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- Fish, Faith, and Dinner for Five Thousand: Spring Musicals for Children’s ChoirLooking for a musical for your children's choir to do this spring or summer?There are dozens of children's musicals out there, with topics ranging from Creation to the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000, Noah, Moses, Esther, Jonah and everything in between. Most are based on a familiar Bible story, though set in ... read more
- Chickama, Chickama Craney CrowI'm back this week with another action-packed song and game. This one involves a witch, kidnapping, and tug-of-war. Who says we don't have adventures in the music room? THE GAME1. One student is chosen to be the witch. 2. The witch finds a hiding place. The hiding place needs to be large ... read more
- Favorite Lesson for Teaching Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, and Quarter RestsIt's hard to believe, but the month of March is coming to an end! I'm finishing up my series on my favorite lessons for introducing different rhythm elements with the very first rhythm concept I introduce- quarter notes, paired eighth notes, and quarter rests. I introduce all 3 at once ... read more
- Spring Break for Teachers: 20 Things You Should Never DoAs teachers, we all need a reminder to slow down and relax. Spring Break is a sweet time to do that. It is only a week, no time can be waisted. It comes at a time of year when teachers are most tired. So here we go, my list of ... read more
- Rhythm practice for kindergartenRhythm can be a tricky concept for younger students. Today, I want to share some simple ways to practice rhythm with kindergarten aged students. As part of Music in our Schools Month, I’m teaming up with some other music education bloggers for 31 Days of Rhythm. You can check out ... read more
- Using the Narrative Lectionary: Recommended ResourcesFor many churches, the lectionary (a pre-planned collection of readings to choose from each Sunday) is the guiding force behind worship planning.Perhaps the two most well-known forms of the lectionary are the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), a 3-year cycle first published in the early 1990s and the Ordo Lectionum Missae (1969) ... read more
- Best Reference Books for Mothers of MultiplesParenting multiples (twins, triplets, or more) is a unique, wonderful, and daunting challenge. When I first found out I was expecting twins, I was at first pretty ecstatic after having gone through struggles with infertility. Then the reality of a higher-risk twin pregnancy and the prospect of two babies hit ... read more
- 31 Days of Rhythm: Teach Rhythm with Game CentersHappy Music In Our Schools Month! I am teaming up, once again, with some fellow music ed bloggers for "31 Days of Rhythm". My first post on March 17th was about Rhythmic Popcorn. Today, I will be sharing ideas for teaching rhythm with game centers. I began using centers about 3 years ago. Centers provide an opportunity ... read more
- Mail Rhythms: I Got A Letter This MorningWhen I first moved to South Carolina, I began searching for songs from my new home state. Right away, I fell in love with "I Got a Letter This Morning," from the sea islands of South Carolina. Lyrics & Notation: http://kodaly.hnu.edu/song.cfm?id=502There are many possibilities for inclusion in the elementary music ... read more
- COMPOSER JOHN WILLIAMS Movement and Activity IdeasI think it's a great time to be teaching about composers. In fact, thanks to the "Star Wars" saga I've noticed a lot of enthusiasm and relevant learning going on right now during music class.I feel that the more relevant the lessons-the more learning and retention. I'm taking advantage of it ... read more