3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

DIY Music Manipulative: Battleship

Funny story: Last year, I was working really hard to get my students to learn the notes of the treble clef. Towards the beginning of this adventure, I gave them all staves to look at, and bingo chips. I’d say, “Put a chip on line one. Put one on space four.” And on and on.… Continue reading DIY Music Manipulative: Battleship

Differentiation, Elementary Music

Easy-Peasy Differentiation in the Music Room

Differentiation. Woo that is a scary word… especially if you teach elementary music. We tend to sit through lectures and professional developments about differentiation and shudder in despair. I can’t do that, we think. This doesn’t apply to me. Well…. Yes and no. Now, some lessons really don’t lend themselves to differentiation. Some do. And… Continue reading Easy-Peasy Differentiation in the Music Room

Management, PBIS

An Easy (and fun!) School Wide PBIS Incentive

PBIS takes on many different shapes in today’s schools. We use it for individuals, classes, schools, etc. As part of our school’s PBIS plan, we have a school wide PBIS incentive periodically. Last year we did things once a nine weeks, this year the plan is to kick it up to once a month. For… Continue reading An Easy (and fun!) School Wide PBIS Incentive

Elementary Music, Management

Music Centers Classroom Management for Bad Classes

If you have been teaching music for longer than a day, you will know that not all classes are well behaved. If you have had your kids for a few weeks, you will have already figured out which the “good classes” versus the “bad classes”. It is easy to let the bad classes rule your… Continue reading Music Centers Classroom Management for Bad Classes

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Free K-2 Music Lesson: A Train Jazz Lesson

All month, I have been sharing Jazz resources with you (since April is Jazz month!). I shared ideas for incorporating jazz and a jazz lesson on the song Blue Skies (which includes scarves!). This week I have another jazz lesson on the song A Train. Now, if it is not April, do not panic. Jazz… Continue reading Free K-2 Music Lesson: A Train Jazz Lesson

Elementary Music, Management

Routines You Need in the Music Room

All teachers know that classroom management is essential for learning. This is very true in the music room—without classroom management, how can you play instruments or do dances? An essential part of classroom management are routines. Routines keep things orderly. And if students do them enough, they will be so second nature that you do… Continue reading Routines You Need in the Music Room

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Free 3-5 Music Lesson: Boomwhackers and Science

Boomwhackers. I love Boomwhackers. I love to use them for everything, really. Rhythms, chords, etc. This is a super simple, mini science lesson that I like to use with Boomwhackers. In Georgia at least, they talk about the science of sound in 1st grade and 4th grade. I have used parts of this with all… Continue reading Free 3-5 Music Lesson: Boomwhackers and Science

Elementary Music, Management

Really Specific Classroom Management Systems for the Music Room

Classroom management systems in the music room…. It can be a difficult thing. It is difficult because elementary music teachers teach every single kid in the whole school. And some classes are better behaved than others. And unfortunately, we still have to deal with the really difficult classes. And we all know, that nothing gets… Continue reading Really Specific Classroom Management Systems for the Music Room

Elementary Music

Lessons from my First Semester Teaching Elementary Music

The week before Christmas break was hectic. It included my first PTA performance, my first field trip, eight parties for good behavior, 43 Christmas sing alongs, three songs sung in front of the church (twice!), a church Christmas party, one dress rehearsal, and two concerts. And that is not to mention the actual teaching part… Continue reading Lessons from my First Semester Teaching Elementary Music

Elementary Music, Organization

Tips for Keeping on Top of Lesson Planning

Lesson planning. AKA the bane of most teachers’ existence. I cannot wait until I have taught for a while, so that I will have more lesson ideas. Sometimes I feel so stuck for fun lesson ideas, and it seems to take me forever to write a lesson. Because I sometimes find it difficult, I have… Continue reading Tips for Keeping on Top of Lesson Planning