Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

You’ve Got Mail…part 1

This year my 3rd grade concert was entitled "You've Got Mail". We did 6 different songs all about things you get in the mail. I wanted to share with you some of the songs we did and my process for getting us there.  This post contains the first 3 songs "Writing a Letter", "Postcards", and… Continue reading You’ve Got Mail…part 1

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

Orff, Rhythm, Seasonal

Pumpkin Patch

Fall is here and pumpkins are everywhere.  It seems as though the pumpkin spice idea has taken on a whole new meaning this year.  Although I do not worship at the temple of the pumpkin spice, I do enjoy implementing pumpkin lessons in my classroom.  My Pumpkin Patch lesson is one of my favorites for… Continue reading Pumpkin Patch

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

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

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Solfege

Sea of Songs

I know concert planning can be a struggle.  I use to always dread it, thinking about all the curriculum time I was giving up.  I know that I was covering important topics and some curriculum, but not in the way I did the rest of the year.  Then a couple years ago I began to… Continue reading Sea of Songs