Concert Ideas, Instruments, Literature, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Solfege

I Got a Letter

I love this song for sooo many reasons. It has a great feel to the song and you can cover so much curriculum across a bunch of different grade levels. Basically the main concepts that I worked on with my students were Low La, Whole Notes, and Improvisation. FREE lesson plan for this song: I… Continue reading I Got a Letter

Concert Ideas, Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

You’ve Got Mail…part 2

Here is the rest of the "mail".  I started in part 1 talking about the first 3 songs in my concert; Writing a Letter, Postcards, and Bills Bills Bills.  This post will discuss the remaining songs; Amazon Boxes & Flowers.  I Got a Letter has it's own post: I Got a Letter Amazon Boxes: Just… Continue reading You’ve Got Mail…part 2

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, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Teacher Ideas

Performance Based Testing

This week I have been starting my beginning of the year music assessments. I'm Ohio, and in my district, we have to complete Student Learning Ovjective assessments. Luckily, I get to create my own test for these. My principal and colleagues have to review the tests and approve them, but it is nice because I… Continue reading Performance Based Testing

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