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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 […]

Why We Need To Slow Down!

by Note Knacks Music

Today I was teaching a violin lesson and we were working on a George Bornoff exercise where one plays the open string 4 times, then the same string with the first finger 4 times, then 4 times with the second and so on until the 4th finger is added. Then one lifts fingers one at […]

Do We Teach Music Literacy Too Soon?

by Note Knacks Music

This past week I was in TX for their annual music educators conference (If you haven’t been, you should seriously consider going ~ it is AMAZING!!) and I got into a long discussion about music literacy with a colleague. The question became ~ should music literacy be taught in K-2 when we have so little […]

We Build Better Brains!!

by Note Knacks Music

Parents do not always recognize what we do or realize the impact it has on their child’s learning, so I crafted this article for our parents to let them in on what all of us know ~ we build better brains! I share this with you not only as a bit of inspiration…after all, I […]

Rhythm And The Steady Beat Part 2

by Note Knacks Music

Last week I spoke about teaching the kids how to learn new rhythms through the steady beat ~ click HERE to read. This week I want to talk a little about beats and length. We don’t really teach this. On a whole, we don’t single out notes and have kids explore counting the beat to […]