Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Best Sol Mi Songs for the Elementary Music Classroom

When it comes to teaching solfa, sol and mi is where we start. The best way to get these notes engrained in students’ heads is with sol mi songs– especially sol mi songs. Using sol mi songs allows students to have authentic musical experiences while learning their first two melodic notes. Now, by the time… Continue reading Best Sol Mi Songs for the Elementary Music Classroom

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

Best Games And Lessons To Teach Kids Solfege

Coming up with games and lessons for solfege can seem daunting. You may feel like the only thing to do is to have students read flashcards on the screen. And while I do think there is value in that-- especially before an independent activity-- it’s not all there is to teaching solfege or melody. After… Continue reading Best Games And Lessons To Teach Kids Solfege

Books, Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

The Best Drum Dream Girl Elementary Music Lessons

I am always looking for books to incorporate into my elementary music classes. I found Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle by accident one day-- I think that it was on display in our library. As soon as I picked it up, I knew it was a gem. Since then, I’ve used it many different… Continue reading The Best Drum Dream Girl Elementary Music Lessons

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

Favorite Folk Songs for Hispanic Heritage Month

One of my favorite things about music is that it can transport you all around the world and help you to learn about different cultures. We are always striving to do this in my elementary music classroom. Although I use songs from different cultures all year round, I love any excuse to highlight a culture!… Continue reading Favorite Folk Songs for Hispanic Heritage Month

Elementary Music, Games, K-2, Lessons

Ocean Themed Folk Songs and Ocean Animal Composition Activities

Maybe it's because I live in Savannah, Georgia (on the coast), but I love including ocean themed folk songs, listening activities, and lessons in my elementary music classroom. Every culture around the world has water-themed songs, and most also have ocean songs, which make it a great place to start including pieces from around the… Continue reading Ocean Themed Folk Songs and Ocean Animal Composition Activities

Elementary Music, K-2

Easy + Fun Ways To Teach Sol + Mi With Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright is a fun folk song to teach kindergarten, first grade, and second grade elementary music students about sol and mi or quarter and eighth notes. Although the song is quite common, these lessons are not. Make sure you read down to the extensions so that you get all of the ideas… Continue reading Easy + Fun Ways To Teach Sol + Mi With Star Light, Star Bright

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Little Silver Moon : a Chinese Folk Song Lesson for Quarter Rest

Do you ever find a folk song that you didn’t know existed, but once you did, you couldn’t believe you hadn’t ALWAYS had it? That is how Little Silver Moon is for me. I discovered it at the beginning of this year, and I am now obsessed-- and so are my second graders! Little Silver… Continue reading Little Silver Moon : a Chinese Folk Song Lesson for Quarter Rest

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

The Best Movement Activities For K-1 Elementary Music Lessons

If you want your students to be engaged, you need to have movement activities in your classroom. Movement allows students to feel things in their bodies, get the wiggles out, and be actively engaged in the lesson. In this post, we’re talking about 10 of my favorite lower grade movement activities.  This is certainly not… Continue reading The Best Movement Activities For K-1 Elementary Music Lessons

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