When Classroom Management Goes to the Dogs

When Classroom Management Goes to the Dogs

Nobody lands in a career teaching music on accident. At least nobody I know. You don’t sign on to wrangle a squawking flock of beginner clarinetists without a deeply held desire to help them learn and grow.

Yet, somehow, many of us still spend loads of time nagging students to stack chairs and stands, count rests, and keep a pencil handy during class.

Music Performance Tips from a Dog: Stage Fright

Kait Creamer's pal Pip

If you’ve ever taught middle school students, you know what a truly unique challenge they can be. Opinionated, smelly, a little wild in the eyes . . . shockingly similar to my two Australian Shepherds, Cooper and Pip. And the similarities certainly don’t end there.

In a previous blog post, I shared how errorless learning (a positive reinforcement technique in dog training) can be applied to form better practice habits in the music classroom.

Music Practice Tips from a Dog

Music Practice Tips from a Dog

Sometimes it takes looking at something in a different way to truly understand it. More than a decade of private tuba lessons, symphony concerts, brass quintet rehearsals, and a music degree taught me a lot about music. But, surprisingly, it taught me less about learning than training two hyperactive Australian Shepherds did.

Most Popular SmartMusic Repertoire: Infographic

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