Newsletter: July 2019

Under Construction…

Our new user interface update is launching soon! (Here’s a sneak peek)


  • User Interface/Participant Platform changes will improve user experience!
  • Over the summer, updates will be made to all courses – videos, supporting material updates and much more!
  • Your progress (the courses you have taught) will NOT be maintained – with all courses being updated, we want you to have the most relevant materials starting out your 2019/2020 school year
  • Please record the courses you have taught if this information is important to you. Your course history will be cleared out mid-summer
  • You will need to reset your password when you sign in for the first time
  • Per our commitment to you, our program will continue to be completely free of charge – Music is for Everyone!

Thank you and we hope these new upgrades/updates will be a great improvement to your Music Workshop experience.

Idea for the Month

Keep Music Workshop in your plans for next year!

Music Workshop can be used in so many ways. We have purposely built the program to be flexible and easy to use. Courses can be presented all at once or split up to make a multi-day lesson. The courses can be grouped together to create a unit – such as “Sections of the Orchestra”, “Musical Genres” or “Careers in Music”. Or the courses can stand alone as an in-between unit lesson or sub plan. The Music Workshop selection of courses also lends itself very well to introducing new units of study – presenting Piano before a keyboard unit or Percussion to introduce bucket drumming for example.  We would love to hear the creative ways Music Workshop has helped supplement in your classroom. Let us know, so we can spread the word.

One last reminder… as you prepare for next years classes, please take note that your user progress/course history (i.e. what courses you have run) will be cleared out as part of the user interface upgrade. Please record and retain for your records a list of the courses you have presented is this information is valuable to you. All the courses will be available for download, as before, but the history will be cleared. Thank you!

Our Next Course is…

We have a completed script and are putting visuals together for our next course, part of our new series – the Culture Series. The Culture Series will focus on the history and attributes of the music of some amazing cultures around the world. Kicking off this series is an exploration of Native American Traditional Music. Thanks to funding from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, we will be working hard over the summer and hope to have this course ready to launch for the new school year.

How You Can Help

Did Music Workshop help you last year? Are you planning to use it again next year? – Please consider writing a Letter of Recommendation. Recommendations from teachers are very important for our grant requests as well as our fundraising efforts. Since our program is available to you free of charge, donations make this program possible. If you can help us with a Teacher Letter of Recommendation, we would appreciate it on your school letterhead. Thank you!

Do you love music teacher Facebook groups? We do – especially I’m a General Music TeacherMusic Teachers and Elementary Music Teachers. Check them out – wonderful resources. And Like or Follow us on facebookInstagram or Twitter.

Music Workshop Superstar

Welcome to one of our most recent Music Workshop schools (and the first school in Slovenia) – Dawn from the British International School of Ljubljana. She ran the course for her students and reported:

“All of them liked the action part and also the listening and thinking about what colors and feelings they experienced. My first graders were mostly very engaged and understood a lot.”

Great to hear that your students enjoyed the program and WELCOME to you!

Music Workshop Fun Fact

We keep it simple around here. Music Workshop is two people – two Amy’s! Amy Richter is our intrepid founder and Executive Director. Amy Hall is the Program Facilitator. It’s easy to reach out – ask for an Amy and you will get help or support. Here we are dressed as our musical inspirations… Janis Joplin and Adele.

Thank you Music Workshop Teachers! You are the light of our program and we hope you have a wonderful summer! We are looking forward to next year and to all the musical journeys ahead.

-Your Music Workshop Team – Amy Richter & Amy Hall

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