Category Archives: Technology

Cyndee Giebler workshop 9/17/16

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Saturday, September 17, 2016   9:00a.m.   to 1:00p.m. (8:30 breakfast)

Location: David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center

15000 Bay Vista Boulevard, North Miami, Florida 33181

Cyndee Giebler lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and  completed her master’s degree at the University of St.Thomas in St.Paul, Minn. She completed all three Orff Levels at the University of St. Thomas and has taken master classes with Steve Calantropio and Richard Gill. She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional , and national converntions. Cyndee teaches Level II at the Uarts/Villanova University Summer Music Masters Program in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom, chorus and elementary strings.

Sing, Dance, Play at our next workshop called “Mining the Volumes”.  Cyndee  will be touching on the many wonderful treasures that  our traditional  MUSIC FOR CHILDREN  volumes contain.  Bring your recorder, and a spirit of adventure as we go mining for musical gems. Your students will love creating master pieces from these music selections that you will bring back to your school.

Cost: $30 for 1 workshop, OR $55 for yearly membership (4 workshops)

Please RSVP to Claudia Lusararian at

Teaching Music with Technology

Look at this great resource for ideas for teaching music with technology!


Smartboard Tips and Tricks for the Music Teacher

If you have a smartboard and are looking for creative ways to use it, you need to head over to the smarttech website. There are so many great tools for learning how to use your smartboard and templates for lessons that you may already teach!

Do you have a smartboard? How do you use it? Have you used this website for ideas or lessons?

Lego Rhythms

I was so excited to see this blog post from a music teacher who uses Legos as building blocks for rhythm!

Use these Smartboard files to compose rhythm patterns with students using Lego blocks! The number of beats each block is worth corresponds with the length of the lego block. For example, a quarter note uses a "one-lump" block, while a half note uses a "two-lump" block, and so on. Templates are made in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4.

Each Lego has a different symbol. She even created pages of downloads with different meters that you can download at her site (it appears to be free).  She has them broken down with suggested grades and meters! It’s all done on with a smartboard.

Amazing!  This is  a wonderful way to give your students practice with notation and composition!

Pumpkin Patch Solfege

Check out this website for a Halloween themed solfege activity!

Just a Little More: Pumpkin Patch Solfege

How fun! 

Music Notation Software

Are you in desperate need of  basic music notation software but lacking the funds to purchase a major package?  Search no more…enter Noteflight!

Noteflight is a web-based music notation program, and it’s free.  You can get it at  You will need to register, but you can access your scores from any computer that has internet access.  Even your students can use this to notate their own pieces (so much easier than pencil and paper, and more fun)!  They will be able to “play-back” their melodies and see if it’s accurate.  I also have used similar programs for ear training exercises with my chorus.

Have any of you used this before? What are your favorite features?

Must Watch Ted Talk- Classical Music

Here is a link to a MUST-WATCH Ted talk.  This was a valuable way to spend 20 minutes.  This speaker discusses Classical music.

This is from the website: About the talk:  “Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.”

Worth your time!!