Friday, March 28, 2014

Dot Composing

Fourth Graders have recently learned "Chicken on a Fencepost".  We learned the melody, played a fun game with a rubber chicken and then deciphered the rhythm.  In this piece we discovered quarter notes, eighth notes and 16th notes.  Our next activity was to compose with dots.  Students decided how many sounds they wanted to hear on each beat and placed the same number of dots into "beat boxes".  Then they wrote the notation for their creations and we performed some of them as a class.

One of my favorite parts of this project is the titles the students create.  I explain that somewhere in their title they have to use the word "dot".  Here are some of the clever ones I saw this year:

Dot Road Anthem

I’m Dotty and I Know It

Dot This Down

We Dot the Beat

The Dot of the Tiger

Party Like You are a Dot Star

Jesus Loves Dots

Just Dot It

Can’t Dot This

What Does the Dot Say?

Dot Me Maybe
Such creative minds!  I just loved doing this project with them.  Teachers: Download the lesson here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

There's No Business Like SNOW Business

I love a snow day as much as anyone I know.  Maybe more!  This year we've had 24!  I took this board down not too long ago.  It highlights careers in the music entertainment business like music video director, TV theme song composer, bandleader and more.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bok! Growl! Purrrrr!

Bok! Growl! Purr!

What's that?  The sound of 1st and 2nd graders getting ready for their spring concert on April 3rd.  Mark your calendars now for the concert that will start at 7:00.  More information will be sent home soon!

Wishlist Wednesday

I love using resources that were created by other teachers.  I think they are well thought out and student tested.  I make many of my own resources and I purchase many from sites like TeachersPayTeachers.  Knowing that many of the visitors to this blog are music teachers I thought I'd share some news with you!  

This Thursday and Friday, TpT is having a huge sale!  Enter the code TPT3 when you check out on February 27 and 28 for ten percent off.  Many sellers, including myself, are holding sales for 20% off.  This means your combined savings is 28% off the listed price!   I've created a wish list of items that you might be interested in and am participating in the Wish List Wednesday Linky Party.

So, here's my list of awesome things that you may want to put in your cart.
This bundle includes a matching game, a complete (and colorful) bulletin board, worksheets and a set of exit tickets.  You can also get any of the elements separately.  I love that this makes this unit so much more engaging.
Do you use these in your classroom?  They are a fabulous way to do formative assessment.  They provide you a snapshot of what students know.  There are several kinds available in this bundle.  I love using the Instruments set with my amazing third graders as we work through instrument families.  You can easily work these in to the last 10 minutes of your class.  (Often times much less time!)
Oh my goodness!  Such a great deal and so adorable!  I think that my Kindergarteners will love these as we begin our spring nursery rhyme unit.
I've used the Brass and String units by Sara Bibee and love them!  Actually my students love them and even a substitute teacher commented about how great they are.  Clear, detailed and precise information with many links to video examples that keep students interested.

It seems that winter is never going to end in Missouri as there are three days with snow in the forecast for the next week.  These rhythmic ostinato cards would be a great activity for a gray and snowy morning in music class for my second graders.

Singing with a Sub by Aileen Miracle

Every year I say I am going to be more organized.  I think with this little gem, I could be!  This is a large pack of resources to make preparing to be gone for a day or two a little easier.
Why have I never used the I Have, Who Has game in my classroom?  I think I'm going to love this set by Music a al Abbott.  Three different sets of cards are included so I think I'll be able to use it with several grades.  I love it when that happens!
Weevily Wheat Musical Multiplication Facts by Karen Stafford's Music Cure for the Common Core
My fifth graders study music of the westward expansion and lots of American folk songs.  I think this product may make a great addition to my plans for this spring.  Is it music? Is it math?  I don't care.  It looks like fun!
Whew...I just realized that these gems are just the tip of the iceberg as far as my wish list goes!  I hope you find something useful for your classroom!

Bearytones Trip to the Mall

Totally TV Christmas Photos