I know that whenever I am out exploring the internet looking for information to use in my classroom (usually on a Pinterest binge with no end in sight), I usually end up on a music education blog. There sure are a bunch out there, and there are some amazing resources to be found! Which begs the question: did the world really need another music education blog?
Okay, I’m getting a few steps ahead of myself. Before I get to the part where I tell you about why I decided to jump into the blog game, I want you to get to know me a little bit (at least as well as you can by reading text on a screen).
Hi! I’m Bryson, and I am the blogger and music teacher behind That Music Teacher! I live in Columbus, Ohio where I teach PreK-6th grade music (well, if I’m being 100% truthful, I teach just outside of Columbus, but you get the picture).
I teach at two separate buildings, starting my day at the 5th & 6th grade building and then traveling to one of the elementary schools in my district to finish up my day. Yep, I’m one of those music teachers that have the wonderful pleasure of splitting their time between different buildings. And yeah, there are some challenges with this, but I really do enjoy it! I love being able to see such a variety of ages throughout the day, and I am excited to start seeing kids from my elementary building trickle up to the middle school!
If I had to put myself into a box, I’d say that I am a highly Kodály-influenced educator, but I don’t subscribe to any one approach 100%. I have loved being able to implement more of the Orff approach into my classroom lately, and I am always up for learning a new way to approach a concept.
Alright, that’s enough about me. Let’s get back to the whole “blogging thing.”
That Music Teacher originally started as an Instagram handle for me to share and interact with the amazing music education community there. It evolved into a Teachers Pay Teachers store, and now a blog.
While there is no shortage of music teaching blogs out there, I don’t think that is a bad thing! I think that as long as we as educators are adding valuable information, then we should share as much information as we can! That’s what I love about education: the community behind it that is striving for each student in every classroom to succeed. There’s something to be said about wanting those around us to be successful.
So long story short, that is why I decided to start this blog. I wanted to (hopefully) continue to add to the conversation about music education in a way that allows teachers to be successful, therefor bettering all students.
If you end up using something I talked about or mentioned in your classroom, I would love to hear how it went! You can reach me through any of my profiles listed above, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.