Super Stay Matte Ink- Maybelline

I received the above mentioned product free from Influenster to test. I have to be careful about products that I put on my lips because they are so sensitive, but I loved these products! I like trying new things, and I definitely love a bold lip! This product was extremely easy to use and has a fantastic smell to it! I tested two colors, and both were great! The only downside to this product was how to remove it. It does stay all day and doesn’t smear or come off (unless you overapply), so you would figure it would need something to help get it off. Maybelline does apparently sell a remover product, but I did not get that one to test. I tried soap and water, coconut oil makeup wipes, and even my Lipsense Oops remover (another 24 hour lip product), but nothing would get much off. I had a sample of an oil based makeup remover, so I used it and the lip stuff came right off! Just be sure to wash your face after since it does smear while removing!

I liked this product so much that I’m looking into getting a darker color to wear for my upcoming wedding this fall! Definitely recommend!!




The URL for my WIX page is:
this MP3 for my unit is LaLaLatch- Pentatonic (it won’t upload MP3s to my blog).
I did link to this page from blog post for October 31.

3. I added the URL for a streaming radio station that relates to my final unit to my blog. This is a streaming A Cappella Station called Primarily A Cappella Radio. It plays a cappella music.

From the Halloween App Sale, Beat-Machine is the one I would pick. It’s really cool! You can add beats to anything to change up a song. I think it could be fun to do with my unit by singing familiar songs A Cappella and adding beats under it to make it more fun, especially in an elementary classroom!

As far as video recording goes, I would either use my iPhone, iPod, or Macbook Air to record in the classroom or for concerts. I might even invest in an iPad, which may be more efficient. I could then upload the video to my Mac, and edit it, if need be, in iMovie. That would save me a lot of time and money and would be the most useful to me.


In music, you will almost always have a timeline for something, whether it be for composers, music artists, songs, time periods, genres, pieces of music, etc. Timelines are good for keeping track of when things were written, people were born, etc, and keeping straight what came when. You can also use timelines to keep track of events in your life. In music, you could make a timeline for any performance you have coming up; make the performance the last date, include practices and dress rehearsals so that you know how much time you have before the performance and keep your schedule straight. In summary, timelines are very helpful in music in many ways.
OurStory is a website you can use to make a timeline. It seems more suited to make a timeline of personal events, rather than educational, but it could be very useful for timelines of time periods and composers. It is a very visual timeline, great for adding pictures and other media, and you can even tag friends! You can also share it to social media sites for public sharing!
ReadWriteThink is another website used to make a timeline. It’s very easy to navigate and to use. The timeline itself is pretty self explanatory. You click the timeline, upload the info, and drag it to where you want it on the page. This would be very good for educational purposes, since it’s pretty black and white and easy to use.
There are many programs out there that are useful to make timelines. It’s up to you to pick whichever one best suits you and your project. I think that ReadWriteThink would be the more beneficial to students to use for whatever project they may have.

Music Tech

MuseScore/ Webpages

MuseScore is similar to Noteflight, but I like it more. I feel that it is easier to navigate than Noteflight and more beneficial to me. I was trained on Finale, and it has similar feels to Finale that make it more likable for me. I found an arrangement of Pentatonix’s La La Latch for trombone quartet and it was very cool!

Seven Lake High School Choir- the page is very easy to read and navigate!

Chicago Children’s Choir- very well read page with lots of pictures and information.

Lassiter High School Bands- very well read page and I loved the layout!

Oldham County Middle School Band- very organized and loved that it had a video on the front page!

Kelly Riley’s Music Classroom- a blog, but has tabs for parents and students! Love the random words on the side that you can click to take you to another page! Very creative!


Looping apps and programs are very popular in the music world right now. There are many things you can use these for, but I am only going to talk about 3.

1. You could use these apps to make a cappella music. By looping, you can start with the bass, and add each part after that until you’re ready to sing with it. You can have a vocal track of just all you!

2. You can also use this app to loop different instruments/instrumentation together to make a background track to either play or sing to! This would be great to use in a performance, whether it be at church, fair, school, etc.

3. You could also use this if you were the only voice faculty at a school and didn’t have a pianist to play for your concerts. You could use the looping to accord the accompaniment and add other instrumentation as well if you need it! VERY helpful if you do not have a hired in pianist/band person.

Here’s a video of a guy looping an entire song out of his car! It’s very cool! (And may have some dirty words, I apologize.)

This is a video of a guy using a looping pedal to record a song on electric guitar by OneRepublic!


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Noteflight URL

The Parade of Unicorns is a warm-up that I remember doing in high school. The warm up is basically different arpeggios of whichever scale you are using, and I used F in this arrangement. The first measure is Do-Mi-So, the second measure is Do-Fa-La, then the third measure is a repeat of the first, and to end the piece, the last measure is Re-Ti-Do. The accompaniment in the left hand is just chords, which I used I, IV, and V. The title of the piece is just something that I thought sounded fun and went with the exercise, which I always enjoyed. You can sing the exercise slow or fast, and I always enjoyed seeing how fast I can sing it.

Noteflight would be good with my students because it would be a easy way to write fun song to teach to my kids and sing in class. It would also be a useful tool to use if my kids wanted to write songs and I could notate it for them to see! That would be a fun day in class.


Musical Influences

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I have always been interested in music from an early age. I grew up singing all 3 verses of Amazing Grace in church from the time I could speak. When I was in 1st grade, I begged my mom to take piano lessons from our music minister at church. Joe Vallandingham is the music minister at Concord Baptist Church in Van Buren, AR. He has been most of my life. He has given me lessons in piano, voice, clarinet, and saxophone. He was and has been so influential in my musical career. He instilled in me from a young age the want to be involved in music and grow to learn and educate myself to do it. It was because of him that I originally wanted to become a music minister myself when I graduated college. Even though I no longer have that dream, I will always know that he was instrumental in my decision to become a musician and eventually, a music educator.

Being in band was never an option for me; I knew that was something that I wanted to do, but the real question was, “What was I going to play?” The question came up one day, asked from my mother, if I wanted to play flute or clarinet, or maybe percussion, but that was not my dream. I told her that I wanted to play the soprano saxophone just like Kenny G. I grew up listening to Kenny G. Jazz was something I liked, even from an early age. Around Christmas every year, my parents would make a screensaver on our computer at home with different pictures associated with Christmas and Kenny G’s Christmas jazz cd was always the accompaniment. I still have to listen to this cd every year; Christmas is not the same without it. His music is just so soothing and inspired me to want to learn to play just like him. Although I was not allowed to play soprano sax in band, I did start on alto sax and have been playing it for 13 years this year, and I have also learned to play tenor and bari sax. I do now own a soprano sax and have played it in several ensembles in high school, college, and at church. I do not regret my decision to become a saxophonist, even though it is now a hobby and not a career like I intended it to be when I first started college.

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