For quite a few years now I’ve been taking off teaching for the month of August to give myself time to travel, come up with a practice incentive theme for the next year, catch up on other projects, do lesson planning, and hopefully feel put together by the time my students return for another year of lessons. The last of those objectives is feeling increasingly unattainable right now, though! 🙂
Our practice incentive theme for the year is now finalized and I’m really excited about it! I can’t divulge the details yet in case some of my students sleuth around here looking for more info, but here’s a sneak preview:
I’m heading off to the teacher resource center this morning to do some laminating and get all the wall decor designed and put together. And this Friday, we’re having our annual local association Kickoff event where I’ll be presenting a workshop titled, “Creative Collaboration: Making Every Lesson Come Alive!” We’re jumping on board with MTNA’s Year of Collaborative Music and planning a variety of events and workshops to coincide with this theme. I’m making an effort to emphasize this in my studio throughout the year as well. Is anyone else focusing on collaborative music in their association or studio this year?
In other random news, it occurred to me recently that I’m getting ready to celebrate my 5th anniversary! Not wedding anniversary (remember, I’m not married!), but it’s been almost 5 years since I launched Music Matters Blog with the official Welcome post. And to think that I was so worried when I first started the blog that I would run out of things to post about. In fact, truth be told, I mapped out the first 60 days of posts just to give me a cushion and time to concoct other post ideas. It’s all rather humorous now, especially considering that I have way more ideas than I ever get around to posting!
Anyway…I figure this is the perfect excuse to do a complete site overhaul. I’ve been tired of this current design for a long time, but just haven’t taken the time to work on a new design. Now I’m ready! I’ve started working on it, but I can tell it’s going to take a while to get the new site up and running. So in the meantime I thought I would open it up for any ideas or suggestions you all have. Is there anything specific you’d like to see on the new site? Feel free to leave any and all thoughts in the comments below or e-mail them to me directly.
Until then, though, we’ll make the best of this current look. I’ve got a number of exciting things lined up for this fall, so stay tuned! 🙂