Musical Experiences – Listening in the Classroom

Tweet Listening to music with your students can be a huge community builder. AND it is something that nearly any teacher can do in his or her classroom. (Even I can do it working in an open concept school!) It’s a simple concept, really: to listen to music each day with your students. It can […]

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Musical Experiences – Composing in the Classroom

Tweet In the spirit of Music in Our Schools month, I would like to reflect some more on how music can build community, this time through composition. With MCAS (Massachusetts’s high stakes test) next week, I think it is necessary to give my students a balance of testing with play. We WILL go outside and […]

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4th Grade Boys and Chopin

Tweet Every month, I introduce my students to a new composer or genre and for that month, we listen to the music of that composer or genre everyday during snack. Last month, our focus was on Chopin. Undoubtedly, there are students that make a connection with the music or composers that we listen to, be […]

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Musical Experiences – Playing in the Classroom

Tweet Music is a powerful tool to use in your teaching. It gives students a chance to be creative, to play and find structure – all at once! Best yet, is that it will help you to build community with your students. It’s all about experiences – building experiences, sharing experiences, reflecting on them and […]

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Beethoven's Birthday – a December Holiday

Tweet Yes, in my family, it seems that Beethoven’s birthday is its own little holiday. No, we do not have a party or exchange gifts, but we do remember that on December 16th a most magnificent man, one who changed music forever, was born. My grandfather was, to say the least, a fan of Beethoven’s […]

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Linking Music to Reading

Tweet I had the first day of school professional development days this past week and it continued to amaze me how much reading and music are linked! They are innately very similar processes and it’s not just in their appreciation and skill, but in the developmental continuum. In appreciation and skill: The parallels between reading […]

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The Music-Literacy Connection

Tweet When you think of music, do you think of literacy? Chances are you do not. But the two disciplines have a lot in common and we teachers can take advantage of these similarities to help our students become motivated learners. Over the next few blogs, I would like to explore these ideas and see […]

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