Music Class Pencil Container Labels – FREE PRINTABLE!

I am in my third day of preplanning at my new school!  I am working at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy in Acworth, Georgia.  It is a brand-spanking new building and is STATE OF THE ART!  I love it!  More to come on my school, what STEM is, and my classroom set-up (you’ll loveContinue reading “Music Class Pencil Container Labels – FREE PRINTABLE!”

Boomwhackers Resources Courtesy of Music Therapist Kat Fulton

I follow a lot of music therapists in the blog world, since I regularly teach self-contained autism classes at my current school.  Music therapists have amazing ideas for working with all kinds of people, not just people with special needs or who need “music therapy.”  I think all music educators can benefit from a goodContinue reading “Boomwhackers Resources Courtesy of Music Therapist Kat Fulton”

Conversational Solfege Sight-Singing Flashcards

Have you heard of Conversational Solfege?  I had never until a couple years ago when I heard John Feirabend speak at the Georgia Music Educators Conference in Savannah, Georgia.  His presentation rocked my world and I came home talking about his ideas to everyone who would listen.  My poor husband about strangled me because IContinue reading “Conversational Solfege Sight-Singing Flashcards”

Boomwhackers® Flashcards

Boomwhackers® Do you love using your Boomwhackers®as much as I love mine?  I finally, after 7 years of teaching music, bought 4 sets of Boomwhackers® and they have been the best, “funnest” addition to my classroom in recent years.  My students and I use Boomwhackers® for a plethora of music learning activities… Pitch – Boomwhackers®, justContinue reading “Boomwhackers® Flashcards”

Music Word Wall Posters

Word walls are fundamental to good teaching.  They provide students with appropriate vocabulary to discuss a subject in a meaningful manner.  And they are a constant visual to help students organize their thoughts.   Music word walls are often a challenge because there are many ways to organize musical concepts and music vocabulary.  I approachContinue reading “Music Word Wall Posters”

Valentine’s Day Project in Real Life!

Valentine’s Day Recorder Composition Project So last week I posted a composition lesson for Valentine’s Day.  Last Friday was the beginning of my new rotation and I tried the lesson out on my 3rd and 4th grade recorder students.  It was a big hit and a huge success!  We read the poem, clapped the rhythms,Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Project in Real Life!”

Valentine’s Day Music Composition Project

Holidays are always fun to incorporate into material for music class lessons.  Valentine’s Day is difficult though, being that there’s not a whole lot of Valentine’s music around – it’s not like we’re listening to a Valentine’s holiday station on the radio 😀 So if the music doesn’t exist, why not write it?!?! That was theContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Music Composition Project”

Music Bulletin Board – Composer and Musicians Birthdays

As my Friday Fave, I wanted to share a super easy, interesting, and non-seasonal bulletin board.  I have this up right now on the small bulletin board in the hallway outside my room.  It’s cute, simple, and took 5 minutes to put up!  (If you can’t tell already, I am not a fan of bulletinContinue reading “Music Bulletin Board – Composer and Musicians Birthdays”

"Peter and the Wolf" Matching and Coloring Page

“Peter and the Wolf” Instrument Coloring Page Last week I posted two entries about using centers to reinforce the instruments of the orchestra and using “Peter and the Wolf” as a vehicle for introducing the instruments and their sounds.  If you haven’t read them, please check them out!! Today, I started my Kindergarteners on aContinue reading “"Peter and the Wolf" Matching and Coloring Page”

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”