Instruments, Orff, Rhythm, Solfege, Uncategorized

Ickle Ockle

This lesson is great for teaching or reviewing all sorts of things in the music room.  I have used it with 1st-3rd graders depending on what my goals were for the lesson. This year we are using it at the beginning of 2nd grade for all sorts of review.  We start by learning the song… Continue reading Ickle Ockle

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, Literature, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Solfege

I Got a Letter

I love this song for sooo many reasons. It has a great feel to the song and you can cover so much curriculum across a bunch of different grade levels. Basically the main concepts that I worked on with my students were Low La, Whole Notes, and Improvisation. FREE lesson plan for this song: I… Continue reading I Got a Letter

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

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

Instruments, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Solfege

Ducks in the Pond

Springtime is drawing closer and so is the end of the school year!  I can't believe it has gone by so quickly.  I love springtime and all the wonderful things it brings outside.  I love gardening and going everywhere outside with my dogs.  There is a hiking park by my house that we love to… Continue reading Ducks in the Pond

Rhythm, Solfege

Ickle Ockle…Fishy Rhythms

I love doing things with Fish in my classroom.  I know it's a little strange but they can be used in lots of different songs and they are a year-round character.  I don't have to wait till Christmas/Valentine's Day/Spring to use Fish!  I have a couple different lessons and ideas using Fish, this one uses… Continue reading Ickle Ockle…Fishy Rhythms