The Clues in Music

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Tweet Music can be seen as very complex (a Beethoven symphony or Bach variation), sometimes quite simplistic (a nursery rhyme or simple melody).  Music can be heard as dark and ominous, joyful and exciting, or even angst-driven with longing. But what is it that makes music this way?  The great part about studying music is […]

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Story Beginnings and Beethoven

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Tweet How do great stories begin?  They capture your interest, grab your attention, introduce you to characters and setting, and give you a sense of the overall feel of the story as they set you into a series of events that ultimately bring you to the climax of the story. Great music begins the same […]

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DaDa, Bach and Halloween (a fun activity to try)

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Tweet Halloween is an interesting season in the education world.  At the elementary level, it’s a major holiday.  However, I remember feeling a sense of void in those ghoulish ways when I taught middle school.  But, I also remember going wild in high school as a senior with costumes and minor pranks.  Regardless, there’s the […]

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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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National Anthem Activities

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Tweet National Anthem project day is coming up quickly!  I love this day.  It is a great way to celebrate Patriotism and music as September 14 is the anniversary of the penning of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. The National Anthem project was started by MENC, the Music Educators National Convention in […]

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Classroom Ideas for Just One Drum

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Tweet A drum can be powerful.  I love drums!  Although not a drummer (well, in my heart I think I am), I sure can beat on one. 😉  How much fun would it be to bring the intensity and enjoyment that so many people have with drums into the classroom?  Here are some great ideas […]

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Create and Celebrate

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Tweet This past week was the second annual Teacher Art Retreat and it was a “wonderful three days!” as one of the participant wrote.  We sang, danced, drew, glued, told stories, listened to music, drummed, looked for math in nature, acted, ate, relaxed, played with rocks, the list goes on… One of the coolest things […]

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Are the Arts Fluff?

The arts are NOT fluff!

Tweet Well, first of all  NO! That being said, let’s explore why the answer is no. This week is the summer Teacher Art Retreat and yesterday we spent time in two sessions based in music and storytelling.  Debbie Ambrose started us in the process of composing a song and Lori Cotter led a session in […]

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Let the Music be Your Master

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Tweet It’s time to get back to the roots of The Inspired Classroom.  Although I will be posting other material as well, the arts are calling and I must heed their call. So first, a story: The year was 1992 and I, a young freshman in high school was on a band trip to Hershey, […]

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