3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Greatest Lesson Ideas For Sleigh Ride In Elementary Music

Let's go for a Sleigh Ride... This is the unofficial soundtrack to the holidays. This is a classical piece students are familiar with-- so use it to your advantage and use it in your elementary music classroom! I was in choir all through middle and high school (and college and now...). At my high school,… Continue reading Greatest Lesson Ideas For Sleigh Ride In Elementary Music

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Greatest Music Activities for Hanukkah, Hanukkah (teaching half note!)

One of my new favorite December lessons is the song Hanukkah, Hanukkah. There are a lot of different music activities for Hanukkah, Hanukkah that you can do, but I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorites! When looking for holiday songs last December, I really looked for songs and lessons where students… Continue reading Greatest Music Activities for Hanukkah, Hanukkah (teaching half note!)

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

How to Use Boom Cards in Elementary Music

Have you ever heard of Boom cards? I learned about them in Spring of 2020, although, if we're honest, I did NOT have the brain space to think about them because..... #corona Later that summer, though, I investigated Boom cards, and I'm in love! Using boom cards in elementary music has been so great for… Continue reading How to Use Boom Cards in Elementary Music

3-5, Elementary Music, Games, Lessons

Exciting and Effective Ways to Play Four Corners from 6 Feet Away or Virtual (in music class!)

I was talking with one of the Children's Church teachers at church this week, and she told me, "No matter what fun, creative games I come up with, the kids just want to play four corners." Four Corners is a super simple, super fun game, and I have adapted it a few ways to work… Continue reading Exciting and Effective Ways to Play Four Corners from 6 Feet Away or Virtual (in music class!)

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

How to do Candy Bar Composition for Halloween Fun

Halloween…. A teacher’s nightmare…. When it comes to Halloween/Halloween time, I try to “harness the power of the candy” instead of trying to get kids to sit still. I do that in two ways: I either do movement activities, or we do centers. One center activity that I like to do is candy bar composition.… Continue reading How to do Candy Bar Composition for Halloween Fun

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

The Very Best Halloween Lessons For Elementary Music

Halloween makes kids crazy, but it is so much fun! Whether you can celebrate Halloween officially at your school or not, it is fun to get a little bit into the Halloween spirit with some Halloween lessons for elementary music class. Many of these qualify as fall, so if you don't do Halloween at your… Continue reading The Very Best Halloween Lessons For Elementary Music

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

How to Play Asteroid! An Active Rhythm Game

Teaching music on a normal year is difficult. On a normal year, I am constantly looking for ways to get students reading music while having fun and being active in music. This year, with some people teaching music on a cart, 6 feet away from their students, other people teaching music virtually, and some music… Continue reading How to Play Asteroid! An Active Rhythm Game

Books, Elementary Music, Lessons

Book Based Lessons for Elementary Music

When thinking about going back to school-- from six feet away!-- the first thing that came into my mind was books. Book based lessons for elementary music seemed like the most logical answer. But how do we make books fun? That is the question. I love to read. I really, really love to read, and… Continue reading Book Based Lessons for Elementary Music

Elementary Music, Lessons

No Touch Movement Lessons for Elementary Music

At the end of last year, my principal held a meeting where we just talked. We were on Zoom, we read through the CDC guidelines for going back to school, and thought about what that might possibly mean for us. What that would mean is no students in the cafeteria, no students in the gym,… Continue reading No Touch Movement Lessons for Elementary Music

Elementary Music, Games, Lessons

No Touch Singing Games for Elementary Music

This year has been.... an adventure, to say the least. And it is continuing to be an adventure, as schools reopen and teachers are forced to change their curriculums once again. This time, we are focusing on activities that can be done without touching or being near students... For elementary music teachers, that means no… Continue reading No Touch Singing Games for Elementary Music