The Best Classroom Accessory EVER!

Well, maybe not THE best, but its close!  Remember these?  Mr. Sketch markers.  I was obsessed with these as a kid and now as a music teacher, I have rediscovered how great these markers are.  I used to be a Sharpie junkie, but I have made the switch (still love my Sharpies for doodling andContinue reading “The Best Classroom Accessory EVER!”

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”

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”

Music Notation Unit – Part II

Yesterday I posted Part I of our Music Notation unit.  Today, I present to you Part II.  I music give credit where credit is due and thanks to MakingMusicFun.net once again for making some great music education resources.   After finishing our centers from Part I, I then had my students pair off with their sameContinue reading “Music Notation Unit – Part II”

Music Notation Unit – Part I: Centers

I used this lesson last month as a 3-week unit to introduce my 2nd graders to notation in the treble clef.  They seemed to truly enjoy it and at the end of the unit, really knew their note names!  This could be used with grades 2-5 with great success! Note: I have a PrometheanBoard inContinue reading “Music Notation Unit – Part I: Centers”

Smartboard Games for Notation and Rhythm

Yesterday I featured The Music Interactive‘s new Boomwhacker® software. Today I had some extra time with my second graders at the end of our notation unit. To reinforce the notes on the treble staff, we played The Music Interactive’s Staff Wars game. What a super fun, exciting way to practice the notes on the staff.Continue reading “Smartboard Games for Notation and Rhythm”

Online Music Worksheets – MakingMusicFun.net

My newest favorite online music resource is MakingMusicFun.net.  I have found so many worksheets, lesson plans, ideas, and other resources that I can easily and quickly incorporate into my classes.  I am thankful to Andy Fling and Shelly Nierman for a creative, well-designed, and effectively managed website.  Make sure you sign up for their newsletters soContinue reading “Online Music Worksheets – MakingMusicFun.net”