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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 […]

Rhythm And The Steady Beat

by Note Knacks Music

I am so excited about a lesson I did with my students last week! In a piece of music that we are working on, there is a particularly difficult rhythm. It is a sixteenth syncopated rhythm, of course, and I was thinking about how to teach it like a professional musician would break it down […]

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Small Groups! 2.0

by Note Knacks Music

I love putting my students into small groups! It benefits them in so many ways and it allows me to step back and observe ~ something that we do not get to do very often! It also allows me to connect with students individually as I ask questions about their work or offer assistance when […]

Keep Your Audience Engaged!

by Note Knacks Music

Good Morning!! We are in the home stretch ~ Wahoo!! Only a few more days…. we can do it!! As concert dates are quickly approaching, I know how stressful things can get! So in this issue, I thought I would give you some ideas on how to involve the audience both before, during and after the […]

Keep Your Boys Engaged!

by Note Knacks Music

I just finished teaching a small group of boys and it is clear that they need to move around and/ or use their hands!! As I researched gender differences in the classroom, it is astonishing to me that we still teach in a manner that requires kids to sit most of the day! We are […]