Elementary Music, Lessons

Best Nutcracker Elementary Music Lessons for the Holiday Season

When it comes to December, every elementary music teacher has The Nutcracker on repeat. This is for good reason-- Tchaikovsky’s ballet is absolutely beautiful and has some incredible music. After reading this article, you’ll have 4 (new!) Nutcracker music lessons to use with your general music class. Before we get started, I wanted to mention… Continue reading Best Nutcracker Elementary Music Lessons for the Holiday Season

Elementary Music, Lessons

9 Thanksgiving Music Lessons for Elementary Music Class

With all of the holidays that happen at the end of the year, I have to say, Thanksgiving definitely gets looked over. The fact that the stores were already covered in Christmas decor by mid-October suggest that. In my elementary music lessons, I definitely look over Thanksgiving. I see my students for a week at… Continue reading 9 Thanksgiving Music Lessons for Elementary Music Class

Books, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

The Best Drum Dream Girl Elementary Music Lessons

I am always looking for books to incorporate into my elementary music classes. I found Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle by accident one day-- I think that it was on display in our library. As soon as I picked it up, I knew it was a gem. Since then, I’ve used it many different… Continue reading The Best Drum Dream Girl Elementary Music Lessons

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

Favorite Folk Songs for Hispanic Heritage Month

One of my favorite things about music is that it can transport you all around the world and help you to learn about different cultures. We are always striving to do this in my elementary music classroom. Although I use songs from different cultures all year round, I love any excuse to highlight a culture!… Continue reading Favorite Folk Songs for Hispanic Heritage Month

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