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 …

Fooba Wooba John

Lyrics 1. Saw a flea kick a tree, fooba wooba fooba wooba, Saw a flea kick a tree, fooba wooba John. Saw a flea kick a tree in the middle of the sea. Whoa, John, oh John, Fooba wooba John. …

Behavior in the Music Classroom

Let’s face it: one of the most difficult things about teaching is classroom discipline. But, it’s a crucial part of any classroom, to maintain control and get to the business of learning! Prevention Fast-paced, positive lesson. Know your lesson. Keep …

Turkey in the Straw

This song has roots in oppression. More info Blackface minstrel songs Minstrel show Decolonizing the Music Classroom article article Taking Racist Songs Out of Music Education Find different songs        

Beat vs. Rhythm

With younger students I start to teach rhythm by emphasizing that the terms “beat” and “rhythm” are different. When teaching some of the following songs, I have students pat the beat and clap the rhythm. I use laminated cards that …

March: Music in our Schools Month

I don’t teach a lot about composers – because I feel it’s mostly lecturing, and I want the students to experience music more than learn about music. However, I know there is a time to learn about the great composers …

Li’l Liza Jane

Lyrics I’ve got a house in Baltimore Lil’ Liza Jane Street car runs right by my door Lil’ Liza Jane Oh Eliza, Lil’ Liza Jane Oh Eliza, Lil’ Liza Jane See also songs with syncopation jazz activities pentatonic songs movement …

Austrian Went Yodeling

Lyrics Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high, When along came an avalanche interrupting his cry: Yolay hee: Yodelay hee hoo, oh yodelay hee hoo, (shh shh) Yodelay hee hoo, oh yodelay hee hoo, (shh shh) Yodelay hee …

Unpitched Percussion Orff Icons

Visuals See also instrument visuals Extras for Plus Members Printable & Digital Unpitched Percussion Cards – large & small sizes

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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