Sunday, September 20, 2015

Music Word Wall

I know this is not a big deal, but I made a word wall. I've taught for years and have seen other music teachers do this. I have the empty wall in my room so I thought if I had much of the vocab that I teach on the wall, I'd refer to it more often rather than just during the units where I discuss or teach it. Just wanted to share.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Movement Activity

This activity is a great way to teach students how to creative on their own and also to give them more practice keeping a steady beat.

Students are scattered in the room, standing. I play "Everybody" from Ingrid Michaelson. (You can use any song you want with a good beat, but this song just has a mellow but good beat to it.) I choose four students to be the leaders, they stand wherever they are standing or you can have them stand in a specific spot in the room if you want). When the music plays, I choose one of the leaders to go first. They are to move to the beat (in their space - not around the room) however they want. The rest of the class copies what that leader does. Then whenever the leader feels they are finished they point to one of the other leaders, and the whole class turns to face them and copies leader 2's movements, then when leader 2 feels like they are finished they point to leader 3 and so on. This also forces the kids to pay attention so they see who the leader points to. Note that for the young graders and also when I first taught this, I was the leader first. Then I added more leaders with me, then I took myself out of it.

 Extention: This is the place where I eventually want to get to with every class: 

With the older kids, and/or when I feel like a class has a good grasp on creating their own movements, I put the class in groups of four or five around the room. Now each student in the group gets to be the leader and they point to the kids in their group. This means you have a lot of groups doing different movements and everyone gets a turn to be the leader. When you first do this activity, it is almost a full lesson, teaching the students and giving them practice on creating their own movements. Some students have a hard time coming up with movements, and sometimes they switch quickly to the new leader, which is fine. It takes a while for them to feel comfortable with this. Over time, its neat to see some kids come out of their shell. Once we've taught and have practiced this for awhile, then it because a great 5 min. activity to start or end the class. I wish I had a picture to show you. If you have questions please ask.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Music and the Brain

Müzik ve Beyin (TED-Ed)

Müzisyenlerin beyinleri farklı mı çalışır? (TED-Ed)

Posted by Fizikist on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Epic Patty Cake Song (I'll Think Of You)

I am going to teach this to my students.... they'll love it.  Probably I'll save it for the end of the school year, or beginning of the next year.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Liebster Award!

Thank you Heidi from Classroom for the Little for nominating me for the Liebster Award! She has fabulous ideas and the blog is very fun and informative!

The Liebster Award was created to highlight blogs with growing audiences. The rules for receiving this award are:

1. In your post link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and a 'shout out'.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer. (The questions I have answered please)
3. Nominate 11 people (Blogs with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post. 
4. Let your nominees know and provide them with a link back to your post (so they can see the rules)
5. No nominating the person who nominated you, however send them a thank you :)
These are the questions that are set for me to answer...

1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I started blogging, with Blogger in 2012. I still very much like a beginner.

2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Sharing. I have been very grateful for other blogs and other teachers who have shared, and still share their ideas and I would like to continue to share with others out there. That is one way we progress and grow as individuals as well as teachers - to share and collaborate with each other!

3. Is there something you learned late in your blogging journey you wished you knew before?

Respond to questions people have in the comment section.

4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
I love writing lesson plans for SmartTechnology - sharing on Smart Exchange.  Aside from work things, I love playing the piano, singing and playing with my family!

5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?
Around one hour a week - not much time lately I'm afraid, and not as much as I would like. There is never enough time.

6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
I love sharing lesson plan ideas.

7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
My ideas come while I'm teaching usually. If something goes right, I want to go blog it right away. If it doesn't go the way I'd like and I tweak something and it works great, I want to share that as well.

8. Which post that you've written are you most proud of?
The Nutcracker Movement Activities is one of my favorites. I love teaching these lessons and the kids love them too!

9. Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?
I have been planing on posting about the dance unit I am teaching with the P.E. teacher I work with. Stay tuned, it's coming . . . 

10. What's your favorite aspect of blogging?
Sharing ideas and getting new ideas from others.

11. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you be most likely to try yourself?

Great ideas, how do I choose. in her Speaking and Listening Activities page she lists different ways students can communicate with each other. As a music teacher, I can transfer some of these ideas to students listening and communicating effectively about the music they listen to.  I really like Heidi's Sit-Students-back-to-back idea.

Here are my nominees...this was hard to come up with, but I chose blogs that I love to read and that I'd love to read more.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Do you want to know a secret? Spoof on Frozen song.

This is a skit that a few of the teachers did for our 6th Grade Talent Show. Teachers always do one act at the end of the show.  It's hard to understand all the words, but the spoof was telling pretend secrets about some teachers - funny harmless things. The kids loved it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SMART Board Lesson Plan - Tempo

Here's another SMART Lesson Plan teaching Tempo.

Tempo SMART Lesson Plan

SMART Board Lesson Plans - Carnival of the Animals

This is a lesson that I put together and posted on SMART Exchange.  If you have a SMART Board and you are not aware of what this website is you need to know! It is a website where people make their own lesson plans and share them for free! People can make them from scratch or borrow bits and pieces from other lesson plans from the exchange and tweek it to be their own.  When you share your own you agree to give up the rights to your plan - hence why it is an "exchange". It is great - Sooooo, having said all that, here is a lesson for The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint Saens.  If you have SMART board at school, if you don't use it much, you really need to check all this usage of this great technology and resource!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bang! Note Name Flash Card Game

I took this idea from a game that our EA's (Educational Assistant - para pros) where playing with their students teaching them site words. All I did was change the site words into the notes on the staff and make the cards you see below.

Here's how to Play.

(sit in a group on the floor or at a table):  4-6? players.
Object of the game is to have the most cards at the end of the game.

One student is the "Teacher" who holds the deck of cards and shows the cards to the other students.  The "Teacher" shows one card to the first student. If the students names the note correctly they keep the card. Teacher shows the next card in his/her pile to the next student and so on and so on. If the student knows it they keep the card. If the student doesn't know it the "Teacher" shows that same card to the next student to name. There are a few "BANG" cards in the deck. If a student gets a BANG card on their turn then they loose all their cards, the Teacher takes them all and puts them down in a discard pile. It keeps going until all the cards in the Teachers hand is gone. Whomever has the most cards win. The kids loves this game.   I've played it as young as 2nd grade. (I teach notes on the treble staff in 1st grade.)  When I make the groups I always make sure there is a mix in ability - I make sure that each group has at least one student who knows the notes very well.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rhythm Dictation with Popsicle Sticks

I have a baggie of Popsicle sticks for every child.  I use these in a variety of ways and activities. In these pictures, the students are "writing" the rhythm that they hear me clap. Depending on the class level, I will say the Ta and Ti ti, but ultimately the goal is for them to be able to write the rhythm without me saying "ta ti-ti" but by them just hearing the rhythm via clapping.  I will also have students clap a rhythm for the class to dictate. Student will pair and share rhythms that they write on their own. There are a lot of ways to use these. I love having them on hand. The kids like the hands on - another way other than  paper and pencil.