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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

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Write the Room : An Exciting Way to Write Rhythms and Melodies

Let’s face it– if you want elementary music students to be able to read and write music, then you need to have them read and write rhythms and melodies. It can feel boring to have them read and write notes on the staff, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be. If… Continue reading Write the Room : An Exciting Way to Write Rhythms and Melodies

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