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

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

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, 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

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