When I first started teaching elementary music, I was SO excited to start my 5th grade choir. I had been in choirs for years and I loved it, and I knew that my students would love it to. No, of course, I had no idea what I was doing, but it was great anyway. We… Continue reading 5 Things that Happened when I put 4th Graders in 5th Grade Choir
This month is Hispanic Heritage month! I love Hispanic Heritage month, because I love teaching lessons from different cultures, and I also love a good theme. I find themes to be the easiest way to make lessons really flow together. This year, I am sharing one of my favorite lessons: Al Citron. Al Citron is… Continue reading Al Citron: Mexican Passing Game for dotted quarter note
Since I started teaching, I have wanted to incorporate more books into my lessons, but I had two problems: 1. I didn't have many books and 2. I didn't know what to do with them. Over the past few months, I have been working to remedy #1, and not I am working on #2-- figuring… Continue reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Beat and rhythm lesson
Are you being asked to have a Standards Based Classroom-- in music?! When I was first told this was required of me, I had no idea how to create a standards based classroom for my elementary music room. I am sharing all of the tips and tricks and things that should be on the wall of a SBC. Becca's Music Room
4 DIY Music Manipulatives that are perfect for centers-- and easy to make! Centers can be difficult to figure out, but they don't have to be! These simple DIY music activities can be used over and over again to help students learn about rhythm and melody. Becca's Music Room
I am going to be very honest-- classroom decor is not my jam. Seriously. If you have ever heard my rant about bulletin boards, then you may have guessed that much. It's not that I don't want my elementary music classroom to be cute-- it's that to be cute, it takes some time and effort… Continue reading Elementary Music Classroom Tour: Around the World in 180 Days
Looking for a super simple movement activity for your elementary music room? Whether you need a warm up, a time suck, or to just wake the students up, these 5 movement activities with stick figures are the way to go. They are easy, require almost no prep, and the kids LOVE them.
The 1st day of music class can be really exciting, or really terrifying-- for the teacher I mean! What do you do when the doors close on the 1st day of music and you have 25 1st graders staring at you? Find tips, tricks, and activities for the 1st day of music.
For almost two years, I started to get frustrated. I would look online for lesson ideas, and I would find hardly anything. I would talk to other music teachers to find that they felt lost, alone, and confused. Now, I knew that I did not have all of the answers (or any answers really), but… Continue reading Introducing Becca’s Music Room Etsy Shop: Resources for music teachers
I love summer. Like, I really love summer. People talk about getting board during the summer, and I have to say... I do not. I love summer. But do you know what I do not love about summer? The summer anxiety that goes along with it. Also known as back to school anxiety, summer anxiety… Continue reading Summer Anxiety: What it is and how teachers can deal with it