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Your dilemma is very common of a new teacher. When facing many performances for different events, turn some into a class demonstration, where you show what you actually do in a music class. Grandparents love seeing how children learn and it is a great way to build respect for the content of your program beyond the final song product. Your students also value more the work accomplished in your class.
Get to your state music conference and network with other teachers in your region and state. They love to share insights with new teachers. The sessions at conference can inspire some great discussions over coffee about how the activities learned in a session can be put into a larger unit and branch off into other lessons. Seek out music mentors in your area. Best of luck.
Christine Hayes, Chair
Council for General Music Education