Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever - "The President's Own" U.S. Marine ...

I try to show the BEST examples I can of musical styles, directors, instruments, etc.  This one is classic.  There is a little history of John Phillip Sousa at the beginning by the poised conductor and the video quality is superb.  My students get a great lesson at Sousa as well as a good instrument view with this video!  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Three Blind MIce

I introduced Three Blind Mice today to include in our partner songs of Freré Jacques and Row, Row, Row.  We talked about how cute mice are in the movies and how I DO NOT like them in real life!  I said, "I love those mice in Cinderella! You know?"  One sweet boy raised his hand with a confused look on his face and said, "Mrs. Lukow, WHO is Cinderella?"  :) The girls in the class GASPED!  ;)   I told him I would talk to his mama about making sure he gets to see that movie!

This is a cute little puppet I've had for years.  I got it at The Henry Doorly Zoo.

Yikes, they are collectible now!  $50 and up!

See them on Amazon!


We're playing the Name Game at the end of 5th and 6th grades today!  It's crazy how something so simple can be so intense AND fun!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


I said I was taking a break this summer, but I had to throw this article out there.  If every teacher would read this and embrace it, what a world we would create!

Why Freedom Is A Powerful Classroom Management Strategy - Smart Classroom Management

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer ... Time Off

We're three weeks into summer and I feel like I'm just starting to realize a little bit of rest and relaxation.  You see, my dad passed away the day after school was out.  I had just arrived at school for a work day when I got the call from my mom.  The past three weeks have been a blur.  I loved my dad so much and will miss him terribly and I need the time.  Time to rest.  Time to relax.  Time to grieve.

So I'm going to give my blog a rest too.  If you want to see what I'm up to, come on over to my FB Music Page or follow me on Instagram.  I will see YOU in August.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ACE 2017 6th Grade Promotion

My students introduce me to new music all the time.  This is the one time
of year that I allow them to sing their choice of popular music.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wallace 6th Grade Promotion 2017

I teach in three elementary schools that feed into one jr. high/high school.  We each have a 6th grade promotion.  They choose their own songs, approved by me and they ALL sing.  I'm very proud of my students.   In 2018, we will all move to one elementary school.  We will have 3 - 4 sections of each grade.  We're looking forward to being together in one building.  Until then, we do things in triplicate.  It's an honor and a privilege.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ACE Kindergarten Program 2017

I teach in three schools, at least for one more year.  After that, we are merging into one larger school. Until, I can have these small Kindergarten programs.  I like them.  I hope you do too.

Songs include: Howdy - Teresa Jennings
I'm So Glad To Be Here -Teresa Jennings
I'm A Little Teapot - N/A No longer in publication.
School Is Coming To An End - Teresa Jennings
Kindergarten Wall - John McCutcheon

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 Wallace Kindergarten - Beatles Surprise

This is one of the most special programs I have had the opportunity to put together.  My friend and colleague, Jim Donley is retiring this year so I thought it would be a fun thing to have a surprise Beatles mini-concert for him at the end of our regular scheduled kindergarten program.

We began practicing little by little on the first day of school.  Most day, we would sing a Beatles song and I considered which ones would be best to sing for him as a musical gift.  We decided on Do You Want To Know A Secret, A Little Help From My Friends and Here Comes the Sun.

I hope you the viewer will enjoy this, but I know there is no way you could know the full impact this had on us unless you know Jim.  To know Jim Donley is to be inspired to be a better person.  I'm so thankful for our friendship and that I got to teach with him.  Blessings.