Adaptable Elementary General Music Curriculum (K-6): Year-Long Bundle
This is a complete curriculum resource for K-6 general music. It is designed to be adapted to a variety of teaching needs. The material is organized by concept within each month rather than scripted lessons (a sample lesson sequence is included for your reference)- you can design your own specific lesson plans based on the standards you need to address, the amount of class time you have, and the students and resources you have in your classes.
Elementary Music Supplies: My top picks in order of priority
Elementary Music Supplies: my top picks in order of priority for elementary band, choir, and general music. A list created by a elementary music teacher.
5 Tips for Teaching Improvisation in Elementary Music
With more focus on creating in the new National Core Arts Standards, more music teachers are looking at ways to incorporate improvisation and composition into their classrooms. It can be intimidating and nebulous to think through concrete ways to "teach" improvisation, especially with young students, so I thought I would share some of my favorite tips and strategies for teaching improvisation today.
April Highlights 2021
April is probably my favorite month of the year as a music teacher and mother. I love the change in weather, all the blooms that come out, and the mood in the classroom- people aren't super antsy for summer yet but more cheerful since we aren't cooped up inside all day any more. This April brought some extra fun and excitement for me! Here are some of the highlights from the past month.
10 Items Every Music Teacher Should Include in their Planner
A new year means lots of people resolving to be more organized- this time of year makes me giddy! To get you started on the right foot this year, I've got my top 10 things for music teachers to include in their planner. How many of these do you have in your planner? All of these items are things that I have found very helpful to include in my planner and have, in most cases, been tracking in my planner for several years now with no plans to stop.
March Highlights 2021
As this milestone month comes to a close, it's time to look back on some of the highlights both in my music classroom and with my family. It was a month of ups and downs to be sure!
Elementary Music: lessons for the end of the year
End of the year lessons for elementary music classes created by a music teacher. These lessons will keep students engaged in their music lessons even when the sun is out and the birds are chirping in the spring.
What's in a Name? Name Games and Songs.
Names, names, oh how special they are! And how tough for us music, art, PE, library, etc. teachers to learn the hundreds of them each year. Here are a few activities to help you the first few weeks of school, and these are SO fun!! Pinkie swear promise!--Sing a Song, Play a Game
5 Ways to Advocate for Your Music Program
Whether we like it or not, advocating for our school music programs is part of our reality as music teachers. While it can be exhausting constantly having to justify our existence, we have to be our own advocates if we want our students to have access to the best possible music education. Here are 5 concrete, practical ways you can advocate for your music program.
Favorite Tech Tools for Composition in Elementary Music
One of the best things to come out of this pandemic is the technology infrastructure that we've been forced to put in place. And one of the most powerful ways I've been able to incorporate the new one-to-one devices my students have into my lessons is composition. Today I want to share my 3 favorite tools to use for composition in elementary music: all available free online with no accounts to set up and with the ability to save and share creations.
Hybrid Technology Setup for Concurrent Music Teaching
I've been teaching concurrently- synchronous distance learners and in-person students in the same class at the same time- since the beginning of this school year, and I have been on the hunt for a technology setup that streamlines my teaching the whole time. After trying out several solutions this is the one that has worked best for me, and I hope other music teachers find this useful as well!
Getting Started with Blooket in the Elementary Music Classroom
Learn how to get started with Blooket in your elementary music classroom with a free question set that's ready to go.
Bringing Hip-Hop to the Music Room
Today we're tackling a specific musical genre that has been largely ignored by mainstream music teachers in the United States: hip-hop. It's pretty mind-blowing to think about just how little we even reference hip-hop in music class compared to how widespread its popularity is outside of the school setting. My hope is to give music teachers some simple entry points to help us at least begin to scratch the surface.
Music Teacher Fireside Chat: pandemic edition
Today I'm sharing something simple but so very special: a peek into life on the ground with 4 of us, all teaching elementary general music in different ways around the country! We represent full virtual teaching, posting online lessons, in the music room, on a cart, hybrid models, and everything in between
Music In Our Schools Month® 2021: "Sound of My Heart" Song Bracket
This year the MIOSM® theme is "Music: The Sound of My Heart". Although I've been celebrating MIOSM in some form or fashion since my first year of teaching, this year is going to be different because of the pandemic as well- our district is in a hybrid model, with some students in person and some participating live online, so not everything I've done in the past will work. One of the things I'll definitely be doing is another song bracket!