Shout Out

One June day several years ago two of my colleagues-Melanie Hazelrigg and Elizabeth Weinlein- and I took one of our first days of summer vacation to try to make some sense of our curriculum.  They are both organizational geniuses.  (unlike me).   In this case, Melanie had come up with a template for a flow chart, which we all sat together and filled in.  The result was the masterpiece from my last post, our Vocal Music Curriculum Flow Chart.

Mel says that her reason for creating the chart was that “I’m OCD like that.”  Thank heavens she is!  I responded that A LOT of people must be like her, because the response to the “curriculum flow chart” post has been overwhelming!    The truth may be, though, that a lot of us really NEED her and people like her, and like Liz, whose attention to detail is so valuable. What an asset her organizational skills have been to me!  One of my most valuable tools these last few years has been that flow chart.  Many of you commented on how easy it is to use, and that’s the reason I return to it again and again.  (Especially at times when I feel like I’ve just woken up and am saying “Where am I”).    So, many of you who requested copies of the curriculum flow chart have benefitted from Melanie’s expertise. I ‘d love for her to know just how many of you requested her work, so if you received the chart and wouldn’t mind adding a “Thanks Mel!” to the comment box, that’d be great.

I can’t say how much these two have added to our department, to my professional development and to my life.  Thank you,  Melanie and Liz!  I have LOVED working with you!


29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda McVety
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 09:12:57

    Thanks Mel! Your work makes ours a little easier-you are awesome


  2. De Buenger
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 09:50:08

    Sending Music Hugs from Ohio.! I teach at 4 schools(ages 3-33/University) and have so little time to think about the minutia. Thanks for sharing your expertise in such a logical/friendly format. I always feel like I’m missing a big thing..but what? Jumping from Ohio Standards to Diocesan, to National, now Common Core??? BlesSINGS ladies!!
    De in Ohio


  3. alison howd
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 09:53:57

    Thanks, Mel!


  4. Todd Hansen
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 10:13:34

    Thanks, from Santa Fe!


  5. Brenda Dale
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 10:38:33

    Thanks, Mel! So kind of you to share!


  6. Mary M
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 10:54:10

    Thanks Mel! You have helped me to work smarter, not harder!


  7. Kay Humbert
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 13:18:08

    Thanks, Mel! People who organize things like this are an inspiration to me!
    -Kay (in Indiana)


  8. Alice St. Claire
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 14:14:41

    Thanks Mel!! I am a constantly side-tracked person. This flow chart is amazing!


  9. Freda Tricarico
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 17:20:13


    Thanks so much for sharing! This flow chart could not have come at a better time as my district is heading toward total implementation of Essential Standards for music next school year. This document will help get us ready!


  10. Judy Peacock
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 17:43:34

    Mel and Jane – thanks so much for this fantastic tool! You are my heroes!


  11. Elizabeth
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:28:05

    Thank you for sharing!! I am getting ready to change school and this is a good time to review all of the standards! Elizabeth


  12. Dee Truelove
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 19:07:09

    Great Job Mel!! Thanks!


  13. Mindy Krejci
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 19:56:44

    Thanks for being willing to share, Mel! I’m in my second year at the elementary level and still feel like I’m reinventing the wheel when I make lesson plans. We have state standards, but this spreadsheet is genius! You rock 🙂


  14. Kaye Atwood
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:07:42

    Wow! Thanks for sharing, Mel! Kaye


  15. Joan
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:25:28

    Thanks, Mel! These are awesome!


  16. Caroline Crispin
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 21:16:42

    I just wanted to say thank you so much to Mel, Liz and Jane for the amazing resource I will be sure to use, year in, and year out. This will be so helpful in making sure I stay on track! Thanks again ladies…you are wonderful!! : )


  17. Jane
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:07:19

    Tell Mel and Liz thank you for an outstanding endeavor!!!!!!!! Vonda Cooper,Baton Rouge,LA


  18. Jane
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:09:54

    I love how these flow charts are organized!


  19. Jane
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:10:56

    This is great! It is realistic because it is manageable and not some pie-in-the-sky curriculum. Thank you so much. Laura


  20. Jane
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:12:17

    This is wonderful, thank you very much for sharing! I am currently student
    teaching and am working on developing a curriculum with my cooperating
    teacher to assist in my understanding of the soon-to-be new Ohio music

    Thank you,


  21. Jane
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:13:20

    These are fantastic!! You’re probably getting tons of responses. Thank you for sharing these!



  22. Susan COhen
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 08:57:42

    Thank you Jane for this awesome flow chart. It is concise and a wonderful tool to keep under our teacher wing. I appreciate you sharing this with all of us!


  23. Amanda Staymates
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 08:58:00

    So wonderful – I am really appreciative to have such a great inspiration for my own plan!


  24. Cathy Moon
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 09:23:54

    Thank you Melanie. These flowcharts are great. This is my first year as an elementary music teacher, (14 years as middle band/strings) and this chart will come in handy as I finish out this year and be great for my planning next year!


  25. Janet Palmer
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 11:46:35

    Thank you, Mel – from me AND my students, who will benefit so much from having a less-frazzled-than-usual music teacher!


  26. Christine Ott
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:24:58

    Jane, Melanie, and Liz: It’s so heartwarming to hear about your collaboration and your friendship! In this case, THREE heads are better than one. In my district, there is one 4K-5 Music specialist (me) and two middle/high school teachers for band and choir. We seldom have time to get together just to “talk.” Currently, I’m just finishing up working with my very first student teacher – I’ve been teaching for 16 years. And I can’t figure out why I’ve waited so long! (I think I didn’t feel “brave” enough). The collaboration and learning goes both ways and has been absolutely wonderful! Could we (my student teacher and I) have a copy of your curriculum flow charts? The charts will be a great tool for both of us (young and old)!


  27. Kathy Conway
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:40:51

    Jane – I really enjoy your emails and reading your helpful advice on the mk8 list! Thanks for the wealth of info you have shared over the years! I would also be very interested in the curriculum flow chart template…there always seems to be a need for good organizational ideas! Thanks again! Kathy Conway – Osborne, KS


  28. Donna Janoso
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:48:48

    Thank you Melanie for sharing your organizational skills. It will help our curriculum writing group get off to a fast start to have a model to look at. Also, we always are asked to follow our state’s lastest arts curriculum guide, and it is always very interesting to compare to another state.


  29. AnnetteHill
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 12:45:15

    Thanks ! What a wonderful site and resource . Just found your flow charts and would love to get a copy of your flow charts. Thanks! Ü


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