Children's Church, Elementary Music

Christmas Tree Hunt and Music Charades

So I started my TPT shop in September. So when it came to Christmas, I said, “I’m only going to make one or two Christmas products.” Then I made five. Three of them are from my classroom, so it’s not as bad as it sounds. Then I said, I’m not going to make any more… Continue reading Christmas Tree Hunt and Music Charades

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Christmas Rhythm Composition with K-1

When it comes to rhythm, especially in the younger grades, some things are easier to teach than others. Making rhythms that match songs– easy. Repeating rhythms– easy. Even reading rhythms– easy. But what about improvisation and composition? That’s a little harder. I talked about improvisation and how I set that up in my Rain v.… Continue reading Christmas Rhythm Composition with K-1

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Christmas Music Lesson: 12 Days of Christmas

Ah, Christmas. So many songs, so little time. Every year I feel like I cannot narrow down how many songs I want to do. How do you get to them all? Anyway, my fourth and fifth graders are in the middle of a huge recorder unit, and I did not want to put that on… Continue reading Christmas Music Lesson: 12 Days of Christmas

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

Music Christmas Game: Oh Christmas Tree

Are you looking for some really fun Christmas lessons? I feel like I am always looking for ideas, and I have a hard time narrowing down the amount of songs that are available for the holidays. I was looking for a song that was common enough that I wanted all of my students to know,… Continue reading Music Christmas Game: Oh Christmas Tree

3-5, Children's Church, Lessons

Children’s Church Christmas Lesson for Kids Who Know the Christmas Story

Let’s be honest: I have a hard time teaching Children’s Church on Christmas and Easter. The Christmas lesson is particularly difficult. Yes, I guess it should be the easiest days to teach. But it is not. It is difficult because all of my kids know the Christmas story and the Easter story. My group is 10-15… Continue reading Children’s Church Christmas Lesson for Kids Who Know the Christmas Story

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Best End of Year Music Lessons for Upper Grades

It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally here! Well…. Almost. It’s almost the end of the school year… so how do you keep kids engaged right now?! The upper grades (third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade) can be even more difficult to make music lesson plans for, because they are older and sometimes think they… Continue reading Best End of Year Music Lessons for Upper Grades

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

Best Games And Lessons To Teach Kids Solfege

Coming up with games and lessons for solfege can seem daunting. You may feel like the only thing to do is to have students read flashcards on the screen. And while I do think there is value in that– especially before an independent activity– it’s not all there is to teaching solfege or melody. After… Continue reading Best Games And Lessons To Teach Kids Solfege

Books, Elementary Music

The Best Picture Books for Jazz in Elementary Music

Happy Black History Month! Let’s talk picture books for Jazz! Last year, I shared a ton of different books for Black History Month, and this year I wanted to focus on Jazz. All of these books are intended for the elementary music classroom, although some are better for lower grades and some for upper grades.… Continue reading The Best Picture Books for Jazz in Elementary Music