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May Newsletter

A huge Thank You to YOU!
It's Teacher Appreciation Week - we hope you are able to connect with your students and parents and they show you how much they care. It's a tough time for teachers right now - being asked to change the way you teach while still staying connected to your students (who are not in the classroom). Thank you for being a strong and amazing presence in your students lives.
Thank you!
We would also like to send a personal thank you to you as parents of school age children. With multiple children in the public schools we are acutely aware of the challenges and obstacles teachers face now, and every year. 
Thank you!  Amy H and Amy R

Virtual Learning Center Additions

Last week, we announced that we have added the K-2 videos of all the courses to our Virtual Learning Center. We are continually striving to add additional resources to the Virtual Learning Center and the Music Workshop program in general. We will let you know periodically what additional materials and resources are added. Or check back on the site to see what's new. Go to the Virtual Learning Center!

"Many [of my students] thanked me for such an interesting lesson! They totally loved the video, it broadened their horizons in 20 minutes! You are doing a great job! Such a big help for the music teachers!

– Music Teacher, American International School of Vilnius, Lithuania

#GivingTuesdayNow
#FeelGoodSong

GivingTuesdayNow is a day to celebrate unity in these difficult times.  We wanted to celebrate how music brings us together and gives us joy and hope. We asked all our Music Workshop friends, teachers and supporters to post their "Feel Good Song" on social media. We have put together a Spotify playlist of the contributions. We hope we can all enjoy our Feel Good Songs! Want to contribute yours? There is still time - send it to us!
Click here to get #FeelGoodSong playlist
To quiz or not to quiz

We have gotten questions about the quiz feature in google classroom. It is a flick of the switch to turn off - on the google form choose settings>Quizzes>Make this a Quiz - toggle off. The most important part of remote teaching in this time is staying connected with your students. If having the quiz is exciting for your class - you are ready to go. If it amplifies stress and creates confusion, turn the function off and make it optional. The Q&A portion of Music Workshop is for creating connection and knowledge transfer, definitely not for creating stress and anxiety. Enjoy! 


Need a tutorial?

We have begun assembling a library of how-to tutorials. There are videos on how to load a Music Workshop lesson video component into both google classroom and EdPuzzle. Please see the links in the Virtual Learning Center to see if one you might need is there. If it is not, please email us and we are happy to make one for you. We've gotten pretty good at researching solutions. And it is our absolute pleasure to help out in any way we can. 
 
Go to the Virtual Learning Center! Click here

Feedback in the Virtual Learning Center

We have added an easy link to give feedback in the VLC
Feedback is one of the cornerstones of the Music Workshop program. There are many reasons it is essential. First and foremost, your feedback helps us make the program better. While we do everything that we can to make our courses high quality, it is extremely valuable to hear how it is working for your students in the classroom and at home. Additionally, hearing about students interactions with the program improves our ability to create engaging and inspiring content. Additionally, feedback is a integral part of Music Workshop's funding. We are proudly committed to bringing our resources to music teachers free of charge.  We are able to do this because of our amazing supporters and grants. Feedback on how the program is working for our teachers is crucial (and sometimes required) for raising funds. Here is a link to send us feedback right now! Thank you for all you do!
Music is for Everyone!  
Noteworthy...We are currently working hard on our newest course, Latin American Music. It's fun and exciting to be learning about the diverse musical styles and instruments of Latin America. The content is so rich, we couldn't fit it all into one course. The Latin American Music course will now have two full lessons, one focusing on northern and Central America and the other on South America. Additionally, we have had a great time brainstorming Fun Facts. Exploring the Day of the Dead celebration is one of the Fun Facts that we are sure the students will find interesting. Clips from wonderful movies like Coco and The Book of Life will bring the beauty and artistry to life for the students. We can't wait to show you!
Please share Music Workshop with your fellow teachers, administrators and social media groups. We want EVERYONE to know about our free resources!  
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