Mr. Mo's Music Education Blog

“Becoming Musical” Chapter by Mr. Mo

I was fortunate to be asked to contribute to a great music-ed text called “Becoming Musical” by Frank Abrahams and Ryan John.  The text is a wonderful addition to a music-ed library and should be required reading for aspiring teachers. […]

2018 Dalcroze National Conference

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2018 DSA National Conference in Los Angeles.  This event was inspirational for me and a great way to strengthen and grow my teaching practice.  I attended some excellent sessions and had […]

Mixed Meter at CMC

Our intermediate Eurhythmics class at the City Music Center has been working this year on mixed and odd meters.  We’ve been stepping and clapping different combinations of twos and threes, moving to world music compositions as well as German Zwiefacher dances, […]

Eurhythmics FAQ

Eurhythmics is a notoriously difficult subject to explain.  It can be hard to understand without a robust experience in a class setting.  The most important factor to understanding Eurhythmics is to watch your own musicianship improve through a prolonged practice.  I […]

Mr. Mo @ City Music Center

I am glad to have been named the Eurhythmics instructor for the Duquesne University City Music Center.  My friend Jayne MacDonald had been the instructor here for two decades and did an amazing job.  I have had a wonderful time […]

Sample Lesson: Exploring 6/8 Time

  Many people are curious about what a Dalcroze lesson might look like in a public school setting.  Here is a lesson taught to a third grade class that explores and experiences 6/8 time.  Students interact with each other, respond […]

Mixed Meter Lessons in 5th Grade

Over the past few weeks we’ve begun studying mixed and odd meters in our 5th Grade music class.  Some are surprised and even skeptical of the choice to study and perform pieces in meters like 7/8, 9/8, 10/8, etc.  After […]

“Carnival of the Animals” Plastique Program

Our 2nd graders annually present Saint-Saens orchestral suite “The Carnival of the Animals.”  We read poetry, create movement interpretations of the pieces, and sing related songs.  Here is a “highlight reel” of the movement interpretations that we have performed.

Teaching Music as a Language

I have always thought about teaching music in terms of language acquisition.  One of my most impactful experiences as a young musician was studying music with Dwayne Dolphin.  This master musician turned me on to the idea that music was […]

Melodic Metric Transformation

One activity that I love involves metric transformation.  We take a simple song, in this case “How Do You Do?” and sing it initially in 3/4 time.  We walk the beat and shake hands on the strong beat.  Then we […]