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”

Happy Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!

Friday of this week, September 14th, is the 198th birthday of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”  After a night of constant bombardment on Fort McHenry at the mouth of the Baltimore Harbor, Francis Scott Key woke to see the American flag still flying in the dawning sunlight.  He was so moved in the moment that he wroteContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!”

Patriotic Music Resources for Patriot Day and Veteran’s Day

With Patriot Day and Veteran’s Day coming up very soon, I thought I would share with you some patriotic music resources.  I hope you are able to use them in your classroom and can share a little patriotism with your students! Great Video on the History of our National Anthem, the “Star-Spangled Banner” “Fifty NiftyContinue reading “Patriotic Music Resources for Patriot Day and Veteran’s Day”

Using Centers in the Classroom | Orchestral Instrument Families Centers

Learning about and recognizing the instruments and instruments families of the orchestra is an essential concept in music education. What better way to reinforce and extend the learning of the orchestral instrument families than through the use of CENTERS!!  Why I Love Centers…. Student-Directed Learning   Centers allow student-directed learning, which is where I think effectiveContinue reading “Using Centers in the Classroom | Orchestral Instrument Families Centers”

100th Day of School Song with PowerPoint

A standard favorite this time of year in my classroom is “One Zero Zero” from Music K-8’s Volume 13, No. 3 issue.  If you have never seen this periodical/music magazine, you must check it out here!! Last year I created a PowerPoint to go along with the song to make it easier for my studentsContinue reading “100th Day of School Song with PowerPoint”

Friday Flashback: The Snowman

A True Classic A timeless, classic in my house since childhood has been Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman.  It is not Christmas until we have watched the short film and read the book.  This picture is of our original VHS tape (remember those?!?) that parents have allowed me to inherit and continue the tradition with myContinue reading “Friday Flashback: The Snowman”

Music Video With A Message: Black Eyed Peas Project – Part 3

Using the poetry we wrote in response to listening to “One Tribe” by the Black Eyed Peas, my students and I used GarageBand on our classroom iMac with a Yamaha MIDI keyboard to compose beats and loops and to record our poetry as a rap.  Each of my 6 classes composed a verse to theContinue reading “Music Video With A Message: Black Eyed Peas Project – Part 3”

Poetry and Peace: Black Eyed Peas Project – Part 2

The development of the Black Eyed Peas Project was an amazing process to witness.  Today I will share with you our process of writing the poetry that became the lyrics to our song.  Below are some of the chart pages we worked with while brainstorming and writing.  (Note:  I do almost everything digitally in myContinue reading “Poetry and Peace: Black Eyed Peas Project – Part 2”

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

Each April, my students and I explore a Jazz appreciation unit.  We listen to different jazz recordings, study the history of jazz, play jazz chord progressions, and even improvise some solos.  I always enjoy the unit and my students seem to as well!   Today I will share some online jazz resources.  Stay tuned forContinue reading “April is Jazz Appreciation Month!”

Composition Inspiration: Black Eyed Peas Project – Part 1

Pangea? Passion? Tribe? Poseidon?  Amnesia?  Can you define these terms?  My fourth graders did last week.  Immediately following that we listened to/watched the following video…. What a powerful message!  My students were amazed that we listened to Black Eyed Peas in music class.  And I was amazed at their response to this song.  We hadContinue reading “Composition Inspiration: Black Eyed Peas Project – Part 1”