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Elementary Music, K-2

First Day of School Music Lessons for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

If you don’t think anything can prepare you for teaching kindergarten during back to school season… you’re probably right. Kindergarten back to school music lessons can be ROUGH because they are just so little– and so not used to school or to you. The good news? There are fun things you can do with kindergarten… Continue reading First Day of School Music Lessons for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Music Classroom Set Up

Setting Up Your New Elementary Music Classroom

And just like that, it’s time to set yo your elementary music classroom! Whether you just tore yours down, you’re looking for new ideas, or you are about to get into your classroom for the first time, classroom set up can feel super overwhelming... But it doesn't have to be. Before we get into it,… Continue reading Setting Up Your New Elementary Music Classroom

Elementary Music

How To Teach Elementary Music On The First Day Of School

Annnnd…. We’re back! It’s a new school year, and you are ready to teach elementary music. Except…. What do you do on the first day of school in music class? What lessons do you do on the first day? By the end of this article, you’ll have a simple yet effective plan to get you… Continue reading How To Teach Elementary Music On The First Day Of School

Elementary Music, Folk songs, K-2, Lessons

2 4 6 8 Meet Me at the Garden Gate Clapping Game for Music

Looking for a fun Spring chant to get kids moving AND practice quarter and eighth notes? 2, 4, 6, 8, Meet Me at the Garden Gate is the perfect song to get you through the Spring season. It includes a hand clapping game (I’ll share two versions), and is perfect for teaching ta and titi. … Continue reading 2 4 6 8 Meet Me at the Garden Gate Clapping Game for Music

Centers, Elementary Music

How to Make a (free!) Flower Rhythm Craft for Spring

Ah, Spring. The time of testing, field trips, events, Spring break, and more. With all of the craziness, you may need a one off Spring rhythm lesson– and this flower rhythm craft is the perfect one! It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s different from your normal music activity…. And it’s free! It’s especially perfect if you… Continue reading How to Make a (free!) Flower Rhythm Craft for Spring

Centers

Easy, Low Prep Music Centers Your Kids will Love

You’re ready to increase engagement with centers, buuuuut…. There’s just so many materials. Manipulatives, rhythm cards, flashcards, bingo chips… where do you start? You start with low prep music centers for elementary music. Low prep music centers are elementary music workstations that are easy to set up, easy to explain, but still practice content and… Continue reading Easy, Low Prep Music Centers Your Kids will Love

Elementary Music, Folk songs

4 Frog Songs for Your Elementary Music Students will Love

I was looking through my lesson plans the other day, and I found that I had a lot of songs about frogs. Do I have a thing for frogs? No. But for some reason, frog songs dominate in the lower grade levels. So today, I’m sharing4 fun frog songs– and what to do with them!… Continue reading 4 Frog Songs for Your Elementary Music Students will Love

Elementary Music

Snowman Movement Activity for Winter Music Warm Ups

Why, hello there winter! Just kidding, I live in Georgia, so it's not that cold. That being said, we like to pretend it’s winter here: bundle up in our lightweight jackets while doing fun snow themed music activities! This snowman movement activity is one that I made up last year as we needed something fun… Continue reading Snowman Movement Activity for Winter Music Warm Ups

Books, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

The Snowy Day Music Lesson for Ta and Titi

When it comes to children’s books, The Snowy Day is one of the best. Since I loved a themed lesson, I decided to incorporate this picture book in my elementary music classroom for my kindergarten and first grade music lessons. Learn how to use The Snowy Day music lesson in your elementary music lessons for… Continue reading The Snowy Day Music Lesson for Ta and Titi