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2012-2013 Composers of the Month

8 Sep

Like previous years, in preparation for a new school year and new composers of the month, here is an archive of the composers and resources we studied at Washington Elementary in the 2012-2013 school year. Be sure to check out the Composer of the Month page to learn about the current composers. March-April: William Byrd […]

Bulletin Board Contest

17 Aug

Congratulations to Emily in fifth grade! She won the bulletin board contest and her class will have a Wii party in music class!

Third Grade Pentatonic Compositions

7 Mar

Last year, as second graders, my students composed simple do-mi-so songs and used SMART Notebook software to print and share them (see my post about that project here). Now that those students have learned the extended pentatonic scale (s, l, d r m s l d’), I needed a creative way to get them to […]

2013 Second Grade do-mi-so Compositions

13 Feb

Here are this year’s second grade compositions! To read about the process and download the planning worksheet and SMART Notebook file, please read this previous post. After printing a copy of their own composition for each child, and rather than using even more colored toner to create a bulletin board, I decided to put all […]

Using Web Video as a Tool for Music Education

9 Feb

Below is the Google presentation, including all of the links from the OMEA/TI:ME conference session “Using Web Video as a Tool for Music Education” presented February 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM.   Some additional resources: KeepVid.com – paste a link to a web video, choose your file format, and download! Zamzar.com – free online file […]

Feeling Diminished? Augment Your Professional Development With Social Media

8 Feb

Below is the Google presentation, including all of the links from my OMEA/TI:ME conference session “Feeling Diminished? Augment Your Professional Development With Social Media” presented February 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM.   Watch the whole presentation below!

Rhythm Dice Games

5 Feb

A couple of years ago I spent a ton of time creating a box full of rhythm dice games for my kids to use to review note names and durations. I wanted them to be easy to use and durable so that they could be used as a part of my own lessons or if […]

Creative Movement for Primary Grades

30 Jan

At my school we have half-day kindergarten classes, and these students do not typically attend music, art, or PE class. Some kindergartners who need extra help with reading or with English language acquisition stay for an additional half-day of intervention in these areas. These students get 25 minutes of the special area classes every third […]

“Carol of the Bells” for Orff Ensemble

30 Dec

Every year my school has a Holiday Sing-Along on the last day before winter break. All of the students gather in the gym for about 30 minutes to sing together and have fun while the room parents set up the classrooms for the winter parties. I created a PowerPoint presentation that includes the song lyrics, […]

Tour My Music Classroom!

29 Dec

The photos below are of my classroom. Click on them to enlarge and read details about each one. After scrolling through, at the bottom of the page are some downloads and links to things from my classroom in which you might be interested. If you have any questions about anything, please let me know in […]