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”

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”

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”

Making Composition Successful with Younger Students

I have discovered over my 7 years teaching that, with younger students (grades 4 and under), music composition can be a challenge.  This is especially true when attempting to use traditional notation.  My students are quite proficient at reading music notation and playing a treble-clef instrument (recorder, xylophone, etc.); it is a whole different storyContinue reading “Making Composition Successful with Younger Students”

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 2.0

I watched this while eating lunch today.  I am so moved by the beauty of this piece; even more so, by Eric Whitacre’s vision and creativity.  Using technology to allow 2,000 voices to sing together through YouTube is a revolutionary idea – allowing technology to enhance music-making at its best!  Enjoy! This work is licensedContinue reading “Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 2.0”

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!”

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”