Reading Comprehension and Drum Circles

Tweet It’s no surprise to us that different children learn to read at different rates. The problem may be that we sometimes forget just what that means in the minds of our students. I was reminded of how difficult reading can be for students just last week while participating in a drumming circle. Last week […]

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Musical Instruments Every Child Should Try at Least Once

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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And the Beat Goes On!

Tweet So, Monday evening I was concerned and writing about how we retreaters were told there is “NO Music!” at the Community Center where we were holding our annual Teacher Art Retreat and enjoying each other’s company for 15 minutes after lunch through a drumming circle. Well, many people chimed in with their opinions (thank […]

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No Music!

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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Reading and Rhythm Results

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

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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Classroom Ideas for Just One Drum

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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The Magic of One Drum

Tweet I bring them to the large room My students sit to wait They’re talking and they’re anxious To start up from their break.   I take a hold of one small drum Caress it with my hands, And as I beat so softly They seem to understand.   Doom, ckick-a chick; Doom doom chick […]

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Reading and Drumming

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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