What's the story behind MusicOnACart.com?
Many years ago, when I was first told that I was losing my music room and would be teaching music classes from a cart, I had so many questions and was unsure of where or to whom I could turn for answers. I knew there were other "music cart teachers" out there, but at that time, there was very little online dialogue and hardly any resources addressing the issue. Although in recent years there's been a HUGE influx of music education blogs popping up all over the online sphere, only a rare music teacher blogger here or there would give further insight after an initial post about teaching temporarily or indefinitely on a cart.
How One Call For Help...Turned Into Many
One evening, I happened to stumble upon a blog asking questions about teaching music from a cart. Apparently, months had passed with no one giving an answer so, with several years of cart teaching trial and error experience under my belt, I decided to leave a brief response with an open invitation to contact me for more information. Little did I know that my short answer would open the floodgates! I began to receive emails (and still continue to get them every year since) from elementary music teachers across the country, sharing their specific "cart story" and asking for help, tips, and urgent advice. At around the same time, my school district began asking me to serve as a District Mentor to first-year teachers and I also began my role as a Clinical Educator to local university music education students, inviting them into my (traveling) elementary general music world. Through all of these avenues, I found myself repeatedly sharing much of what I learned while being on a cart. As I continued to mentor and serve as an advisor, I decided it was time to take the various topics I've addressed, along with the most frequently asked questions, and start compiling all of my responses into one place.
And as a result...
Teaching is hard work. And having no classroom space to call home makes it harder...
but not impossible!
It's my hope that this website serves as a helpful resource not just for traveling elementary music teachers but for ANY music teacher as we navigate topics such as:
Who's the main writer behind MusicOnACart.com?
I'm Danielle! I won't spout off credentials (though, if you're the really curious type, you can read all of that stuff here), but having spent a majority of my elementary music teaching career on a cart, you can definitely count me in as a "Full-Fledged Card Carrying Member of the Cart Club" (if that were actually a real thing, my task-oriented self would ask to be the Secretary). I spent my first few years on a cart bemoaning the situation until I came to the realization that there were actually some positive things I could learn from the circumstance. Imagine that! Since then, I've continued to learn and grow and developed a new motto through it all. I wasn't going to just "roll with it" but I was going to:
Rock as I Roll!
And throughout this site, you'll see that I seek to encourage others to do the same through practical and actionable steps that can be applied to anyone's teaching situation. Yet even though I'm authoring the content, it's my hope you'll give your input as well. We're in this together!
Let's keep the conversation going!
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