Direct Instruction Strategies:


Yes, sometimes I'll do it the old-fashioned way and just talk for a little while. I'll do my best to keep it interesting! All of the strategies below can be used in conjunction with a traditional lecture. 

Presentation (Google Slides, etc.)

Often, I'll used presentation slides to ehance a lecture, and I'll share the slides with the students. Presentations allow students to see and read as well as hear the content. 

Demonstration and modeling

Sometimes showing is more effective than telling. I will try to demonstrate what I'm talking about or provide a short video example. 

Guided reading and listening

We will often read texts together and listen to musical works together. This gives us a chance to experience the power of these works as a class, and it allows students to ask questions right away. I also like to "think aloud" during this time so that students can see and hear examples of how to make connections to what we are studying. 

I will post many kinds of helpful videos, including screencasts and lectures students might have missed, on my channel

If I'm showing students how to use use an app, or even if I'm simply guiding them through some challenging content, I'll record the lesson on a screencast. Check my Youtube channel for latest screencasts. 

Student Engagement and Practice:


Students learn best when they know what to expect. I'll make my expectations for behavior and classroom routines clear and fair. 


There are many good note-taking systems, but I find Cornell Notes engage and challenge students to think and ask questions about the contect at the highest level. 


Who doesn't love a good game? Not only are games fun, but they help to liven up the mood of the class when things are feeling a bit stiff. Games can be excellent assessments and learning reinforements. Music Bingo is a great one for music students. 


Long-term projects challenge students to delve more deeply into a concept and take responsiblity for managaing their time. A project doesn't always have to be a weeks-long affair, however. Even a two-day project that pushes students to produce a synthesis of the knoweldge and skills they've learned over the past few days effectively prepares them to transfer their learning to the world. 

Digital Technology and Applications:

Many of the applications below can be purchased by schools and districts at a discount rate, and in some cases they can be used at no cost. The music software is especially criticial for music students today. Not only should students be familiar with music production and sound editing tools, but music notation programs are also an essential element of music literacy. 

Music production software

Notation software


Language learning