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I am a general music specialist and the Lead Elementary Music teacher for for my district. I have over 30 years experience in music education, with 20 years in the elementary music classroom. I hold Dr. Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory certifications in Elementary General Level I, Early Childhood Level I and Instrumental, as well as Orff Level I.

I am a general music specialist and the Lead Elementary Music teacher for for my district. I have over 30 years experience in music education, with 20 years in the elementary music classroom. I hold Dr. Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory certifications in Elementary General Level I, Early Childhood Level I and Instrumental, as well as Orff Level I.
Louis Armstrong & New Orleans Jazz PowerPoint
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Louis Armstrong & New Orleans Jazz PowerPoint

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This PowerPoint Show can be the basis for a unit on the Louis Armstrong and New Orleans Jazz. Slides contain facts and links to YouTube videos about Louis Armstrong, characteristics of New Orleans Jazz, sing a jazz standard, try to scat, and 7 quick quiz questions useful for exit tickets. Included in the package is a song lyrics PowerPoint for When the Saints.
Peter and the Wolf Character Card Games
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Peter and the Wolf Character Card Games

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Need a quiet center activity or sub tub activity to coordinate with your Peter and the Wolf unit? This set of Peter and the Wolf character cards will fit the bill! The set includes 9 character cards and 9 instrument cards, in both full color and printer friendly black & white versions. Print on heavy paper or cardstock, and laminate for durability. Includes directions for Memory Match and Go Fish card games, but can be used for any game that you might create.
Write the Room Rhythms - Black History Edition
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Write the Room Rhythms - Black History Edition

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This set 15 influential African Americans from various historical eras and their name rhythms, formatted in various ways to allow for a variety of options! Four different recording sheets are provided to give options for using this activity multiple times. ♫ To display large patterns on board, open Write the Room Black History Edition Patterns, and select view Full Screen. Practice reading and chanting patterns using any system of rhythm syllables. ♫ Print (and laminate) large patterns. Post 5 patterns and give all students the same recording sheet. Repeat this activity on 4 different weeks, perhaps during February’s African American History Month. ♫ Post all 15 patterns and randomly distribute 3 or 4 different recording sheets. Give students a clipboard and allow them to circulate around the room to find the answers for their worksheet. ♫ Print (and laminate) small pattern cards. Use small cards as center activities. Create 4 centers to coordinate with the 4 worksheets. ♫ With all options, practice chanting the name rhythms with the rhythm syllables used in your classroom. ♫ Create rhythmic ostinati with one or more of the name rhythms.
Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Busy Bee Kids
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Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Busy Bee Kids

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This set of 8.5x11 ukulele chord chart posters can serve as anchor charts or bulletin board display. Chords include A, Am, A7, Bb, B, Bm, B7, C, Cm, C7, D, Dm, D7. Eb, E, Em, E7, F, Fm, F7, G, Gm, G7 along with alternate fingering for F7 and E. Each chord is represented with letter name and chord chart graphic. Three background colors give lots of options for display. Choose to use all the same color, or mix and match.
Pirates Music Bundle
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Pirates Music Bundle

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This bundle contains 4 resources to help you create a pirate theme in the music room. 1. Pirates Animated Vocal Explorations & Worksheets 2. Pirates Rules for Audiences 3. Pirates Writing Paper 4. Pirate Gold! Music Effort Awards
Snowball Splats Vocal Warm-Ups
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Snowball Splats Vocal Warm-Ups

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Use these wintery slides as a transition from vocal exploration to traditional vocal warm-ups! As a vocal exploration, students follow the animated lines with appropriate vocal sirens. As a traditional vocal warm-up, the dots on the lines may be thought of as iconic representation for specific pitches. The warm-up patterns may be raised by half-steps and repeated as needed for your singers. Also includes blank slides for student-created pathways.
Nutcracker Note-Taking
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Nutcracker Note-Taking

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This graphic organizer will help your students take notes as they listen to the story of the Nutcracker Ballet. Any version of the story may be read aloud to students. Also: Two different versions of Nutcracker writing paper in both color and black & white. Bonus: Two coloring pages covering the major sections of the Nutcracker story, useful for re-telling the story.
Peter and the Wolf Character Posters and Puzzles
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Peter and the Wolf Character Posters and Puzzles

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Peter and the Wolf is a great piece for reinforcing aural recognition of orchestral instruments! These posters will give your students a visual representation to accompany the instrument sounds. This set can be used in many ways. 1. Use posters for display on bulletin board. 2. Teacher or students hold up appropriate poster as a visual during listening. 3. Use PDF in full screen mode to project posters on screen or interactive white board during lesson introduction or for review. 4. Play a group matching game. Distribute puzzle halves to students. On a signal, perhaps while listening to a portion of the Peter & the Wolf music, students walk around the room looking for their missing puzzle piece. Students check for a perfect puzzle fit as confirmation that they have found the correct match. There are nine puzzles included in this set, so this will accommodate a class of 18 with no adjustments. Options for larger classes: a) Print extra puzzle cards, duplicating characters/instruments that may be new to your students. b) Assign up to 4 students to be the puzzle checkers, standing in the corners of the room. When 2 students make a match, they should take their puzzle to the checker to confirm, reading the names of the character and the instrument to the checker. Optionally, checkers may hold the thumbnail sheet showing the completed puzzles. 5. Use half-sheet or full-sheet puzzles and task card as a center activity.
Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Glitter & Chevrons
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Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Glitter & Chevrons

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This set of 8.5x11 ukulele chord chart posters can serve as anchor charts or bulletin board display. Chords include A, Am, A7, Bb, B, Bm, B7, C, Cm, C7, D, Dm, D7. Eb, E, Em, E7, F, Fm, F7, G, Gm, G7 along with alternate fingering for F7 and E. Each chord is represented with letter name and chord chart graphic. Three background colors give lots of options for display. Choose to use all the same color, or mix and match.
Write The Room:  Instruments of the Orchestra SAMPLER
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Write The Room: Instruments of the Orchestra SAMPLER

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This free sampler set includes five of the worksheets from the full Write the Room Instruments of the Orchestra, formatted in various ways to allow for a variety of options! Display your own set of instrument pictures, either in a center for small groups or around the room and give every student a clipboard and recording sheet. The activities can range from simple writing practice all the way to assessment. Label each picture. Write the words and practice reading them. Hang label cards only, no pictures. Write the words and practice reading them. Draw a picture of the correct instrument. Display the pictures with labels. Students use worksheets with pictures only, find the matching picture and copy down the instrument name. To focus on a small number of instruments, such as one family, display only those cards or labels. Assessment options Number the pictures and labels. Hang separately around the room. Students match the labels with the correct numbered picture. Hang the label only. Students write the label in the box containing the corresponding instrument picture. Display pictures with labels. Ask students to find an instrument from a specific family, such as woodwind, write the name and draw a picture of the instrument. Check out the full product, including small and large pictures, with and without labels, and 12 worksheet variations!
Write the Room:  Instruments of the Orchestra
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Write the Room: Instruments of the Orchestra

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A set 20 orchestral instruments and their name labels, formatted in various ways to allow for a variety of options! Instrument cards with labels may be displayed as a permanent part of your music room decor. Use small cards in a center or large cards for display when every student has a clipboard and recording sheet. Some recording sheets are provided without directions to allow you to create your own variations of this activity. Suggestions for Use: 1. Hang the label cards next to the corresponding picture. Write the words and practice reading them. 2. Hang the label cards only. Write the words and practice reading them. 3. Display the cards with pictures and labels. Students use worksheets with pictures only, find the matching picture and copy down the instrument name. 4. To focus on a small number of instruments, such as one family, display cards or labels without numbering. Assessment options 1. Hang the numbered picture and label cards separately around the room. Students match the labels with the correct numbered picture. 2. Hang the label cards only. Students write the label in the box containing the corresponding instrument picture. 3. Display the cards with pictures and labels. Ask students to find an instrument from a specific family, such as woodwind, write the name and draw a picture of the instrument.
Nutcracker Character Card Game
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Nutcracker Character Card Game

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Need a quiet center activity or sub tub activity to coordinate with your Nutcracker Ballet unit? This set of Nutcracker character cards will fit the bill! The set includes 18 character cards, in both full color and printer friendly black & white versions. All versions have the option to use Marie or Clara as the main character. Print on heavy paper or cardstock, and laminate for durability. Includes directions for Memory Match and Go Fish card games, but can be used for any game that you might create.
Squirrel Fun!  Dynamics Matching Game for Large Group or Music Center
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Squirrel Fun! Dynamics Matching Game for Large Group or Music Center

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Have a little fall fun while reinforcing dynamics terms and symbols. Play a lively full-group game, or use as a more low-key center activity. Print in full color, grayscale, or blackline printing. Also included are two recording sheets for centers and a bonus craftivity that could be used as a bulletin board display. pianissimo piano mezzo piano mezzo forte forte fortissimo crescendo decrescendo Dynamics include options for using either soft or quiet as the English term for piano. Game time! Print and cut out one set of squirrels (choose the set that uses your preferred terminology-soft or quiet), acorns, and leaves. Laminate game pieces for durability. Large Group Game: Give each student one game piece. Leaves and squirrels form one large circle around the room facing the center. Acorns sit scattered in the center of the circle. On a signal, either individually or all at the same time, squirrels should walk around the center of the circle until they find their matching acorn, then they walk together to find the matching tree. Squirrel and Acorn sit on floor next to Leaf to signify they are finished. Play as a race, or time individual teams to add some friendly competition. Small Group Center Activity One: Shuffle the game pieces like playing cards. Distribute to each player. First player place one piece in the center, the next person either plays on top with a matching piece, or starts a new pile. If you wish to have a “winner” to the game, then allow the person who plays the final piece to each pile collect that set. The person with the most sets wins. Small Group Center Activity Two: In four-person groups, one person is the timer, one person is the checker, and two people are the players. The object is to complete the matching sets in the shortest amount of time. The checker verifies the sets are correct using the answer sheet, and the timer should record the time on a piece of paper. Then trade jobs – timer & checker are now the players.
Music Doodle Dictionary Pages
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Music Doodle Dictionary Pages

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Students love to color. Administrators may not consider coloring as rigorous student work. Music Doodle Dictionary Pages give coloring a purpose of reinforcing music symbols and their names and give students the challenge of completing the definitions. Use these pages in your sub tub or substitute plans. Display finished work for an awesome bulletin board display. Includes: 10 music symbols & dynamics symbols 12 music notes & rests - North American terminology 12 music notes & rests - British terminology Answer Keys
Mittens & Snowballs Duple Rhythm Patterns Koosh Ball Game Level 1
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Mittens & Snowballs Duple Rhythm Patterns Koosh Ball Game Level 1

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Practice rhythm patterns with this fun Koosh ball (snowball) game! Tap the mittens, or gently throw a koosh ball at the interactive whiteboard to reveal a duple meter rhythm pattern. Work in teams for a fun rhythm game, or as an individual assessment. Printable cards suitable for centers are also included! Rhythms include quarter notes, barred eighth notes, quarter rest. This file will work with any counting system.
Mittens & Snowballs Duple Rhythm Patterns Koosh Ball Game Level 2
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Mittens & Snowballs Duple Rhythm Patterns Koosh Ball Game Level 2

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Practice rhythm patterns with this fun Koosh ball (snowball) game! Tap the mittens, or gently throw a koosh ball at the interactive whiteboard to reveal a duple meter rhythm pattern. Work in teams for a fun rhythm game, or as an individual assessment. Printable cards suitable for centers are also included! Rhythms include quarter notes, barred eighth notes, 4 barred sixteenth notes, and 1 eighth-2 sixteenth notes. This PowerPoint file will work with any counting system.
Hoop Mania!  Basketball Animated Vocal Warm-Ups
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Hoop Mania! Basketball Animated Vocal Warm-Ups

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Use these basketball slides as a transition from vocal exploration to traditional vocal warm-ups! As a vocal exploration, students follow the animated lines and basketballs with appropriate vocal sirens. As a traditional vocal warm-up, the basketballs and bounces may be thought of as iconic representation for specific pitches. The warm-up patterns may be raised by half-steps and repeated as needed for your singers. Also includes a blank slide for student-created pathways and a student worksheet.
Pirate Gold!  Music Effort Awards
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Pirate Gold! Music Effort Awards

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Need a quick incentive to use during a pirate-themed unit, or on Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19? Give your students some Pirate Gold! This product includes 4 variations of the pirate award certificate, 2 pirate girls and 2 pirate boys. The certificates are formatted to print 4 to a page. Print all 4 characters on one page, or print 1 character per page. Use different colors of paper for boys and girls, or use colors to create your own value system.
Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Teal & Blooms
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Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Teal & Blooms

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This set of 8.5x11 ukulele chord chart posters can serve as anchor charts or bulletin board display. Chords include A, Am, A7, Bb, B, Bm, B7, C, Cm, C7, D, Dm, D7. Eb, E, Em, E7, F, Fm, F7, G, Gm, G7 along with alternate fingering for F7 and E. Each chord is represented with letter name and chord chart graphic. Six background colors give lots of options for display. Choose to use all the same color, or mix and match.