In this episode of The Happy Music Teacher, we delve into the magic of exit tickets and how they can transform your music classroom. Discover a selection of 20 creative and engaging exit ticket ideas designed to capture students’ excitement and assess their understanding in...
In this episode, I welcome Grace Stevens, an Educator Empowerment Coach with a rich background as a former corporate VP and a seasoned public school educator. Grace shares her journey from corporate burnout to finding fulfillment in teaching, only to encounter similar challenges in the...
In this episode of The Happy Music Teacher:  Music Teacher Dilemmas, we tackle the challenging situation of dealing with rehearsal disruptions caused by other teachers. Specifically, we discuss what to do when another teacher steps in uninvited and takes over your rehearsal, causing confusion and...
In this episode, we explore my highly effective drum circle strategy tailored for students with special needs. This method, ideal for special ed music activities, offers a structured yet flexible environment where students can thrive. By integrating opportunities for student leadership, creativity, and full participation,...
In this episode of The Happy Music Teacher, Jeanette addresses a heartfelt question from Jaylen Fenner, an elementary music teacher struggling with feelings of inadequacy and burnout after teaching in a low-economic district. Jalen shares the challenges of balancing life skills and social-emotional regulation with...
In this episode of The Happy Music Teacher, Jeanette sits down with the amazing elementary music teacher Erin Elliott to discuss the critical role of creativity and joy in music education. Erin and Jeanette chat about how important it is to lay a solid musical...
Everyone knows that the first year of teaching is the hardest. That’s why in this episode of The Happy Music Teacher Podcast, I tackle the common struggles faced during the first year of teaching elementary music.   I explore practical tips to try for managing...
Smooth Sailing to the End of the Year with Special Events In this episode of The Happy Music Teacher Podcast, we explore the transformative power of incorporating special events into the classroom routine to ease the end-of-year. We’ll talk about three ideas—Talent Share, Movie Day,...
Get ready to ease into the end of the school year in the elementary school music classroom!  In this episode, you’ll hear 5 game-changing tips to salvage your sanity as the school year winds down.  Do Nothing New – Review, Review, Review –  I’ll tell...
On this episode of Music Teacher Dilemmas, we delve into  The Questions: Something I have come to notice at my school is our students give more respect to their classroom teachers than they do the “specials” teachers. I know they are spending more time with...

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