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Chutes and Ladders Vocal Warm Up

by Note Knacks Music

Happy December!!! Winter concerts are upon us, and the craziness is in full swing! In a time when slide whistles can be an issue, here is my favorite warm up game from 2019. You can have a couple of kids take turns for a quick warm up or let everyone have a turn, if you […]

The Idle Time Fix 

by Note Knacks Music

Thank goodness for a teacher’s bag of tricks!!! Both yesterday and today I had classes that were missing enough kids to cripple our ability to truly practice for our upcoming concert…. but I still had a class to teach. What’s a girl to do? IMPROVISATION WITH AN “A SECTION” AND GAMES!!! The 6th grade is […]

“The Mitten” Composition

by Note Knacks Music

…..another concert possibility…..   Last year, my first graders added sound to “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood. Each child or group of children were assigned a character and played their chosen instrument when that character’s name was mentioned. It was a lot of fun and was a fantastic last-minute addition to a spring concert! […]

The “Short on Time” Solution For Your Winter Concert

by Note Knacks Music

As I am planning our Winter concert, I am realizing how little time I really have ~ how little time we all have. We need to cover standards, while providing a range of repertoire, while working on the present holiday music (Halloween etc.…), while making it fun…. No problem!! LOL! Solution: Build on what you […]

Simple Halloween Compositions

by Note Knacks Music

Halloween is just around the corner ~ crazy, right??? Here is a fun activity to do with your first and/ or second graders that will bring out the ghosts and ghouls! It doesn’t take a whole lot of time and the kids get super excited about creating a Halloween themed composition. The process is simplified […]

Rhythm Investigation #1

by Note Knacks Music

I love giving students activities that require them to explore and analyze a problem! When they come to the answer themselves, they are more likely to remember it. A couple of weeks ago my first and second graders started asking questions and making guesses about the relationships between notes: “If 2 yellows = 1 red, […]

Dances of the Decades

by Note Knacks Music

This year I am back to teaching each class for 30 minutes once a week and it is NOT ENOUGH TIME to teach everything, so I try to find any time at all that I can to teach something of value. No minute goes unnoticed!! Up until now I have always used some sort of […]

4 Must-Haves to get ready for the School Year

by Note Knacks Music

As we all get ready for school to start ~ some of us have already started while others have a whole month before they start ~ here are the BIG 4 MUST HAVES: Standards: we all have them, but they don’t necessarily work for us! I don’t love the layout, so I reorganized them to […]

Boomwhacker Movement

by Note Knacks Music

Assessment and fun are the 2 most important words when it comes to planning the end of the school year lessons!! Games are always a “go-to”, but here is another creative idea for your students to do in 15 – 30 minutes! The best part is that it requires little to no set up and […]

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… […]