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”

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”

December Music Education Blog Carnival

In case you do not follow blog carnivals, they are a great way to find new ideas and new blogs to follow. It is also a great way to share your information with others!  I saw today that my “10 Days of Thanksgiving” Post was featured in the December Edition of the Music Education BlogContinue reading “December Music Education Blog Carnival”

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 video of John Williams conducting The Boston PopsContinue reading “Sleigh Ride | Holiday Listening Activity”

How to Join PDF files for FREE!!

Many of my resources are shared as PDFs.  As most people know, a PDF is the best way to save a document so your formatting, style, and information is conveyed as you originally created it.  Often I create separate PDFs and then need to combine them into one single file for publishing or sharing.  IContinue reading “How to Join PDF files for FREE!!”