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Ward Choir Director resources

My calling in my ward right now is the choir director. 
I actually really love it.  It’s taken me a year or so to get the hang of it and feel comfortable.  There are many in the choir that are more ‘musically inclined’ than I am, but they forgive me and we make it work 🙂
One of the things that I’ve found to be difficult is trying to find music that is both inexpensive and beautiful. And since there are MANY that hold this calling, I wanted to share what I’ve learned from others and with time in this calling.
1-See if you can find what past directors have done.  It may have been long enough that you can repeat their programs or music.  Ask past directors where they have their music stored.  Even if music is free-copying music can still get expensive.
2-If possible, meet with the other directors in your stake and figure out a way to share music within wards.  We are still working on this in our stake.  

Here are a list of websites that I’ve found that have great FREE music:
www.librarymusicsource.com
www.defordmusic.com
http://www.freesacredmusic.com
http://www.freewardchoirmusic.com
http://www.petriefamily.org
http://www.ldssacredsongs.com
http://www.kerbymusic.org/
http://tuiofuandthomasmusic.com
http://wardchoir.com
http://www.faithsongmusic.com
http://www.markmitchell-music.com
http://www.irvnelsonmusic.com
http://www.soundsmithmusic.com

If you are looking for something specific and can’t find it-here is the site where I have purchased music before:   http://www.ldsmusicsource.com/

Good luck!  I also want to say that having your choir sing straight out of the hymn book is just as great as any of these arrangements. Just simply mix it up by having each verse sung differently, A Capella, etc. Also if you are just starting out, try the Hymplicity books.  They are also great.
Let me know if you know of any other websites that you use.  Happy singing! 
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Let’s Play Music

For generations now, music has been a big part of our family.  Having my kids learn about music and taking piano lesson is very high on my priority list.  Music lessons come before any other extra-curricular activity.  My neighbor introduced me to a music program last fall.  I had never heard of it before, but it’s actually been around for a while.

Let’s Play Music is a great program to teach young children about music.  It is essentially a preschool class all about music.   It is a 3 year program.

From the their website:

“The curriculum is organized into three sequential years.  The first year, we use engaging games and songs and incorporate Tone Bells to teach staff awareness and rhythm reading skills. The second year, we transfer these skills to playing the piano where we also learn chord notation, intervals, and harmonic improvisation. By the end of the third year, students are playing piano at an intermediate level, transposing music, composing their own music, sight-reading music, and are prepared to excel in further private piano instruction.”

This has been a perfect fit for my 5 year old.  He is loving it!  For his birthday last month he was so excited to get his very own autoharp!  I am so lucky to have a neighbor that teaches Let’s Play Music.  We are looking forward to what we learn in the 2nd year.

Getting his music homework done.  Don’t let him fool you, he loves doing it!

For more information see Alicia’s Blog.  She is registering students now for fall classes.
If you are not in Utah County, CHECK HERE to see if there are teachers in your area.
If you are interested in becoming a Let’s Play Music teacher, GO HERE.

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Free Download: Check Off List / Ideas for Piano Teachers

Fall is here!
For most people that means the beginning of a new school year,
but for me it means starting up Piano Lessons again!
After taking the summer off, I am excited to get back into it!

 

Have you ever thought of teaching piano lessons?
Or are you already a teacher, and looking for some ideas?
Here are some of the things I do.

 

I teach my beginning students to play using the Piano Adventures books, by Nancy and Randall Faber.
(Thank you Holly for recommending them!)
Piano Adventures are great for students – and easy to teach out of.

 

This is what I use to write down their assignments each week:


(A special thank you to the piano teachers of my nieces and nephews for this idea!)
For the cover, I just got online and found Fall coloring pages (these came from www.crayola.com)
Then I printed the page on cardstock and cut it in half.


I created this page so that I could write down the assignments in the large boxes of the left,
and then the student can check off each day they practice it.
(There are six boxes – so they can have one day off a week.)

This page would also work well as a job chart, or a check off list for homework or reading.
Just print of the page, and cut it in half.

Other ideas for Piano Teachers:

Worksheets:  I love to throw in worksheets every once in a while to give them something different to do.  You can find a lot online or you can buy books at music stores.  Here are a few links of websites that have free worksheets that I use for my students: Susan Paradis.com and musictechteacher.com

Rewards: I don’t do a ton of these, but a few here and there are helpful.  When a student finishes a level book, they get a candy bar from me.  Occasionally I’ll have a bowl of chocolate kisses (or some other small treat), and they can have one for each checkmark on their assignment sheet.

Group Lessons:  I got this idea from a coworker of mine who also teaches piano lessons.  It’s perfect for me because I don’t have enough students to do a big recital, so once every few months I’ll schedule an hour and invite all of my students to come for a group lesson.  (It counts as their lesson that week.)  At the Group Lesson I have each student perform one or two songs from memory in front of the other students.  I also try to make it fun with group conversation, a game or two, and of course – each student gets to take home a prize or treat.  

 

Happy Piano Teaching!

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