Bucket Drumming Karate

Bucket Drumming Karate

This is a fun way to establish rhythms with students from 3rd through 7th grade, giving kids a way to not only learn aurally but visually and kinetically all at once! All you need are some sticks and some buckets, and it can be as easily as chopping up some dowel rods from your local hardware store, to buying cheap nylon tipped drumsticks. As for buckets, I would highly recommend being friendly with your janitor since they get some pretty awesome cleaning product buckets that can be used to make some sweet bucket drum sounds! It has been my experience that bucket drumming also works very well for introducing students to solo and small ensemble playing, as kids are eager to show off their bucket drumming skills! Please note that the first three levels of music have a “ta” language option, so that you can choose whether to give your students the rhythms or you develop them as your students learn how to bucket drum in your classroom. I have to say this is one of my favorite units to teach, and I love watching my students become bucket drumming karate masters! This unit includes both the Junior and Pro levels with six belts for each level for students to work through, as well as tips for technique, how to find materials and how to read through the music as an ensemble.
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Winter Bucket Drumming

Winter Bucket Drumming

This is built from one of my favorite teaching units – bucket drumming karate, and my desire to bring it to a winter concert setting! The students love showing off their skills, and so do I! My favorite thing is to use popular winter and Christmas songs that I already own and have the students play along! Each song features instructions as well as lyrics and suggestions for how to play along from start to finish (and passing actions if appropriate), followed by a practice rhythm slide for students to try the rhythms before playing along with the song itself. These are fun for after concerts, as part of concerts, and even just as a winter activity to keep students active in your class! This package includes 9 songs, including instructions and lyrics for each, two bucket drumming games (one passing game that is perfect for a concert!), and music from multiple disciplines, including mambo, jazz (including an improv section!), traditional German carols and of course the popular Alvin and the Chipmunks! Each song is presented with "ta" language for rhythmic reading, as well as without, to adhere to a teacher's preference in instructing students on rhythm. Actions are suggested, and there are written notes for each song to assist in learning and mastery. Following the practice rhythm slide is the actual song rhythms for students to play along with the music! It's 38 slides in total, with fun graphics and an easy to teach method! Song List (with my recommended track - music not included): Dasher- The Chipmunk Song (Alvin and the Chipmunks) Dancer – Jingle Bells (Alvin and the Chipmunks) Prancer – We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Alvin and the Chipmunks) Vixen – Mele Kalikimaka (Bing Crosby) Comet – We Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo (Big John Greer) Cupid – Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms) Donner – Christmas Time in New Orleans (Louis Armstrong) Blitzen – Kling, Glöckchen (Mannheim Steamroller) Rudolph – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Composing for the Movies

Composing for the Movies

Using the presentation pdf, students are invited to look critically at how movie music is made, from the beginning with King Kong, to Singing in the Rain, Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Chipmunks. Students are then asked to use a music program such as GarageBand to create their own movie magic! Choosing a movie scene, students are asked to use the included rubric to identify their scene, include the main details (five loops, three instruments and a minute long, minimum), and present their final song to the class. This download includes the handout and rubric as well as the brief presentation and links for a two-three class Music in the Movies composition!
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Elementary Music Summer Olympics

Elementary Music Summer Olympics

This unit focuses on using the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil as a learning tool for music education, while incorporating traditional summer Olympic sports such as swimming, gymnastics, fencing, synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis and even golf! It can be used for elementary school students from kindergarten to sixth grade (although my high school students beg to do some of these too and enjoy them!), and offers students the chance to both prove their knowledge and think like Olympians! All while being on a different team each day and with a different sport and brain challenge with each lesson. Golfing music trivia? Rhythm stick fencing? Swimming medley relays? It's a new game every day! NOTE: Aligned with NAfME standards which are all listed, assessment methods are recommended, as are suggested modifications for special needs students!
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Interactive Music Folder / My Music Lapbook

Interactive Music Folder / My Music Lapbook

Using a folder or piece of construction paper, students can make their own lapbook or interactive music folder (depending on the age of the student)! Featuring 9 pages of music information with all cuts indicated by dotted lines and straightforward directions (and pictures!), this is a straightforward and easy to use lapbook that I have used with second through sixth grade in my own classroom. For beginning band students, it works well as a review and band folder resource, allowing students to have a handy reference guide for music terminology, rhythms and notation as well as some basic music information. For elementary students, it works well as a review for recorder, as well as for a quiet centers alternative, allowing students to become used to simple music theory. My centers students like to use it as a keyboard resource as well, and refer to it both for notes and piano keys! Finally, it can be used as an in class assessment tool - and students can be given bingo chips or tokens to figure out notes, tempos and other facts for a fast and easy knowledge check by the teacher! **Note: depending on the age level of the students, I have included both title pages: Interactive Music Folder and My Music Lapbook for the teacher to choose which is the best fit.
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Welcome to Radio!  Student Created Broadcasts covering 1930-2000

Welcome to Radio! Student Created Broadcasts covering 1930-2000

This unit is designed to give sixth to eighth grade students the tools to give a brief idea of each decade from the 1930s to the 2000s, with at least three major events and three musical excerpts in the form of a radio broadcast. Using web sources and a list of number one American hits for each decade, the students will develop their own radio broadcasts to present on the fifth and final day of the unit.
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Rhythm Cup Karate

Rhythm Cup Karate

Inspired by my Bucket Drumming Karate unit, I wanted to have another option for my students for centers, fun Fridays and even just in between concerts as a way to continue with rhythm literacy and even enable my students to play the cup song better! This is a fun way to establish rhythms with students from 3rd through 7th grade, giving kids a way to not only learn aurally but visually and kinetically all at once! It gives immediate feedback, and the kids have a fun time learning a new skill to impress their friends with. When working through the levels, it always is best to start slow, and establish the beat prior to playing. For a beginning ensemble, I recommend practicing by saying the beats using “ta” language, then develop the rhythm slowly. Please note that the first three levels of music have a “ta” language option, so that you can choose whether to give your students the rhythms or you develop them as your students learn how to play cup rhythms in your classroom. Options include playing in pairs, in two paired lines, or playing in small or large circles. While I have used the term “floor” assuming most classrooms will be sitting on the floor, this can be used in the regular classroom as well, at desks or tables!
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Words and Rhythms - 10 Literacy and Music Lesson Plans

Words and Rhythms - 10 Literacy and Music Lesson Plans

Using books that can be found in any library, including "Bear Snores On," "The Paper Bag Princess," "Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin," "Jump, Frog Jump," and "Down by the Bay," lesson plans have been developed for preschool through sixth grade that focus on pitch, form, notation and improvisation that can be done by teachers and non-music teachers alike! Each lesson plan includes objectives, a lesson sequence, assessment techniques, a materials list and national music standards, as well as recorder and pitched/non-pitched percussion and singing options. All of these lessons have been tested and student approved!
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Elementary Music Winter Olympics

Elementary Music Winter Olympics

This unit focuses on using the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as a learning tool for music education, while incorporating traditional winter Olympic sports such as hockey, curling, skating, bobsledding and skiing. It can be used for elementary school students from kindergarten to sixth grade, and offers students the chance to both prove their knowledge and think like Olympians! All while being on a different team each day and with a different sport and brain challenge with each lesson. This includes six custom lessons with an introduction and five different winter Olympic sports, plus one Olympians' choice day for a total of seven lessons. All lessons include modifications if necessary and NAfME music standards.
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Favorite Musician Project

Favorite Musician Project

Designed to make instrumental (band/orchestra) students define who they should be listening to, and what they enjoy listening to from people who play their own instrument. The goal of this project is to allow students to have a favorite musician who plays what they play! Through their own research process (and notes provided), students will fill in the blanks with information about who plays the same instrument they do, who they enjoy listening to, and then to write a five paragraph essay about that musician using the information they've already written down! It engages students for approximately three to four hours of class time, and encourages students to autonomously find their own role models within their own instrumental wheelhouse.
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Composer Activity Set

Composer Activity Set

How I use these: While I like to discuss the monthly composer in class, and in fact do a monthly bulletin board for each one, I find that it can be hard for the kids to really connect to someone who lived centuries ago, whose music they do not even hear much, if at all! So, each month, I have the sheets in a folder below my monthly composer bulletin board, and I invite the kids to grab one and fill it out (all grades, K-12), then I do a random drawing at the end of the month, usually for a something I have leftover in my room, such as music pencils or even Halloween candy! All it takes is some coloring and answer three simple questions - what instrument each composer played, what he might have named his pet (and why!), and what his favorite food might have been. It's a great earlier finisher project to have on hand! Composers included are Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Williams, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Wagner.
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How to Teach Bucket Drumming

How to Teach Bucket Drumming

This free resource is meant to get your classroom ready for bucket drumming. It provides information on how to find buckets, what type of drumsticks to purchase, and even how to prepare students for a new bucket drumming unit! Then it tells you how to get started with students: where to hit the buckets, how to hold the sticks, and what a good playing position looks like, and finally offering an easy way to assess students' loud and soft playing (which also works as a quick attention getter!). Enjoy and wishing you successful bucket drumming! Missus Bee
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Music Room Rules

Music Room Rules

I use these rules for grades Kindergarten all the way through Twelfth grade! They're pretty straightforward, and I think they cover all of the bases, every day, for everything from band through choir, and elementary music as well! M - Make choices that help you and others learn U - Use instruments and materials with care S - Speak, sing and play only when asked I - Immediately follow all directions C - Consider others, be kind and respectful
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