Posts by Note Knacks Music

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Two Heads Are Better Than One!

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I just came back from the NAFME convention in Grapevine, TX. It was fantastic! I enjoy going to conferences around the country because I learn so much. There are always so many cool presenters and materials that bring a whole new prospective to what is going on in the world of music education. As I […]

5 Ways To Reenergize!

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This past weekend our choir participated in a concert dedicated to St. Cecelia, the patron saint of musicians. The adult choir participated, as well and sang my very favorite piece Ave Verum Corpus by W.A. Mozart. As I sat and listened to this beautiful music, I was reminded of why I do what I do. […]

STEM to STEAM Part 3: Making It All Connect!

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In our final installment of the STEM to STEAM series, I wanted to highlight the connections between disciplines, although, in an education world where math is from ~ let’s say 9-10 and language arts is from 10-11 etc…,is it really worth the trouble and is it even possible? (I do think that schools will be […]

STEM TO STEAM Part 2: How To Get Them On Board

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It is no surprise that non-musicians get freaked out at the very thought of singing or playing an instrument in front of others…even classroom teachers! (although it always surprises me how often we ask our students to take risks and to “try hard” even if they are scared, and yet we, ourselves, will rarely do […]

Part One: The Basics ~ In Our STEM To STEAM Series

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This week’s lesson is an example of what a STEAM lesson looks like in the music classroom, but the truth is, classroom teachers could easily do this as well ~ using a basket of small percussion instruments, a blank sheet of paper and a pencil. My goal is to not only to give you a […]

Keep A Teacher Journal

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A couple of years ago I decided I was going to keep a journal while I taught that year. I wanted to chronicle what went on in my classes and use it to help further lesson planning. Well, as you can imagine, time became an issue. Like many of us, the required tasks of the year got […]

Music Literacy Corner

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I am quite excited!!! In getting ready for this year, I have created a composition cart. I teach in a room in where I am unable to keep materials, so this is the perfect solution! I have included: On the Top Shelf: Crayons ~ for tracing Note Knacks : in individual plastic snack bags with […]

Get Organized For The Year!

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It is September and for many of us either school has already started or about to start! This year I am so excited to get going!! I have finally organized my home and office so that I will be ready to go! Here are a few ideas that might help! Apparently there is such a […]

Happy Birthday Mr. Sousa!

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I remember as a young violinist in my youth orchestra listening to Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and thinking how cool it would be to play the piccolo! I always get so jealous when he or she stands up at that precise moment and plays such a fun melody! So in celebration of Sousa’s birthday […]

Halloween Is Around The Corner!

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Still don’t know what to do for Halloween? I think we can help: According to the History Channel, “Guising” is a medieval tradition where young people would dress up in costumes and go door to door in order to receive food, money and wine in exchange for poetry, singing and jokes. Find out more here: […]