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The spark for music teachers is ten minutes of mindset and energy designed especially for anyone teaching music. Host Janice Tuck offers insights, tips and strategies for dealing with common issues that arise in teaching music in schools.

This podcast is about finding the resourcefulness within yourself to make things happen. Its about developing the mindset and psychology - a way of being, talking and acting that will get you moving through the day with energy.

The Spark for Music Teachers Janice Tuck

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The spark for music teachers is ten minutes of mindset and energy designed especially for anyone teaching music. Host Janice Tuck offers insights, tips and strategies for dealing with common issues that arise in teaching music in schools.

This podcast is about finding the resourcefulness within yourself to make things happen. Its about developing the mindset and psychology - a way of being, talking and acting that will get you moving through the day with energy.

    How to get more in 2024 with these 3 simple philosophies. This is what I’m focussing on

    How to get more in 2024 with these 3 simple philosophies. This is what I’m focussing on

    2024 is here, and I am soooo excited about what it has in store for all of us. 

    And what better way to start the new year than with a set of simple philosophies and techniques to help us RESET, breathe again and create so much MORE with much less time, effort, money and stress as we head into teaching again in January. 

    These 3 simple philosophies are some of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned in my years of working with the top mentors, coaches and experts in the self-development and teaching industry and now I can share and pass it all on to our readers and listeners. These are the areas to continually GROW and improve in so that you can start the New teaching Year with fresh perspective, intent and creativity.  

    Are you ready?

    Let’s dive in.

    Key Takeaways: 

    Introduction (00.00)

    Are you starting the year half full or half empty? (01:48) 

    The attitude of gratitude and creating good habits in music teaching (04:54)

    How to Focus on what you want for 2024 (07:17)

    Powerful Story time Visualisation technique to start the year (09:22)

    Additional Resources: 

    Further reading Optimist vs Pessimist article links:


    https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2023/10/13/pessimism-versus-optimism-achieving-a-balance-to-hope-for-the-best-while-preparing-for-the-worst/?sh=2ce64ce378a7

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/05/why-should-you-be-highly-optimistic-if-you-want-to-be-successful.html



    Further reading link on RAS: 

    https://medium.com/desk-of-van-schneider/if-you-want-it-you-might-get-it-the-reticular-activating-system-explained-761b6ac14e53

    Get my FREE music teaching yearly goal setting and planning here: https://funmusicco.com/new-year-new-goals/



    Get 9 FREE work-anytime music lesson ideas here :

    https://funmusicco.com/music-teacher-secrets/



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    Get 3 FREE Boomwhacker activities here: 

    https://funmusicco.com/boomwhacker-activities/

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    The spark for music teachers is ten minutes of mindset and energy designed especially for anyone teaching music. Tune in every month for insights, tips, strategies for dealing with common issues that arise in teaching music in schools and everything in between! Follow us for more. 

    • 11 min
    Cracking the “Code” on how to produce exponential results in music

    Cracking the “Code” on how to produce exponential results in music

    We’ve all heard the saying, “use it or lose it,” especially when it comes to learning and teaching. 

    And you know what they say?!?… If you want to succeed with teaching music, you need more variety, more skills, more time, more ideas, more lessons, more personality, more qualifications, more training, more instruments, more services, more youtube videos, more information, more money, more meetings, more admin, more prep, more concerts …. more, more, more! 

    But what if I told you that these widely held beliefs might be misguided? What if, in fact, the key to growth, success, learning, results and personal fulfilment in music teaching doesn't just lie in piling more of everything on everyday? 

    Today I’m going to share a new perspective from the ‘talent code’ mentality that unexpectedly infiltrated my life over the past 20+ years in music teaching and publishing. What I’ve noticed is that there is  a compounding nature to learning music, associated with exposure and consistency. … and it starts when you slow things down into a learning zone called deep practice. 

    Today, I’m going to introduce you to the mindset and science that happens when you allow ONE small yet simple, carefully crafted musical skill to build upon another with no gaps or interruptions in between, and how it produces exponential results quickly and with less effort. 

    Are you ready to challenge the notion that more of everything is always better? 

    If you are, then let's dive into this exploration of WHY and then HOW this phenomenon of exponential learning works. Sometimes, small yet consistent and simple, focused steps are the keys to reaching your music teaching goals. Stick around, because by the end of this episode, you might just find yourself questioning your own approach to teaching and life!

    If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends and colleagues to join us.

    Here are the all  links to the six step lesson resource discussed in today’s podcast: 

    https://funmusicco.com/ukulele-free-teaching-resource/



    https://funmusicmembers.com/ukulele-free-complete-lesson-1/



    https://funmusicmembers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Ukulele_Lesson30.pdf



    Get a FREE teaching ukulele guide and lessons here: https://funmusicco.com/teaching-ukulele-lesson-plans/



    Get the full K-6 Fun Music programs here: https://funmusicco.com

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    Enjoy & Let me know your thoughts!

    • 18 min
    Feel like a fraud? What to do about those thoughts

    Feel like a fraud? What to do about those thoughts

    If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I can’t do this” or “I’m not expert enough at this” or “I don’t deserve to be doing this” and then proceeded to melt into a puddle of self-doubt …You’re not alone!  ‍Many music teachers question whether they are prepared to do the work they do. Here’s how to overcome that feeling, recognize your strengths and take that awful feeling and turn it into a positive motivating force. In today’s Spark Podcast you’ll learn two simple techniques to turn self doubt into your secret superpower.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a five-star rating and review on iTunes, subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, and invite your friends and colleagues to join us

    Here’s the link to the TED talk resource discussed in today’s podcast: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are

    Get the full K-6 Fun Music programs here: https://funmusicco.com/

    Get my weekly emails and free resources here: https://funmusicco.com/resource-archive/

    Get nine FREE most effective work-every-time ideas for music classes here: https://funmusicco.com/music-teacher-secrets/

    Tweet Me! @funmusicco

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    Enjoy & Let me know your thoughts!

    • 10 min
    You can’t afford to ignore these productivity tips!

    You can’t afford to ignore these productivity tips!

    As music teachers, we all tend to get “too busy” doing things . But being busy doesn't actually mean we’re being productive. The most successful music teachers I know have figured out how to use their time and make it as productive as possible. 

    We all get the same 24 hours in a day, and YOU get to decide how you want to use those hours.You can fill your time with lots of after hours preparation...Or you can be productive with your time, and use small amounts of time to get the best results!  

    Enjoy & Let me know your thoughts!



    Get nine FREE most effective work-every-time ideas for music classes here: ⁠https://funmusicco.com/music-teacher-secrets/⁠



    Get a FREE teaching ukulele guide and lessons here: https://funmusicco.com/teaching-ukulele-lesson-plans/



    Get 3 FREE Boomwhacker activities here: https://funmusicco.com/boomwhacker-activities/



    Tweet Me! @funmusicco

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    Get my weekly emails and free music teaching resources: ⁠https://funmusicco.com/resource-archive/⁠

    • 10 min
    What music teachers can learn from comedians in cars!

    What music teachers can learn from comedians in cars!

    A few days ago, I stumbled into a show called comedians in cars getting coffee. It didn’t take long while watching it to realize that even though comedians look effortless on stage, they actually have to work really hard behind the scenes to come up with new material that people will laugh at!

    What I didn’t know was that there is a specific process comedians use to get the best jokes and materials to their audiences via testing.

    While music teaching isn’t quite like a comedian's performance where every component needs to be original and funny, in music teaching we can “stand on the shoulders of giants'  while incorporating the comedians process. And that's also what sparked our newest free resource called “Music Teachers Secrets” which includes the top nine active ideas for music teachers for you to use in ANY classroom. You'll find it here: https://funmusicco.com/music-teacher-secrets/



    Enjoy & Let me know your thoughts!

    Get nine FREE most effective work-every-time ideas for music classes here: https://funmusicco.com/music-teacher-secrets/

    Get my weekly emails and free resources: https://funmusicco.com/resource-archive/

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    Join me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/funmusicco

    • 9 min
    53: What do you really need to upgrade your music curriculum?The gifts and challenges

    53: What do you really need to upgrade your music curriculum?The gifts and challenges

    There’s no doubt about it.. These are changing times! And music curricula are changing. Here’s the thing: creating an upgraded music curriculum can be incredibly confusing and frustrating

    So it’s no wonder you might  feel overwhelmed and overworked just thinking about curriculum and how to implement it into the classroom!

    So today I thought I’d share with you some insights which were gained from our work here at the Fun Music Company as we analyse and look at all the different curriculum documents that come across our desks. We look at them all from our home country of Australia of course, plus the international ones as well.

    In this podcast I want to share with you three GIFTS that any curriculum document will give you, as well as three challenges that can be associated with them.

    This is because I really am a firm believer that everything in life has two sides. Its yin & yang, day & night and there is always two sides of a coin! 

    Psychologist Carl Jung is quoted as saying "Wisdom accepts that all things have two sides"

    Let's awaken our confidence about working with a new curricula by looking at both sides to take that overwhelm away,  so we’ll be ready to implement and upgrade to the next level. We’re getting you SET today! 

    Enjoy & Let me know your thoughts!

    Get 7 FREE k-6 music curriculum lesson plans here : https://funmusicco.com/music-lesson-ideas/

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    • 13 min

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