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Queen Caroline Extension 1

by Note Knacks Music

What’s next? Kids have heard the story, they have named the 4 voices and they can say the chant easily. What can we do with this? For this class, I not only wanted them to remember and practice their 4 voices, but to also put them into context. So often we read how important it […]

Queen, Queen Caroline ~ a teaching story

by Note Knacks Music

In thinking about my first lesson for Kinders and First, I wanted to include my very favorite story that I tell to illustrate the four major voices ~ talking, whispering, shouting and singing. Some of you may remember this from a previous post, but for all of the new folks that have recently joined our […]

How To Have The Best First Week Ever!

by Note Knacks Music

The first day of school for us isn’t like a classroom teacher’s first day of school. Where those teachers are seeing their kids for the first time, we are seeing kids that we have known since kindergarten ~ for the most part ~ AND our first day is actually our first week, as we do […]

The Best Of ADHD On YouTube!

by Note Knacks Music

In the last few months I have become obsessed with ADHD. I am convinced I have it (I need to be tested) and am always looking for ways to manage it! I was searching for all kinds of things on YouTube one day and stumbled upon videos that have proven to be quite helpful. They […]

Why Sharing Is A Four-Letter Word

by Note Knacks Music

Yesterday I was at a playground in an open mall here in GA with my daughter. She saw a wall activity where kids can flip a series of large tiles. Although another child was playing, she thought she would join in. He got angry at the intrusion and pushed her away. His mom immediately jumped […]

A Last-Minute Lesson

by Note Knacks Music

As the year comes to a close, we are all looking for simple fun lessons that still get in a bit of teaching but will hold the children’s attention as their thoughts wonder to summer activities ….as do ours! Here is such a lesson! I did it with my first grade and they loved it! […]

Lesson Builder 2

by Note Knacks Music

It occurred to me that my third graders may not be ready to play multiple parts at once, as I only started in January and their last music teacher left early in the fall. I looked at the rhythms they composed for the word tambourine and was looking forward to playing them simultaneously ~ must […]

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 […]