Name:

Tamara Peters (Tamara is pronounced like “camera”)

Store Name:

Mrs. Peters’ Tuneful Teaching

What I Have Taught:

A majority of my experience is in K-2 since my first teaching job was lower elementary only but since then I have taught K-5 general music with a few middle school classes thrown in. I also have experience with running an extracurricular chorus for 4-5 and teach private piano and voice lessons outside of school.

Where I am From and Where I Have Taught:

I grew up in a tiny town outside of Binghamton, NY but my entire teaching career has been in Raleigh, NC. I’ve taught in both charter and public schools.

Favorite Teaching Memory:

The school I first taught at is a charter school that focuses on college prep and has a very rigorous curriculum starting right from kindergarten. Although a very successful program, it is often not the best fit for parents and students and they may choose to withdraw.

Right before winter break of my second year a parent of a kindergartener came to my room to give me a Christmas gift. She told me that for the first few months of school she and her husband weren’t sure they had made the right decision to send their daughter there and were considering withdrawing her. However, in the weeks leading up to winter break, her daughter started coming home humming tunes from The Nutcracker and twirling around like a ballerina. She and her husband asked her what she was doing and she told them all about the activities we had been doing in music class, telling the story and singing the songs. At this point the parent was crying and giving me a huge hug, thanking me for teaching her daughter and that seeing her daughter so excited about something she learned at school helped her and her husband feel confident in their decision to send their daughter to that school. Talk about a huge sense of affirmation, especially as a beginning teacher! (You can find some of the resources I used to teach The Nutcracker –>here<–.

Quick, Fun Facts About Me:

I was a voice major and have played piano my whole life, but in middle/high school I played flute, oboe, alto and bari sax, and had a very brief try at the trombone. My husband and I met and live in Raleigh, NC. He is also a teacher and teaches high school English. We have two cats, Isabelle and Val, and they are the snuggliest felines in the world. I’m 100% Ukrainian. I did coloring as an adult before it was trendy. I love reading YA fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. I saw the new Beauty and the Beast film and cried like a baby the entire time. My newest hobby is creative planning because it’s just a big-girl excuse to decorate my stationary with stickers. 🙂

Why I Love TpT:

I have learned an immense amount of stuff from TpT. As a buyer, I discovered TpT in the beginning of my teaching. Having access to so many great resources from experienced teachers was like going to extremely affordable professional development sessions without having to carve hours out of my schedule. When I decided to open my own store I found myself being a lot more thorough and thoughtful with my lesson planning. As an added bonus, I’ve learned some non-teaching skills such as design and social media, which are helpful in so many areas!

Music Teacher Quick Tip:

Build relationships with all teachers – not just other music teachers or your specialist team! My first teaching position was only part-time so, to fill in the additional hours to give me full-time status, I was a TA for half the day. That was probably one of the best things that could have happened to me. Being a fly on the wall in other teachers’ classrooms gave me a lot of ideas on teaching strategies and classroom management. An added bonus was that I would see what was going on in their classes and use it to my advantage in my own room. Although I moved on to a position that didn’t require me to TA, I was so used to interacting with all the teachers in school that it was just natural to continue building relationships school-wide. You never know when you might need help from someone, so why not build those bridges beforehand?

Two products you may not have seen in my store:

Most people visit my store for either my Nutcracker presentation or my Music Room Essentials classroom decor series, but I have a few other favorites that I think you might like!

This is just one of several Composition Starter Cards sets that I have available in my store. These themed cards use rhythmic words and phrases to give students a starting point for creating their own songs or simply to practice reading and playing rhythms. With a variety of different levels of difficultly and lengths of phrases, these cards boast a lot of versatility. They work great in centers, too!

What’s better than a single resource that can take you from introducing a concept practicing it? Nothing! OK, maybe some things, like massages, but having resources that can serve double-, triple-, or even quadruple-duty makes planning and preparing lessons a whole lot easier. This No Robbers resource is one I’ve perfected within in past few years. I always use this song in kindergarten and first grade to teach beat/rhythm, high/low, sol/mi, & ta/titi. Carefully sequenced slides introduce and prepare concepts using symbolic notation before introducing musical terms and symbols. Extra slides provide opportunities to practice new concepts along with a collection of worksheets and activities. I also have similar listings using Peas Porridge and Bee, Bee, Bumblebee.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’m honored to be a part of this amazing crew of educators!  Check back often for more Meet the Crew posts and helpful teaching tips.

Tunefully Yours,
Tamara Peters
Mrs. Peters’ Tuneful Teaching

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