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 …

Music awards

At the end of each music class, I choose one student who did a good job to receive an award. That person gets to add the music point for the whole class (see class reward plan). Here are some awards I’ve …

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: Orff xylophones

  I’ve had Orff training, but even before I was officially certified in Orff, I have always liked using xylophones. I highly recommend taking Orff classes and/or attending Orff workshops. They have such hands-on ideas for getting the students actively …

Music Room: Solfege with Velcro

Idea for a bulletin board: I put my Solfege display on the front bulletin board. It helps to have this flip system with the spiral binder and Velcro pieces. Different grade levels focus on different syllables. When the students aren’t using …

Music room: class reward plan

This is the display I leave up all year long. I use a chalkboard with laminated music notes with magnets on the back of each one.  I love these adhesive magnet rolls! They are so useful for sticking on the …

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 …

Long-Legged Sailor

Lyrics Did you ever ever ever in your long-legged life Meet a long-legged sailor with a long-legged wife? No, I never ever ever in my long-legged life Meet a long-legged sailor with a long-legged wife. Did you ever ever ever …

Going Over the Sea

Lyrics When I was one I ate a bun, Going over the sea. I jumped aboard the sailorman’s ship, The sailorman said to me: “Going over, going under, Stand at attention like a soldier With a one, two, three! When …

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 …

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