Mathapalooza

Tweet What is Mathapalooza? It is a rockin’ awesome idea that my 4th grade team came up with so that we could help motivate kids for the math MCAS testing coming up in mid May. Basically, we are mixing great music with all kinds of math concepts. It’s not arts integration necessarily, but we sure […]

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Singing Knowledge: How Music Fosters Learning

Tweet During the last few decades, a large number of research studies dedicated to music and its effect on our minds and bodies have demonstrated that listening to music can cause a wide range of psychosomatic effects: it can reduce our blood pressure, help us deal with pain or boost our immunity. It’s no wonder […]

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Composing Songs in the Classroom

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

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

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!

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

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

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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