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- Tips for Successfully Starting an Elementary ChoirHave you thought about starting an elementary choir, but just don’t know how? What if I told you it’s not as overwhelming as it sounds? When I first decided to start a 4th-5th grade honors choir, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I decided to just ... read more
- Spiders!This is the perfect time of year for creepy crawly spiders! Just this morning I had a pretty BIG one in my music room while a class of kindergarteners were there.. oh my! They saw it and pointed it out then of course wanted me to rescue it and send ... read more
- Tuesday Book Club- In the Hall of the Mountain KingIt's October! It's Fall! It's My Birthday Month!One of my favorite stories to do in the fall is "In the Hall of the Mountain King". The version I read is adapted from Henrik Ibsen by Allison Flannery, Illustrated by Vesper Stamper and, of course, includes the music by Edvard Grieg.When ... read more
- What’s Not in the Job Description: The Many Roles of a Handbell Choir Director“Congratulations! We’re excited to have you as our new handbell choir director.There’s not much to it, really. Just show up on Wednesday nights for rehearsal, pick out a few things to play in worship this year, and arrive a little early those mornings to run through your piece.The bells ... read more
- Los Esqueletos in the Elementary Music ClassroomLos Esqueletos is a children’s song from Costa Rica, and it’s all about skeletons. The thing I love the most about this song is its lyrics. I love the multiple verses, which describe skeletons doing ordinary activities, such as eating rice, going to the theater, and playing chess. According to ... read more
- Vocal RegistersMy students really enjoy this unit—maybe because kids find the human voice more accessible, more compelling, than instrumental timbres—or maybe because they know the terms alto and soprano from choir. Kids in 4th grade (or the second half of 3rd grade) do especially well with this unit. Many years ago, ... read more
- Snapshots in Elementary Music: SeptemberI’m starting a new series this year which will allow you to peek into my classroom. I’ll be sharing one activity from each grade level that was a hit (or miss) in my classroom and why! I waited a few weeks into the school year to start because I spend ... read more
- Race in the Music Room: RespectOver the last several weeks I have been tackling the topic of inclusion for traditionally marginalized people and perspectives in music education, and today we're talking about race. This is an emotionally and politically charged topic for many, but also a particularly salient one! I most certainly do not claim ... read more
- The Better WayTimes have changed. It used to be that teachers taught everyone the same way, without considering that children don’t all learn the same way. Then we realized there are different types of learners, and we began meeting the needs of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Howard Gardner taught us about ... read more
- The Flossing Song: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!Flossing. It's everywhere in every music classroom--and I'm not talking about teeth. I can't even remember the first student who started doing it in my classroom, but I thank them for introducing me early so I was "educated" when other students began having arms swinging around their hips at maddening ... read more