Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

My Blog Went School Shopping

Hey, look! My blog got some new style for the school year!

My friend Leanna Manning and her husband Ethan are both graphic artists and, in my opinion, branding geniuses, so they helped design the new logo/design for all my web/social media/whatever-else-I-need-an-image-for happenings. There were a lot of slashes in that sentence, and it was probably difficult to understand. I’m just so excited about it that it’s hard to speak-type my feelings appropriately.

But that’s not all! I’m using a new theme as well!

I’m a huge fan of Jeff Goins, and Notable Themes created his Tribe Theme that you see on his website. I like how clean it is, and man, if only I could show you how easy it is to use on the back end! It is so user friendly. I’m very excited about my new relationship with the Tribe Theme, and foresee us getting more serious as time goes on.

Seriously. We are going to get serious! *Cue song from Legally Blonde*

In September, I’ll be re-launching my monthly newsletter, which is also getting a little bit of a makeover. Instead of being more curation-centered, it will be EXTRA content! I had a come to Jesus moment with the newsletter and thought, “If I were a teacher, would I open this every month?” My answer was: maybe, but probably not.

So, instead of curating things that may interest you, I figured I would provide you with some things to either help you, or inspire you. I created a little acronym for the areas I feel that every educator needs to pay close attention to in order to be successful, and it ironically spelled out CHOIR:

Community Building – Tips on how to incorporate character education, leadership skills, and overall, build a community around your music program.

Health and Wellness – One of the biggest lessons I am learning as I approach the ever-dreadful age of 30, is that if I don’t take care of my body, I need to find somewhere else to live…AKA…time to get in shape and eat better because I’m not 15 anymore. While I am certainly not a proclaimed expert in this area, I figured I could share the things I am trying to do or am finding success with for my readers. If we don’t take care of ourselves, how could we possibly provide the best education for our students? We need to be our best selves daily!

Organization – Every teacher needs some kind of organizational system, or they will not survive. I love organization tips, apps, notebooks, and anything Office Depot has to offer, so I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to stay organized so I can spend more time doing the things I like/need to!

I..Am Reading – A little stretch for the “I” but it works! Everyone loves a good book recommendation. Books will vary in topics from music education, leadership, and possibly explore other topics such as entrepreneurship! I like to always have a book on my nightstand, so I’ll be sharing some books that have come across it recently, or is currently sitting there! Knowledge is power, and sometimes an inspiring read can take us from burnt out to super on fire!

Repertoire – This is the one area of my newsletter that will remain the same! I love highlighting repertoire that helps teach content, or sharing the work of new composers for you to explore!

Regardless of the subject area you teach, I’d love for you to receive my newsletter! Sign up with the form below!

 

As for now, you can expect to see 2 posts a week! My Starting Monday series will return this coming Monday with some weekly inspiration to start your school year! My regular content will publish every Tuesday, and I’m excited to share the things I’ve been writing with you!

 

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Life ponderings? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you!

 

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergesegal/

About Lindsay

I’m Lindsay, a choral music educator by day, a singer-songwriter by evening, and a writer when time allows. You can find my latest album, The Room I Found – Lindsay Morelli on iTunes.

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