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5 Whimsical Activities For A Great Start To Your Year!

by Note Knacks Music

whim·si·cal /ˈ(h)wimzik(ə)l/ Adjective playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way. “a whimsical sense of humor” synonyms: fanciful, playful, mischievous, waggish, quaint, quizzical, curious, droll, fantastical, Seussian; eccentric, quirky, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, queer, fey; informal: offbeat, freaky “a whimsical sense of humor” acting or behaving in a capricious manner. “the whimsical arbitrariness […]

5 Simple Ways To Create More Time In Your Day!

by Note Knacks Music

Time. We never have enough and so I am obsessed with time management and productivity! Here are a few ways to make your lives a bit easier once the craziness of the year begins. 1.  Leverage tasks to students Students always want to help and there are plenty of tasks that need to occur in any […]

5 Quick Ways To Help Your Students Practice The Basics

by Note Knacks Music

I have been thinking a lot about teachers who see their students so little these past few weeks. The problem is not just there isn’t enough time to go deep into the information, but also there isn’t enough time for thoughtful practice. We know that students need a lot of repetition with a concept before […]

Rhythm Charades

by Note Knacks Music

As promised, here is another literacy skills packed lesson that is fun and easy to do! It can be done in the first 10 min of class or have it last the whole time!! It takes charades to a whole new level and has so many versions, that your kids won’t get bored! Rhythm Charades […]

3 Ways To Balance Creativity With Perfection!

by Note Knacks Music

I am in the process of reading Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Theory for Newborn and Young Children. So far, I am most impressed with 2 points that he makes: “Children are ill-equipped to learn what most teachers are attempting to teach. Without the same kind of acculturation in music young children receive in language by […]

From Length To Symbol ….And A British Accent

by Note Knacks Music

As you might have guessed, I am in full concert mode getting ready for our end of the year “presentation”, as my colleague and I call it. The second graders have chosen their rhythms, traced and colored them in and have written the symbols on a new sentence strip. We have already spoken about rests, […]

Process And Assessment

by Note Knacks Music

As you would expect, I absolutely love composing with children! The final result is always fantastic, but it is the process that is so fascinating to me. The composition to the right was done by first graders. They chose partners and created a 4/4 measure. We then took their 1 measure composition and decided on […]

5 Ways To Create Good Behavior

by Note Knacks Music

When I scroll through the Music Teachers groups on Facebook, there are always posts about how badly students are behaving in their classes. I have certainly seen it, as well ~ we are definitely in the “Entitlement Age”! We have lost a basic respect for each other, as highlighted in how our leaders speak to […]

The “Who’s In Charge, Anyway?” Game

by Note Knacks Music

There are those days when you just want to deviate from your lesson plan or something unexpected happens and you are required to change it! Here is a lesson to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day and to pull out when you need it! Materials: 1 Rhythm Stick 2 Sets of Note Knacks […]

Play Therapy Vs. The French

by Note Knacks Music

Last Saturday ECMMA (Find out more here: http://www.ecmma.org/) invited Dr. Tiffany McNary, PhD., LPC,NCC,CPCS, RPT-S to come and speak to us about Play Therapy and how we can use it in our classrooms. It was helpful and insightful on both the history of child psychology as well as how she uses that history in her […]