Movement, Uncategorized

Aretha Franklin

Introducing various musicians to my students is always a fun process. They have probably heard "older" songs before but they don't know what kind of music it is or even who is performing. I want to give my students a bigger understanding of the world and introduce them to music they might not always listen… Continue reading Aretha Franklin

Movement, Orff, Uncategorized

Creative Movement – Shapes

I always begin my music lessons with a movement activity.  This could be a folk dance, body percussion, steady beat listening, or just some good creative movement.  Creative movement is my favorite of all; I love seeing my students personalities come out in their movements.  I work hard to develop a feeling of safe space… Continue reading Creative Movement – Shapes

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Solfege, Uncategorized

Engine Engine #9 Melody

Engine, Engine #9 is always a staple in my elementary music classroom. I use it every year, but needed a refresh this year. Check out my first post about this song to see how we started and what we did with rhythm reading. After doing the "Trains" with the Tubanos and rhythm cards we transferred… Continue reading Engine Engine #9 Melody

Orff, Rhythm, Solfege, Uncategorized

Engine Engine #9 Rhythm Trains

Engine, Engine #9 is one of those staples I use every year.  But after doing it for over a decade I needed to find other ways to incorporate the concepts I wanted covered.  I was getting bored with what I was teaching, and I knew that would come across in my delivery to the students.  … Continue reading Engine Engine #9 Rhythm Trains