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Easy Ways to Add More Instruments to Elementary Music Lessons

Recently, I asked for questions on Instagram (@beccasmusicroom), and many people asked a variation of, “How do we play more instruments in elementary music class?!” I was so relieved to get that question, because for years, I have been wondering this question and thinking that I was alone in having a hard time with adding… Continue reading Easy Ways to Add More Instruments to Elementary Music Lessons

Elementary Music, Management

Elementary Music Classroom Management for Instruments

Elementary music can be so much fun– or it can give you a giant headache. Seriously, it gets loud– especially when you are using instruments. So how do you handle classroom management for instruments? Is it possible to have a chaos free classroom when you are using instruments? The short answer? Yes.  The longer answer… Continue reading Elementary Music Classroom Management for Instruments

Elementary Music, Games, K-2, Lessons

Using The Wolf Singing Game (We Are Dancing) in Elementary Music

Wolf (AKA We are Dancing) is one of my third graders’ all time favorite singing games. The Wolf singing game is simple, it is fun, and it can be used to practice quarter and eighth notes or la.  This song has an official game, and also a way-that-we-play the game that is much less chaotic. We'll… Continue reading Using The Wolf Singing Game (We Are Dancing) in Elementary Music

Elementary Music

The Best Halloween Folk Songs for Elementary Music

Halloween is coming up, so let’s sing some Halloween folk songs in your elementary music room!  Now, full disclosure, I am not huge into Halloween, so most of these just dance around the topics of Halloween, with pumpkins, cats, and more. This is perfect, though, in case you want to add a tiny bit of… Continue reading The Best Halloween Folk Songs for Elementary Music

Centers

How I run Centers in my Elementary Music Classroom

I love using centers in my elementary music, but sometimes it can be hard to see how they actually work in someone’s classroom. Although we can talk about ideas, lessons, rules, etc; it’s not the same as seeing centers in my elementary music classroom. Since I can’t invite all of you into my classroom, we’re… Continue reading How I run Centers in my Elementary Music Classroom

Centers, Differentiation

Your Simple Guide to Differentiation in Centers (for music!)

Doing centers in the elementary music room has a ton of benefits, but one of the main benefits is that it supports differentiation. Differentiation in centers is so easy because the students are already split up into groups– so giving them assignments on their levels is much easier. If you’re ready to get started with… Continue reading Your Simple Guide to Differentiation in Centers (for music!)

Centers, Management

Music Classroom Management for Centers to Calm the Chaos

Elementary music centers are one of the best things to ever happen to my music room, but they can be tricky. Classroom management in centers is completely different than classroom management in whole group situations, because the kids are working independently. There are a lot of things going on at the same time, and it… Continue reading Music Classroom Management for Centers to Calm the Chaos

Centers

Why you need to be using centers in elementary music

If I had to look at one thing that has revolutionized my teaching, it would be elementary music centers. Using music centers or work stations has changed my whole teaching strategy for the better.  And what’s more– the kids love it too. Want some proof that music centers are great? Typically at the end of… Continue reading Why you need to be using centers in elementary music

Elementary Music, Games

How to Play Kaboom! in Elementary Music Class

When it comes to teaching elementary music, fun is one of the most important words. You want students to love music, and fun is how you get there. When it comes to reading music, it can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be. Enter: Kaboom! Kaboom is my students’ favorite elementary music centers game,… Continue reading How to Play Kaboom! in Elementary Music Class