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!

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 […]