Music Workshop Newsletter: October 2019

It’s HERE! Our new course…

Native American Traditional Music

Launched Today! Native American Traditional Music

The Native American Traditional Music course is an exploration of some of the original music makers. Full of big sounds, handmade instruments and amazing musicians, Native American Traditional Music is used in ceremonies, storytelling, healing and much more. We will learn about music from the twelve regions of Native American Tribes (or Nations). Students will experience many different Native American instruments like drums, rattles, rasps, flutes and vocals. Our Fun Facts in this course feature exciting introductions to Pow Wows and the Native American Music Awards. Sign on and download it today! Link to login page (please see information below to update your account if you have not been on the site since the platform update in August).

Idea for the Month

Have you checked out the new user platform yet? 

If you have not activated your account, please click this link to reset your password and update your information.  You will need to reset your password when you sign in for the first time. Your username is now your email address.

All courses have been UPDATED! Included in the new look and feel of the user platform are updated courses and materials. It is very important that you have the most up-to-date materials to share with your students. Please download all course materials anew from the site this year – even if you saved them from last year. Every document – Q&A, Soundbites, etc – has been reviewed and updated.

Per our commitment to you, our program will continue to be completely free of charge – Music is for Everyone! Thank you and we hope these new upgrades/updates will be a great improvement to your Music Workshop experience.

How You Can Help

We are currently gearing up for our annual fundraiser – a dinner/dance party called the Inspire Bash. It is an amazing, fun, inspiring night where we get to dress up as our musical inspiration, dance and show support for music education. We need your help to share our story with our generous donors! Your stories are vital to the success of Music Workshop. Attached to this email you will find a Feedback Form for your students. We would love to have as many of your students as possible to fill out this form. We attach their feedback forms as thank you notes for our donors. They love to see how the students feel, think and are inspired by Music Workshop. You can scan them and email to me at amyh@musicworkshopedu.org, please send no later than October 18th. And here is the best part… we want to thank you back! Send in Feedback Forms from the students and we will send you a $25 Amazon e-gift card.

Music Workshop Superstar

We knew that Native American Traditional Music was such an important course that we need to call in special help and advisers. We were lucky enough to find two people perfect for the role. They helped us every step of the way with advising, guiding and reviewing the development of this course. We are so grateful to their invaluable contribution.  A big thank you to our cultural advisers – Dr. Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche/Kiowa), Professor Emeritus of Indigenous Studies Portland State University and Bobby Mercier, Cultural Adviser for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Music Workshop Fun Fact

Did you know? Our Maestro Girl is voiced by a Music Workshop student! Our darling friend, Melanie, is an 8th grader in the Beaverton School District. She began learning with the Music Workshop program from the start, in 2013. Melanie became the voice of our Maestro Girl when she was created in 2017. She is so very talented and amazing – we love having her as part of the Music Workshop family!

Music Workshop Teachers – we can’t wait for you to check out Native American Traditional Music course – it’s so inspirational! Looking forward to hearing what you think too…

-Your Music Workshop Team – Amy Richter & Amy Hall

Music Workshop Newsletter: September 2019

The BIG News! Our new user platform has launched!

We hope you’ll love the new user platform! If you have already reset your password  – welcome to the new platform!
Thank you so much for your patience (and to some – persistence)!

If you have not activated your account yet, please click this link to reset your password and update your information.  You will need to reset your password when you sign in for the first time. Your username is now your email address. 

Per our commitment to you, our program will continue to be completely free of charge – Music is for Everyone! Thank you and we hope these new upgrades/updates will be a great improvement to your Music Workshop experience.

Idea for the Month

All courses have been UPDATED!

Included in the new look and feel of the user platform are updated courses and materials. It is very important that you have the most up-to-date materials to share with your students. Please download all courses and materials anew from the site this year – even if you saved them from last year. Every document – Q&A, Soundbites, etc – has been reviewed and updated.

Our Next Course is…

As you have seen, our next course is part of our new series – the Culture Series. The Culture Series will focus on the history and attributes of the music of some amazing cultures around the world. Kicking off this series is an exploration of Native American Traditional Music. We have been working hard on the course over the summer and it looks amazing. We are currently putting on the final touches and it should be ready to launch before the end of the month. We are excited to have an amazing artist, Supaman, as a our narrator for this exciting course. Here is is bit of his “Fancy Dancing” artistry to get you excited… click on Supaman

How You Can Help

We need feedback from your students!  This keeps our program free of charge!

As always… thank you, thank you, thank you for being a Music Workshop teacher and giving the gift of music to your students. We hope Music Workshop is a valuable part of your musical teaching resources – inspiring our young minds to live musical lives.

We are currently gearing up for our annual fundraiser – a dinner/dance party called the Inspire Bash. It is an amazing, fun, inspiring night where we get to sing, dance and show support for music education. We need your help to share our story with our generous donors. Your stories are vital to the success of Music Workshop. Attached to this email you will find a Feedback Form for your students. We would love to have as many of your students as possible fill out this form. We attach their feedback form as thank you notes for our donors. They love to see how the students think, feel and are inspired by Music Workshop. You can scan them and email.

And here is the best part… since one good turn deserves another… we have a gift for you for participating! Send Student Feedback Forms and have your choice of a thank you gift.

  • An Inspire hat (in one of five colors)
  • 25 kazoos for your classroom
  • $25 Amazon gift card. And if you send both – videos and feedback forms, we will double that
  • To get all this done and available for our Inspire Bashwe would need to receive the videos or forms by October 15, 2018.
  • Please send scanned feedback forms (or contact me for our address if you would like to mail – we will reimburse postage) to me at amyh@musicworkshopedu.org.

Music Workshop Superstar

Speaking of shouting it from the rooftops – our September superstar is Katherine Theissen. She heard about Music Workshop from another teacher in her district, Angie – who shared about our program at a district wide music teachers meeting. Katherine joined the Music Workshop family and loved the program. THEN – Katherine went onto TWO Facebook music teacher groups and shared about her experience with Music Workshop – recommending us to any music teachers who needs a high-quality music resource (for free). She even attached a link to our site! Talk about a superstar – we got over 100 new teachers signed up in a WEEK! Amazing! We naturally sent her a Amazon gift card and some Music Workshop swag as a well deserved “Thank you!”.

Thank you Katherine! You are our hero!

We are a small operation – two people strong – so appreciate all the help we can get in spreading the word about our program!

Music Workshop Fun Fact

We kicked the school year off by receiving an amazing award! We love inspiring K-8 students to find their musical path! Thank you Portland Monthly for this wonderful recognition of the work we are doing to bring inspirational music education to K-8 students around the world.
Music Is For Everyone!

Thank you Music Workshop Teachers! We always appreciate how wonderful you are, but we are feeling especially grateful for all the patience and understanding you have shown us during the website transition. We are so pleased to be on the done side of that huge project and we truly hope that you love the improvements. 

-Your Music Workshop Team – Amy Richter & Amy Hall

Music Workshop Newsletter: November 2019

We had an amazing time at our annual fundraiser – the Inspire Bash! 
We danced and partied to raise money for music education. 
 
Idea for the Month
 
November is Native American Heritage Month and our newest course, Native American Traditional Music, is ready to go. It is an exploration of the original music makers full of big sounds, handmade instruments and amazing musicians. Learn about the twelve regions of Native American Tribes (or Nations) and experience different Native American instruments like drums, rattles, rasps, flutes and vocals. A Music Workshop course is a perfect solution for the short weeks around the holidays. 
 
 
Our Next Course
 
Part of our Inspire Bash was a paddle raise specifically designated to fund our next course – Latinx Music. As the newest addition to our Culture Series we will look at the vibrant and diverse music of Latin America. Latin American music encompasses a wide variety of styles such as bossa nova, merengue, rumba, salsa and tango. We will learn about these styles and their influences and the many instruments common to Latin American music including La Marimba, a percussion instrument from Central America. We are just getting started and it is very exciting. 
 
How You Can Help
A big thank you to those teachers who sent us student feedback forms – our donors love hearing straight from the students about how much they love Music Workshop.
 
Remember to let your fellow teachers know about Music Workshop in this busy holiday season. It is a ready-to-go lesson plan when you need it: post concert days, short holiday weeks and during cold/flu season. Help out your fellow teachers by spreading the word – Music Workshop is here to help!! 
Facebook: @musicworkshopedu  Instagram: @musicworkshopedu  Twitter: musicworkshopED
 
 
Music Workshop Superstar
 
We would like to give a special Music Workshop shout out to Poison Waters – our Inspire Bash Emcee. She made the night special with her musical act and cheeky wit. Poison navigated us through the night and brought everyone together to support music education with their monetary donations. (Plus – she is fabulous!) We cannot thank her enough! 
 
 
Music Workshop Fun Fact
We created a video for our fundraiser to help share our story with our donors and friends. It is a look not only at how the program works, but how we got started and how far we have come in the last few years. Click here to watch Music Workshop’s Story 2019 video
 
 
Thank you all for the wonderful support of Music Workshop! 
We are feeling inspired and grateful!!   – Amy & Amy

Music Workshop Newsletter: December 2019

Incredible News! Music Workshop has been made a partner 
in the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition!
The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition is a revolutionary collective of the most forward-thinking music education organizations, academics, philanthropists, school district arts leaders, artists, research and systems change experts. It was created to lead a collaborative movement toward universal participation in music education in public elementary schools and increased participation in secondary schools across America. The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition is committed to creating high quality, sustainable music education programs that foster comprehensive learning, creativity and empowerment among students by providing equal access in partnership with districts and city officials, principals, certified music teachers, school board representatives and local funders. 
 
We are so excited to work with this organization to 
bring music education to every student everywhere because – Music is for Everyone!
 
Idea for the Month
 
Music Workshop is a great way to relax and have fun on those post holiday concert days! Life is so busy and you have all worked so hard to make holiday concerts special for the students and their families. The students will love and appreciate a great Music Workshop course – some of our favorites – Pop Music, Musicals or Introduction to the Voice. Fun, easy and ready-to-go! Also, a Music Workshop course the perfect solution for the short weeks around the holidays. 
 
 
Our Next Course
 
There are so many fascinating and inspirational things to learn about Latin Music. We are so excited that it will be our next course in our Culture Series. We are visiting all the countries in our imagination and piecing together how to best present them to your students so they can experience the vibrancy and diversity of Latin Music. 
 
How You Can Help
Remember to let your fellow teachers know about Music Workshop in this busy holiday season. It is a ready-to-go lesson plan when you need it: post concert days, short holiday weeks and during cold/flu season. Help out your fellow teachers by spreading the word – Music Workshop is here to help!! 
Facebook: @musicworkshopedu  Instagram: @musicworkshopedu  Twitter: musicworkshopED
 
 
Music Workshop Superstar
 
Thank you for the Recommendation on Facebook! We are flattered and thankful and it helps let other music teachers know about our program!
 
 
Music Workshop Fun Fact
 
We had a wonderful night at Portland Monthly Magazines “Light a Fire” Awards where Music Workshop was awarded the Inspiring Creativity Award. It was an honor to be a part of this amazing community of people dedicated to giving back and making a difference. 

 
Music Workshop wishes you a musical holiday season!
   – Amy & Amy
 
BONUS CONTENT
 
Don’t tell Amy, but I had to include a picture of her from our Inspire Bash Fundraising Dinner – 
It is a dressup affair and she and her husband went as the Maestro and Maestro Girl!

Music Workshop Newsletter: January 2020

Idea for the Month

It’s a new calendar year, a new decade too! Are you starting a new unit? If so, a Music Workshop course is a great supplement or introduction. Are you starting keyboards? Our Piano course is an exciting starting point. Starting a unit on recorders – our Woodwinds course highlights all sorts of Woodwind Instruments including the recorder, inspiring students along the way! Bucket Drums – our Percussion course! Or Sections of the Orchestra – we have courses on Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. Our genres series courses can be used to tie into a variety of units. And our Careers in Music courses are so interesting and inspirational to students teaching them that they don’t have to be a rock star to have a career in music. And looking forward, our Jazz and R&B courses are a perfect fit for Black History Month. So many options, we hope that you will find one that works best for your and your students.

Update your Account

Have you visited Music Workshop’s website since August? If you have, your account information has been updated on our new platform – Well Done! If you have not checked us out recently, please click here to log on and verify your accountDon’t lose access to this free resource! And while you are there, check out our new platform, updates and new programming. Music Workshop is here to help you inspire, educate and motivate your students with new, exciting lessons. Thank you for all you do for your students – you are our hero!

Our Next Course

Our next course is about the music and musical traditions of Latin America. Students will experience an exciting travel itinerary as we fly on our musical jet to the many countries in Latin America. This course will highlight the music styles and instruments from Mexico to the Caribbean to Central America and then down to South America. We have amazing music and facts swirling around our heads. One of our favorites? Being introduced to an incredible instrument from Belize that is made from the jawbone of a Donkey. Here is a link to a great introduction to this very unique instrument with a lovely sound. We plan to launch this course by the end of April.

Music Workshop Superstar

Thank you to our Music Workshop superstars this month – YOU! We finished the year (and decade) by hitting a milestone – 700 likes of our Music Workshop Facebook Page. Facebook has been an invaluable resource, helping us get the word out to music teachers that Music Workshop offers a high-quality resource to music teachers for FREE! Thank you all for being a part of the Music Workshop family and especially to those who have reached out and liked and supported us on social media. Your support helps us to connect with more music teachers letting them know we are here to help. Please continue to share the news about Music Workshop to your fellow music teachers.   Music is for Everyone!

As always, we need your help to share the news about this program to music teachers everywhere. Like our page on Facebook or follow us on instagramtwitter or pinterest. Or, in person to the other music teachers in your district. We find great success in teachers discovering us when you share your Music Workshop stories/experiences with your fellow teachers (in person and online). Please take the time to spread the word about Music Workshop. It’s free, and it’s for YOU!

Music Workshop Fun Fact

We are growing! As you may know, in the Music Workshop office are two Amys. This month, we have brought on new blood – and names! John is our new Office Coordinator – he graduated from Lewis & Clark College three years ago and we are so excited about his energy and skills. We have also welcomed a new assistant editor to help us get our existing Music Workshop courses all up to snuff. As you can imagine, now that we have been honing our content creation skills for seven years we have changed and improved our programming. Divonna will be helping to get all the videos to up to current standards including updating our vernacular to gender neutral language. We welcome both with open arms!

 

 “Thank you for being a part of the Music Workshop family – 

we encourage you to invite other music teachers to discover our program!
Share our page, our site, our newsletter or our story with fellow music teachers. 

In partnership with music teachers,
we are dedicated to getting inspiring music education to all students.  

Music is for Everyone!”  -Amy & Amy