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Bears and Bass Bars Tweaked

by Note Knacks Music

Today my kindergarteners and I had a lot of fun with the Three Bears! Last class we associated each bear with a particular bass bar. For this class, I wanted to say the words “someone’s been eating my porridge” (etc.….) in a specific rhythm, as detailed in last week’s newsletter (Click HERE for lesson and […]

Bears and Bass Bars

by Note Knacks Music

Like many schools, we are on Spring Break this week, but of course in the back of my mind, I am thinking about what lessons I will do with my students next week. The week before break I started a lesson with the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears that I want to build […]

How to Create A Spontaneous Exploration

by Note Knacks Music

Today my school had its Spring Share. Every student from the little toddlers to the big 3rd graders presented what we have been working on in music. It was very relaxed ~ I started teaching at this school in January and we were out a lot due to snow (in GA, crazy, right?); but the […]

Reading Notes and Pitches At The Same Time

by Note Knacks Music

  Thank you so much for your responses to the survey we sent out a couple of weeks ago. It came as no big surprise that our number 1 issue was time ~ we all face it on a daily basis! Unfortunately, we can’t change our schedules, but there are ways we can make our […]

5 More Ways To Save Time!

by Note Knacks Music

Awhile back I wrote a blog called 5 Simple Ways to Create More Time in Your Day!. I was so excited about it that I created a whole session ~ Teaching Music Basics When Time Is Against You!! around it for the Texas Educators Music Conference! So, in this spirit, I give you 5 MORE ways […]

4 Simple Music Activities For Parents!

by Note Knacks Music

In thinking about how we can “build our brand” as a vital member of a child’s education team, I thought about parents and how we can better connect with them. My hope is that if we give them simple ideas to try at home with their kids, they will not only have fun and bond […]

GMEA Part 2: The Pig’s Rondo

by Note Knacks Music

If you haven’t had a chance to read The True Story of The Little Pigs As told by Jon Scieszka , here is your chance! It is hilarious!! It is the story of the three little pigs from the point of view of the wolf…..he claims he was framed and that it was a simple […]

The Wild Rumpus

by Note Knacks Music

Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak Objective: Create a short composition to fill in picture only portion of book with no words~ what does a wild rumpus sound like? Ask the kids “what sounds would you hear at a wild rumpus?” Growling Sneering Howling etc…. How long would each sound last and would […]

Mindfulness In The Music Classroom

by Note Knacks Music

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” – Mindful.org Last Saturday I attended a workshop by Brenda Barr on this topic. It was perfect timing as the holiday season is upon […]

Shoo Fly Part 2 ~ Separating Eighths in 2nd??

by Note Knacks Music

In second grade we figured out the rhythm to Shoo Fly. We clapped it both with saying the words and without. We then used NK Magnets to show our rhythm! When we did this, we had to talk about syllables and that for every syllable, there needs to be a note ~ of course we […]