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”

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”

My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Albums

I love Christmas music and I can’t seem to get enough of it.  But my taste for Christmas music is a little less traditional.  Check out my Top 5 Favorite Christmas Albums of all time! 5. “Christmas Cheers” by Straight No Chaser – The super-talented men’s a cappella reformed from members of Indiana University, Straight NoContinue reading “My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Albums”

"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"”

Fun Reindeer Music Flash Game

This game just resurfaced from the depths of the “oldies, but goodies” file stored in my brain.  A cute, fun activity, the game also reinforces pitch relationships and melodies.  Click on the reindeer noses or use the numbers on your keyboard to make each reindeer play a different pitch (appropriately, it is a tuba sound!)Continue reading “Fun Reindeer Music Flash Game”

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”

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”

Bulletin Board | 12 Days of Christmas

I am not huge on bulletin boards…I’ll be honest, I really dislike making them.  So I am always thinking of ways to do something once and then use again (at least for a couple years, before I get tired of it!). This holiday bulletin board is sure to have your students singing all around theContinue reading “Bulletin Board | 12 Days of Christmas”

Sleigh Ride | Holiday Listening Activity

Each week the older classes have a “Listen and Think” to start their lesson.  This week’s “Listen and Think” is Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride.  I post this flipchart page on the board as students enter class…. and we read the questions aloud.  Then I play the following YouTube.com video of John Williams conducting The Boston PopsContinue reading “Sleigh Ride | Holiday Listening Activity”