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 Fave: Orchestra To-Do App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

I have discovered an amazing productivity app for my iPhone that is FREE!!  I love apps that improve my life and if they’re free, even better! The Orchestra app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch offers much more than a simple to-do list: Assign tasks to people, even if they do not use Orchestra SyncsContinue reading “Friday Fave: Orchestra To-Do App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch”

Introduction to Soprano Recorder Music Video

This is a short video I made to use in my elementary music classroom to introduce the recorder. It has been very effective and my students seem to really get into it! This video makes the recorder “cool” and makes the students excited to play! I use it at the beginning of the first recorder classContinue reading “Introduction to Soprano Recorder Music Video”

Beginning Recorder Method Book: "Recorders Rock"

Presenting my original Recorder Method book, “Recorders Rock” (enter trumpet fanfare)!  Just kidding.  But seriously, I have finally completed my recorder method, “Recorders Rock.”  The title reflects me and my students’ sentiments about playing recorder.  It’s fun, awesome, and it “rocks!”This project started small and has over time taken on a life of its own.Continue reading “Beginning Recorder Method Book: "Recorders Rock"”

"Walking in the Air"

My Friday Flashback last week was a review of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, a truly classic holiday short musical film for all ages.  It was nominated for Best Short Film Oscar award back in 1982.  What makes this film so enchanting, I believe, is the music.  The score was composed by Howard Blake and his piece,Continue reading “"Walking in the Air"”

Christmas Carol Bingo Game

A standard December favorite of both me and my students each year is my “Christmas Carol Bingo Game.” Hopefully this game will also become a favorite in your classroom!  Click the link to get the  PDF download of my original Christmas Carol Bingo Game.  This game is my music-spin on traditional Bingo; players have to listenContinue reading “Christmas Carol Bingo Game”

Halloween Song for Recorder: Minor Tonality and Composing Original Lyrics

Simple Halloween Song for Soprano Recorder – in Em Not sure if anyone else has discovered this, but there exist very few Halloween-themed or even minor tonality songs for soprano recorder.  In my quest to find a simple Halloween  song for soprano recorder, I ended up writing my own simple melody.  As you can seeContinue reading “Halloween Song for Recorder: Minor Tonality and Composing Original Lyrics”

Pitch Lesson with Boomwhackers®: Five Little Pumpkins

October is by far my favorite month of the year!  And Halloween ranks up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving as my favorite holidays!   In my Kindergarten and First Grade classes this week, we are using the song/fingerplay/story “Five Little Pumpkins” to learn about pitch.  I use the version made famous by Raffi.  Visit thisContinue reading “Pitch Lesson with Boomwhackers®: Five Little Pumpkins”

Free Lesson Ideas Using BrainPop and BrainPopJr

Need a new idea for great music lessons?  My go-to lesson “fun-maker” is BrainPop Jr and its big brother, BrainPop.  These two sites are subscription based for full-access, but there are a number of free resources, lessons, and movies available for use as well!   My school district has a site-wide subscription of both sitesContinue reading “Free Lesson Ideas Using BrainPop and BrainPopJr”

Friday Fave – Homemade Rhythm Chart

In the manner of many other bloggers, I will be posting a favorite of mine on Fridays. It could be tech, music, or education related or even something “out-of-left-field” related. Today I would like to share the rhythm chart I use almost daily in my classroom. Homemade Rhythm Chart This lovely, homemade rhythm chart hasContinue reading “Friday Fave – Homemade Rhythm Chart”