Newsletter: June 2019

Welcome Summer! 

We have big plans for the (somewhat) quieter summer months. The first, and biggest, is our new user interface update. 

It 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
  • 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


“I am saving these for next year’s teaching.  The three that I used this year were excellent and they have been amazing to have on hand.” Thank you Grace, from Custer Elementary, we are so glad to hear it!  Keep Music Workshop in your plans for next year! 

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 are proud to announce our next course will be part of a 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. This awesome series is going to kick off with an exploration of Native American Traditional Music. We are currently meeting with Native American historians, cultural advisers and musicians to research and learn about this music culture. 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


We have a call to action – we need Student Feedback and Teacher Letters of Recommendation. This information is very important for our grant requests as well as our fundraising efforts. Donations make this program possible and we use these forms to thank our generous donors at our annual Inspire Bash. As a thank you to you, we would like to offer a $20 Amazon Gift Card for your assistance with this request (for any teacher who sends more than 30 student feedback forms). To help us with these action items, please find attached a form for the students to fill out. They are quick and easy to do and can be sent back as a scan. If you can help us with a Teacher Letter of Recommendation, we would appreciate it on your school letterhead.


 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


Shauna McFaul is a Music Teacher at one of our international schools – in Singapore! She recently sent us this great feedback about her students and the program…

“The kids were really excited to see the connections between music they know and love and where it came from! I have a lot of students who are BRAND NEW to learning English, so I sometimes used the K-2 info with them even though they are in grade 5 just to make it more accessible and they LOVED the video. I am so happy to see awesome materials that I can use to supplement my own teaching AND would feel comfortable leaving for a sub. Thank you SO much!

We love to hear that the program can be tailored to be used in many different situations and with different types of learners. Using the course version for the younger students to help with new english speakers is so smart! Cheers and thanks, Shauna!

Music Workshop Fun Fact


We are excited about the new user interface on our website. And we love our website developer, Kevin Rankin, with Silver Lining Portland. Not only is he a great guy, excellent web developer and wonderful to work with but also he’s a rock star! Literally! In addition to his web work, he is also the drummer for classic 80’s band, Flock of Seagulls. Thank you, Kevin!

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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