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- Songs to Teach Tempo in the Music RoomTeaching Tempo to children can feel like a simple task. It’s just fast and slow, right? Talking about fast and slow is one thing, but guiding students to understand and internalize it in their bodies is a whole other thing! Tempo is an element of Musical Expression, and it’s one ... read more
- This Earth Day – Turn Plastic Into Something Fantastic!This year’s Earth Day theme is End Plastic Waste! We hope you’ve been reading about this topic and moved to make changes in your own life. But, what about plastic you already have in your recycling bin? Creating fun recycling projects with kids will help them see plastic waste as ... read more
- Five Ideas to Try After a ConcertThis is the time of year where I start seeing posts on social media about what to do after the concert, what to do during testing, and even, what to do when your students aren’t allowed to play because of noise during testing! So, whether any of these scenarios resonate with ... read more
- Introducing: #beginningbandAnnouncing my new project to help educate and support music educators. I’m calling it “#beginningband”…because I’m beginning teaching band! Before you ask, the answer is ‘Yes. I have taught band before.’. But most recently my band teaching was confined to conducting our community band…not exactly ... read more
- 33 Choral Anthems with Organ AccompanimentIt’s that time of the year: Easter Sunday is past, and the choir year is beginning to wind down - time to start thinking about music for next year! Too soon?Perhaps you have plans to attend a local reading session this summer or attend a music- or worship-related conference. Maybe ... read more
- Draw a Bucket of Water for the Elementary Music ClassroomDraw a Bucket of Water (sometimes known as Sugar Bowl) has a plethora of variations, with differences including time signature, key, rhythms, and pitches. Normally, I would use the version found in HNU's American Folk Song Collection. However, for today's purposes, I'm going to use the version that most often ... read more
- Songs for Teaching Half NotesOur students are ready to learn about half notes after they have a solid understanding of the difference between rhythm and beat, and lots of practice with quarter notes and eighth notes.The Significance of Half NotesHalf notes represent a huge accomplishment in the lives of young musicians, because this is ... read more
- Mission Possible! Voyage 2: Speech in the Elementary Music ClassroomAre y'all ready for stop number 2 on our Mission Possible? ...or are you so over the cheesy title?? #sorrynotsorryThe good news for you is that out of the four different types of music teaching media we're exploring this month, speech is definitely among the most accessible. I'm willing to ... read more
- Finishing the School Year StrongTo say that the end of the school year can get a little hectic would be an understatement for sure. Often as teachers we can go into survival mode, counting down the days until summer and hanging on for dear life, hoping the kids won't literally bounce off the classroom ... read more
- Appropriate Chores for 6-Year-OldsI've always made sure my daughters helped out around the house. Some of it is admittedly self-serving, being a busy single mother, but mostly I think it's important to foster a sense of responsibility, work ethic, and independence, and to develop the skills to take care of themselves and their ... read more