Elementary Music, Games

Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

It was so close to winter break that I could almost feel it. But we weren’t there yet, and the kids were bouncing off of the walls. I needed something fun to keep my fourth graders engaged while still working on rhythm. That's where the rhythm ornament relay race came in. This easy holiday music… Continue reading Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

Centers, Elementary Music

The Best Thanksgiving Centers for Elementary Music

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving can be such a weird time in the elementary music classroom– you have a short month, it’s sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, and you might be working on holiday concerts. If you need something fun to do (that doesn’t require your FULL attention), then you should try Thanksgiving centers for elementary music… Continue reading The Best Thanksgiving Centers for Elementary Music

Centers, Centers, Elementary Music, Lessons

How to Make a (free!) Turkey Rhythm Craft for Thanksgiving

The month of November can be weird at school– you’ve just finished up Halloween and October craziness, and there’s barely any time until Christmas season. November is a short month with Thanksgiving break in the middle, so it can be hard to know what to teach for the two or three weeks that you’re teaching.… Continue reading How to Make a (free!) Turkey Rhythm Craft for Thanksgiving

3-5, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons, Listening lessons

The Best Halloween Listening Lessons for Elementary Music

Why, hello there October! October is a fun time in the music room, because this is when things get spooky. Even though I don’t typically do “Halloween” lessons, this time of year, I tend to pull out some pieces in minor keys, and just more spooky ones. Here are some of my favorite Halloween listening… Continue reading The Best Halloween Listening Lessons for Elementary Music

3-5, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons, Listening lessons

Teaching In the Hall of the Mountain King in Elementary Music

It’s spooky season, and that means….. In the Hall of the Mountain King! This is one of my favorite listening selections of the year, and I use it in almost every grade level in my elementary music classroom.  In this blog post, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to teach In the Hall of… Continue reading Teaching In the Hall of the Mountain King in Elementary Music

Elementary Music, Folk songs, Games

How to Play Pass the Pumpkin Halloween Singing Game

Looking for a not-so-spooky Halloween song that your kids will love? I’ve got you covered! Pass the Pumpkin is a fun singing game to practice quarter notes, eighth notes, and rest or songs in a minor key. It’s perfect for October, but it’s not specifically “Halloween”, so if you are trying not to be overtly… Continue reading How to Play Pass the Pumpkin Halloween Singing Game

Elementary Music, Folk songs, Hispanic music lessons

Quien es esa Gente? Hispanic folk song for sol and mi

Quien es esa gente is probably my second graders’ all time favorite songs– they are obsessed! It comes with a fun singing game (ok, I made up the game, but you can steal it!), it teaches la or quarter rest, and it’s in Spanish. That makes it perfect for Hispanic Heritage Month, but we use… Continue reading Quien es esa Gente? Hispanic folk song for sol and mi

Centers, Elementary Music, Games

How to Play Shark Attack! Rhythm game for elementary music class

You’re doing centers. You’re practicing rhythm. But you’re running out of fun activities to do in centers. Don’t worry, I’ve got you. You need Shark Attack! This fun card game is the perfect way to practice reading rhythms in elementary music class, and the shark theme makes it extra fun.  This rhythm game comes in… Continue reading How to Play Shark Attack! Rhythm game for elementary music class