Teacher Ideas, Virtual Teaching

Online Lessons

This year I am teaching students all the ways you possibly could.  I am doing in-person instruction, online synchronous, and online asynchronous learning.  Needless to say trying to get my curriculum to align to all these different mediums of teaching is challenging.  I need to keep myself and my student’s learning organized in a way… Continue reading Online Lessons

Instruments, Orff, Teacher Ideas, Uncategorized

Early Mallet Playing

The beginning of the year is full of introducing new things in the music room. This week my first graders are just beginning their introduction to mallet playing and barred instruments. Before we ever touch the barred instruments I always like to have some practice with my little ones on how to hold their mallets… Continue reading Early Mallet Playing

Orff, Teacher Ideas

Starting Out With Student Teachers

Happy New Year! I know many teachers are beginning this new semester with student teachers from local universities.  The experience of having a student teacher can be exciting, daunting, and stressful all at the same time.  You never know what it is going to be like when handing your classroom over to another person.  I… Continue reading Starting Out With Student Teachers

Orff, Recorder, Teacher Ideas

Digital Recorder Karate

Tons of music classrooms utilize a program called Recorder Karate.  This collection of songs and teaching materials are available through Music K-8, but many teachers also create their own versions to fit their classroom needs.  I have done the latter, creating my own version of Recorder Karate to use in my classroom. No matter what… Continue reading Digital Recorder Karate

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