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”

St. Patrick’s Day Boomwhackers Activity

If you subscribe to MusicK8, then I know you are as big a fan as I am.  What a great resource for all things music, kindergarten through 8th grade.  My school has subscribed for years; we have volumes 6-18, with a few years skipped here and there.  We no longer subscribe, as the cuts inContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Boomwhackers Activity”

The Best CD for March Listening

This is my go-to CD for the month of March.  Liz Carroll, composer and fiddle performer, creates stirring, lovely melodies.  She’s American-born, but of Irish parents.  Her music always touches my soul – I discovered her years ago on NPR and since then, my students and I have enjoyed her Lake Effect CD every March.Continue reading “The Best CD for March Listening”

St. Patrick’s Day Composition Activity

With holidays during the year, I try to think of ways to incorporate what we’ve been studying with the coming holiday.  Next week being St. Patrick’s day, we needed some shamrocks and some luck!  My second graders and I have been working with notation in the treble clef and the C major scale (See theContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Composition Activity”

Boomwhackers® Inspiration

So I stumbled across a Music Therapy blog this evening, Rhythm for Good, by a music therapist, Kat Fulton.  She has some amazing Boomwhackers® resources – this is so exciting since we are in the middle of experimenting and exploring our new Boomwhackers®!  She arranged a Lady GaGa tune for Boomwhackers® and it is trulyContinue reading “Boomwhackers® Inspiration”

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”

iPhone Finds the Best Gas Prices

Although this has nothing to do with music or education, it is geeky enough that it has to be shared. I am on my 3rd iPhone and the more I use it the more I love it. The number of apps available for download is growing exponentially and if you have a need, you canContinue reading “iPhone Finds the Best Gas Prices”

Materials Uploaded to TeachersPayTeachers.com

I have been researching the best ways to share my resources with you, my readers – I want you to be able to search for and download resources that meet your needs in the classroom.  TeachersPayTeachers.com is a website that allows teachers to upload resources of all file types and anyone can download for freeContinue reading “Materials Uploaded to TeachersPayTeachers.com”

Search and Sort the Bowmar Orchestral Library

Anyone fortunate enough to have the obscure Bowmar Orchestral Library lurking in your CD collection?  I was lucky to inherit this collection, when I started teaching at my current school 7 years ago.  When I conduct a Google search on these items, I discover many things…it is expensive, it is old, and it is extensive.Continue reading “Search and Sort the Bowmar Orchestral Library”