Instruments, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Teacher Ideas

Performance Based Testing

This week I have been starting my beginning of the year music assessments. I'm Ohio, and in my district, we have to complete Student Learning Ovjective assessments. Luckily, I get to create my own test for these. My principal and colleagues have to review the tests and approve them, but it is nice because I… Continue reading Performance Based Testing

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Recorder, Rhythm, Seasonal, Singing, Solfege

Raining All Day Long

There has been so much rain recently.  I know it's spring but I don't think the flowers, grass and trees need this much to drink!  Oh Rain please go away! Rain, rain go away. This classic children's song can be used for so many things.  From So/Mi to recorder playing, to whatever your imagination thinks… Continue reading Raining All Day Long

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

Rhythm

Candy Hearts Composing

January is almost over and I am ready for my favorite month of the year February! It's my birthday month but also it's Valentine's Day!  My current student teacher, Traleen O'Collins, has created a center/station activity using candy hearts.  The second graders she is working with are learning about Time Signatures and Meters.  They are… Continue reading Candy Hearts Composing