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Over In The Meadow, Forest, Ocean, Etc….

by Note Knacks Music

As we wrap up the year and looking for fun activities to share with parents, I wanted to share a favorite of mine! There are lots of versions of “Over In The Meadow”, but authors have also taken it a step further and have changed the habitat to places like the jungle, ocean, desert, etc… […]

10 Activities You Can Do With A Rhythm In A Plastic Egg!

by Note Knacks Music

I am so excited about this week’s blog post!!! I happened to come across a photo of a plastic egg filled with 2 eighths on Facebook and ideas have been popping in my head ever since! …SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!! Here are my 10 best: THE SET UP Create a 4/4 rhythm sheet (or use my […]

Steady Beat Freeze Game

by Note Knacks Music

I am always thinking of new ways to practice the steady beat with my students. …and in this age of social distancing and virtual learning, it can be difficult. I also like to play the freeze game with my kids, but it gets old quickly!  Two “problems”, one solution ~ The Steady Beat Freeze Game! […]

5 Simple Ukulele Songs to Sing With Your Kids

by Note Knacks Music

For the first 2 weeks back from our winter break, we went virtual. I was excited for the opportunity to sing with my kids, as I haven’t been able to thus far, and to break out my ukulele. I often hear how easy the uke is to play and use in the classroom, but I […]

“STOMP” Composition: Part 4

by Note Knacks Music

Winter is coming……our winter concert, that is! I am excited for what the kids have prepared and look forward to sharing it with their parents! As you know, I have been working on STOMP pieces with the older kids, but the kids have taken them to a new place ~ which of course, I LOVE!!!! […]

How to Create a Chain Story with Sound Effects

by Note Knacks Music

Last week I had a little fun with my younger students. I passed out rhythm sticks, and we created a “chain story” with sound effects. What is a chain story, you ask? According to Wiktionary, it is “A story, each section of which is written by a different author picking up where the previous one left off”. […]

Halloween Games For A Virtual/ Socially Distant World

by Note Knacks Music

Like everything else in 2020, Halloween will be different both at home and in the classroom! In looking at what activities I did last year, I want to share a few adjustments for this crazy time and add a couple of more! Please add your favorite activities in the comments below! Activities from last year: […]

“STOMP” Composition: Part 3

by Note Knacks Music

After last week’s lesson, I wanted to demonstrate to the kids how they can also use a score to see when all parts play at the same time. This highlights how everyone MUST be following the SAME steady beat! Building on last week’s 2 measure rhythm, I added two more measures for both parts and […]