Instruments, Literature, Rhythm, Uncategorized

Freight Train

For my Kindergarten students we work on finding the difference between the 1 and 2 sounds of the colors. I am not as worried about them creating rhythmic patterns in a certain meter, I want them just practicing the difference between 1 and 2 sounds. With the older kids I would use rhythm blocks that… Continue reading Freight Train

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, Rhythm

Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

Another one of the books I love to use with my younger students.  This is great when you are introducing or reviewing rest in your classroom, because the cricket is....Quiet!!  Like with a lot of my children's books I start with just reading the book at the end of class one day.  With The Cricket… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

Literature, Rhythm, Singing

Children’s Books & Music: Goodnight Moon

I'm starting a blog post series about different lessons to incorporate Children's Books into the music classroom.  This first lesson comes from the book Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Moon With all my book lesson I like to just read the book the first day.  I take the last 5-10 minutes of class and read the book… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Goodnight Moon