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Songs About Bugs / Insects

Songs about Bugs / Insects A barata diz que tem Ants Go Marching Baby Bumblebee Baby Bye Here’s a Fly Bee and the Pup Bees’ Party Black Sheep Black Sheep Boll Weevil Borboleta Pequenina Butterflies Caterpillar (chant) Caterpillar! Caterpillar! Fiddle-De-Dee …

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: To the West

I have used this with 3rd graders. I also teach dances from the Chimes of Dunkirk book/CD. Speakers: (1) “I hear America singing” wrote nineteenth-century poet Walt Whitman. Now, more than a hundred years later, America is still singing. (2) The …

Music Program: They Built America

I have used this with 3rd graders. Away to America – Linda Williams (I can’t find the sheet music or any copyright information.) Reader 1:  The story of the American people is a story of immigration and diversity. The United …

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)

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 …

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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