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

Engine Engine #9 Melody

Engine, Engine #9 is always a staple in my elementary music classroom. I use it every year, but needed a refresh this year. Check out my first post about this song to see how we started and what we did with rhythm reading. After doing the "Trains" with the Tubanos and rhythm cards we transferred… Continue reading Engine Engine #9 Melody

Orff, Rhythm, Solfege, Uncategorized

Engine Engine #9 Rhythm Trains

Engine, Engine #9 is one of those staples I use every year.  But after doing it for over a decade I needed to find other ways to incorporate the concepts I wanted covered.  I was getting bored with what I was teaching, and I knew that would come across in my delivery to the students.  … Continue reading Engine Engine #9 Rhythm Trains

Literature, Movement

Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals

I love doing Carnival of the Animals in first grade.  I use Carnival of the Animals to teach concepts like fast/slow, loud/soft and high/low. It also gives the first-graders a chance to learn how to listen to music and analyze it. Sometimes I also add in some extra "animal" lessons that aren't necessarily a part… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals