Category Archives: Classroom Management

Red, White and Blue and Movie Maker, too!

Several years ago, I realized that our students were not spending enough time singing/learning patriotic song literature.  In elementary music instruction, we have SO many areas to address and for me, this area had gotten lost in the shuffle.  So…JoAnn and I sat down and compiled a list of the songs we wanted them to …

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Cable Kit Delight

Whew!!!  Another Christmas concert done and in the record book! Isn’t it just a whirlwind, getting everything ready the day of the concert?  Programs printed and folded…..risers set in place……sound system…..OH, WAIT…..the sound system!  Let me think…..“Which cables do I need and how do we connect it all?”  “Now, where was that cable?”  Of course, we …

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Triangle Stress Quick Fix!

Yes, triangles are a true ringer when it comes to an instrument children love to play;  however, I’m certain you have experienced triangle stress when those wily little shapes of steel turn and twist as children are attempting to catch an edge to strike. And, let’s just talk about how easily they slip off the holder when passed …

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Need an extra set of hands or two?

If you teach music, you know that there are plenty of times when you could use an extra set of hands or two….or three….or four…..right? I built these several years ago and I use them in, oh, so many ways……. such as reading or ostinati…… center management…. really-etc, etc, etc! They are made of 3″ PVC …

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Orff-anizer, anyone?

OK, Orff bars were driving me crazy! Dealing with the bone piles of not-in-use bars (I like to take them completely off)……struggling with several quick reconfigurations a day…..matching bars to instruments quickly…..HELP! So, being the problem solving gizmo that I am, I began to design some kind of holder that I could carry around as …

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Technology Makes the World Go ‘Round!

I love music!  I love teaching music!  And, here it is…….I love all the glorious technology that makes teaching music easier! Trust me, I know what it is like to move from a being a non-techno teacher who didn’t know anything about e-mail, typing, computers, internet….ANYTHING….. until about ten years ago when my principal….yes, that’s right, …

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Three “Q’s” of Perfect Circle Making

I have these Position Posters hanging in my room. They are great voice savers as I have the children trained to move to the position I indicate by pointing.  From the very beginning of Kindergarten, I work to establish the concept that we move from spot to spot Quickly, Quietly and “Qu-arefully!”  What is “Qu-arefully,” you …

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Boot Scootin’

Listen here…… I’m a real fan of square dancing!  You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t (and shouldn’t) take the country out of the girl!  And, even though it sometimes feels like wrangling cows, I love teaching square dancing to my students who, not surprisingly, end up loving it as …

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It’s Rodeo Time!

Howdy from Texas, and this time, I really mean “Howdy!” It’s rodeo time in Houston and at my school, we always celebrate all the hoop-la with cowboy songs and square dancing. Western music is fun and perfect fodder for programs, so head on out on the trail as I share some of our favorite activities! …

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