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Top Ten Items That Go Into Planning an Elementary General Music Holiday Concert

| November 19, 2013 | Reply
Top Ten Items That Go Into Planning an Elementary General Music Holiday Concert

It is that time of year again when some of us are preparing our students for their annual Holiday Concert during their elementary general music classes. The planning for this concert begins in September and proceeds from there with the selection of music, the planning of how to teach the music in a short amount […]

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Working with Multiple iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom

| November 13, 2013 | Reply
Working with Multiple iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom

Recently, I blogged about using the bookcreator app with my third graders so that they could create recorder books for next year’s third graders. The project went very well with the students taking photos of their music, creating sound bites of their songs and inserting them into the book, creating video excerpts of their performances, […]

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Some Elementary Halloween/Fall Musical Activities

| October 31, 2013 | Reply
Some Elementary Halloween/Fall Musical Activities

In where I teach in NJ, we have not celebrated Halloween since 2010 due to Mother Nature. Two years ago, an unexpected snowstorm came through NJ and knocked out power for a few days. Last year, Hurricane Sandy plowed through NJ and the power remained out for almost two weeks. Our Halloween Parades were cancelled, […]

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Recorder Lesson with Book Creator App

| October 21, 2013 | Reply
Recorder Lesson with Book Creator App

This week my third graders began creating a book using the iPads and Red Jumper’s app “Book Creator.” The purpose of this project is for the students to begin creating a book that they will add to all year. They are creating it for next year’s third graders so that they can have it as […]

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When PreK Music is Added to the Schedule

| October 14, 2013 | Reply
When PreK Music is Added to the Schedule

Recently, I was appointed to the NJMEA Board of Directors as the Early Childhood Music Chair. I am very honored to be apart of the NJ Board of Directors, especially representing early childhood music, a passion close to my heart. When I was fourteen, I used to volunteer in my church’s PreK Sunday School classroom […]

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School Community Sing-Along

| September 27, 2013 | 1 Reply
School Community Sing-Along

A couple of weeks ago, our school had our first assembly. Each 7-day cycle, our school holds an all-school assembly where we gather as a community to watch a variety of performances/speakers/etc. I like to run the first assembly and make it an all-school sing-along. Since the students in grades 6-8 are away on adventure […]

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Incredibox lesson for elementary students using laptops and iPads…

| September 12, 2013 | Reply
Incredibox lesson for elementary students using laptops and iPads…

There are many times when I have classes that I would like to break into small groups when using technology. With three laptops, I can place students in groups, however, sometimes the smaller the groups, the more successful the musical creations. This week, my second graders’ goals were to learn the expectations of music class […]

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