Gain the confidence to feel in control of your classroom
in seven weeks
without going back to school or having to invest in an advanced degree.
If you’re an elementary music teacher or student 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 exceptional 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!
"I recommend this course for all pre-service music teachers! It 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?
We all know that classroom management can make or break you as a teacher. In this module we'll break down the aspects of a responsive approach to classroom management and help you set up the expectations and procedures to help set your students up for success.
- Learn the basics of a few popular classroom management philosophies.
- Set classroom expectations.
- Determine classroom rewards and learn about reinforcing behaviors.
- Set classroom expectations that help your classroom run like a well-oiled machine.
Kodály Crash Course
Maybe you've heard the name Kodály mentioned before, or you might even be more familiar with his pedagogical approach. Whatever the case, this module will discuss Kodály-inspired teaching and how to implement aspects of it into your teaching.
- Learn about Zoltán Kodály and how he shaped music education in Hungary and beyond.
- Learn about the phrase "Prepare, Present, Practice" and how it can help set your students up for success.
- Learn the reasoning behind rhythmic and melodic syllables and why you should use them.
- See a sample Kodály-inspired learning sequence.
- Learn about folk repertoire and how to find high-quality, authentic repertoire for your classroom.
Introduction to Orff-Schulwerk
Whether you've seen the Schulwerk in action before or all that comes to mind are Xylophones and Glockenspiels, this module will help you understand what being an Orff-inspired teacher is all about and how to apply aspects of the Schulwerk into your classroom.
- Learn about Carl Orff and how the Schulwerk came to be.
- Learn about the phrase "Sing, Say, Dance, Play" and how it can help set your students up for success.
- Learn about the different instruments in a traditional Orff instrumentarium and how to use them for student-led music-making.
- See how movement in the music classroom can help introduce and reinforce musical concepts.
Data & Assessment
Data shouldn't be a bad word. It shouldn't scare us. In this module we'll learn how to use simple assessments to allow our data to drive our instruction without making us want to pull our hair out.
- Discuss the different types of assessment and determine when each is most appropriate.
- Learn how to sprinkle assessment into lessons so that your students don't even realize they're being assessed.
- Come up with a plan on how to share data with students and their families in a meaningful way.
- Learn how we can actually use data to guide our instruction without burning ourselves out.
All students are musical. In this module we will discuss the different types of learners we have in our classrooms and learn how to help them be successful music-makers.
- Learn about the different types of exceptional learners we have in our classrooms.
- Discuss how IEPs, 504s, and behavior plans are similar, different, and what they really mean for us as music teachers.
- Learn common methods for accommodation and adaptation to help our students succeed.
- Discuss how trauma-informed teaching can allow us to reach our students who have experienced trauma in their lives.
Lesson Planning & Sequencing
We all know we should have a learning sequence. But what does that really mean? In this module we'll combine what we've learned in the previous modules to create a year-long and monthly curricular sequence.
- Determine learning objectives for each grade level using national/state/local standards.
- Create a yearly and monthly curricular sequence for a focus grade level.
- Gather repertoire and create a concept map for a focus grade level to make lesson planning a breeze.
When you enroll during this special, limited time period,
General Music Jumpstart
(A $497 Value)
6 Weekly 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.
A Member's-Only Facebook GroupAsk questions and network with other music educators in a member's-only Facebook group.
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!