Orff, Singing

Playing with Audiation

My students love doing songs when we "sing in our head" and I love the musicianship it makes them have.  It is a challenge for them and a great way for me to see who really has a grasp on the song.  This is the basic principal of audiation is... The Gordon Institute for Music… Continue reading Playing with Audiation

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, Seasonal, Singing

Apple Tree…Fun for Me

Apple Tree, Apple Tree is one of my favorite classics to do in the fall.  I have created 5-6 lessons just using this song.  I use this in 3 grade levels, spiraling the curriculum as I progress. If you aren't familiar with Apple Tree here is the text: In first grade and beyond we just… Continue reading Apple Tree…Fun for Me

Rhythm

Candy Hearts Composing

January is almost over and I am ready for my favorite month of the year February! It's my birthday month but also it's Valentine's Day!  My current student teacher, Traleen O'Collins, has created a center/station activity using candy hearts.  The second graders she is working with are learning about Time Signatures and Meters.  They are… Continue reading Candy Hearts Composing