Idea for the Month
Did you know? Many of the supplemental materials included in the Music Workshop program are optional. The Fill-in sheet is a good example. As teachers, you well know that students learn in different ways. Some students are visual, some audio and others experiential – and so on. The Fill-in Sheet is meant for those learners who like to follow along on paper. For some this is helpful, for others distracting. We have made Music Workshop as flexible as possible to let you, the teachers, modify and edit the materials to fit your needs. We are here for you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We love hearing from you!
Our Next Course is…
Our next course is an update of our “Introduction to Pop” course. We are committed to keeping each Music Workshop course current with inspirational content for the students. We hear over and over that one of the best parts of Music Workshop is the way that the kids connect to the courses through current cultural references. As you can imagine, our Pop course – to stay current – needs frequent attention. Pop music is always changing and has a pretty short shelf life. It’s always fun and exciting to revisit and update a course. Look for the new and revised Introduction to Pop course soon!
How You Can Help
We LOVE to hear about all your great ideas! There are amazing supplemental lessons, ideas and units that our Music Workshop teachers create to use in tandem in our program. To help share all these great ideas with each other, we created a Facebook group to share and learn. Click here to access the Music Workshop Teachers Group... it’s shiny and new! Please help us break it in and make it used and useful.
We also have a call to action asking for Student Feedback and Teacher Letters of Recommendation. This information is so very important for our grant requests as well as our fundraising efforts – we need your help! Attached you will find a form for the students to fill out. 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 form). A Teacher Letter of Recommendation on your school letterhead is preferred.
We had an amazing trip to Nashville – one of the best parts was meeting Kim Folsum and presenting Music Workshop in her classroom. She generously allowed us to teach her class. Her students were wonderful and we got the opportunity to include Tiffany Kerns and Falon Keith from the CMA Foundation in the fun! We love sharing Music Workshop and we are so grateful to the CMA Foundation for spending time with us.
Music Workshop Fun Fact
Last month a fundraiser was held on our behalf in Nashville thanks to our friend Penny Williams! We had a great show at the Tin Roof featuring a fantastic line-up of Early Jones, Big Monti and Terri Lynn Davis + Thomas Hinds. The artists were amazing and the event was fun and successful. Thank you to everyone involved! We gave everyone who donated a Music Workshop kazoo and did they ever have a great time with them!
We are humbled, grateful and so excited to announce that we received a grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Foundation that will support our next course – Native American Traditional Music! We will be partnering with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and other Native American music experts on this exciting new course. This course will be launched in September 2019.