Expand Your Elementary Music Toolbox
in seven weeks
without going back to school or having to invest in an advanced degree.
If you’re an elementary music teacher looking to gain the specific skills needed to teach elementary music while gaining confidence, you're in the right place.
You've already done the college thing. It isn't your fault that you still don't feel completely prepared to teach at the elementary level. I know when I left undergrad I felt like most of my training was at the secondary level.
If you're looking to build upon the information you already have and learn the reality of teaching elementary music, keep reading.
By the end of this program,
you will have…
Created a classroom management plan that sets your students up for success.Whether you already have a classroom management plan that needs a bit of work or are starting from scratch, you'll leave this program with a classroom management plan that works.
A background in Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály-inspired teaching and how to apply these pedagogies in your classroom.Do you need to follow one of these approaches in your classroom? Absolutely not. But you'll leave this program with the ability to pick and choose the bits you enjoy.
A plan on how to actually use data to drive your instruction.We all know that data is important. Now you'll have a plan in place to use regular assessments in your teaching without taking away from the joy of music-making.
Specific strategies and resources to help support the diverse learners in your classroom.Music is for everyone. You'll leave this program with strategies for accommodations and adaptation to help all students show the way in which they are musical.
Developed a curricular sequence that builds upon itself.Having lessons that connect to prior and future learning is so helpful for student understanding and growth. By the end of this program you will have a yearly and monthly curricular plan mapped out and ready to implement!
Created a plan to protect your time outside of the school day.There seems to be a myth that if you don't work outside of your contract hours you aren't a great teacher. This just isn't the case. We'll dive into the systems and processes that will allow you to leave school at school.
"This course covered a LOT that I wish we would have talked about in my college classes.
I LOVED the section on curriculum. I feel like I have such a wonderful jumpstart now on building my scope and sequence for my first year of teaching."
This course is a great 101 for those whose BEd experience did little to prepare them for elementary school music. It helped me understand how to use planning to benefit my students and my program.
- Danielle R.
I would recommend this program to anyone who is starting their journey in general music or who feels like they are in a rut and need a group of fellow educators to learn with and get fresh, new ideas.
The course is very logical and easy to follow. The videos are a reasonable length to keep up with and they get to the core of the topic quickly with practical application ideas and activities.
It is also a great problem-solving, encouraging atmosphere!
- Erin B.
I chose this course because I wanted to experience an education class outside of my university.
I would highly recommend this to early career music teachers, students who are in or close to finishing their undergrad, or anyone who wants to connect and get some fresh perspectives!
I also really enjoy Bryson's inclusive philosophy and kind personality.
- Emilie A.
What’s Inside General Music Jumpstart?
Expectations & Procedures
Set the foundation and tone for everything inside your classroom by establishing clear expectations and procedures.
- Develop classroom expectations that set all students up for success.
- Develop the procedures that will make your classroom function smoothly (cutting down on unwanted behaviors in the process).
- Build a plan to create a classroom community that allows all students to feel seen, heard, and validated while also holding them to the expectations and norms of your classroom.
- Learn strategies to deescalate situations and provide opportunities to implement restorative practices to help mend relationships when unwanted behaviors do occur.
Approaches & Pedagogy
Dive into a few of the most common pedagogical approaches in the elementary classroom and choose the aspects from each that resonate most with you to create your classroom approach.
- Learn about the main elements of a Kodály-influenced classroom and how these strategies can be applied in your classroom.
- Discover the Orff-Schulwerk and discover how the elemental approach to music education aligns with your own educational philosophy.
- Dive into best-practices for creating highly-engaging lessons regardless of whether or not you follow the Kodály or Orff philosophies to a tee.
- Discover how children's books can add another layer of engagement and extension in the elementary music classroom.
- Build your own philosophy of music education using the pieces of other approaches that resonate with you most.
Inclusion & Differentiation
Explore the diverse learners that are in your classroom and ensure that everyone has the tools they need to be successful music makers.
- Dive into the basics of Individualized Education Plans and how they apply to the elementary music classroom.
- Discover and implement strategies for differentiation to remove unnecessary barriers for accessing our curriculum.
- Explore how English Learners are best set up for success in the elementary music classroom.
- Learn and apply the best practices for having a trauma-inclusive classroom.
- Create a plan to increase the level of inclusion and differentiation in your classroom to ensure all students are set up for success.
Curriculum & Planning
Create a streamlined process for curriculum mapping and lesson planning so your lessons build upon each other without you needing to work constant hours outside of the school day.
- Develop a high-quality curriculum map that ensures the lessons in your classroom are sequential and leading towards a bigger goal.
- Create a plan for implementing low-stakes assessment that allows your lessons to truly be data-driven.
- Discover and develop strategies to ensure even the older beginners are engaging in high-quality music education.
- Create a plan for simple performances that allow the curriculum to lead the show (without taking away from the performance).
Protect your teacher heart and soul by engaging in self-care and creating strategies that will ensure your longevity as an elementary music teacher.
- Create a plan for advocating for music education and your program without burning yourself out.
- Develop a plan to create a work-life balance that works for your situation regardless of the season of life you are in.
- Engage in higher-level communication with parents, administration, and other teachers that build community and collaboration.
- Learn the best practices for those teachers that are in multiple buildings.
When you enroll during this special, limited time period,
General Music Jumpstart
(A $1,044 Value)
5 Core Modules
Learn what you really wish you learned in undergrad about teaching elementary music. Each module contains video lessons you can complete at your own pace.
Lifetime Access to the CourseYou will have lifetime access to this course so you can come back and rewatch the lessons at your leisure.
Plus These Bonuses to Help You Grow as a Music Teacher
My Favorite Ways to Engage the "Cool Kids"
My favorite songs, activities, and strategies for engaging those older students who think they're quite literally "too cool for school..."
(A $47 Value)
What You’ll Get:
- A collection of classroom-tested, songs and games to engage those older students who don't seem to get excited by anything.
- Tips and strategies for engaging the "cool kids" by ensuring they buy into the lessons in your classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions our top students asked before enrolling in General Music Jumpstart
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Still thinking about it?
General Music Jumpstart is PERFECT for you if…
- You're just starting as an elementary music teacher and want to set yourself up for success.
- You've been teaching for a bit and you are tired of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.
- You're willing to take an hour or two each week to invest in yourself as a professional.
- You're looking to join a community of music educators to bounce ideas off of.
- You feel like your undergraduate training didn't adequately prepare you to teach at the elementary level.
I can’t wait for you to join General Music Jumpstart
After talking to music teachers from around the world over the past few years, I've noticed a common theme: few feel like their undergraduate programs prepared them to teach elementary music.
I created this program to help those who are in this position (like my first-year self) to help give them the tools to be confident in the elementary music classroom.
I hope to see you inside!