Getting To Know You Blog Hop

Tuesday, July 28, 2015



Hello everyone! Today I'm teaming up with a group of some fantastic music educators for a blog hop! We've joined forces as a blog tribe with a common goal of sharing our views and experiences with various approaches and methodologies and starting a community-wide conversation to learn and grow from each other.

Before getting deep into topics and discussions, we thought it might be fun to do a blog hop so you can get to know us and we can get to know YOU!  Each participating teacher has answered two basic questions plus on individual question. As you hop from one blog to the next, be sure to comment with your answer to each questions so we can learn more about you. At the end of the hop, you can enter to win a prize! It's our way of saying "thank you for stopping by".



What state/region are you in?

I currently live and teach in Raleigh, NC, but I grew up in rural upstate NY. Although I won't be leaving the south anytime soon (my husband is from here) NY will always be my home!

What is your background education/experience?

I graduated in 2009 from Westminster Choir College with a B.M. in Music Education, concentration in voice. Some of my greatest memories are from my experiences there! I came from a very musical family and was always involved in musical activities. I took piano lessons, sang in the church choir, and participated in band and chorus starting in 4th grade. Despite my involvement in all things music, I never considered it as a career. (I actually want to be an archeologist!) It wasn't until a transformative summer spent at choir camp (yes, I just said choir camp. haha) that I realized music was what I wanted to do with my life. 

In the fall of 2010 I began teaching K-3 general music at a charter school, but they expanded and moved 3rd grade to another campus. After that first year I taught only K-2, ran an after school music class for 1st and 2nd grade, and gave piano lessons. Last school year I began a new position at a STEAM charter school teaching K-6 general music. This was the inaugural year for the school and I am so excited to build this music program from the ground up! We're going to continue growing up to 8th grade and develop a choir program which I CANNOT wait to start!

What instrument do you wish you could play?

Oh goodness, this is such a hard question to answer! There are so many! In band I played flute, oboe, and baritone sax. I loved playing oboe and, if they weren't so expensive, I would totally buy one to play for fun. I have also always loved brass instruments, especially the french horn. Most of all I would love to play the accordion. I come from a big Ukrainian family and my dad and uncles all play accordion. When I was growing up I loved listening to my dad play and asked him to play at my wedding last summer. I think it's such a beautiful instrument and would love for my kids to growing up hearing it the way I did!

So, what instrument do you wish you could play?

Remember to comment with your answer, then click on the picture below to go to visit Angie from "i heart teaching music" to answer the next question! Thanks for joining!

19 comments:

  1. I've always been the type to grab and play every instrument I ever touch. However, that doesn't mean I play them well ;) So, if I could be better at just one instrument, it would be the piano. I play well enough for simple accompaniments, but I would love to be as fluent on the piano as I am on clarinet and voice.

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  2. If I could go back in time, I would have picked the bassoon instead of flute when I started in beginning band. It fits my personality so much better and I loved playing it in my techniques class in college. The other instrument I would love to be able to play is the tabla drums. So cool!

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    1. Elizabeth - bassoon!! :) I'm a bassoon player! They are so fun!

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  3. I have always secretly wanted to learn harmonica! I grew up attending a very small country church. There was an older gentelman who would occasionally visit the church. Every time he came he would be invited to the front to play his harmonica. I though he was so amazing! Plus, after all that beautiful music was finished, his instrument just fit in his shirt pocket!

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    1. I love this! I went to a workshop a few years ago, and have been teaching harmonica to my third graders ever since. I"m not very good, but it is great fun and we learn serious music concepts (like tonic & dominant) and also fun music concepts (like glissando) through playing the harmonica. Side benefit: a room full of harmonicas playing all noodling around at the same time will NOT give you a headache like a room full of beginning recorder players! :)

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  4. I keep trying to relearn-upgrade my skills on the violin, but now, I really want to do Ukulele as it's close to the guitar. I loved hearing about your opportunity to build a program! Good luck!

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  5. I would love to be able to really play the piano. I never had piano lessons until I got to college, so I was way, way behind from the start of my career. It hasn't really gotten any better. This lack of piano skills was what pushed me further into music technology. I can make a computer play the music much better and prettier than my limited piano skills, but I really desire to be able to play better.

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  6. I am like Sally - I am the sad music teacher with little piano skills :( Just not something I have time to pick up as an adult :(

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    1. I don't have piano chops either. I can play with one hand at a time, but not both together.

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  7. Really, I wish I could play the fire out of the piano too. My skills are limited to simple classroom songs. I just keep thinking...."if my mom hadn't let me quit piano lessons..." It is what it is though. I hated to practice. I do wish I could play guitar as well. I've never tried to pick one up. Maybe one of these days....or if my kids start lessons.

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  8. I would love to have a piano in my house so I could practice more.... I play a lot at school but You're a Grand Old Flag 60 times a week isn't quite the same as a Mozart sonata or Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words. But that is something I already know. I THINK I would really like to learn how to play a violin. They are so much like voices I think I might be able to relate to it. Maybe??

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  9. I would love to be a percussionist. My favorite part of going to an orchestra concert is watching the percussionists. I would LOVE to learn to play a marimba really well!

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  10. I would love to learn the bagpipes!

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  11. One of these days I WILL learn the guitar! ;)

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    1. Me too. My goal over the summer is to practice the guitar!

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    2. Me too. My goal over the summer is to practice the guitar!

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  12. I can play a lot of instruments. Does it mean I play them well? Most definitely not. LOL Being a music education major at the college I attended, I had to learn a bit of everything and be able to perform on them with a certain amount of proficiency. I think the instruments I wish I had the opportunity, time, money, etc to play better are cello and guitar. Guitar, because I have one gathering dust in my closet and it would be so nice to have for students beyond their own accompaniments, my piano or uke playing, or recorded accompaniments. And cello because I loooooove cello! :-)

    Malinda
    My Musical Menagerie: Kodaly and Orff Classroom

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  13. Oooh I actually answered this on the last blog, but I would love to learn how to play cello. I know the basics from teaching 5th grade orchestra, but professional cello players sound so beautiful!

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