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

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Native American Music

It's November, which means it is time for Native American Music!  I have compiled a unit utilizing 5 Native American folk songs.  These songs come from 5 varying tribes all over the United States. Within the unit there is cultural information for each tribe that can be incorporated into the lessons. In the past I… Continue reading Native American Music

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

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

Snowflakes

As an Orff Schulwerk teacher I try and utilize the Music for Children Volumes in my classroom as much as I can.  All of these pieces and melodies work great for young students.  When working with the Volumes, I try and be creative in the lyrics and process I write for my students.  It also… Continue reading Snowflakes