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With a grounding text, music emerges.


I was having a conversation with my friend, who is a high school choral conductor while I was driving about his day in the classroom. I was not surprised at what he said about him telling his kids to try and understand what the text in a choral piece is about. Now, this piece is […]

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Mindful Monday & “Come to Me”


My Chancel Choir will perform “Come to Me” by Dan. Forrest for Ash Wednesday.  Here’s what I sent to my choir this past Thursday after rehearsing it for the first time. As leaders in our community, I love this new piece from Forrest because we can paint the sense of peace and comfort that we […]

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Food post


When you work both Saturday & Sunday, you take the mornings lazy and easy! I was able to make these quickly! They taste delicious!!

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Worship Arts @ Ankeny First


At Ankeny First UMC we have many different music ensembles from Children to Adult you can be a life long musician here in this community! For Children we have Rattle & Rhyme, Little Cherubs (3 y/o to Kindergarten), Kids Music Collective (1st -5th grade), Celebration Chimes, Heavenly Metal (6-12th grade), Kids of the Kingdom, Illuminate […]

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Going paperless in a paper-full music world


How a teacher & musician has gone paperless this past year. Here are 3 apps that I have used as a church musician that has made my life easier!

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Reconciling #musicalpoetry, #spanish learning, #CI, and #culture


I’m a music teacher. I’m a Spanish teacher. I am a both. I am a Native speaker. How do I reconcile both in my classroom? These were my thoughts throughout #CIIA2018 this month, especially when Laurie Clarcq was speaking in her breakout sessions. As a Spanish teacher, I constantly use music in my room. Mainly […]

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What to do if you have a Exploratory Spanish with self contained students


This school year, I had to teach an exploratory Spanish with self contained students. What do I mean by that? Teaching 10 students who were in our SLC (structured learning center) from our Special Education program. I had students that were visually impaired, hard of hearing, down syndrome, non-verbal among other Individual Educational Program & […]

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Reflections of a Native speaker teaching native and heritage Spanish​ speakers.


The school year is over. OVER. Is this the time where I do my happy dance? Is this the time where I begin to burn things from the previous year and purge myself of all the bad juju? No to the first one. Second one? I don’t know. What I do know is that I […]

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How to integrate music with a Native/Heritage Speaker class or Non-Native Speaker


Since I am a music teacher first, many people have asked me how I integrate music into an L2, Heritage, and Native Spanish classroom. Every day I use my Spotify playlist “Songs in Spanish” (which I am trying to also make one on iTunes since I’m trying to slowly integrate Apple products into my room). I […]

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