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2013-2014 Composer Studies

6 Oct

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky   First graders in the Hilliard City Schools study the life and works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Additionally, the students love the music of The Nutcracker so much, we look forward to studying it each year with all grades around the winter holidays. You can listen to some podcasts about Tchaikovsky and […]

Recorder Resources

5 Oct

Rhythm Practice Click here for the pie rhythm maker to practice your note names and durations.   Treble Clef Practice How quickly can you name the notes of the treble staff? You can go to Mr. Riley’s site and log in to track your score. Teachers, if you are interested in having class accounts created to track your […]

First Grade Composers – Throwback Thursday #tbt

14 Aug

In preparation for a major website overhaul, I was looking through all of my student pages for pictures I just had to keep. Here are my favorites for Throwback Thursday! Washington Elementary 2013-2014 first graders showing off their first rhythm compositions!

Second Grade Mozart Study

9 Jul

In the Hilliard City Schools music course of study, students in grades 1-6 study a different master composer each year. Second grade’s composer is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We spent many music classes learning about Mozart’s life and times, as well as watching performance videos, listening to, and moving to selected works. The culminating project of our […]

Third Grade Orchestra Family Projects

26 Apr

After studying the four orchestra families, I decided to allow my third grade students their choice of how to demonstrate their learning. Each class created a rubric that guided the projects, but it was completely up to the students whether they worked in a small group or alone, and they got to choose the medium for their final product. […]

What Do Music Teachers Do On Snow Days?

6 Jan

What do music teachers do on snow days? Well, today, we danced! Eight of the Hilliard elementary music teachers got together today to learn folk dances we can teach our students. Here are links to the resources we discussed today at our professional development. Les Saluts (p. 125) and Ducec (p. 208), dances from Phyllis […]

Nutcracker Lessons 2013

1 Jan

Every year in December, I teach themes from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker to grades 1-4. This year I used some old ideas and added a couple of new ones as well. Here is Mrs. Tackett’s third grade class performing their original choreography to “Trepak” at our all-school holiday sing-along on the last day before winter […]

Upcoming Musical Television Events!

2 Dec

In music classes, I have been telling my students about two upcoming musical television events/programs that may be of interest to them and their families. Below is some additional information about The Sound of Music Live! and the return of The Sing-Off for a fourth season. The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood as […]

Strummin’ on the Old Banjo

20 Nov

Third graders recently learned the rhythm “tika-tika,” also known as four sixteenth notes. One of the songs I use to teach this rhythmic concept is “Dinah.”   After singing this song and dictating the rhythm, one of the students asked, “What’s a banjo?” It hadn’t occurred to me that they might not know this! So […]

Navigate to Mrs. Riley’s Online Music Games

15 Nov

Watch the video below to see how to get to Mrs. Riley’s super popular Online Music Games page. Thanks to Washington Elementary fifth graders, Ava and Maggie for creating this video!     Have fun playing the online music games!