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Classroom Set Up Part 2: Get Ready In 4 Easy Steps!

by Note Knacks Music

As promised, here’s a first look at my classroom! The floors were done last week, so everything was in a new place. This actually was quite helpful, as I was able to see the room arranged in a different way. It was by no means a set up that would work, but it offered another […]

Classroom Set Up: Part 1

by Note Knacks Music

In getting ready for next year, the first thing that comes to mind is how do I want to set up my classroom? I see a lot of photos on Pinterest and Facebook, but I haven’t been dazzled yet. A lot of teachers focus on the “cutsie” ~ a way to decorate so that it […]

The “Sub It Out” Game

by Note Knacks Music

We are getting to that time of year when we need games!! ….ones that can go on for the whole class or for a small portion of it! Here is one that not only fills this requirement but is fun to play and will serve as a great review! Kids get into 2 teams and […]

5 Lesson ideas to Get You Through The Last Few Weeks

by Note Knacks Music

Gonna make it, gonna make it…. Only a few weeks left and the kids have summer fever…as do we! So, to help all of us survive, here are 5 ideas to make our time count! 1. Review ~ I know, a bit obvious, but… What were the major concepts and songs that were covered this […]

Chutes and Ladders Vocal Warm Up

by Note Knacks Music

I am always looking for fun ways to warm up the kids voices. I have used the handy dandy slide whistle, lines on the board, sirens, etc.…., but for the little ones I thought it would be fun to use a familiar game. I came up with the idea when I was playing around with […]

A Young Composer Game

by Note Knacks Music

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!

by Note Knacks Music

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!

by Note Knacks Music

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 […]