3-5, Elementary Music, Games, Lessons

How to Play Lucky Lemons Solfege Board Game

Picture this: Me, teaching online for the millionth time. My students, showing up to every few classes, sometimes coming or going halfway through. It’s March and we’re STILL working on la with second grade. As we have been for weeks. I needed something new, a new solfege board game, and Lucky Lemons was the solution. … Continue reading How to Play Lucky Lemons Solfege Board Game

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

Elementary Music, Management

The Best Classroom Management Tools (that you already have!)

When it comes to teaching.... There's a lot going on. So if there is anything that I can use that will help my day run more smoothly, I am going to take it. In this post, I’m sharing some of the classroom management tools that help my day go more smoothly– and most of these… Continue reading The Best Classroom Management Tools (that you already have!)

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

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

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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

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