Teacher Ideas

Curriculum, Planning, & More

Curriculum I started a very basic form of curriculum in my first few years, but it wasn't helping as much as I had hoped.  Then, I took a music-curriculum course.  It was lead by Arvida Steen and Jay Broeker, Orff-Schulwerk legends. They helped us to start out with just a basic list of things to… Continue reading Curriculum, Planning, & More

Orff, Rhythm, Seasonal

Pumpkin Patch

Fall is here and pumpkins are everywhere.  It seems as though the pumpkin spice idea has taken on a whole new meaning this year.  Although I do not worship at the temple of the pumpkin spice, I do enjoy implementing pumpkin lessons in my classroom.  My Pumpkin Patch lesson is one of my favorites for… Continue reading Pumpkin Patch

Instruments, Orff, Rhythm, Seasonal, Singing

Apple Tree…Fun for Me

Apple Tree, Apple Tree is one of my favorite classics to do in the fall.  I have created 5-6 lessons just using this song.  I use this in 3 grade levels, spiraling the curriculum as I progress. If you aren't familiar with Apple Tree here is the text: In first grade and beyond we just… Continue reading Apple Tree…Fun for Me

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Native American Music

It's November, which means it is time for Native American Music!  I have compiled a unit utilizing 5 Native American folk songs.  These songs come from 5 varying tribes all over the United States. Within the unit there is cultural information for each tribe that can be incorporated into the lessons. In the past I… Continue reading Native American Music