Thanksgiving Song: Ten Days of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Song – Ten Days of Thanksgiving Day 1 Looking for a Thanksgiving song to use for fun in your classes?  Look no further than one of my go-to blogs and websites, ListenLearnMusic.com.  Rachel Rambach, a music therapist, produces a huge range of original music for all settings, themes, and holidays to use in herContinue reading “Thanksgiving Song: Ten Days of Thanksgiving”

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”

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”

Recorders and Harmony | "Hot Cross Buns"

A Flipchart Page from our study of this tune My fourth graders started the year with singing harmony through rounds and partner songs. They absolutely loved it and it was a great start to a school year. However, we have not revisited harmony much since then. This week we are reviewing this truly endearing, mildlyContinue reading “Recorders and Harmony | "Hot Cross Buns"”

Rhythm Flashcards

Teaching rhythm to young students is always fun, but can be challenging too!  Follow this link to download a copy a PowerPoint I created to enhance my  presentation, review, and reading of rhythms with my students. In focus with this slideshow are the following rhythms: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, and Quarter Rests. All slides are inContinue reading “Rhythm Flashcards”