New Treasures! 

These are my new treasures from the School Book Fair!  Love! 

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Such a blessing! 

Y’all today was a rough day. It was a MONDAY. I was feeling somewhat defeated and then I get home to find that an anonymous donor put $200 toward my Donors Choose fund for my music rug and I just cried happy tears! How amazing! Bless you, whoever you are! 💗💗💗

Making MUSIC a Home

Awesome Week! 

This week has been such an awesome week in Music!  I’ve done music surveys to learn more about my third through fifth graders and their “musical personalities.”  We have also been playing Musical Bingo and the Statue Game. 

My primary grades are rockin’ with new instruments & Pete the Cat and loving it!  

I have a friend who surprised me at school yesterday.  She’s going to volunteer to help me a few times a week!  What a terrific blessing! 

I turned in paperwork for a CCEF Mini-grant to perform Willy Wonka with my Chorus students this year.  We will know October 24th which grants will be funded. 

Today, I sent in my application to be an All-State Orff Adjudicator!  I am so excited!  This would be an amazing opportunity.

This is my paragraph on why I should be selected:  

I would love to be considered as a judge for the All-State Orff Ensemble because I believe this would be an amazing learning experience for students and teachers alike. This experience will help me put into practice the wealth of information I learned from Sandy Lantz and Gretchen Wahlberg. I believe there are no two better instructors to equip music teachers with the knowledge and passion needed to be successful in the Orff Classroom. This honor would deepen my understanding as an Orff educator as well as give me the opportunity to hear a variety of Orff levels beyond the realm of programs in my county. I have been committed to Orff practices and the Central Florida Orff Chapter long before I was a music educator. I attended Orff workshops as a Kindergarten teacher, hoping that I would transfer to a music position someday. CFOC granted me a partial scholarship in 2012 so that I could obtain my Orff Level I certification. Being a judge for All-State would fulfill a personal and educational goal and would reward the effort I’ve put into my Orff studies thus far, not to mention that it would be so much fun! 
  💗💗💗 Keep your fingers crossed for me! 

Lastly, a friend just pointed out that I only need $293 to get my new rug! My project was $542.32 and we are over halfway there! My friends are amazing!!! Thank you SO much! I am seriously about to cry!

http://www.donorschoose.org/pgemusic

Thanks for reading and have musical week! 

Amanda 

Marching/Brass Tech Bio

In addition to teaching elementary music and being a middle school band mom, I’m also working with a local high school band.  I’m looking forward to a very busy & exciting year! 

Amanda Crawford, Brass Tech
Amanda grew up in Inverness and is an alumna of CHS where she participated in marching band, concert band, and chorus. She served as drum major for 2 years, as well as student conductor for both band and chorus. She attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies. Her emphasis is in Music and Education with a minor in Religious Studies. Amanda marched mellophone with the UCF Marching Knights for 3 years and played in Jammin’ Knights, the basketball pep band. She also marched with Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in ’99 and Tampa Bay Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps in 2000.

Amanda holds professional educator certification for Elementary K-6, PreKindergarten/Primary, Music K-12, and has the ESOL endorsement. She taught 6 years in Sumter County and this is her third year teaching in Citrus County. She is currently the PK-5 Music teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary. She is very excited to share her knowledge and passion for music with others! She loves singing with the Cornerstone Worship Team, playing guitar, photography, and making her own artwork.

Mrs. Crawford enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Donors Choose Project – Making MUSIC a Home 

I am working hard to get my first Donors Choose Project funded!  We need a big beautiful rug for our NEW music room!  This rug will serve as seating for our Pre-K and K students and will be used with all students for circle games & activities.  Please help spread the word and consider making a donation.  My amazing students thank you in advance for any donation you can make!  =) 

http://www.donorschoose.org/pgemusic

New Music Room! 

After five years of having Music on a cart, my school finally has a music room again!  I only did the cart thing for a year and a half of that time, but boy was I thrilled when I got the news!  It’s amazing to have a music room again and my kids LOVE it!