Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part Three – Jazz Solos on Orff

In my final 2014 International Jazz Day post, I want to share a way to get your students participating in jazz instead of only consuming jazz.  Jazz is truly a participation sport and its only when people start allowing jazz to pulse through them that they start to appreciate and enjoy jazz music. There isContinue reading “Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part Three – Jazz Solos on Orff”

Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part Two – 12-Bar Blues Progression

Yesterday I posted some resources, including the Chuck Vanderchuck PBSKids website, for teaching Jazz at the elementary level.  Jazz is truly an American art form and although it is a world-wide phenomenon now, it started here in the Southern United States.  I am proud to be an American and as an American music teacher, IContinue reading “Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part Two – 12-Bar Blues Progression”

Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part One

Happy National Jazz Month 2014.  I know I am super late to the party this year but I thought its better late than never.  I have some awesome jazz resources I want to share for National Jazz Month and best of all, they’re F R E E ! ! ! Just in case you didn’tContinue reading “Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part One”

Royalty-Free, Public Domain Clip Art

Clipart created using CLKER and PicCollage Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  As my gift to you, I wanted to share with you two of my favorite source for graphics and clipart that I use for my printables and products. CLKER Bundle Of Hearts clipart from Clker.com http://www.clker.com is a royalty-free, public domain source for clip art.  WhatContinue reading “Royalty-Free, Public Domain Clip Art”

Winter Olympics 2014 Music Class Activities

I confess….I am an Olympics-addict.  I love the Summer Games, I love the Winter Games, I love any of the Games.  I feel like as soon as the last Games ends, I am counting the months until the next one.  Has anyone else figured it out it is a much longer wait from the endContinue reading “Winter Olympics 2014 Music Class Activities”

Augmented Reality with Aurasma: Part Two

So earlier this week I started a series of posts on Augmented Reality in Education using Aurasma.  If you didn’t catch post one, read it first before continuing on! Now that you’ve read up on Part One, step two is actually creating your own trigger images, overlays, and auras!!  Woohoo! I had this privilege thisContinue reading “Augmented Reality with Aurasma: Part Two”

Augmented Reality with Aurasma: Part One

Augmented Reality is not a new concept, but the concept in education is one that is blowing up in schools.  I discovered this concept this fall while perusing my Pinterest boards.  Mrs. Dennis over at Music with Mrs. Dennis posted an amazing Augmented Reality tutorial featuring an app called Aurasma.  Her tutorial post is thorough,Continue reading “Augmented Reality with Aurasma: Part One”

GPEE Bus Tour 21 Visits Clark Creek

So I have not posted anything for a while now, because I have been so busy with my school!  We have been preparing for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Bus Tour 21.  We were nominated last year and it is a huge honor to represent public education for the state of Georgia.  TheContinue reading “GPEE Bus Tour 21 Visits Clark Creek”

Treble Clef Pitch Practice – FREE GIVEAWAY!!!

There’s a new product at my TpT store and one I think you will want!  Here’s a little preview for you… Spelling Words with Treble Clef Pitches Flashcards – 24 flashcards premade with music notation and words.  These can be printed single- or double-sided for multiple variations on this game Blank Staff – for puttingContinue reading “Treble Clef Pitch Practice – FREE GIVEAWAY!!!”

A New Year and New Orff Instruments!

We’re back at it for another school year!  This year is my 10th year teaching and I am so excited for what this year holds.  This is my second year at Clark Creek STEM Academy and our second year open!  We will be the first school on the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Annual BusContinue reading “A New Year and New Orff Instruments!”