The Art of Music Teaching & Learning by Ashley Danyew
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The Art of Music Teaching & Learning


A comprehensive 8-week online course for music educators in all types of settings. It's like getting a mini-music education degree in only 8 weeks.
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Let me know if this sounds familiar:

  • You’ve gone to workshops, logged professional development hours, and taken notes while observing teaching demonstrations. But that question about teaching effectiveness still lingers in the back of your mind.

  • You’ve saved every rhythm game and lesson plan template on Pinterest and have a whole folder of downloads from Teachers Pay Teachers. And even though they’ve been somewhat helpful (at least for momentary inspiration), there’s still something missing.

  • You’ve tried different curricula and even signed up for a curriculum subscription so you’ll get lesson plans and materials delivered right to your inbox each month. But you wonder if it’s really the best pedagogical approach and sequence for learning (how can you tell?). 

The truth is, effective teaching starts with you.

And the problem with piecing together all those printables, teaching plans, and learning sequences you’ve collected from across the internet and calling it a day?

It doesn’t feel like you.

The results?

They might look something like this:

It's like getting a mini-music education degree in only 8 weeks.

The Art of Music Teaching & Learning is a compilation of everything I’ve learned from two music education degrees from the Eastman School of Music (M.M. and Ph.D.) and 15+ years of teaching in community, church, and college settings. 

We'll cover all the relevant course topics: philosophy, methods, techniques & approaches, learning theories, assessment & evaluation, and curriculum design.

I’ll be your guide throughout, giving you the tools & resources you need and simplifying the steps you'll take to become the teacher you dream of being.

Who it's for:

This course is designed for music educators in ALL types of settings: public/private school, private studios, homeschool groups, church settings, community music schools, and more!

What's inside?

Here's a quick peek:

What other music educators are saying...

"The Art of Music Teaching & Learning helped fill out some spaces in my approach that were weak and not as well prepared as I realized. I expect that I will look back on my workbook often to keep reminding myself of the nuggets that I learned. It . . . ultimately has given me more confidence, but also has 
encouraged me to always be a learner."
"I'm much more conscious about the kind of teacher I want to be, and I'll surely come back to this course's tools to guide my approach, the materials I use to teach, the way I'll fairly assess student's progress and my own."
"[I loved] the practical part of the course, in which we're slowly, safely and comfortably led to create our own teaching theories, documents, charts, teaching sequences and assessment tools that are ready to be used and applied in real contexts with real students. By the end of the course, you're ready to start putting it into practice."
"It was worth it all. I don't feel so alone anymore, and I learned all these simple tools to guide me along the way."

Our Curriculum

We'll cover all the relevant course topics you'd expect to study at the college level: philosophy, methods, techniques & approaches, learning theories, assessment & evaluation, and curriculum design

Here's what you'll gain from each module:

What makes this course different?

  • Flexibility and accessibility so you can work at a pace that works best for you
  • Strategic prompts to spark your creativity and help you apply what you’re learning to your own 
    teaching practice
  • Built-in space (and time) to write, reflect, dream, and process the strategies and approaches you're 
    learning about
  • Personalized guidance and advice to help you synthesize learning into a teaching framework that is
    unique to you

Start learning today.

Refine and cultivate your teaching skills and develop the confidence to teach with intention, inspire musical creativity & promote meaningful learning

Here's how it works:

What other music educators have wondered:

"Is this course ONLY for K-12 teachers?"

The short answer—no! I worked hard to design a course that would be relevant and applicable to ALL music educators:

  • community music school teachers + directors
  • private applied teachers
  • church music directors
  • K-12 public/private school teachers
  • preschool music teachers
  • children's choir directors
  • youth choir directors
  • and more!

I include different strategies and approaches throughout the course to help you tailor the tools, templates, and planning guides to your specific teaching situation. Plus, the live feedback and support within the program and the two live group calls are a great way to strategize, ask questions, and get ideas and recommendations tailored to you and your students.

"Where is this course taught?"

This course is taught exclusively online. Immediately after purchasing, you'll receive an email with details on how to login to a members-only website where you can access the course. Access the content 24/7, wherever you go, from any device. All course content and materials will be delivered in digital format: audio and video lessons, PDF downloads, and web links. Nothing physical will be shipped to you.

"How much time should I set aside each week? I’m worried I won’t be able to keep up."

You can complete the course in 6-8 weeks (it’s designed for you to go through one module per week). Each module includes two core lessons (roughly 20 minutes) and a corresponding homework project for you to work through on your own. Modules 4 and 8 are practical application weeks: these are designed to give you time and space to reflect, process, and plan and then actually put what you’re learning into practice in your specific teaching scenario.

I recommend setting aside a few hours each week to work at this pace.

That being said, the course is completely self-paced

Course materials will be released weekly, but if you don’t have time to work on it one week, you can always come back and catch up on it later. Start whenever you're ready, set a schedule that works for you, and learn at your own pace. Your enrollment comes with lifetime access to everything so you can always come back and review, as needed.

“I want to continue developing my skills, but I can’t seem to get past feeling like an imposter most days. Will this course help with that?”

I sure hope so!

We start the course with a few reflective exercises and writing activities to help you refine your vision and develop your philosophy of teaching (why you teach, why it matters to you + what you hope for your students).

From there, we'll go through a few pillar methods and approaches to teaching to help you cultivate a deeper understanding of these topics, as well as developing an authentic approach to music teaching and learning uniquely your own. There’s not a perfect system or sequence or strategy for all of this, but my goal is to help you develop one that works for you. 😊

I’ll be your guide every step of the way, giving you the tools and resources you need, and simplifying the steps you'll take to become the teacher you dream of being.

“I already have a teaching process that works for me—do I need to change that?”

Nope! 

But hopefully, you’ll find a few tips and tricks along the way that may help you improve your process, whether that’s a planning sequence, a downloadable template, a way of approaching teaching and learning processes, a deeper understanding of assessment tools, or some practical ideas for creative curriculum design that you can incorporate into what you’re already doing.

What if I have other questions?

Send me an email at ashley@ashleydanyew.com and I’ll be happy to get in touch with you directly. I’m also available via chat (lower right-hand corner), if you’d prefer to ask your question that way!

What's included?

Video Icon 19 videos File Icon 36 files Text Icon 22 text files

Curriculum Materials

Welcome & Introduction
An Introduction
9 mins
An Introduction (Audio)
9 mins
Download your PDF workbook here.
15.4 MB
Course Schedule
104 KB
Module 1: Reflect
1.1 - Teaching Philosophy
11 mins
1.2 - Teaching Style
11 mins
1.1 - Teaching Philosophy (Audio)
11 mins
1.2 - Teaching Style (Audio)
11 mins
Sample Teaching Philosophy (PDF)
1.16 MB
Resource List
Recommended Extra Learning: What's Your Teaching Philosophy?
Module 2: Study
2.1 - What to Teach
9 mins
2.2 - A Constructivist Approach
12 mins
2.1 - What to Teach (Audio)
7 mins
2.2 - A Constructivist Approach (Audio)
2 mins
Sample Scope & Sequence Charts
Bonus: Scope & Sequence Chart
Resource List
Recommended Extra Learning: 3 Curriculum Outlines for Elementary Music
Sample Scope and Sequence Chart (Voice Studio) (Numbers file)
168 KB
Sample Scope and Sequence Chart (Voice Studio) (Excel file)
6.86 KB
Sample Scope and Sequence Chart (Piano Studio) (Numbers file)
168 KB
Sample Scope and Sequence Chart (Piano Studio) (Excel file)
7.73 KB
Module 3: Practice
3.1 - Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze
17 mins
3.2 - Gordon, Suzuki
13 mins
3.1 - Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze (Audio)
1 min
3.2 - Gordon, Suzuki (Audio)
1 min
Resource List
Recommended Extra Learning: Using Body Percussion to Teach Form in Classical Music
Bonus: Rhythm Syllable Guide
Module 4: Discover
4.1 - Putting it into Practice
4 mins
4.1 - Putting it into Practice (Audio)
1 min
Recommended Extra Learning: Nick Holland-Garcia Teaching Demonstration
Live Call 1 Recording
33 mins
Module 5: Learn
5.1 - Learning through Experience
9 mins
5.2 - Learning a Language
15 mins
5.1 - Learning through Experience (Audio)
9 mins
5.2 - Learning a Language (Audio)
15 mins
Resource List
Recommended Extra Learning: We Are All Born Improvisers
Recommended Extra Learning: Rethinking Music Education
Module 6: Evaluate
6.1 - Asking the Right Kind of Questions
11 mins
6.2 - Formative vs. Summative Assessments
12 mins
6.1 - Asking the Right Kind of Questions (Audio)
11 mins
6.2 - Formative vs. Summative Assessments (Audio)
12 mins
Sample Performance Rubric
Resource List
Recommended Extra Learning: Making the Important Things Measurable
Module 7: Create
7.1 - A Context for Content
17 mins
7.2 - Lesson-Planning
9 mins
7.1 - A Context for Content (Audio)
17 mins
7.2 - Lesson-Planning (Audio)
9 mins
Sample Curricula
Bonus: Multi-Week Teaching Plans
Recommended Extra Learning: My First Day of Elementary Music Lesson Plans
Module 8: Experience
8.1 - Putting it into Practice
3 mins
8.1 - Putting it into Practice (Audio)
3 mins
Recommended Extra Learning: We're Orff Teaching Demonstration
Live Call 2 Recording
37 mins
Conclusion: Here's to Creativity
Conclusion: Here's to Creativity
4 mins
Conclusion: Here's to Creativity (Audio)
4 mins
Bonuses
Sample Lesson Plan - Younger Elementary (PDF)
2.53 MB
Rhythm Syllable Guide (PDF)
5.84 MB
Bonus Training: Compiling Your Teaching Portfolio
6 mins
Bonus Training: Compiling Your Teaching Portfolio (Audio)
6 mins
Resource List
Template Library
Module 2: Scope and Sequence Chart (Numbers file)
126 KB
Module 2: Scope and Sequence Chart (Excel file)
8.36 KB
Module 3: Song-Teaching Outline (Pages file)
91.9 KB
Module 3: Song-Teaching Outline (Word file)
11 KB
Module 6: Rating Scale Template (Pages file)
112 KB
Module 6: Rating Scale Template (Word file)
10.5 KB
Module 7: Teaching Charts (Numbers file)
118 KB
Module 7: Teaching Charts (Excel file)
7.57 KB
Bonus: Teaching Portfolio Template (Pages file)
83.1 KB
Bonus: Teaching Portfolio Template (Word file)
10.3 KB