We are finally in the week of one of my favorite holidays of the year. I do not know where my love of Halloween came from, but I do know I adore pumpkin spice, glowing jack-o-lantern faces, Reece’s peanut butter cups, and fall leaves. I think since we live in the sultry, humid, sticky South,Continue reading “Halloween Music Class Activities”
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Happy Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!
Friday of this week, September 14th, is the 198th birthday of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” After a night of constant bombardment on Fort McHenry at the mouth of the Baltimore Harbor, Francis Scott Key woke to see the American flag still flying in the dawning sunlight. He was so moved in the moment that he wroteContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Star-Spangled Banner!”
Patriotic Music Resources for Patriot Day and Veteran’s Day
With Patriot Day and Veteran’s Day coming up very soon, I thought I would share with you some patriotic music resources. I hope you are able to use them in your classroom and can share a little patriotism with your students! Great Video on the History of our National Anthem, the “Star-Spangled Banner” “Fifty NiftyContinue reading “Patriotic Music Resources for Patriot Day and Veteran’s Day”
Friday Fave: "Sit With Me Maybe" from Listen & Learn Music
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite musicians/music therapist/composers I follow in the blogosphere. Rachel Rambach is a super talented song-writer and music therapist and I have followed her blog for more than 3 years now. If you have never visited her sites, start at Listen & Learn Music and start clicking! SheContinue reading “Friday Fave: "Sit With Me Maybe" from Listen & Learn Music”
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”
Valentine’s Day Project in Real Life!
Valentine’s Day Recorder Composition Project So last week I posted a composition lesson for Valentine’s Day. Last Friday was the beginning of my new rotation and I tried the lesson out on my 3rd and 4th grade recorder students. It was a big hit and a huge success! We read the poem, clapped the rhythms,Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Project in Real Life!”
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”
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"”
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”