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The Power of Spirituals

I love African American Spirituals! I have long been a proponent of singing spirituals in music class because of their educational value. But I am starting to realize that there could be more value in these amazing songs, not just because …

Copyright Laws: How Much Do You Know?

In honor of today’s ruling by a federal judge, who lifted the copyright from “Happy Birthday to You” (read about it here), let’s talk copyright laws! Not fun, I know, but if you read all the way to the bottom, there …

Instruments in Class: Tips & Tricks 2

Playing Orff Instruments Before we play instruments, we practice holding mallets, either with each child holding mallets or practicing with rhythm sticks on the floor. “Lightly pinch the mallets between your thumb and pointer finger, then wrap the rest of …

Instruments in Class: Tips & Tricks 1

“Me, me, me! It’s MY turn!” Have you heard that a million times? Instruments are so fun to play! Here are some tips and tricks I’ve used when using instruments in the classroom. Before they play I mention the rules OVER and …

Classroom Instruments – Class Set Up & Storage

Storing instruments in a Music Classroom Here is how I set up my instruments in my classroom, using the beg, borrow and steal method (i.e. use what you can because the budget is small)! I also got rid of my teacher …

Classroom Instruments: Orff

Quick Intro to Orff Instruments First of all, this is a great video worth watching.   Cleaning, Maintaining & Repairing I know for many of you, the Orff instruments were at your school already when you got the job. So …

Classroom Instruments: Small Percussion

Students generally love to play musical instruments! They are also great for practicing rhythm and coordination. And when done correctly, they contribute to the artistry of the music-making experience! Let’s begin with some suggestions of instruments I recommend. Click on the picture for …

Quality Singing

This week we have been focusing on the importance of singing – and how we should make sure to provide enough quantity of singing in our lessons. See: Why We Sing Singing and the Standards Quotes to Inspire Music Making Now …

Singing and the Standards

Are you convinced singing is super important? Beneficial? Crucial? If not, read yesterday’s post. Now, how do you convince others (administrators, parents, students, etc) of the importance of singing? We do not need to conform to the pencil/paper culture of other …

Why We Sing

Sing! Sing! Sing! It is so important to our health, our self-esteem, our sense of community, etc. etc. We need to be reminded and need to remind others. Our voices are instruments we carry around with us at all times. …

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