Brad’s Beat November 2015


Happy November to each of you! I’m busy gathering together all of the materials that will be needed for my presentations at November’s NCMEA Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Session One will be “Reading Music: Notation in the Elementary Grades” on Saturday morning, November 7th at 11:00 AM in the Gaines Ballroom.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 10.28.13 AM


Handout for the “Reading Music: Notation in the Elementary Grades” workshop is below.


(The handout is very large and will take some time to download.)


Reading Music: Notation in the Elementary Grades


Most states have developed benchmark standards for elementary  music programs that include components on experiencing and manipulating music notation.  My students always enjoyed digging deeper into the form and function of music notation.  When I began animating music notation for their lessons, they made great strides towards reaching the music reading standards of the state of Florida.  Below is a video invitation to my North Carolina workshop.



The NCMEA theme at this year’s convention is “Where You Belong.”  My second workshop, “Road to Belonging”, will be presented on Saturday afternoon, November 7th  at 1:00 PM in the Gaines Ballroom.  This session will highlight the innate properties of music exploration that create an atmosphere of belonging in the elementary music classroom.  Following Edward Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, we will discover our roadmap to belonging from knowledge to creativity.


A Intro to Belonging still shot


Handout for the “Road to Belonging” workshop is below.


(The handout is very large and will take some time to download.)


Roadmap to Belonging


Posted below is a video invitation to this “hands-on” workshop.



If you would like to share one of these sessions with your fellow  teachers, be sure to contact me about the possibility of a half or whole day in-service for your group. (My contact information is listed below or you may call Trina Martin at Rhythm Band Instruments  at 800-424-4724 for information about the dozens of workshops that RBI makes available for  teacher in-service meetings.)


That’s Brad’s Beat for November. As always, it is our privilege at Rhythm Band Instruments to serve your program needs with exciting instruments and motivating support materials.  Please contact us if we can be of service to you!


IMG_3577Bradley L. Bonner, M.Ed.


President, BLB Studios


Elementary Music Specialist, Rhythm Band Instruments  352-408-1489