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Songs with Sign Language

I love incorporating American sign language (ASL) into my lessons and programs! Slow songs, especially, lend themselves to adding sign language because of the expressive nature of the signs. Check out some of the American sign language websites, which are …

Music Program: Mother Goose

Betty Botter (chant)  Cock a Doodle Doo Hush Little Baby Over in the Meadow Pop Goes the Weasel There’s a Neat Little Clock (chant) Three Little Kittens See also nursery rhymes 1st & 2nd grade program ideas 3rd, 4th, 5th …

Music Program: Great American Puzzle

I have used this program with 3rd graders, but it could be used with several different grade levels. SCENE – Map starts blank – with a large piece of white felt hung on the wall. Speaking Parts: SAL – Ladies and …

Performance Assessment for Concert – Rubric

See also Concert Etiquette for Performers Preparing an Elementary Program Choral resources Extras for Plus Members Music Program Performance Rubric (PDF)

Chorus – Starting from Scratch & Rehearsal Tips

  Why Chorus? More chances to sing than in general music class. More chances to rehearse and perfect a song. More chances to perform. More chances for pride, sense of belonging. Practicalities I have parents and students sign a contract …

Concert Etiquette for Performers

Don’t only teach your performers the lyrics and motions. Teach them performance etiquette. Here’s the rubric I use. Concert Etiquette Rubric 4 = Student consistently stood still on stage, participating, not talking to others, watching conductor. Student’s motions never disturbed …

Concert Etiquette for the Audience

“A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.” – Leopold Stokowski, reprimanding a talkative audience OK, let’s face it: people (adults and children) don’t know …

Please don’t pick these songs!

Did I grab your attention? Well, I’m not sure how to write this post without offending anyone. So, I guess I will just run that risk. My other post about how to pick great repertoire is a good place to …

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 …

Chorus Sign Up Sheets

My 4th & 5th grade Chorus meets once a week during mid-day recess. We have two sessions: Sept – Dec and Jan – Apr. We just started our second session, and these are the sign up sheets I use.     …

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