What’s happening…

    Here is a snapshot of what I’ve been working on lately.  While we intend for a music program to emerge as we go through next year, I do want to give our teachers a few ideas to start with which I hope will serve simply as catalysts for other great ideas.  I am trying to think always in questions centered on a theme that students could explore.  In the photos above you can see a few questions I’ve started with and then described a variety of angles one could go to explore it.  I’ve also considered the other…

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Recordings

Hi there, Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite recordings. When we think of using recordings in a music class, perhaps thoughts of Bach and Beethoven come to mind. Not that Bach and Beethoven are bad, they are in fact quite amazing composers and certainly hold a firm place in history with their impact on music and the world today. However, for kids today we need to think about relevance as they see it not as we see it. For example, few students will appreciate Beethoven if he means nothing to them and they can’t connect…

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New Findings

Hope your week has been great! Hard to believe how fast spring is flying by. Here are few treasures I have come across this week. I hope you find them useful. 1. Some of you were asking about children’s songs and after talking to a retired colleague he pointed me towards www.kididdles.com where you can look up a song title and get access to lyrics and in some cases hear the melody so that you could learn it and sing it with your students. 2. This retired teacher also pointed me towards the following website which has all kinds of…

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