Elementary Music

4 Most Helpful Tips for the Beginning of the Year in Elementary Music

Have you ever heard someone say teachers don't smile until Christmas? Well, don't fall for it. But they say that because the beginning of the year is the most important part-- it sets the tone for the rest of the year.  I would venture to say the first few weeks of elementary music are the… Continue reading 4 Most Helpful Tips for the Beginning of the Year in Elementary Music

Elementary Music, Games, K-2, Lessons

Ocean Themed Folk Songs and Ocean Animal Composition Activities

Maybe it's because I live in Savannah, Georgia (on the coast), but I love including ocean themed folk songs, listening activities, and lessons in my elementary music classroom. Every culture around the world has water-themed songs, and most also have ocean songs, which make it a great place to start including pieces from around the… Continue reading Ocean Themed Folk Songs and Ocean Animal Composition Activities

Elementary Music

Helpful Tips for First Year Elementary Music Teachers

If you’re reading this, chances are you are a first year elementary music teacher-- or about to become one. You probably just got hired, and you are so excited. But…. Also a little bit scared. Don’t worry-- all first year elementary music teachers feel scared, anxious, and overwhelmed. All first year teachers feel that way.… Continue reading Helpful Tips for First Year Elementary Music Teachers

Elementary Music, K-2

Easy + Fun Ways To Teach Sol + Mi With Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright is a fun folk song to teach kindergarten, first grade, and second grade elementary music students about sol and mi or quarter and eighth notes. Although the song is quite common, these lessons are not. Make sure you read down to the extensions so that you get all of the ideas… Continue reading Easy + Fun Ways To Teach Sol + Mi With Star Light, Star Bright

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Little Silver Moon : a Chinese Folk Song Lesson for Quarter Rest

Do you ever find a folk song that you didn’t know existed, but once you did, you couldn’t believe you hadn’t ALWAYS had it? That is how Little Silver Moon is for me. I discovered it at the beginning of this year, and I am now obsessed-- and so are my second graders! Little Silver… Continue reading Little Silver Moon : a Chinese Folk Song Lesson for Quarter Rest

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

The Best Movement Activities For K-1 Elementary Music Lessons

If you want your students to be engaged, you need to have movement activities in your classroom. Movement allows students to feel things in their bodies, get the wiggles out, and be actively engaged in the lesson. In this post, we’re talking about 10 of my favorite lower grade movement activities.  This is certainly not… Continue reading The Best Movement Activities For K-1 Elementary Music Lessons

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

6 Easy + Fun Elementary Music Lessons for Cinco de Mayo

Looking for some fun and easy lessons for Cinco de Mayo? These lessons are perfect to celebrate Hispanic culture, or practice some related ideas. I'll keep the introduction short, so let's get started! Want some free resources? Join the FREE Resource Library! After joining, you’ll get access to a library with powerpoints, lyric sheets, quizzes,… Continue reading 6 Easy + Fun Elementary Music Lessons for Cinco de Mayo

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

6 Ways to Teach What a Wonderful World for Elementary Music

April is Jazz month! The last few weeks, we’ve been talking all about ideas for teaching jazz (you can check out ideas for upper grades here or for lower grades here). Today, we’re talking all about activities for What a Wonderful World in elementary music.  I use this song with every grade level, just with… Continue reading 6 Ways to Teach What a Wonderful World for Elementary Music