September 17, 2016

Want to make your own? This video answers the most frequently asked questions about making them. 

August 16, 2016

I taught piano for 9 years, then I stopped to be around home more. Now I started again - sound familiar? I think many of us public school educators find a private studio in our lives at one time or another. Well, today I taught a bunch of kids worn out from their day r...

August 5, 2016

I'm not sure the world is prepared for an interactive method book, but it's here anyway! For Apple users, you can find it by searching the iBook store for "Beat Blocks". It features 69 pages of new lessons on rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, complete with keynote...

August 5, 2016

"Perfect Square" 

This is a book about a square that gets shredded, ripped, poked, and torn into different pieces, but it uses those pieces to create beautiful things. Second graders  learned to write complementary rhythms and play ostinati using Beat Blocks. The blocks...

February 9, 2016

Greetings! It has been awhile since I've blogged and I apologize. I have been busy at work with a lot of different new ventures, including some new videos on Youtube. Many of these are also included in the new iBook. See the link at the bottom of the page to connect vi...

February 6, 2015

Does anyone out there use an iPad? Would you like all the lessons and examples, leading questions, etc, in a digital format? I keep feeling more and more that this needs to happen. My question is, what would you like included? Of course lessons and diagrams would be th...

February 6, 2015

 I recently came across this adorable book while at the Illinois Music Educator's Conference in Peoria, IL. It was one of those "ah ha!" moments you long for as a teacher. While reading the simple text (only the 4 words you see in the title), I saw each page as a seek-...

February 6, 2015

Mark Britt, a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools district, has recently created a fantastic Beat Blocks resource for the Smartboard as a part of a Donors Choose project. He has created a Smartboard chart that leads students and teachers through several engaging less...

October 28, 2014

Slowly, so slowly, the world is starting to get it. We've all known this for years. Check out this article from CBS

October 28, 2014

 

 

First of all, I just want to say that Beat Blocks should be used just when needed to boost your already brilliant pedagogy. Secondly, kids are sponges and exposing them to concepts and melodies repeatedly will soak into them and come out when you need it. If you're l...

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