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

Literature, Rhythm

Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

Another one of the books I love to use with my younger students.  This is great when you are introducing or reviewing rest in your classroom, because the cricket is....Quiet!!  Like with a lot of my children's books I start with just reading the book at the end of class one day.  With The Cricket… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

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

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