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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 […]

Second Grade Mozart Study

9 Jul

In the Hilliard City Schools music course of study, students inĀ 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2011-2012 Composers of the Month

30 Aug

Like last year, 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 2011-2012 school year. Be sure to check out the Composer of the Month page to learn about the 2012-2013 composers. February/March: Antonio Vivaldi […]

Nutcracker Lessons for Elementary Music

28 Jan

What are we going to do this December? The same thing we do every December: learn about Tchiakovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker. I mean, why not? Tchaikovsky is widely regarded as a master composer, the music is interesting and familiar, the kids love the story, and ballet is an important art form to expose kids to. […]

A Refreshing Start to Year Nine

3 Nov

Year Nine?!??!? Yes, I am solidly into my ninth year of teaching elementary music. I can hardly believe that it was well over a decade ago that I decided to become a music educator. Last year was a difficult one for me. I had a hard time getting as excited as I used to about […]

2010-2011 Composers of the Month

1 Aug

In preparation for the new school year, I have archived last year’s Washington Elementary composers of the month here as a blog post. As you revisit these composers, are there any requests for composers for the upcoming year? Like last year, I will be working with Mr. Stevens, our art teacher, to try to find […]