Composing Songs in the Classroom

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Tweet Composition is a great way for students to express themselves and work more deeply with the content in their curriculum.  Here, I have put together some great examples of songwriting with students using excerpts from previous posts.  I hope these examples inspire you to consider a form of songwriting in your classroom! Composition that […]

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Shake Up the Holidays

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Tweet Making musical instruments is fun, creative and now…it can also serve a purpose in your classroom’s curriculum.   As we enter the holiday season, consider making an easy percussion instrument that can be the center of a holiday unit. Percussion instruments can be divided into three basic categories: strikers, scrapers and shakers. Strikers are […]

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Musical Instruments Every Child Should Try at Least Once

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Tweet Everyone loves music and there are many people who not only enjoy listening to music, they enjoy playing it as well. Whether it is a profession or just a hobby, playing music carries a variety of benefits, especially for children. Research shows that learning to play an instrument can be incredibly beneficial to the […]

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No Music!

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Tweet Every so often, you have a situation where someone surprises you with their dislike of something you love.  That’s what happened today on the first day of the Teacher Art Retreat. Don’t get me wrong, it was a WONDERFUL day full of creativity, great people and fun.  But, well, here’s the story. After lunch […]

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Music at the Core Resources

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Tweet Today I am excited to be presenting at the second annual Connectivity Conference hosted by Susan Riley of educationcloset.com.  Her site has many wonderful resources for teachers who want to begin or continue integrating the arts into their work.  If you haven’t checked them out, please do so! This year’s Arts Integration Connectivity Conference will […]

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Reading and Rhythm Results

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Tweet What can music do for you?  How about help you read?! In the last weeks of our school year, nine teachers in my district (including myself) tried to find out just what music, specifically rhythm could do to help our students read.  (To see more about our thoughts about this just as we were […]

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Rhythmic Fractions

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Tweet Earlier this year, my students explored the commonalities between musical rhythms and fractions.  The Common Core State Standards put a huge emphasis on fractions earlier in students elementary years now, and I believe this helped some students to understand more about the basic concepts of fractions.  They were able to draw out the fractions, […]

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Reading and Rhythm Training

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Tweet I am so excited!  Today 8 colleagues and I are going to become trained in a program called Reading and Rhythm.  It incorporates the natural tendencies of rhythm in spoken and written word and helps those who struggle to find more fluency in their reading.  In addition, it helps build students’ comprehension and vocabulary. […]

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Soundtracks for Learning – Book Review and Giveaway

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Tweet I have taught many workshops and courses specifically in music integration and in all of them I stress the importance and usefulness of listening to music with your students.  After all, that is how arts integration started for me – through active listening experiences I created with my students.  And without fail, the most […]

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