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”

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”

Music Notation Unit – Part III: Game

This is the third and final installment of our unit. See Part I and Part II here. Once I have time, I will compile all 3 parts into a PDF that you may download, save, and print! Part III is not an earth-shattering idea, but rather a super fun, engaging game functioning as both anContinue reading “Music Notation Unit – Part III: Game”

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”