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MKMEA - Share a Session Giveaway

I am so excited to be attending (and presenting at) my first Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America conference in Wichita, KS this October 23-25 

If you haven't already heard about this amazing conference live somewhere in the Midwest (or anywhere relatively close to Kansas), you need to check out this amazing conference and register today!

Unlike your typical state music conference, this conference is totally geared to what you are doing if you teach preschool through 5th grade music or if you are using Kodaly principles with your instrumental or choral ensembles. One unique thing about the conference this year is that MKMEA has teamed up with the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. That means that this year one room will be entirely devoted to early childhood music. I have a very special love for early childhood music so I am hoping to spend a lot of time in that room and get a lot of ideas specifically for preschool and kindergarten music.

Some of the presenters this year are teacher bloggers who I am very excited to see in action! Four of us have put together a little giveaway to help spread the news about this amazing conference line up and invite people who may not have heard about it yet.

#MKMEA2015 #ShareASession



How to play:

1) Visit the Midwest Kodaly Conference website and scroll down until you see the speakers.

2) Click through to learn more about each session.

3) Select a session that you are excited to attend, and copy and that presenter's session URL.

4) Go to Facebook and paste that URL in your status with something like "I am so excited for this session at #MKMEA2015". Be sure to use that hashtag so that we can find your entry. Tag three friends in the post who you think might not have heard about MKMEA yet. Think about a new teacher in your district, a music teacher friend who doesn't usually attend Kodaly workshops, or a student teacher.

You do not have to be registered for the conference to participate. Maybe you are far away but you know of someone in the Midwest who should be aware of this conference. This is a great way to spread awareness.

What you could win:
$10 worth of resources from the following teachers:
Aileen Miracle from Mrs. Miracle's Music Room
Karla Cherwinski from C Major Learning
Jamie Parker from Jamie Parker's Kodaly Inspired Music Resources
Lindsay Jervis from Kodaly Inspired Classroom

Here's an example....
One session I cannot wait for is Jo Kirk's session, "ACTIVE MUSIC MAKING! A Creative Link Between Parent/Child Interaction & Early Childhood Literacy Skills". Jo was my Kodaly Level 1 teacher at WSU and is such a HUGE inspiration to me. Her level 1 class was life changing and I am forever in her debt. Everything I have ever seen her present has been like gold to me.



I copied her the URL for the session, then pasted it in a status on Facebook:

I included the link to the session I am so pumped to attend, the hashtag #MKMEA2015 and tagged three friends who I hope will attend.

By posting a session with the hashtag and tagging three friends you are automatically entered to win! There is nothing more that you need to do. You are welcome to save the MKMEA picture I used above to put in your post, but you don't have to.

Each week we will choose a winner, and you are free to post a new session each week that you are excited for as long as you tag three new people each time!

You can also earn entries by following the giveaway contributors on TpT:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winners will be contacted via Facebook.

I hope to see (and meet) many of you in Wichita, KS at the MKMEA2015 conference Oct. 23-25!



Oh no! I need a music sub!


We would all like to think we would never miss a day teaching our kiddos and I wish that were the case too! But there are always things each year that prevent us from being in the classroom, whether that is professional development, attending conferences, doctor appointments, staying home because we are sick or being at home with sick kiddos.

 I don't know about you, but since I usually didn't plan to be gone, I didn't have a great set of sub plans prepared. Then last year that changed. In October I missed over a week of school due to pneumonia. I felt so bad that I wasn't prepared well for a sub. I e-mailed our PE teacher and told her what videos I had that could be left for each grade, but I didn't have a great set of sub plans so that kids could really continue having meaningful music classes even in my absence:


That February as my state music conference was approaching and I knew I would be out of school yet again, I decided to put together a set of sub plans that I could use again and again and that I wouldn't have to worry about preparing each time.

I don't know about you, but when I am gone, there is not a certified music sub. Most of the subs I get are not comfortable singing with the kids, so I had to make sure that anything I planned were things they could be successful with.

So here's a peek at what I came up with:
An editable binder that includes:
- Your daily schedule (a different page for each day)
- Drills/Emergencies 
- Technology Available (and room to explain how to use it all)
- Where to find Materials Needed (pencils, boards to write on, crayons, instruments, etc.)
- Singing Games for Substitutes - list by grade level the singing games that your students know well enough to play with a student leader.
- Student leaders - a place to list student leaders in each class who could lead singing games, rhythm games, etc. if the sub is not musically inclined.
- Editable Seating Chart
- A list of procedures, where to find things, drills, and pages to fill out how each grade/class did:
- Printable forms for the sub to fill out what they did, any helpful students, and any behavior issues.
- Singing games and directions for those games along with a CD of me singing those songs. Many of those could be used with multiple grade levels.
- A list of student leaders for each class. These students might be in charge of leading a singing game or starting an "I have, who has rhythm game".
- 5 different mini lessons that go along with children's literature for the music room. My kiddos did this one for the book "When You Wish Upon a Star" this week when I was teaching a workshop at our Learning Center. Find a FREE mini lesson for another book here. I love leaving these kinds of lessons for my students, especially when they have a CD to accompany the book, so the sub doesn't have to stress about singing the book. This is also a great time to introduce some composer books!

- Games that they can play without any sub help (just a student leader) such as Post Office, I have, Who Has, Telephone Rhythm Games, and some of my rhythm races games.

Now, when I need to be gone for whatever reason, I don't have to stress out because I already have a plan in place. With these singing games, children's literature lessons, and rhythm games, my I can always have something ready and when I need a sub in an emergency and I am not able to get sub plans ready the day before, a sub can look through everything and pick and choose which activities they feel comfortable with. It has been such a life saver.

So I encourage you, put in a little time up front to create a sub tub. If want something that is already done for you and you just have to add your specific info, check out my sub tubs (with games and without games).

Need a few freebies to fill your sub tub with?
Check out my free children's literature mini lesson, as well as these other freebies that are great for subs:
High/Low Ready, Set, Print worksheet samples (if your students are practicing high/low)
Low Sol Ready, Set, Print worksheet samples (if your students are practicing low sol)
Candy Corn Rhythm Races: dotted quarter eighth patterns
Freeze Dance Freebie