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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.
Nutcracker Note-Taking

Nutcracker Note-Taking

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.
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Nutcracker Character Card Game

Nutcracker Character Card Game

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.
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Mittens & Snowballs Duple Rhythm Patterns Koosh Ball Game Level 2

Mittens & Snowballs Duple Rhythm Patterns Koosh Ball Game Level 2

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.
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Music Doodle Dictionary Pages

Music Doodle Dictionary Pages

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
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Squirrel Fun!  Dynamics Matching Game for Large Group or Music Center

Squirrel Fun! Dynamics Matching Game for Large Group or Music Center

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.
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Color By Music - Recorder Notes - BAG - BAGCD - BAGED

Color By Music - Recorder Notes - BAG - BAGCD - BAGED

This set contains color by music mystery pictures to help students differentiate between the first notes commonly used by beginner recorder players. Great for notation awareness lessons and perfect for your sub tub! The 5 BAG pictures come in 2 levels: Set 1 is the easy level, with both the staff notation and the letter name listed on the color key. BAG Set 2 is slightly more difficult, requiring students to decode the music notation to determine the letter name on their own. Choose BAGCD or BAGED for an additional challenge for your students, 20 pages in all.
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B-A-G Recorder Note Reading & Writing & Fingering Chart Practice Booklet

B-A-G Recorder Note Reading & Writing & Fingering Chart Practice Booklet

Help your students practice their B-A-G note reading & writing with this practice booklet. This is considered an entry level music reading guide, and students will find all of the answers in the booklet. Their job is to make their own fingering chart, decode and label notes on the staff, find a melodic pattern in the song notation, and practice writing and naming B-A-G notes. Contains 4 pages to print double sided and fold to make a booklet. Answer pages and printing suggestions are included. I am not in favor of students writing in the letter names under the notes while playing. I have found, however, that at the beginning stages, students sometimes have difficulty decoding the notes fast enough to play the song with an authentic sound. This booklet gives them some additional practice reading, writing, and naming the notes. In my practice, I allow and encourage students to write the note names on worksheets, but NOT on their music for practice & performance. I hope you will consider this resource with those thoughts in mind.
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Peter and the Wolf Story Re-Telling & Coloring Sheets

Peter and the Wolf Story Re-Telling & Coloring Sheets

There are so many great Peter & the Wolf products available. Why do you need this one? Because it is only 2 pages! My school limits teacher copies, so printing a nice, long storybook for many students is not possible. The major sections of the Peter & the Wolf story are represented in just 2 pages! Descriptive sentences are very brief, allowing your students to fill in all of the details as they work. Print the 2 pages back-to-back on one piece of paper. Play Prokofiev's music as students work. Encourage students to talk to neighbors, re-telling the story as they work. Use this resource in a center or even in your sub tub, following your own teacher-led lessons on the Peter & the Wolf.
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Peter and the Wolf Character Posters and Puzzles

Peter and the Wolf Character Posters and Puzzles

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.
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Peter and the Wolf Character Card Games

Peter and the Wolf Character Card Games

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.
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Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Glitter & Chevrons

Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Glitter & Chevrons

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.
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Going Buggy!  Duple Meter Rhythm Pattern Game - Koosh Ball Game

Going Buggy! Duple Meter Rhythm Pattern Game - Koosh Ball Game

Practice rhythm patterns with this fun Koosh ball game! Tap the bugs, or gently throw a koosh ball at the interactive whiteboard to reveal a duple meter rhythm pattern. You might even try tapping the board with a fly swatter! 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 file will work with any counting system.
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Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Teal & Blooms

Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Teal & Blooms

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.
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Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Busy Bee Kids

Ukulele Chord Chart Posters - Busy Bee Kids

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.
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Louis Armstrong & New Orleans Jazz PowerPoint

Louis Armstrong & New Orleans Jazz PowerPoint

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.
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Sunflowers Smiling - A Fall Chant in 5/8 Meter

Sunflowers Smiling - A Fall Chant in 5/8 Meter

Most of our curriculum materials are filled with duple and triple meter, but very few songs or chants in any of the unusual meters. This original fall chant in 5/8 meter is a great addition to your fall music activities. Included are: Score in standard notation PowerPoint slides with one chant phrase per slide, for use when teaching lyrics. PowerPoint slide with entire chant on one slide, for use during activities when it would be difficult to turn slides. Lesson ideas.
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Pirates Music Bundle

Pirates Music Bundle

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
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Peter & the Wolf Music Centers Bundle

Peter & the Wolf Music Centers Bundle

This bundle contains 3 separate activities that support students' engagement with the instruments and characters in the Peter and the Wolf story. 1. Peter & the Wolf Character Card Games 2. Peter & the Wolf Posters & Puzzles 3. Peter & the Wolf Story Re-Telling & Coloring Sheets
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Pirate Gold!  Music Effort Awards

Pirate Gold! Music Effort Awards

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.
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Pirates Animated Vocal Explorations and Worksheets

Pirates Animated Vocal Explorations and Worksheets

Ahoy Mateys! Get your students using their head voices with these Pirate themed animated vocal exploration slides. The PowerPoint presentation contains: 6 animated slides 4 slides for students to draw their own paths when projected on Smartboard or whiteboard 3 printable worksheets
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Pirate Rules for Audiences

Pirate Rules for Audiences

Will your students be seeing a live performance soon? Worried about inappropriate behavior? Aargh! Teach appropriate audience behavior the pirate way! PowerPoint presentation of 10 rules for audiences, presented in pirate language and regular English. Animations revealing English "translations" will only work in presentation mode.
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End of Year Editable Music Awards

End of Year Editable Music Awards

Recognizing student achievement is an important part of being an educator. This set contains 10 different awards for common music class achievements. Each award has an editable text box for your school name, the school year dates, and for the student name. Music Awards are designed to be printed in black ink on brightly colored paper. Using slightly heavier 24 lb. paper will make the award feel special. Includes: Chorus Award Choir Award Star Guitarist Ukulele Star "And With Others" Group Cooperation Harmonica Award Recorder Star Most Improved Musical Thinker Super Singer
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Moosical Vocal Explorations and Worksheets

Moosical Vocal Explorations and Worksheets

Get your students using their head voices with these farm themed animated vocal exploration slides. Perfect for any farm-themed lesson, the vocalizations could also connect with these popular children's literature titles: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss How to Speak Moo by Debra Fajerman Click Clack Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin The PowerPoint presentation contains: 6 animated slides 6 slides for students to draw their own paths when projected on Smartboard or whiteboard 6 printable worksheets
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