Elementary Music, Games

Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

It was so close to winter break that I could almost feel it. But we weren’t there yet, and the kids were bouncing off of the walls. I needed something fun to keep my fourth graders engaged while still working on rhythm. That's where the rhythm ornament relay race came in. This easy holiday music… Continue reading Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

Elementary Music, Folk songs, Games

How to Play Pass the Pumpkin Halloween Singing Game

Looking for a not-so-spooky Halloween song that your kids will love? I’ve got you covered! Pass the Pumpkin is a fun singing game to practice quarter notes, eighth notes, and rest or songs in a minor key. It’s perfect for October, but it’s not specifically “Halloween”, so if you are trying not to be overtly… Continue reading How to Play Pass the Pumpkin Halloween Singing Game

Centers, Elementary Music, Games

How to Play Shark Attack! Rhythm game for elementary music class

You’re doing centers. You’re practicing rhythm. But you’re running out of fun activities to do in centers. Don’t worry, I’ve got you. You need Shark Attack! This fun card game is the perfect way to practice reading rhythms in elementary music class, and the shark theme makes it extra fun.  This rhythm game comes in… Continue reading How to Play Shark Attack! Rhythm game for elementary music class

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

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, 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

3-5, Elementary Music, Games, Lessons

How to Play Lucky Lemons Solfege Board Game

Picture this: Me, teaching online for the millionth time. My students, showing up to every few classes, sometimes coming or going halfway through. It’s March and we’re STILL working on la with second grade. As we have been for weeks. I needed something new, a new solfege board game, and Lucky Lemons was the solution. … Continue reading How to Play Lucky Lemons Solfege Board Game

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