Music PLT Meeting 9 May 2018

Elementary Music Participants:

Beth Tarter of Roosevelt

Sheridan Steffler of Park Ridge

Tony Bradshaw of Lake Ridge

Sara Neddo of Centennial

Laura Broderick of Snake River

Diana Hale of Willow Creek

Adriana Sene of Endeavor

Nicole Keller of Owyhee

Renee Corvo of New Horizons

Barbara Rodenhiser of Central 

Bill Weaver of Iowa

Irina Rezanovich of Sherman 

Amy Olsen of Reagan


Ann Hutchinson of Greenhurst 


Visitor: Ben Blessing of Middleton Middle School moving to Compass Charter Next Year


Missed today:



  1. We are thoughtful, positive, sharing members of the music PLC.
  2. We are deliberate with our time and considerate of other’s time.
  3. We are focused on our common goals for our students and for our pedagogy. 


Sharefrom Ben Blessing

Running to raise funds for buddy benches at two schools in Nampa: Snake River and Endeavor. 


Ran 170 miles in 48 hours. Only slept 2.5 hours. Raised enough for 5 buddy benches.


Hoping for Central!


Who to contact? Kathleen Tuck


Taught with Game Plan curriculum, and highly recommends it when we look at getting new curriculum.



Lesson Sharefrom Nicole Keller




Old Mother Witch (idea from pinterest)

Singing Sol and mi.  


Discuss and work through rhythms

“around the room, I have hidden pennies. They are within sight. You’re going to walk around the room, and look for pennies. When you see one, keep silent and remember.”


“Do you know where a penny is?”


Student would sing, “Yes, I do.” Or “No, I don’t”


Pennies found brought to teacher!  Teacher will drop the pennies into new places.

Lesson Sharefrom Bill Weaver

High; Medium; Low on the xylophone.

Instructions: As you watch, pay attention to Herman’s voice.


Discussion of bigger is lower, and smaller is higher.  “This is a run of instruments” The biggest and the smallest.  “What to play when he swallows 1 grape”

Play the rhythm “I swallowed one grape”

Supplemental Contract Update

Read through Stipend Contract/Job Description. Shelley is looking for feedback. 



Seems like the general contract. Expect to see a supplemental contract about compensation for directing the concerts. 


Additional stipends for choirs, ensembles and drum groups not currently available. 


May need clarifications that it’s 3 performances total (not 3 per grade level).



Copyright Laws

So solid answers: 

As educators, not everything is covered by fair use. 

Purchase own music. 

None that are digital, photo copied, etc.

Anything from curriculum is good to go. 

If posted online, must have permission.

DVD sold or given away is illegal, but archive copy for yourself is permissible.

Discussed ASCAP and BMI licensure.  May be needed, yet even lawyers discussing this with Shelley are without answers.


Talent show and practiced and went online? Do I need it? Yes. Need a copyright of it.


Asked for tech to approve access to this video:


Article emailed from Sheridan:





Sheridan will be teaching at Park Ridge and Central next year, so  looking for tips and tricks for teaching with iPads.  


Amy, “If doing something on whiteboards, Show Me!”  “Turning things in could be on SeeSaw”