Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Uncategorized

Mixing up the Meter

I am always striving to get my older kids engaged in meaningful ways.  I want them to be as creative as they once were in their early years, but it becomes increasingly difficult to get them out of their shells.  One method I always turn to is steady beat work, especially just moving around to… Continue reading Mixing up the Meter

Literature, Movement

Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals

I love doing Carnival of the Animals in first grade.  I use Carnival of the Animals to teach concepts like fast/slow, loud/soft and high/low. It also gives the first-graders a chance to learn how to listen to music and analyze it. Sometimes I also add in some extra "animal" lessons that aren't necessarily a part… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals

Literature, Movement, Seasonal, Uncategorized

In the Hall of the Mountain King

This is a seasonal favorite in my room for each grade level! Special shout out to Traci Patterson for the body percussion idea I now use with my older kids. For my little students( 1st/2nd) I love to use the song "In The Hall of the Mountain King" with the story We're Off To Find… Continue reading In the Hall of the Mountain King