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Liebster Award

Thank you to a few lovely music teachers, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! – Emily has a great blog (Emily’s Kodaly Music) with Kodaly resources for the elementary classroom. Her post on what to teach when you lose …

Hands-On Music!

Lesson-Writing ideas It’s always a good reminder to include more music-making activities than music-explaining lecturing in our classrooms. More: Singing Moving Playing instruments Improvising Composing Make a goal for yourself to include 3 of the above activities in each lesson plan. …

State Songs Review

Wow, what a crazy excursion: researching the state songs around the US! Here are some things I learned – and some of my faves. Interesting Facts: Some state songs grew up organically by the state choosing what was already popular …

Folders & Pencils in the Music Class

Some music teachers take roll every time the class comes in. (Now, remember, I’m an elementary music teacher – and I’m not required to take roll.) Some music teachers have the students bring folders and pencils every time they come …

Music a la Cart

After seeing all of these posts about the music room, some of you might be depressed because there is no music room in your school. Been there, done that. I have some ideas that might help. Get a great cart. …

Music Room: risers

I love these Wenger Flip Forms as risers for the kids to sit on! They are versatile (they flip into a couple of configurations), sturdy (they each weigh 100 pounds), and easy to maintain when you have classes coming and …

Pick good repertoire

Great music brings out the artistry in you and the children. Children deserve the best! I have found that music teachers often pick music that is trite and not well-written. This is why I usually choose folk songs. I wrote …

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