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Creating Sound Roadways

by Note Knacks Music

Last week we explored length of sound in Pre-K! I just got a new set of NK magnets (I was still using my prototype set from way back when) and wanted to take these out for a spin! So I put one of each of the sound side and asked the kids what they noticed. […]

6 Ways to Start Your Year Off Right!

by Note Knacks Music

Happy New Year!! As our year gets under way, I want to take a moment and share some ideas for making it run a little smoother. We all get ridiculously busy, so I was brainstorming about how to get it all done and still enjoy my life ……and not be caught off guard when I […]

Note Learning Using Names: Part 2

by Note Knacks Music

Today we tinkered. I added a step before #4 of the worksheet (see last week’s post HERE) so that the kids could have a chance to explore before they made final decisions. We looked at the notes that they were able to use. I encouraged them to repeat notes and add neighboring notes, as stated […]

Note Learning Using Names: Part 1

by Note Knacks Music

I was thinking about activities to do with my older kids, as the concert is over and we still have 2 more classes. I thought about doing the standard sing-a-longs or an in-depth look at The Nutcracker, which are both fun and offer great opportunities for learning, but I wanted to do more composing ~ […]

4 Simple Lessons To Do During the Holiday Craziness!!

by Note Knacks Music

Well its here! The craziest time of the year…until the spring concert hits! All of my classes are continuously practicing their songs and compositions for our holiday concert next week, so that is taking up a majority of our 30 minute class time; however, I still need to fill the few minutes here and there […]

How To Get Kids To Hold A Note Long Enough!

by Note Knacks Music

As my kinders were working on their song for the holiday program, I noticed that they were having a hard time holding certain notes long enough. Since we have been working on starting, sustaining and stopping together (read lesson HERE), I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put it into action! At first, […]

What’s A Dot?

by Note Knacks Music

So what is a dot and why is it next to a note that we know? This is the question that inevitably comes up in one way or another when you are using sheet music. So here is a quick fun way to have your kids construct their knowledge and figure out just what that […]

Silly Sound Compositions Extended…..

by Note Knacks Music

Last time, the kinders created their silly sound compositions by choosing their sound lengths, recording them on paper and assigning a silly sound to each length (click HERE for the lesson). Today we took it a step farther and experimented with instruments and when to play. I took out tambourines at first and had the […]

Winter Concert Resources We LOVE!

by Note Knacks Music

It feels like it should be so far in the future, but December and our winter concerts are right around the corner!! This year will be my first with this school, so I am super excited and wanted to do something special. I also wanted to make sure that my kids had a hand in […]