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Monday, June 1, 2015
Hello! I am Sue McTigue, music educator and now "retired" after 31 years of teaching. I am also a notebook software trainer, private piano, guitar and voice teacher and composer of children's choral music. My blog and Teachers Pay Teachersstore is named after my recently published piece, "Teach Me With a Song". Please enjoy the premiere performance!
Douglas County School District Honor Choir Performance of "Teach Me With a Song"April, 2015
The Story... Students with special needs have always participated in my
music classes and have taught me much about the power of music in the human
experience.This piece was inspired by
one of these students. Jake, a student with autism, loved to sing and learned almost
everything through song.Lyrics, with rhythm
and melody were something he used to help himself learn.One day as I was walking through the special
education wing in our school, I stopped to listen to a conversation between
Jake and a teacher who was attempting to keep his interest in learning letter
sounds.He was not attentive at all,
distracted by everything around him.Jake
rarely spoke, so my heart soared when he finally exclaimed, “Too hard!Teach me with a song!”Jake was passionately telling this teacher
how he learned best, through song.We
helped him with these concepts, through simple melodic jingles, and it worked! Jake’s words inspired
the poetry, followed by the song. I hope
your students enjoy singing “Teach Me With a Song” while pondering the great
influence of music in their lives.