Elementary Music, Games

Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

It was so close to winter break that I could almost feel it. But we weren’t there yet, and the kids were bouncing off of the walls. I needed something fun to keep my fourth graders engaged while still working on rhythm. That’s where the rhythm ornament relay race came in. This easy holiday music… Continue reading Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

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

Self Care

Music Teachers’ Guide to Self Care During the Holidays

The Holiday season is the best time of the year. Everyone is a little happier and gives a little bit more. It’s full of sparkle and music and peppermint everything. But everyone knows the Holidays can get stressful. That is even more true when you are a music teacher. If you are not careful, music… Continue reading Music Teachers’ Guide to Self Care During the Holidays

Centers, Elementary Music

The Best Thanksgiving Centers for Elementary Music

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving can be such a weird time in the elementary music classroom– you have a short month, it’s sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, and you might be working on holiday concerts. If you need something fun to do (that doesn’t require your FULL attention), then you should try Thanksgiving centers for elementary music… Continue reading The Best Thanksgiving Centers for Elementary Music

Elementary Music, Management

Classroom Management for Elementary Music Teachers

Classroom management is a term used to describe keeping a classroom full of children functioning throughout the day. This includes all of the rituals, routines, structure, and more that allows you to keep your classroom running. But classroom management for elementary music teachers is a a little bit different than for classroom teachers, so after… Continue reading Classroom Management for Elementary Music Teachers

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The Best Folk Songs for Hanukkah Elementary Music Lessons

When it comes to December in the music room, it’s important to come up with holiday music lessons for all of your students, and to showcase different groups of people. One of the ways that you can do that is with songs for Hanukkah!  Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday at the end of November or… Continue reading The Best Folk Songs for Hanukkah Elementary Music Lessons

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

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!)

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