3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

My Best Movement Activities for 4 and 5 Grade Music

One of the most common questions that I get is, “What do I do with older elementary students?” I get it. Fourth and fifth grade students can be tough  to teach elementary music. They may deem activities too childish, they are more self conscious about singing, and a million other things all contribute to them… Continue reading My Best Movement Activities for 4 and 5 Grade Music

3-5, Elementary Music

Fun and Easy Waltz Lesson for Upper Elementary Music

When it comes to listening to Classical Music, a lot of teachers groan about how difficult it is to get students actively engaged and enjoying it. Whether or not that is you, you’re in the right place! This is a lesson that I used with my 4-5 grade students to learn about the style of… Continue reading Fun and Easy Waltz Lesson for Upper Elementary Music

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

10 Greatest Spirituals for Elementary Music Class

Spirituals are one of my favorite styles of music to teach. I sprinkle them throughout the whole year, but this year I am doing a more intentional spiritual unit with my fourth and fifth grade music students. We will be doing some of my favorite spirituals for elementary music. Today, I’m sharing them with you!… Continue reading 10 Greatest Spirituals for Elementary Music Class

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Exciting Chants to use in 4 and 5 Grade Music Class

Pulling teeth to get older elementary students singing? Using chants may be the way to go. Chants allow students to focus on rhythm, learn music, and not have to sing. Today, we're going over exciting chants to use in 4 and 5 grade music class. This post is especially relevant right now. I'm writing this… Continue reading Exciting Chants to use in 4 and 5 Grade Music Class

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

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