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The Music Room

The Music Room is a podcast for elementary music teachers looking to learn helpful strategies, lesson ideas, songs, and more, for distance and hybrid learning, and beyond! Through discussion and interviews, Aileen will cover everything from Kodaly-inspired teaching, to decolonizing practices, to classroom management. For more helpful ideas for music educators, visit www.mrsmiraclesmusicroom.com

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#004: Kodaly And Orff

In this episode, we'll explore the Kodaly and Orff philosophies with an interview with music educator Andrew Ellingsen. Strengths of both philosophies will be discussed, and we'll reflect on creativity and learning styles in today's music classroom.

26mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #1

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#003: The Orff Philosophy

In this episode, we'll explore the Orff philosophy with an interview with music educator David Row. Lesson ideas, Orff-inspired resources, and thoughts about integrating Orff Schulwerk with current educational initiatives will be discussed.

23mins

25 Jan 2017

Rank #2

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#015, Day In The Life Of A Music Teacher

In this episode, Aileen and Katie discuss a typical day as a music teacher, from schedule specifics, to lesson ideas for each grade level, to working with small groups and centers. Visit www.mrsmiraclesmusicroom.com for more music education ideas.

35mins

19 May 2018

Rank #3

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#041, Decolonizing The Music Room

In this podcast episode, Aileen interviews Brandi Waller-Pace about applying decolonizing practices in the music room. Folk song research, listening lessons, resources, and more are discussed.

39mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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#005: Learning Centers

Looking for ideas for using learning centers in your music classroom? This podcast includes the why, what, and how of incorporating centers in your music lessons to assess, provide intervention, and help students master specific concepts!

22mins

22 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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#019, Classroom Management Strategies For The Music Room

In this episode, Aileen discusses strategies for classroom management in the music room, from staying calm to giving students choice. Anecdotal stories will be shared, as well as specific strategies to try in your music lessons.

27mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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#043, Classroom Management In The Music Room

In this podcast episode, Aileen interviews Debbie O'Shea about strategies for improving classroom management in the music room, from focusing on positive relationships with students, to using music as its own reward.

50mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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#006, Apple Tree

In this episode, we'll explore the song "Apple Tree," and several activities and ideas to use with the song. Lesson ideas, instrumental accompaniment, literacy ideas, and more will be discussed for Kindergarten-Second Grade.

21mins

17 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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#025, Best Practices For Children's Choir

In this podcast episode, Aileen interviews Matthew Parker about best practices for children's choir, including how to choose music, favorite warm-ups and octavos, and more!

56mins

10 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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#028, Six Routines To Improve Productivity And Happiness

In this podcast episode, Aileen talks about six routines to improve productivity and happiness, from meditation tools, to Airtable, to batching. The show notes include a couple videos to further extend the ideas!

24mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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#44, Your Music Educator Journey

In this podcast episode, Aileen discusses six stages of your music educator journey, and how to figure out which stage you are at, to help you make goals and resolutions for the new year.

19mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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#042, PBL In The Music Room

In this podcast episode, Aileen discusses the what, why, and how of project-based learning in the music room. Specific examples and lesson procedures are outlined.

26mins

1 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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#011, Interview Preparation And Strategies

In this episode, Aileen and Katie will dive into interview preparation and strategies for the music teacher. They will discuss sample interview questions, things to consider, what to bring, and more!

58mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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#012, Preparing For The End Of The School Year

In this episode, Aileen discusses ways to prepare for the end of the school year in the music room, from planning your curriculum to planning for next year's classroom theme.

31mins

2 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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#018: Music Technology We Love: Musiquest and Sketch a Song

In this episode, Aileen and Katie talk to Jacob Zax, CEO of Edify, about the music apps Musiquest and Sketch a Song. Ideas for classroom use and lesson creation will be shared.

41mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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#035, Multicultural Music

In this podcast episode, Aileen interviews Joan Litman about multicultural music in the music classroom. Aileen and Joan discuss the successes and challenges of teaching music from other cultures, teaching literacy through these songs, and resources for understanding text and context.

22mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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#029, Adapting Lessons When You See Students Less

In this podcast episode, Aileen and Katie discuss how to adapt your lessons when you see your students less for music. Strategies such as combining your lessons, repurposing songs, and more will be explored, so that you can keep on track with curriculum while still teaching with joy and intention.

56mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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#034, Three New Things I Tried This Year

In this podcast episode, Aileen discusses three new things she tried in her music room this year: Differentiated centers, PBL, or Project-Based Learning, and Escape Rooms. She also explores what she'd like to try next school year.

18mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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#007, The Power Of Professional Development

In this episode, we'll explore the power of professional development, and how conferences--and specifically, music education conferences-- can offer content, networking opportunities, a-ha moments, and more!

25mins

5 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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#024, Rejuvenation and renewal during winter break

In this podcast episode, Aileen talks with Emily Karst about rejuvenating and reflecting during winter break. Aileen and Emily discuss their favorite reads, teaching tips, how to reflect on the year, how to connect with your students and family, and more!

1hr 5mins

13 Dec 2018

Rank #20