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

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Solfege, Uncategorized

Star Unit…Part 1

I have been working on this “unit” in my classroom for many years. Tweaking lessons, adding things, and trying new stuff out. This year I finally felt like I found a set of lessons that clicked with my students and the goals that I set out for them to learn. I have loved doing this… Continue reading Star Unit…Part 1

Concert Ideas, Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

You’ve Got Mail…part 2

Here is the rest of the "mail".  I started in part 1 talking about the first 3 songs in my concert; Writing a Letter, Postcards, and Bills Bills Bills.  This post will discuss the remaining songs; Amazon Boxes & Flowers.  I Got a Letter has it's own post: I Got a Letter Amazon Boxes: Just… Continue reading You’ve Got Mail…part 2

Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

You’ve Got Mail…part 1

This year my 3rd grade concert was entitled "You've Got Mail". We did 6 different songs all about things you get in the mail. I wanted to share with you some of the songs we did and my process for getting us there.  This post contains the first 3 songs "Writing a Letter", "Postcards", and… Continue reading You’ve Got Mail…part 1

Instruments, Literature, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

Project Based Learning: Composition

Last week I presented at our Board of Education meeting about Project Based Learning in the music room.  I want to share with you what I shared with them. I think that almost all of what I do in my Orff classroom is Project Based Learning, PBL.  I just had a discussion with a colleague… Continue reading Project Based Learning: Composition

Instruments, Movement, Rhythm, Seasonal, Singing, Solfege, Teacher Ideas

Back to School

This is my second week of school and we are in full swing now!  For me back to school is an exciting time and I love seeing my students again and getting to make music with them.  I teacher 1st-4th graders, so it is nice when I see my 2nd-4th graders they already know my… Continue reading Back to School