Tuesday, January 8, 2019

MOTIVATION and 2019!

I can't think of a better chapter meeting to have at the beginning of the new year than today's!! Caroline Jennings presented some fabulous information about what drive's children (people) and what drives them away!  She also gave some excellent resources.  The most important to read is:

The authors would seemingly not work together since Stixrud deals with clients suffering from ADHD, ADD, Anxiety and Depression, while Johnson deals with clients who are in the high powered ACT Prep category wanting to obtain admission into Ivy League schools, but also suffering from Anxiety and Depression.  What???  There are correlations?  You bet!!

Here are just a few of my notes, but the whole powerpoint can be viewed below.  I highly recommend it!

Autonomy = Motivation    When a child feels empowered, able to direct his life, is responsible for his life, enjoys/suffers the consequences of his decisions, he is motivated.  When we take away autonomy (aka agency?) stress occurs.  Stress leads to fear, and fear almost always leads to bad decisions!

What causes stress?  NUTS!!  (keep reading! *_* )

N  Novelty - stuff that's new and not familiar

U  Unpredictability - things that there was no way of knowing would occur

T Threat to Ego - when a person's safety of confidence is questioned

S  Sense of Control - losing the ability to make choices

Three types of stress were addressed:

Positive Stress - motivates growth
Tolerable Stress - builds resilience; brief periods of high stress WITH loving support
Toxic Stress - frequent/prolonged stress  without loving support

There was SO much more.  I hope these notes are helpful!  I know I'm MUCH more motivated to pay attention to my teaching, and all relationships, to make sure I'm helping my students identify what THEY want to learn.  Sometimes this takes practice and work because students aren't always used to being asked...they're used to being told.  (After coming home from this chapter meeting, and applying the information to my 5 afternoon students, I was thrilled when some of my teenage students left saying, "I LOVE THIS!!"  I do, too!!!)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 AIM Program coming soon!!!

All teachers that have students participating in the 2019 AIM program may find the following files useful.  (Rowena Bunce from the Bridgerland Chapter made up Levels 1-8, and gave me permission to share these.  I think they are a great resource!)  Take a look and feel free to print them out and use them:

There are many more resources available on the UMTA WebsiteIf you are new to AIM, go to the state website and start looking around.  There is a wealth of information there!!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

An excellent Christmas Concert was performed Thursday evening by Dr. Nancy Allred, Dr. Ka-Wai Yu, and Emily Workman.  It was a wonderful evening of Christmas music performed to perfection!!


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Circle of 4ths and Cinnamon Rolls!

Today we had a delightful presentation by Ken Foster from the Sandy Chapter on Creativity, Improvising, Knowledge, Evaluation, Composing and more.  We were able to stay a little longer than usual since there was no college class coming in right after us...we love Christmas break!!

Ken had SO much information to share with us, and a lot of it I need to review and think how I want to use it in MY studio...so the greatest part of the presentation, for me, was HIS LINK!!  He told us we could find everything he was talking about on his website, and he was right!!!  Here's the link:

I just went and looked at it, and there is so much helpful information there.  I hope you'll go take a look.  Our chapter meetings sure help us be better teachers by giving us more tools to use!!  AND we had a great turnout, with 12 teachers there in addition to Ken.  It was so fun to meet some new individuals, and to get to see so many of our colleagues!

Last, but not least, we had some really good cinnamon rolls, too.  Here's the recipe!

3-1/2 oz pkg vanilla pudding + milk amount shown on box
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 c warm water
2 TBS instant yeast
2 TBS sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
 6 cups flour

(Makes about 3 dozen good-sized rolls)
4 oz cream cheese
¼ c. butter/margarine
1 tsp almond extract
1 TBS milk
3+ cups powdered sugar

Mix until smooth.  Add a tad more milk if the icing is too thick.  Or add more pwd. sugar if not thick enough.

Add the dough ingredients in large mixing bowl (I usually double the recipe!), except for flour.  Add 5 cups of flour...let it mix really well, then gradually add the last cup of flour...just until the dough barely cleans the sides of the bowl (it make take a little more flour...just don't make it too dry!)  Mix for 10 minutes, then pour into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let raise 'til double.  Punch down a bit, and let raise again.  

When ready, roll dough out on counter, about 6" wide and 30" long... (pour melted butter [1/2 cup?]) on dough, then spread cinnamon mixture (2 cups br. sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon) on top of butter.  Roll up tightly, to form long "snake" and cut with dental floss.  Place on greased cookie sheet to raise until about double, then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Should be golden brown.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

FLASHCARDS ...and Beyond!!!

What an information packed meeting we had today!!  I had no idea I was so limited in my view of what flashcards can do!

Leslee Bishop, NCTM, came down from SLC to share some of her great ideas with us.  Rather than try to explain everything, I'm going to post some pictures, along with  the handout she gave us:

Rhythm Flashcards - Lots of uses for these...some fun games!!  (See the FREE links below!)

Rhythm Flashcards 1

Rhythm Flashcards 2

Rhythm Flashcards 

Rhythm Flashcards 4

Rhythm Flashcards 5

Great CHORD flashcards!!  Easy to make and use!!

Theory Wrap-ups...I've never seen before...Mark had to show me how to use them...rather clever!!

Simple little flashcards...just numbers...correlated with the number of measures in a piece your student is memorizing.  They draw out a number then have to play that measure independently of the piece...memorized.  You could start out with using the music, but what a great tool for thorough memorization!  (I used a modified version with a student this afternoon!!  FUN!)

Thanks to Lezlee for taking the time to come and share so many wonderful ideas with us!!  Hope to see you NEXT month!

**My personal recommendation for the month:  Paul Cardall's Reverently, Quietly is a beautiful, simple arrangement that is perfect for a student to play in Sacrament meeting.  It's easily attainable, and brings a beautiful spirit with it.  For $1.99 download fee, I LOVE having my students play it!
Reverently, Quietly - Sheet Music

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Rebecca Udy, NCTM, drove down from Springville and presented our workshop today!  We came away with so many great ideas of apps that are available on a myriad of devices, and how to use them with our students, supervised and unsupervised!  There were visuals that showed how easy it is to set up your studio to incorporate the technology, even if you don't have a lot of space.

Ideas were shared about apps that help you to run your studio.  Google Docs and Google Keep can be very useful!

Using Notes is a great way to give assignments to your students outside of the studio.

Rebecca gave us a great handout with different apps for iphone or android, and inspired us to get with the 21st Century and the benefits of using technology!!  You can visit her website for more details.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


The summer flew past as if it was in a hurry to get somewhere!!  Hopefully, you packed as much fun and relaxation into these fleetings months as possible.

And now it's time to start up our chapter meetings!  We have a great line-up to look forward to!
Tuesday, September 11 at noon on DSU campus, room 117 PAB, we will have a great presentation by Rebecca Udy of Springville, presenting to us on easy ways to incorporate technology into our studios.  Rebecca has been a great inspiration to me, and I'm sure everyone will gain something by attending Tuesday.

If you want to see what's on the agenda for upcoming months, check out the  St. George Chapter calendar here.

Friday, May 11, 2018

CLOSING SOCIAL - May 8, 2018

We sure had a fun closing social!!  We enjoyed a great meal with so many of us there...and the few that weren't able to come were greatly missed!!  The duets played by some were enjoyable and make great additions to our repertoire!

We were sad to say our "good-byes" to Dr. Lynn Dean who is leaving on an LDS mission with his wife, Dianne, to the Philippines in July.  He will be missed beyond measure!!  And it's always a little melancholy to say "good-bye" to our colleagues for the summer!!

I hope you enjoy your summer.  And we'll reconnect in September!!!