Movement, Orff, Uncategorized

Creative Movement – Shapes

I always begin my music lessons with a movement activity.  This could be a folk dance, body percussion, steady beat listening, or just some good creative movement.  Creative movement is my favorite of all; I love seeing my students personalities come out in their movements.  I work hard to develop a feeling of safe space… Continue reading Creative Movement – Shapes

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Solfege, Uncategorized

Engine Engine #9 Melody

Engine, Engine #9 is always a staple in my elementary music classroom. I use it every year, but needed a refresh this year. Check out my first post about this song to see how we started and what we did with rhythm reading. After doing the "Trains" with the Tubanos and rhythm cards we transferred… Continue reading Engine Engine #9 Melody

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