One of my passions is sharing and finding new Music Education resources whether they be for flute, music theory, singing, pedagogy… the list goes on. Here you can find some of my favorite resources that have inspired my teaching philosophy as well as resources I have created for my own students.
What’s On My Stand: A Flutist’s Perspective
A New Blog Each Friday
- To Band Directors (1st)
- To University Students (2nd)
- Theory and Analysis (3rd)
- Miscellaneous (4th)
Flute Finger Quiz
Designed for beginning and intermediate flute students engaging kinesthetic and aural learning.
Concise info sheets for traditional band instruments designed for students and their families including instrument-specific info on brands by level, care, books for technique, online resources and notable players.
Summer Music Theory Puzzle
Website with 4 music theory puzzles covering varying topics. Engages a large range of learning needs through varied instruction including visual, written and verbal materials.
Ear Training Pre-Assessment
Designed for AP Music Theory students to gauge their current ability level, determine their strengths and weakness, and develop a plan to aid them.
Ear Training Tips
Designed for AP Music Theory students developing their dictation and sight-singing skills for the AP exam.
Flute Care Sheet
Concise info sheet designed for high school flutists detailing why it is worth it and how to properly care for the flute.
Designed for beginning band students to teach goal-oriented practice habits rather than time/quantitative-based goals.
Emma’s Favorite Music Resources
Nancy Toff’s ‘The Flute Book’ is essential for me – when I bought it I never thought I’d actually read through the majority of it, but the day I got called to jury duty and I knew exactly which book to bring and I made it through a very healthy portion of this book straight through. If you don’t find yourself in a situation like mine, this book is still a great resource to pickup and quickly find a topic you need an answer to and then put it back on the shelf.
Barbara Conable’s ‘The Structures and Movements of Breathing’ is geared towards singers. I spent 5 years total doing choir – dating back to before I even started flute – and have found a lot of benefits to applying my “singer” knowledge to wind instruments. I spent a lot of time in my undergrad flute lessons exploring the concepts of: pharynx, larynx, resonance, diaphragm, etc. And reading this book, post-undergrad I would have probably learned a lot quicker if I had the framing, descriptions and images that are featured in this book.
James Ployhar’s ‘I Recommend’ was first introduced to me in my undergraduate university band by Dr. William Berz. Dr. Berz would start are rehearsals in the intonation, tuning, and chorale section. The confidence Dr. Berz had in this book was validated by the improvement in the ensembles’ balance and blend through high expectation, focus, and honesty. I’ve come back to this book with the plans to use it with my future ensemble. But for the time being, I am using the chorales to improve my piano skills…
The ‘First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk Sing Say Dance Play’ was something I picked up with the thought “this might be useful one day, I don’t really plan to do general music, but why not?” Reading through this book, I had flashbacks to my foundations and early pedagogy classes – all compiled into one neat book. The sample lesson plans, pacing, and extensions were clear and easy to follow (something I’ve come to appreciate working as a substitute teacher).