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

6 Ways to Teach What a Wonderful World for Elementary Music

April is Jazz month! The last few weeks, we’ve been talking all about ideas for teaching jazz (you can check out ideas for upper grades here or for lower grades here). Today, we’re talking all about activities for What a Wonderful World in elementary music.  I use this song with every grade level, just with… Continue reading 6 Ways to Teach What a Wonderful World for Elementary Music

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Jazz Lessons for Lower Elementary Music that are Simple + Fun

Pretty much every Spring, we will learn about jazz in my music class. Sometimes I align it with April, which is Jazz month. Other times I align it with Black History Month in February. Either way, if you’re looking for some Jazz lessons, here are some Jazz lessons for lower elementary students.  If you want… Continue reading Jazz Lessons for Lower Elementary Music that are Simple + Fun

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

The Best Chants for Lower Elementary Music Class

Using chants for lower elementary music class is always a staple, but it is even more important in the 202-2021 school year. A lot of people are teaching online (that's me still!), and many people are in school but not allowed to sing. Chants are the perfect solution to this issue-- students can still learn… Continue reading The Best Chants for Lower Elementary Music Class

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

The Best Movement Activities for 2-3 Grade Elementary Music Class

Looking for simple and fun music lessons? These movement activities for 2-3 grade elementary music class are just the ticket! These lessons are for second and third grade. They will help students to learn about rhythm, form, singing, and also have fun. Plus, the movement will help them get the wiggles out, which is a… Continue reading The Best Movement Activities for 2-3 Grade Elementary Music Class

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Greatest Music Activities for Hanukkah, Hanukkah (teaching half note!)

One of my new favorite December lessons is the song Hanukkah, Hanukkah. There are a lot of different music activities for Hanukkah, Hanukkah that you can do, but I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorites! When looking for holiday songs last December, I really looked for songs and lessons where students… Continue reading Greatest Music Activities for Hanukkah, Hanukkah (teaching half note!)

3-5, Elementary Music, Games, K-2

How to Use Boom Cards in Elementary Music

Have you ever heard of Boom cards? I learned about them in Spring of 2020, although, if we're honest, I did NOT have the brain space to think about them because..... #corona Later that summer, though, I investigated Boom cards, and I'm in love! Using boom cards in elementary music has been so great for… Continue reading How to Use Boom Cards in Elementary Music

3-5, Elementary Music, Games, K-2

How to do Candy Bar Composition for Halloween Fun

Halloween…. A teacher’s nightmare…. When it comes to Halloween/Halloween time, I try to “harness the power of the candy” instead of trying to get kids to sit still. I do that in two ways: I either do movement activities, or we do centers. One center activity that I like to do is candy bar composition.… Continue reading How to do Candy Bar Composition for Halloween Fun

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

The Very Best Halloween Lessons For Elementary Music

Halloween makes kids crazy, but it is so much fun! Whether you can celebrate Halloween officially at your school or not, it is fun to get a little bit into the Halloween spirit with some Halloween lessons for elementary music class. Many of these qualify as fall, so if you don't do Halloween at your… Continue reading The Very Best Halloween Lessons For Elementary Music

3-5, Elementary Music, Games, K-2, Lessons

How to Play Asteroid! An Active Rhythm Game

Teaching music on a normal year is difficult. On a normal year, I am constantly looking for ways to get students reading music while having fun and being active in music. This year, with some people teaching music on a cart, 6 feet away from their students, other people teaching music virtually, and some music… Continue reading How to Play Asteroid! An Active Rhythm Game

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Feed the Monster Rhythm Game (for Centers!)

Rhythms centers can be really fun.. or really boring, depending on how you handle them. My kids always love them, because I try to include at least one game. Now, I love to stick to crowd favorites, like Kaboom! (seriously, they are disappointed it we don't play this one!) or Go Fish (yes, even my… Continue reading Feed the Monster Rhythm Game (for Centers!)