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Dollar Store Stars & Music Note Game

It's the I spy a music note star gazing game! I had purchased these awesome star wands at the Dollar Tree last school year and was wondering what to use them for inside the music room. Well, I decided that I would use them with my small special education kinder class. Using a large piece of butcher paper, I drew pictures of music notes all over the paper making sure to have enough of each note for every student. In addition, I made a set of cards each with a picture of each note on the page. We turned the stack of cards to face down and each student took turns to pick and show the top card of the deck. Then the students would find and place the window of the star to show the note. Once each student found the matching note, we would then tap out the number of beats for that particular note. Truly a win win! The students were able to locate the music note and focus specifically on that note. It also helped the students to practice counting too. Another fun way to use these stars
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What's Inside the Music Box?

  Watch this video to discover a fun and engaging way to captivate students as they sing this call and response song to find out what's inside the box.

Keeping It Clean In Music Class

Welp, my school has been back in person since the beginning of October 2020 with some hybrid weeks here and there. When this occurred, I knew I needed to spring into sanitation ideas for my students. As a little way to help out, I used a red can and a green can from the Dollar Store.  Red means, "don't touch, these are dirty". Green means, "go, these are clean".  This system has worked out great in assuring the students were using sanitizer mallets each class. Yes, this is a chore but it made me feel as though I am doing my part though small as it may be.   Here are some other sanitizing options: Giving a squirt of hand sanitizer (aka "germ jelly") to each student upon entering & exiting. Spray mist each instrument after use with school supplied cleaner. Leaving the classroom door open so students do not have to touch the door. Student handmade, ziploc instrument K to 1st for each student. All in all, it's been going great and I love seeing the

MAKING PROPS FOR A SHOW- AUDREY II FROM LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Audrey II prop for Little Shop of Horrors It's only been a week and half into the new school year, but as you know it's time to start thinking about October.  This year the focus for our 4th grade group will be a show that can be done on October 31st. At our elementary school it is a tradition to have a Halloween parade first thing in the morning where kids can show off their costumes then get changed for the school day.  Students can wear their Halloween costumes or wear a costume of what they would like to be or their favorite book character.  Many students are extremely excited for this day and so it it fitting that we would have an assembly after the parade. So as the school's elementary music teacher, I have begun pulling songs that fit the season and while searching our curriculum found the song "Little Shop of Horrors" in our Silver Burdett  Making Music fourth grade series. Of course I am thrilled beyond measure to find this song to use for our perfo

Lining Up Mini-Lesson

At the beginning of every school year, plans for classroom procedures are decided.   Teachers work thoughtfully to design systems that will help best benefit the students in their class. Music teachers will only see the students for a short time during the school day, and therefor should look for every second as a teachable moment, including lining up to wait for their classroom teacher. So one day while figuring out which direction to line up the students, the thought came to create two squares out of electrical tape on the laminate floor.  Each square would have a new musical symbol inside every week. The teacher would call on a student and ask them to stand in the square with the (for example) double bar line.  Then the teacher would call on another student and ask them to identify what musical object is in the left over box. Now that we have line leaders, students can line up in a variety of ways.  The teacher could ask each line leader what is their favorite genre of

Texting Beethoven

If I could text message Beethoven, what would I say?  Would I comment on his amazing talents, express concern about his emotional highs and lows, or simply text him to say thank you for his gift of music?  While reflecting on these thoughts, I wondered what would students say if they were able to text Beethoven or any composer/musician for that matter.  My plan was to have 6th grade students express themselves using their form of communication.  Texting.  Well... so of.  Maybe not by phone or by a tablet of some sort, but on paper.  Maybe this would help bring to life the composers who have "decomposed" so to speak.  (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) In order for the students to text Beethoven, they needed to learn about him. In the first lesson, the students did a compare and contrast Double Bubble Thinking Map while listening to Beethoven's 5th Symphony done with two different versions.  They listened to Beethoven's 5th Symphony that was an orchestral version.  Then

The Calendar Show

As elementary music teachers, it can be a challenge to put together new shows for the students to perform.  While searching through the curriculum, it was decided that doing a performance based on calendar days might be pretty fun.  The first thing was to surf the net to find a calendar that has all the special days listed such as Groundhogs Day, National Popcorn Day, Friendship Day and many more. Looking through the Making Music series, it is easy to find songs divided by seasons and games along with many other categories.  Lining up the songs with the calendar days was simple and made for an awesome set design idea!  Lori the Magic Paper Lady, came up with this wonderful idea of making large calendar pages like those found on a day planner.  WOW! The results were amazing! What a wonderful photo opportunity for all the young performers.  Take a look for yourself~ Here's one of many links for fun calendar days.   Enjoy! http://familycrafts.about.com/od/holidays/tp/speci