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 (available for download below) Available on this page: In a Dark Dark Wood See also orchestra visuals percussion family 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.     …

Preparing an Elementary Concert / Program

When you start a new music teaching job, you might get very little direction about what to do about your concerts, except what the dates are. Here are some things to consider: 1. First things first. Check if date has …

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Music Programs

These can be adapted for different grade levels.                               See also 1st & 2nd grade program ideas Programs Choral resources

1st & 2nd Grade Music Programs

These can be adapted for different grade levels.                                  See also 3rd, 4th, 5th grade program ideas Programs Choral resources

Jimmy Crack Corn

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

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