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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… […]

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 […]