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Today, I want to share a few things that make my teaching a little more fun for everyone. The following toys really help bring the information to life and when used carefully can help children focus. Good Luck Minis First we have the little animals. In Music Mind Games teaching there are lots of opportunities to use these…

Today, I want to share a few things that make my teaching a little more fun for everyone. The following toys really help bring the information to life and when used carefully can help children focus.

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goldcoinAt the end of a semester, I always like to do a little something special for students, and acknowledge our time together. Sometimes, we have a blue jello party (look for another blog post on that), sometimes we’ll play our favorite games, but a simple and inexpensive idea is to give Gold Coins as gifts! 

Each Gold Coin has the major section of Daily Do on one side and quarter note values on the other. They are shiny and fit perfectly into instrument cases.

These gifts are a token of our special time together. I have also seen them made into necklaces and keychains as well, using a safe tool to punch holes in them.

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I have met so many wonderful teachers during Music Mind Games Teacher Training workshops and during institute teaching. I love how eager teachers are to get started using Music Mind Games with their students! With that motivation comes many questions on the best way to get started. In this blog post I’m going to respond to some of the most common questions that may be helpful to anyone looking to get their students in the Music Mind Games groove. The most common questions I get are:

  • How do I set up Music Mind Games classes?
  • How often should they meet?
  • How long is each class?
  • How many classes should be in a semester?
  • How many students should be in each class?
  • How should I group them? By age? ability? instrument?
  • What kind of space works best?
  • How can I promote my classes?
  • What materials do I need?
  • Do students all need to have their own materials?

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