP 035: Orff-Schulwerk with Michael Chandler

Today on the podcast, I’m talking with my good friend, Michael Chandler all about Orff-Schulwerk. I first met Michael when he was my Level 1 recorder teacher at the Orff-Schulwerk Certification Course at Southern Methodist University. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Michael as a brilliant musician, thoughtful pedagog, and just a genuine human being. I hope you enjoy our conversation about music and music education as much as I did! Originally from McKenzie, Tennessee, Michael Chandler taught music and movement to elementary school children in Texas public schools for 16 years, most of them in the Lewisville Independent School District, where he was named Teacher of the Year at two campuses. In 2005, 2007, and 2013 his student ensembles were selected to perform at the TMEA Clinic and Convention in San Antonio. Dr. Chandler has presented workshops in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for TMEA, TCDA, AOSA, and numerous state MEA organizations. He has taught in AOSA-approved Orff Schulwerk teacher education courses at Southern Methodist University, the University of Central Arkansas, the Hartt School, Oregon State University, the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), the University of Memphis, and Education Through Music in New York City. He is a past-president of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and served as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. Dr. Chandler was a pianist for the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) for 10 years and the organist and pianist at Round Grove United Church (UCC) in Lewisville for 17 years. He is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday!, an Orff Schulwerk approach to integrating recorder into the general music classroom. His publications have also been featured in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, The Orff Echo, and The Southwestern Musician. Dr. Chandler earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee; the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; the Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from the University of North Texas. Contact Michael | Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com Click here to become a member of the TAP Insiders FB Group | Click here to subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter

1hr 9mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #4

Most Popular Podcasts

Podcast cover

TAP 078: How to Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet

Register for my FREE Music Teacher Workshop, “The Ultimate Music Lesson Planning Roadmap: How to Plan the Perfect Lesson Without the Overwhelm” → anacrusic.com/workshop If you’re wondering what your music teacher secret sauce is, and are ready for your custom ingredients list, take the quiz here → anacrusic.com/quiz Today on TAP, I’m chatting about the one thing you need to make 2020 your best year yet. It’s not a magic pill, or a quick fix, but if you buy-in to this one idea, you’ll completely change your music teacher life. Check out the full show notes here—> https://anacrusic.com/78 Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast so you NEVER miss an episode! To make sure you get all my inside tips and tricks, subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter by clicking here —> anacrusic.com/newsletter. You can also chat with your other music teacher besties and get exclusive content related to each episode inside of the #TAP Insiders Facebook Group. Join here —> facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com

17mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #5

Podcast cover

TAP 021: All About Learning Sequences

Welcome to the kickoff to Season 2 of The Anacrusic Podcast! Today on TAP is an episode all about learning sequences, a topic that has been a recent passion project of mine. Not sure what learning sequences are? You are 100% in the right place, because today I’m unpacking all of that for you..What I love about using learning sequences is that it’s not a method, or a prescription for the exact things you need to do in your class. It’s a framework for how to effectively facilitate instruction for your students so that they can be the most musical they can possibly be. It has nothing to do with a set of activities or required media by which to teach specific concepts, but rather a process that lives and breathes and allows for the flexibility on the part of the teacher to make decisions that will pave the best path for their students..If you want to known more, go ahead and head to the show notes where you can sign up for the PDF guide of everything I’ve  talked about today. Also check out my recent blog post-->  5 Benefits of Learning Sequences in Elementary Music. If you want more information about how to effectively sequence instruction in the ways that I’ve talked about today, stay tuned, because I’m working on a super special project I’m going to be sharing in the coming weeks..Join the #TAP Insiders Community on FB | Sign up for the Anacrusic Newsletter

25mins

6 Sep 2018

Rank #6

Podcast cover

TAP 022: Kodály-Inspired Teaching with Brent Gault

Today’s episode of TAP is going in the books as one of my favorites. I was lucky enough to speak with one of my mentors, Dr. Brent Gault, about Kodály-inspired teaching, and the book he co-edited with Dr. Carlos Abril, Teaching General Music. Here are some of the highlights of our conversation:The book Teaching General Music, and why he and Dr. Abril decided it was important to have a text like this.How he discovered Kodály and why he was drawn to the approach.The importance of musical fluency and how to incorporate it into your teaching.The issue of “quality” and how to decide what to include in your classroom.How world music and musics of different cultures apply to Kodály-inspired teaching.I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it! If you want more information on how to contact Brent Gault, click here! | To get a copy of the book Teaching General Music, click here! | Click here to become a member of the TAP Insiders FB Group | Click here to subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter

55mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #7

Podcast cover

TAP 042: Student Teaching in the Elementary Music Room with Lisa Beyer

Today on The Anacrusic Podcast, I’m talking with my good friend, Lisa Beyer, all about her elementary music student teaching experience. This is a special conversation, because it just so happens that Lisa student taught with me when I was still teaching in the DFW area. But don’t worry, I ask her to be super candid and honest inside our interview, and she shares lots of great inside tips for those of you who are about to student teach or have student teachers—both of which she has done! Before my conversation with Lisa, I start out this episode by sharing 5 Tips for Mentor & Student Teachers in the Elementary Music Classroom. These are important points I think both parties should consider as you start your relationship as mentor and mentee. To help facilitate useful discussion and make the most out of the experience, I’ve put together a FREE PDF download of these five action steps for you to reference. You can access that resource by clicking here—> anacrusic.com/podcast/42 Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast so you NEVER miss an episode! To make sure you get all my inside tips and tricks, subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter by clicking here —> anacrusic.com/newsletter. You can also chat with your other music teacher besties and get exclusive content related to each episode inside of the #TAP Insiders Facebook Group. Join here —> facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com

53mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #8

Podcast cover

TAP 033: Music Learning Theory with Cynthia Crump Taggart

Today on TAP, I’m talking with Dr. Cynthia Crump Taggart all about Music Learning Theory. MLT is an approach that I’m not as familiar with as others, and to be blunt, one that I still have a lot of questions about. This conversation with Dr. Taggart shed a lot of light on the philosophical underpinnings of Music Learning Theory, and, once again, how there are many more similarities to other pedagogical approaches than what I may have originally thought. Cynthia Taggart is professor of music education at the Michigan State University College of Music. She received her B.M. and M.M. in Music Education from University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University. In addition to being a faculty member, she is immediate past president of the College Music Society. Taggart directs and teaches in the Early Childhood Music Program of the MSU Community Music School. She received the prestigious MSU Teacher-Scholar award. Prior to teaching at MSU, she taught for four years at Case Western Reserve University, where she won the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She also has extensive elementary and preschool teaching experience in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Links mentioned in this episode:Find out more about Cynthia Crump Taggart here | Gordon Institute for Music Learning | TAP 024: MLT with Jennifer Bailey from Sing to Kids The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com Click here to become a member of the TAP Insiders FB Group | Click here to subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter

38mins

6 Dec 2018

Rank #9

Podcast cover

TAP 079: The Five Things You Need in Your Music Teacher Life

Register for my FREE Music Teacher Workshop, “The Ultimate Music Lesson Planning Roadmap: How to Plan the Perfect Lesson Without the Overwhelm” → anacrusic.com/workshop Today on TAP, I’m chatting about the five things you need to make 2020 your best year yet, and really just in your music teacher life in general… and psst! This is a sneak peek at this weekend’s workshop and all the juicy stuff we’ll be chatting about starting January 11th. Head to anacrusic.com/workshop to sign up for one of 3 days and times to attend! Check out the full show notes here—> https://anacrusic.com/79 Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast so you NEVER miss an episode! To make sure you get all my inside tips and tricks, subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter by clicking here —> anacrusic.com/newsletter. You can also chat with your other music teacher besties and get exclusive content related to each episode inside of the #TAP Insiders Facebook Group. Join here —> facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com

20mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #10

Podcast cover

TAP 070: Coffee Chat with Anne

Today on The Anacrusic Podcast, I’m sharing a little life update with all of you!! Yes, I just had my second baby girl, and it has been wonderful, but it’s also been HARD. Today I’m sharing some of my thoughts about change and how it pertains to us as music teachers. What I’ve noticed, what has been helping, and how I think it can help you! (*disclaimer: this episode is super conversational and totally “Anne.” No heavy edits or polishing here!!) Join The Sequencing Solution Waitlist here → https://anacrusic.com/tssJoin The Powerhouse Planning Waitlist here → https://anacrusic.com/powerhouseplanningCheck out the FREE lesson planning guide here → https://anacrusic.com/lesson Want more information about the resources mentioned inside of this episode? Check out the full show notes here!—> https://anacrusic.com/podcast/70 Don’t forget to sign up to become an Anacrusic Insider, to be the first to find out about new podcast episodes and resources designed just for you!--> https://anacrusic.com/newsletter You can also chat with your other music teacher besties and get exclusive content related to each episode inside of the #TAP Insiders Facebook Group. Join here —> facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com

34mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #11

Podcast cover

TAP 024: MLT with Jennifer Bailey from Sing to Kids

Today on the podcast, I get to talk with the wonderful Jennifer Bailey of Sing to Kids. Jenn is an absolutely amazing pedagog, and is one of the kindest, most intentional teachers I think I've ever met. She helps talk me through some of the tenants of Gordon Music Learning Theory that still seem a bit mysterious or understood, and helps identify the approach as a sequential, joyful music making venture for students.Make sure you check out Jenn's website & TpT Store! | We're both members of the TpT Music Crew, make sure to click here and out the crew website as well! |  Click here for my FREE PDF all about Learning SequencesThe Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com Click here to become a member of the TAP Insiders FB Group | Click here to subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter

53mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #12

Podcast cover

TAP 019: Getting Started with Composition in the Elementary Music Classroom

Today on the podcast, I’m sharing how I approach composition in the music room. Spoiler alert: it’s part of a sequence, and improvisation is the main scaffold to get to all things composition. This episode was inspired by a blog post I wrote earlier this year.  Check it out by clicking here. Become an Anacrusic Insider Here | Join The Anacrusic Podcast Community Here

26mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #13

Podcast cover

TAP 017: The Balanced Teacher Life with Kelli Wise

Today on The Anacrusic Podcast, I interview my good friend Kelli Wise about what it really means to have all the different areas of your life feel the way you want them to feel, no matter where you are in your personal life and your teaching. We talk all about balance and what that really means, if it really exists, and how Kelli gets a handle on all things teacher life.Click here to check out Kelli's podcast, Chalk Full of Life.Join the Rebalance Revolution: 5x Your Free Time & Still Rock at Teaching. Click here to listen to Kelli's podcast on saying "no."Click here to get the book "Essentialism" (affiliate link!)Join the Anacrusic Podcast Facebook Community here

47mins

7 Jun 2018

Rank #14

Podcast cover

TAP 015: All About Ukuleles with Shelley Tomich

On this episode of The Anacrusic Podcast, I’m talking to my good friend Shelley Tomich all about how to get started with ukulele in the music classroom. Today on TAP, we’ll talk about:Why you should be using ukulele with your studentsIdeas and resources to purchase ukuleles in your classroomWhat a ukulele curriculum looks likeHow assessment works with ukuleleAnd lots of other fun tips and tricks from the ukulele queen herself! Make sure to check out Shelley’s website and resources for all things ukulele! Click below for all of the goodness!! Shelley’s Website | Rainbow Ukulele Facebook Group | Rainbow Ukulele Curriculum | Rainbow Ukulele Free Starter Kit | Shelley's Blogs on Ukulele | Seesaw | Donors Choose | Music Crew Collaborative Facebook Group | #TAP Insiders Facebook Group

48mins

24 May 2018

Rank #15

Podcast cover

TAP 043: Active Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom

Today on the podcast, I’m sharing how to use the learning sequence framework to facilitate active assessment inside of the elementary music classroom. The whole point of today’s episode is to make assessing and data collection part of the learning process so you don’t have to stop everything and teach. I’ll talk you through the learning sequence framework, how to know when your kids are ready to move on to the next step, and give you the tools you need to assess on a regular basis to improve your teaching practice.  Get your FREE PDF download with the tools and tricks here —> https://anacrusic.com/podcast/43 Not sure what a learning sequence is? Listen to TAP 021: All About Learning Sequences here —> https://anacrusic.com/podcast/21/ Read my original blog post and watch the video about circle charts here —> https://anacrusic.com/active-assessment/ Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast so you NEVER miss an episode! To make sure you get all my inside tips and tricks, subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter by clicking here —> anacrusic.com/newsletter. You can also chat with your other music teacher besties and get exclusive content related to each episode inside of the #TAP Insiders Facebook Group. Join here —> facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com

30mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #16

Podcast cover

TAP 060: Jumpstart Your School Year

Today on The Anacrusic Podcast, I’m keeping things short and sweet (I mean, for real this time) as we wrap up Season 3 and look ahead to the new school year. I’m sharing some exciting announcements, a brand new FREE resource for your lesson planning, and my favorite TAP episodes to jumpstart your school year! Check out the FREE lesson planning guide here → https://anacrusic.com/lesson Want more information about the resources mentioned inside of this episode? Check out the full show notes here!—> https://anacrusic.com/podcast/60 Don’t forget to sign up to become an Anacrusic Insider, to be the first to find out about new podcast episodes and resources designed just for you!--> https://anacrusic.com/newsletter You can also chat with your other music teacher besties and get exclusive content related to each episode inside of the #TAP Insiders Facebook Group. Join here —> facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com

18mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #17

Podcast cover

TAP 058: The Ultimate Back to School Checklist Part I

Today on TAP, I’m sharing Part I of The Ultimate Back to School Checklist for Music Teachers. Now, this isn’t all about how to get your bulletin boards ready or what songs to do on the first day, but it is all about setting up systems to make your classroom successful in the new year. I’m chatting how to set up some rules & procedures, as well as your opening & closing sequences for your lessons. Want more information about the resources mentioned inside of this episode? Check out the full show notes here!—> https://anacrusic.com/podcast/58 Don’t forget to sign up to become an Anacrusic Insider, to be the first to find out about new podcast episodes and resources designed just for you!--> https://anacrusic.com/newsletter You can also chat with your other music teacher besties and get exclusive content related to each episode inside of the #TAP Insiders Facebook Group. Join here —> facebook.com/groups/TAPinsiders/ The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com

28mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #18

Podcast cover

TAP 018: 5 Things I'd Tell My First Year Teacher Self

Today on TAP, I’m sharing the 5 things I’d tell my First Year Music Teacher Self. There are about a million and one pieces of advice everyone spouts at you when you’re a first year teacher. Helpful hints about this curriculum, that activity, and the other classroom management plan you should definitely subscribe to that will magically fix your classroom. And while that’s all well and good, the things I would go back in time and tell myself has little to do with what curriculum or concept to use, and much more about how unexpected life as a first year teacher was. I was overcome with all of these changes, all these pattern shifts that I didn’t deal with well. Overtime, although these feelings haven’t gone away, I’ve found a few ways to cope and make things better. Click here to become an Anacrusic Insider.Join the TAP Facebook Community Here. Check out the blog post that goes along with this episode here.Get Rachel Hollis' awesome book here (affiliate link!)

31mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #19

Podcast cover

TAP 026: Kodály with Kathy Kuddes

Today I am beyond thrilled to have my great friend and mentor Kathy Kuddes on the podcast to talk all about her experience with Kodály. Our conversation goes beyond what you might expect from a stereotypical “Kodály” interview, and we talk about all things training programs, historical context, and the upcoming teacher’s tour to Hungary. Kathy’s thoughts on quality and authenticity still have me thinking critically about what I’m choosing to include in my classroom, after all, only the best is good enough.  Check out the Kodály teacher’s tour by clicking here. | Find out more about Kathy here. The Anacrusic Podcast is a proud member of the Music Teacher Development Podcast Network. The MuTed network provides support in the form of audio on demand programming designed by and for music educators. You can find more information about our network at mutedpodcasts.com Click here to become a member of the TAP Insiders FB Group | Click here to subscribe to the Anacrusic Newsletter

55mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #20