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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

Elementary Music

5 Simple and Fun Japanese Folk Songs for Elementary Music Class

In my elementary music classroom, we love to sing songs and learn about music from all around the world. In this blog post, I’m sharing 5 folk songs from Japan that you can use in elementary music.  Want some free music teacher resources? Join the FREE Resource Library! After joining, you’ll get access to a… Continue reading 5 Simple and Fun Japanese Folk Songs for Elementary Music Class

Elementary Music

Quiet Music Lessons for Teaching During Testing Season

It’s almost time for standardized testing, which means we are entering into the season that music teachers hate the most: Quiet music lesson season. If you’re stuck and looking for easy and fun music lessons that are also quiet, then you’re in the right place. By the end of this blog post, you’ll have 8… Continue reading Quiet Music Lessons for Teaching During Testing Season