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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 W.O.W. 5th Grade Students of Kristin Lukow

5th grade students are tested over music vocabulary each year. This is one of the ways we review!
We are missing melody and harmony in this movie but I promise they know them!  We take a pre-test and post-test each year and if they raise their class average by 10 points, I have them a whole music class of recess.  Class #1 went from a 69% to a 92% so they are going to play!  The other two classes have yet to take their tests.  We shall see!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I do believe we have a deficit in our country, a deficit of enthusiasm.  Perhaps not in all things.  Some are enthusiastic about favorite sports teams but in my humble view, we are lacking enthusiasm for the simple pleasures in life, the important things. Friendship.  Family.  Faith. Learning.  We seem to sometimes take an apathetic view of the things that matter most while embracing those things which ultimately make no difference.  Families, I encourage you to love each other well and experience life with joy!  Model enthusiasm and enjoy life together!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kyrie 3: Improv

This is why we bounce basketballs in music.  Rhythm is everywhere.