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Category: Listening

Halloween Activities for the Music Classroom

| October 12, 2014 | Reply
Halloween Activities for the Music Classroom

If you are able to celebrate Halloween activities in your music classroom, here are some great free resources to check out (some are Fall-themed): “The 13 scariest pieces of classical music for Halloween” – by Melissa Lesnie from Limelight, Australia’s classical music and arts magazine. This article names 13 classical pieces that music educators could use in […]

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The September Music Education Blog Carnival is Here!

| September 1, 2014 | Reply
The September Music Education Blog Carnival is Here!

Welcome! This blog carnival is a collection of blogs from music educators found around the world that submitted them over this past month. This month’s blog carnival is a wonderfully eclectic collection of posts that range from ideas and items for your music classroom, to temporarily leaving the classroom to pursue doctoral work in music […]

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“Which Elementary General Music Curriculum Should I Use?”

| June 10, 2013 | Reply
“Which Elementary General Music Curriculum Should I Use?”

As the school year is winding down or may have already ended, many elementary general music educators are finding out that they will have a budget to purchase a new music curriculum for their classrooms. This is always exciting news, however, it can be accompanied with the feeling of being overwhelmed because there are so […]

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2nd Graders Podcast About Beethoven

| April 25, 2013 | Reply
2nd Graders Podcast About Beethoven

During the winter trimester, my second grade music classes studied the composer, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). They performed a variety of activities to learn about the life of Beethoven and to experience his music. When the unit ends, the students and I created podcasts about Beethoven’s life. The students were divided into groups, they wrote […]

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February in the Elementary Music Classroom

| January 31, 2013 | Reply
February in the Elementary Music Classroom

February is just about to begin, which means a variety of themes that can be approached in elementary general music. This month consists of Groundhog’s Day on February 2, the Chinese New Year on February 10 (the year of the snake), Valentine’s Day on February 14, the 100th day of school, and it is also […]

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Mid-week Listening: Finding New Music

| July 10, 2012 | 2 Replies
Mid-week Listening: Finding New Music

I am always on the lookout (or listen-out, maybe) for new music to inspire my students and give them some direction in their explorations.  Music is an organic art form, and that’s a blessing.  New music is being recorded every day, as well as new interpretations of music that’s been around a while.  Keeping pace […]

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Mid-week Listening: Heart of Philip Glass

| July 3, 2012 | Reply
Mid-week Listening: Heart of Philip Glass

  I use listening examples at least once a week in many of my classes.  I encourage very active listening, where we really try to get to the heart of the composer’s, performer’s, or producer’s intentions.  Listening exercises also usually spark off great discussions, and get students very engaged about learning more.  I spend a […]

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