Grasping a Teachable, Musical Moment to Write

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Tweet Sometimes you have such a teachable moment and you just have to go with it.  That’s what happened the other day during my class’s Active Listening time at snack.  Each day my students and I listen to music – one piece per week.  We listen, discuss and learn about music and how music is […]

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The Story in the Backwater Blues

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Tweet Music tells the tale.   That is the title of a book sitting in my bookshelf at home.  It contains some of the great music from history and the stories that are told through the instrumented notes.  Well, today I want to reintroduce you to a song that contains a story not only in its […]

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The Blues, Storytelling and Science

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Tweet For the past few weeks, my students have been learning about “Land and Water.”  They’ve been conducting experiments, learning about the water cycle, making it rain, observing erosion, carving out riverbeds and watching the power of water. This week, we started listening to the blues and to kick things off, I chose Backwater Blues […]

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Music and Literacy ALL Month

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Tweet This month we celebrate literacy!  So, I wanted to share some resources with you that may help to keep you inspired as the month moves on.  First, for a listing of all the resources on this website, please check out the literacy tag.  We have numerous posts by a variety of authors on the […]

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Reading and Drumming

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Tweet The school year is in full swing and reading is filling the air in my fourth grade classroom.  We read independently, in groups, with partners, as a whole class, as a read aloud, online and hopefully at home as well.   Let’s face it, reading is a very important part of an elementary school classroom.  […]

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Reflections on RSCON3 – Music and Reading

Tweet I was fortunate to have presented again at the Reform Symposium – 3 days of free webinars given by teachers and educators from around the world.  It was another great experience.  I presented on “Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers.”  I find this topic very interesting and was so excited to share […]

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Music IS Language

Tweet “Music is the universal language of mankind.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Ask any musician or music lover and they will agree that music, is in and of itself, a language.  You can be literate in music.   And once this happens whether you become literate in reading, writing, creating or listening to music, a […]

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ESL, Literacy and Jazz

Tweet Judy DeFilippo supervises student teachers getting their MATESL degree at Simmons College and is an ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist.  She has authored and co-authored numerous textbooks for ESL students including So to Speak 1 and 2, Grammar Plus, and Great Dictations.  All her books are available on Amazon. Over the years, Judy […]

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Lyrics and Literacy

Tweet Oddly enough, it’s been almost an entire month of writing about music and literacy and I haven’t even mentioned lyrics in music! Well, now is the time. Of course lyrics are a natural connection music has to literacy. They are authentic texts!  Composers and song writers go through their own creative writing process to […]

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