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“One, Two Buckle My Shoe” Lesson With Extensions

by Note Knacks Music

I was looking through my Discovering Orff Book by Jane Frazee with Kent Kreuter and stumbled upon a sol mi version of One, Two, Tie My Shoe. I was quite excited, as I had just picked up a copy of the book from the library! I love it when it all comes together….with little effort!! […]

Queen Caroline Extension 2

by Note Knacks Music

As promised, here are a few more ideas to engage your students with our “Queen, Queen Caroline” story! Today, after we whispered our names during the “fishy song”, we dug a little deeper and analyzed the 4 voices a bit. Which one was loud, and which one was soft? Which one made our voice go […]

A “Start – Sustain – Stop” Silly Sound Lesson

by Note Knacks Music

An important skill to learn in music is to start, sing or play, and stop TOGETHER as a group. This isn’t always easy, as there is always those one or two singers/ players who aren’t watching us and come in late or keep playing when we have ended the piece! My hope is to conquer […]

Queen Caroline Extension 1

by Note Knacks Music

What’s next? Kids have heard the story, they have named the 4 voices and they can say the chant easily. What can we do with this? For this class, I not only wanted them to remember and practice their 4 voices, but to also put them into context. So often we read how important it […]

Queen, Queen Caroline ~ a teaching story

by Note Knacks Music

In thinking about my first lesson for Kinders and First, I wanted to include my very favorite story that I tell to illustrate the four major voices ~ talking, whispering, shouting and singing. Some of you may remember this from a previous post, but for all of the new folks that have recently joined our […]

How To Have The Best First Week Ever!

by Note Knacks Music

The first day of school for us isn’t like a classroom teacher’s first day of school. Where those teachers are seeing their kids for the first time, we are seeing kids that we have known since kindergarten ~ for the most part ~ AND our first day is actually our first week, as we do […]

The Best Of ADHD On YouTube!

by Note Knacks Music

In the last few months I have become obsessed with ADHD. I am convinced I have it (I need to be tested) and am always looking for ways to manage it! I was searching for all kinds of things on YouTube one day and stumbled upon videos that have proven to be quite helpful. They […]

Why Sharing Is A Four-Letter Word

by Note Knacks Music

Yesterday I was at a playground in an open mall here in GA with my daughter. She saw a wall activity where kids can flip a series of large tiles. Although another child was playing, she thought she would join in. He got angry at the intrusion and pushed her away. His mom immediately jumped […]

A Last-Minute Lesson

by Note Knacks Music

As the year comes to a close, we are all looking for simple fun lessons that still get in a bit of teaching but will hold the children’s attention as their thoughts wonder to summer activities ….as do ours! Here is such a lesson! I did it with my first grade and they loved it! […]

Lesson Builder 2

by Note Knacks Music

It occurred to me that my third graders may not be ready to play multiple parts at once, as I only started in January and their last music teacher left early in the fall. I looked at the rhythms they composed for the word tambourine and was looking forward to playing them simultaneously ~ must […]