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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.
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.
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 & the Wolf Music Centers Bundle
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Peter & the Wolf Music Centers Bundle

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

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

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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.
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.
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.
Peter and the Wolf Story Re-Telling & Coloring Sheets
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Peter and the Wolf Story Re-Telling & Coloring Sheets

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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alien Space Place - Identify Space Notes on Music Staff
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Alien Space Place - Identify Space Notes on Music Staff

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This zip folder contains both a PowerPoint digital flash card learning/review game and one printable student worksheet to help students discriminate between line and space notes on the staff. This game and worksheet does not ask students to identify pitch names, but rather they must simply identify the space notes. Display the digital flash cards with your projector and play a whole group learning or review game. Students use hand signals to indicate whether the note on display is a line or space note. Play Around the World, Lightening Round, or Team Play as a review or assessment game. Extend the on-screen lesson and review with a worksheet that can be used as practice or assessment. One Alien worksheet is included.
Detective Line Finder - Identify Line Notes on Music Staff
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Detective Line Finder - Identify Line Notes on Music Staff

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This zip folder contains both a digital flash card PowerPoint learning/review game and one printable student worksheet to help students discriminate between line and space notes on the staff. This game and worksheet does not ask students to identify pitch names, but rather they must simply identify the line notes. Display the digital flash cards with your projector and play a whole group learning or review game. Students use hand signals to indicate whether the note on display is a line or space note. Play Around the World, Lightening Round, or Team Play as a review or assessment game. Extend the on-screen lesson and review with a worksheet that can be used as practice or assessment. One Detective worksheet is included.
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.