Posts by Note Knacks Music

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A Young Composer Game

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The NK Dice are a lot of fun, especially with the younger kids! Here is a game that is simple to play and can be used in Phase 1 of the NK Lesson Plans! • Choose a student to roll the dice with notes on it • Identify the color and match the NK Magnet […]

5 Ways To Save Your Concert …when you are out of time!

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Last week was our spring concert and we were not all that prepared! Between field trips, snow days and sicknesses (nothing like getting the flu the week before), I was not optimistic about what we were going to present to parents. …and I need to confess that I had BIG ideas of what I wanted […]

“Hop Old Squirrel” Extended!

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I LOVE this song! “Hop Old Squirrel” can be used to solidify concepts that you have covered in the lesson, will encourage them to participate, and will get them up and moving!! (which is always a plus!) As you know, we have been working on fast/ slow and high/ low with our “sound roadways” and […]

Creating Sound Roadways

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Last week we explored length of sound in Pre-K! I just got a new set of NK magnets (I was still using my prototype set from way back when) and wanted to take these out for a spin! So I put one of each of the sound side and asked the kids what they noticed. […]

6 Ways to Start Your Year Off Right!

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Happy New Year!! As our year gets under way, I want to take a moment and share some ideas for making it run a little smoother. We all get ridiculously busy, so I was brainstorming about how to get it all done and still enjoy my life ……and not be caught off guard when I […]

Note Learning Using Names: Part 2

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Today we tinkered. I added a step before #4 of the worksheet (see last week’s post HERE) so that the kids could have a chance to explore before they made final decisions. We looked at the notes that they were able to use. I encouraged them to repeat notes and add neighboring notes, as stated […]

Note Learning Using Names: Part 1

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I was thinking about activities to do with my older kids, as the concert is over and we still have 2 more classes. I thought about doing the standard sing-a-longs or an in-depth look at The Nutcracker, which are both fun and offer great opportunities for learning, but I wanted to do more composing ~ […]

4 Simple Lessons To Do During the Holiday Craziness!!

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Well its here! The craziest time of the year…until the spring concert hits! All of my classes are continuously practicing their songs and compositions for our holiday concert next week, so that is taking up a majority of our 30 minute class time; however, I still need to fill the few minutes here and there […]