Posts by Note Knacks Music

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Reading Notes and Pitches At The Same Time

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  Thank you so much for your responses to the survey we sent out a couple of weeks ago. It came as no big surprise that our number 1 issue was time ~ we all face it on a daily basis! Unfortunately, we can’t change our schedules, but there are ways we can make our […]

5 More Ways To Save Time!

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Awhile back I wrote a blog called 5 Simple Ways to Create More Time in Your Day!. I was so excited about it that I created a whole session ~ Teaching Music Basics When Time Is Against You!! around it for the Texas Educators Music Conference! So, in this spirit, I give you 5 MORE ways […]

4 Simple Music Activities For Parents!

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In thinking about how we can “build our brand” as a vital member of a child’s education team, I thought about parents and how we can better connect with them. My hope is that if we give them simple ideas to try at home with their kids, they will not only have fun and bond […]

GMEA Part 2: The Pig’s Rondo

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If you haven’t had a chance to read The True Story of The Little Pigs As told by Jon Scieszka , here is your chance! It is hilarious!! It is the story of the three little pigs from the point of view of the wolf…..he claims he was framed and that it was a simple […]

The Wild Rumpus

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Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak Objective: Create a short composition to fill in picture only portion of book with no words~ what does a wild rumpus sound like? Ask the kids “what sounds would you hear at a wild rumpus?” Growling Sneering Howling etc…. How long would each sound last and would […]

Mindfulness In The Music Classroom

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“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” – Mindful.org Last Saturday I attended a workshop by Brenda Barr on this topic. It was perfect timing as the holiday season is upon […]

Shoo Fly Part 2 ~ Separating Eighths in 2nd??

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In second grade we figured out the rhythm to Shoo Fly. We clapped it both with saying the words and without. We then used NK Magnets to show our rhythm! When we did this, we had to talk about syllables and that for every syllable, there needs to be a note ~ of course we […]

Mixing It Up With “Shoo Fly”

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  The first graders have been working on long and short, so this week I wanted to offer an activity that they could not only have some fun with, but could also apply what we have been talking about. The 2 goals I had in mind were to first, identify the long sounds in the […]

Getting Back To Centers: A Listening Activity

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This activity you can do as a center, in small groups or as a whole class. For the center activity, you will need listening center equipment, which can be expensive, so opting to do this as a whole class or in small groups makes sense! The goal here is to take the skill of identifying […]

A Long And Short Scavenger Hunt

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After your kids have had some fun with the Name Game Extended Lesson, now we can take it even a step further!!! In this lesson, students will be on the hunt for long and short objects that they can find around the room. Not only will they have a blast doing this, they will be […]