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”

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”

Instruments of the Orchestra Lesson | Peter and the Wolf

Last week I posted about my love of using centers in the music classroom.  My post included a complete centers unit, focused around the Orchestra Instrument Families, an important concept for all music learners.  If you didn’t see my post, check it out HERE!  You can also download the unit HERE! When I introduce the instrumentsContinue reading “Instruments of the Orchestra Lesson | Peter and the Wolf”

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”

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"”

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”

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”