Happy 200th Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!

This September, our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” turns 200 years old!!  I’ve been looking forward to this year for a few years and I am so excited it is here to share with my students.  Every year, we learn about our National Anthem, but this year is particularly special!  On Sepetember 14, 1814, 200 yearsContinue reading “Happy 200th Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!”

Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part One

Happy National Jazz Month 2014.  I know I am super late to the party this year but I thought its better late than never.  I have some awesome jazz resources I want to share for National Jazz Month and best of all, they’re F R E E ! ! ! Just in case you didn’tContinue reading “Jazz Month and International Jazz Day: Part One”

End of the Year YouTube Singalong Playlist

Tomorrow is the last day of school for my District.  Woohoo!  My classes are always so crazy at the end of the year that I like to do something a little more active yet still musical.  So I created a YouTube playlist of 11 videos I found that are fun, sing-along (or move-along) type songsContinue reading “End of the Year YouTube Singalong Playlist”

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”

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”

100th Day of School Song with PowerPoint

A standard favorite this time of year in my classroom is “One Zero Zero” from Music K-8’s Volume 13, No. 3 issue.  If you have never seen this periodical/music magazine, you must check it out here!! Last year I created a PowerPoint to go along with the song to make it easier for my studentsContinue reading “100th Day of School Song with PowerPoint”

Friday Fave: Orchestra To-Do App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

I have discovered an amazing productivity app for my iPhone that is FREE!!  I love apps that improve my life and if they’re free, even better! The Orchestra app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch offers much more than a simple to-do list: Assign tasks to people, even if they do not use Orchestra SyncsContinue reading “Friday Fave: Orchestra To-Do App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch”

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”