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The Five Most Important Words

We’ve all had that student. You know the one – he does not want to be in music class, and he does everything he can to demonstrate it. He’s defiant, disruptive, and demands attention. He drains your energy and leaves you wondering if your classroom management skills have gone down the drain. You try everything, […]


#welovemusic sale!

A few of my music teacher friends and I are having a #welovemusic sale to kick off the month of February. If you head over to TPT on Friday and search the hashtag #welovemusic, you’ll find a bunch of great $2 deals. My store will also be 20% off on Friday and Saturday. Click the […]


I’m having a giveaway!

Everyone loves a sale, right? Especially when things are 28% off!! And what if you had a a $10 gift card to spend on the sale! I’m having a giveaway just in time for TPT’s annual “Cyber Monday” sale! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Picture Books

How I Got a Free Picture Book for my Classroom!

When I went back to university 7 years ago to become a teacher, my end goal was to land a job teaching music. Had that fallen through, my back-up plan was to do an M.A. in Children’s Literature, my other passion. Now, as a music teacher, I try to combine my two passions as much […]

Frog in pond

Jump, Frog, Jump!

One of my favourite go-to resources is Artie Almeida’s “Mallet Madness” book. I love having quality lessons prepared to go when I’m looking for inspiration… especially at this time of the year! We have 6 weeks of school left, and the kids are driving me buggy! One of my favourite things is that children’s literature […]

Girl with Headphones

Chrome Music Labs

(If you haven’t already seen Chrome Music Labs, go there right now, play around a bit then come back and read the rest of this post!) For Music In Our Schools Month, Google created this wonderful new site called Chrome Music Labs. I found out about it one day last week before work, and knew […]


Cup Games in the First Week

Well, my first week back to school with actual students is over and I am so happy with how it went. In addition to my usual ‘here’s where you sit, now let’s review the MUSIC rules,’ I added something new to my first week of teaching: Cup Games. I don’t know why I had never […]



There is this AMAZING music teacher named Tracy King (aka “The Bulletin Board Lady”) who sells amazing things on TPT. In fact, many a time, a portion of my paycheque has gone to buying items from her store. Here’s an example of something I’ve purchased at her store, and how I’m using it in my […]



Well, today I had one of those “Oh no! It’s not working” moments. I got to school, set up my laptop and projector, get my powerpoints ready for my morning classes, and….. nothing. Nothing appeared on the board. All I could see was a projected image of my desktop wallpaper. No powerpoint. Nothing. Of course, […]


Professional Development

Today is a Pro-D day in our district, but because I did a week-long Orff workshop in the summer, I get an in-lieu day, which means I am sitting on my couch watching Olympic hockey. Later this afternoon, I have the privilege of going with my eldest son (a senior in high school) to the […]

Sheet Music and Mouse

Technology in the Music Room

So far, this year has been a blast! I am once again teaching Core Music, and I have no doubt in my mind that this is where I am supposed to be. I absolutely love my job ­čÖé This week, I received a rather amazing goody from my school district: a Music Technology Integration kit. […]


Getting their attention

When I was a student teacher, I did my practicum in a middle school. I learned a few techniques for getting the kids’ attention, but now that I’m teaching grade 2, I’ve had to create a whole new bag of tricks. I started with the “1 2 3 eyes on me” thing, but it didn’t […]



Hello! My name is Karen, and I am a Core Music teacher in British Columbia. I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts, ideas and discoveries with you in this blog!