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Nutcracker-1st grade

I start by telling the students the Nutcracker story and playing key pieces of music. There are several good books out there, but I like telling the story myself with the help of the drawings from a coloring book. We focus …

Muncha, Muncha, Muncha

Great, great book! I love the story and the rhythms that go with the bunnies who munch the veggies. Here are the rhythms I use at the beginning of the year for 2nd grade. After chanting the words with clapping …

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. …

Rumble in the Jungle book & rhythms

  I love this book! I love the beautiful illustrations, the silly poetry, and most of all, how I can turn it into rhythm lessons! While I say the poems, I have the students find the strong beat and pat …

Invented (Homemade) Instruments

This unit is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, it’s the only unit I have taught every single year of my career. Lessons preceding this Unit: Orchestra Review & Ethnomusicology Lesson 1 Explain the Invented Instrument assignment and show …

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