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

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

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Free Snowball Fight Winter Music Lesson for Treble Clef or Solfege

If you’re looking for a fun, free winter music lesson, you are in the right place. This free snowball fight music lesson is just what you need to get your kids engaged in reading and writing music-- specifically solfege or treble clef. They get to have a fun snowball fight, and you get an assessment–… Continue reading Free Snowball Fight Winter Music Lesson for Treble Clef or Solfege

Centers, Centers, Elementary Music, Lessons

How to Make a (free!) Turkey Rhythm Craft for Thanksgiving

The month of November can be weird at school– you’ve just finished up Halloween and October craziness, and there’s barely any time until Christmas season. November is a short month with Thanksgiving break in the middle, so it can be hard to know what to teach for the two or three weeks that you’re teaching.… Continue reading How to Make a (free!) Turkey Rhythm Craft for Thanksgiving

3-5, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons, Listening lessons

The Best Halloween Listening Lessons for Elementary Music

Why, hello there October! October is a fun time in the music room, because this is when things get spooky. Even though I don’t typically do “Halloween” lessons, this time of year, I tend to pull out some pieces in minor keys, and just more spooky ones. Here are some of my favorite Halloween listening… Continue reading The Best Halloween Listening Lessons for Elementary Music

3-5, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons, Listening lessons

Teaching In the Hall of the Mountain King in Elementary Music

It’s spooky season, and that means….. In the Hall of the Mountain King! This is one of my favorite listening selections of the year, and I use it in almost every grade level in my elementary music classroom.  In this blog post, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to teach In the Hall of… Continue reading Teaching In the Hall of the Mountain King in Elementary Music

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons, Listening lessons

Teaching Quarter Rest with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

If you’re looking to spice up your quarter rest lessons, then add some listening lessons! We tend to focus on singing when it comes to teaching new concepts, but there are also classical pieces that include elements that we teach in elementary music. This lesson, quarter rest with Beethoven, includes movement, instruments, and introducing quarter… Continue reading Teaching Quarter Rest with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

3-5, Elementary Music, Games, Lessons

Love Somebody Singing Game for Upper Grades

Looking for a singing game that your fourth and fifth grade music students will love? Love Somebody is a fun singing game that is perfect for practicing sixteenth notes, chords, and singing.  Although this is a great Valentine’s Day song, we use is all year long.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QadyPp_WYH4 The song Love Somebody Download the free PDF… Continue reading Love Somebody Singing Game for Upper Grades

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