Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oh how wonderful!  Check out these great music-making sites!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

YouTube videos for the last week of school!

I will choose from these selections as I have time during the last wek of school. I aim to inspire and entertain after all our hard work on programs over the last two months!

Last Week of School Videos <------Link to the list!

Here's the first one I showed much to the AWE of my students!
"Mrs Lukow can WE do that?!" say they...  "Absolutely!!" say I...

A Jingly Jubilation At Wallace Elementary School 2011

I do the same program at my two larger schools. This is the second one and we take this school to the high school as we don't have an auditorium in which to perform. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Jingly Jubilation at Wallace Elementary!  December 15th, 2011




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Juniata Jingly Jubilation at Juniata Elementary - December 13th, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I love Tim Tebow and the God he serves.
This video is a fun musical mash-up of commentators' words.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Upcoming Schedules


Juniata:  
Mon. Dec. 5th - Regular music times on the stage.
Wed. Dec. 7th & Fri. Dec. 9th - Combined classes on the stage:
5 & 6:      12:45 - 1:30 add 4th @ 1:20 
3 & 4:        1:30 - 2:15  
K , 1, 2:     2:15 - 3:00 --> K will be done 2:30          
Mon. Dec. 12th & Tues. Dec 13th  - All School Rehearsal on the stage!
1:30 - 3:00  - This ending time is approximate.
Teachers and families are welcome to come and watch rehearsal.
Program - 7:00
Students to arrive by 6:45.  They are to wait in the rooms unless they play pre-program music.  If they play pre-program music, they are to come to the stage with me.  They will return to their rooms when they are done.  I will be there by 5:45. 

Wallace:  
Mon. Dec. 5th  - Regular music times in the gym.  
Wed. Dec. 7th & Fri. Dec. 9th – Combined classes in the gym. 
5th & 6th -  8:15 - 9:00
3rd & 4th -  9:00 - 9:45 
K – 10:00 - 10:30 
1st & 2nd - 10:25 - 11:00 
Mon. Dec 12th  - All School Rehearsal in the gym! 
8:30 - 9:45

Wed. Dec 14th  - Adams Central Rehearsal 
9:00 - 11:00 
Thur. Dec. 15th  - Adams Central Rehearsal 
9:00 - 11:00  
Program - 7:30
Students are asked to arrive by 7:15.  They are to wait in the lunchroom of AC unless they play pre-program music.  Pre-program music will begin sometime before 7:00.  I will be there by 6:00 and families begin arriving shortly thereafter.
  


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Our First Balloon Ride

My husband and I went on our first ever balloon ride to celebrate
27 years of marriage! Enjoy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: College Football Edition

When I first heard this music on a football commercial, I was a little ticked. I had wanted to use this song as the closer on my Christmas program. Now, I wondered if this would ruin it. I decided to embrace it and show this video to my classes as the introduction to their final song on the program. It worked like a charm. The the boys love it now. And if the boys love it, the girls are fine. :o) Enjoy!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Round: Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem:
We are singing this in 4th-6th grades for our Holiday program in December. This selection shows it in the key of G. We will be singing it in the key of Eb. You can get it here:

You can listen to it here:
Dona Nobis Pacem and Music K-8 Kidtunes
We will use the traditional wording of only "Dona Nobis Pacem."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Music Cadre 2011

I will be sharing at a Music Cadre this coming
Tuesday, October 25th.
The following link is a Diigo page that shows what we will be
sharing that day. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

NElovesPS | Five With Mike Musil, English & Language Arts

I was so blessed last year to be one of the teachers highlighted in the Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools Campaign. Here is a another story of a teach making a difference in the lives of his students!

Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ

We are playing a spoof of this piece on kazoos today in 5th-6th grades.
This is such an interesting visual representation!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

She'll Be Comin Round the Mountain

NPR : Home on the Range, Present at the Creation

I think Nebraska has the most wonderful state song of all 50 states; in fact, I fought to preserve "Beautiful Nebraska" in 2004! With help from the good folks of this state, we were able to do just that! Whew!

Beside Nebraska, Kasas has a pretty wonderful state song as well, "Home on the Range," words by Dr. Brewester Higley and music by Daniel Kelley. Here is a site that shares a few tidbits about it's history. 6th graders are writing their own verses this week! Pretty cool

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Silent Night - Recorders - 4th Graders

4th graders are playing Silent Night for our Holiday program. The entire school will be signing it while they play. I've done this once in the past and just love the effect. A student leader will be chosen for recorders and I will be leading the sign language. If parents/students want to get the accompaniment for the piece, you can find it here:
Silent Night At MK8 KidTunes

And...here's a great place for sign language:
American Sign Language

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Recorder Star-Spangled Banner


Once again...this 6th grader does not fail to impress with his musicality!!
I am blessed to be his teacher! May we all be so diligent!

Fur Elise - Recorder

One of my my amazing students who practices on his own to
play the recorder REALLY well! Let's give him a round of applause!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Retainer Song 1st Grade

We created this song today when this young man told us about his new retainer that has to stay in his mouth for awhile! We do this often and have built quite a repertoire!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I am on  the board of this wonderful organization and just wanted to share a montage video of our first evening of practice for the new school year!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tennis Balls ~ Stars and Stripes Forever

Our version with tennis balls!

Stars & Stripes FOREVER!

How fun is this? The Stars and Stripes combined with The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, well...the first part anyway!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Congress sings "God Bless America" - 2001.09.11


Yes, every class watched a clip of this today and sang God Bless America afterward.    
Never forget.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

These two videos are of the Cactus Cuties, a singing group from Texas.  The first one is the YouTube sensation that brought them so much attention.  The 2nd one is the one we watched in 1st and 2nd grade yesterday.  We followed this by reading their book on the history of the Star-Spangled Banner.  It's excellent!  Get it here!  Cactus Cuties Store



Monday, September 5, 2011

We will be watching this this week as we rap the Preamble of the Constitution!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TAPS - Recorder - 2011

5th and 6th graders play TAPS at the beginning of each year. We learn it by rote, learn the history and then read the music.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The "Elephant" and Piano!

We are singing "Willaby Wallaby Woo" today with a young class.  I wanted a video that would capture attention and inspire!  I think this is it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Titans Cheer

We do this every year with our own twist...according to school you know!
It's one of my all-time favorite movies!  I was 10...living in the South in 1972.
Just saying...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Music Education ~ FB Location





Stop over and check out my new Facebook page, created to represent the three unique schools in which I have the privilege to teach!   As a public employee, I want to keep the lines of communication open, inviting and inspiring!  I hope you can come join us!   


Lukow ~ Music Education FB Location


(I made the avatar at Go Animate 4 Schools!)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

South Central Nebraska Children's Choral Auditions


2011-2012 Audition Info:

Returning singers: 
Tuesday, August 30, 4:30-6:30 pm

New singers:
Thursday, Sept. 1,  Tuesday, Sept. 6,  Thursday, Sept. 8
4:30-6:30 pm all days

Where:
Hastings College Fuhr Hall, Room #61

Singers wishing to audition should come prepared to sing America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) unaccompanied, with a starting pitch of F, as well as echo rhythm clapping, echo singing and singing of a simple round, chosen by the director. 

Click here to play an F to start the song!  You can practice at home even without a piano!  F is the first white key to the left of the set of 3 black keys.  Just click it and start singing on that pitch!  

Virtual Keyboard

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

3rd Animation...this one about a pirate who doesn't know what he should!

GoAnimate.com: Star-Spangled Banner and Pirate by Mrs. Lukow

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Basketballs to the Beat Animation

Using Go Animate, I made another tiny movie!  Enjoy!

GoAnimate.com: Basketballs to the Beat by Mrs. Lukow

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Live Binders

Here is a neat NEW (To Me!) site that organizes your data into binders for sharing!
This is a Star-Spangled Binder I made in just a few seconds.


Music Brochure

This is last year's brochure.  I will be updating it with new schedules etc. during the next few weeks. 
I will send one of these home with every child the first week of school.  
I hope you will keep it to refer to during the year.  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Go Animate!

This is a fun little animation I made for the beginning of the school year!  I mean fun!!

GoAnimate.com: Mrs. Lukow by Mrs. Lukow

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Right Here In Nebraska!

You KNOW we will watch this in music this year!  Sooooo great!



Music Tech Teacher by Kay Garrett

Music Tech Teacher, Music Quizzes, Games and Worksheets
This is my all-time favorite music education game site. I can turn the kids loose on a section of this site and know that they will enjoying learning! They show me their score when complete and I can evaluate their activity! If you haven't been, hurry!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mystery Guitar Man Mambo

Cool, interesting and creative videos every Thursday!  This time...a MELODICA!
This man can make music with just about anything!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

CEAI

This is the association I choose to be a member of: Christian Educators Association International.
I am so thankful to live in a Right To Work state where we have a choice.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Sticky Site

Found this new sticky site!  Neato!  Here is a page I made to write notes of new songs I want to incorporate into the music classroom!  Easy to edit.  Easy to add.  Check it out!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Il Volo

WOW!  These Italian "boys" are 16 and 17 years old.  Such huge and gorgeous voices!

Monday, July 18, 2011

An Apple A Day

I was tweaking lesson plans for the first few weeks of school and heard a song in my head.  (It happens often.)  This time...I actually had the tenacity to notate it!  I enjoy using Note Flight!  We will sing this in 3rd grade for the Apple Unit we enjoy each September!  Enjoy!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

National Jukebox

This is a TREASURE!

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free ofcharge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Piano Marvel

This is the method I would like to use if we are able to provide a keyboard lab in the future within the Adams Central Schools!  It's a dream!  It's a hope!  It's a delightful possibility!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stars and Stripes Flash Mob

Blog Backgrounds

Oh my goodness!  I love to change up my blog background!  I love change...as long as I'm in control of it!  Who likes change for the worse?  Yuck!  But...changing my blog background is free and fun.  I know...I've read experts that say you should not do this as it confuses folks and they don't know where they are!  I think though it may become a staple for me...change the background for the season!  And we all know there are more than four seasons!  There's back-to-school and Autumn and harvest and first snow and Thanksgiving and Christmas and winter and Valentines and Spring and Summer and on and on.  Here are two places I like to browse for fun backgrounds:

The Cutest Blog On The Block
and
Hot Bliggity Blog

Why not make a blog of your own and dress it up?

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Always dreaming...

We were cruising down the Hwy. on the 2nd day of July, my lovely daughter and me, when we passed the home of one of my co-workers, such a sweetheart of a lady, when it came to me!

This is what we need to do with the spaces of our theme song!  

You will not even know what I'm talking about but...this is what happens to me: everywhere I go, I think of what I could do to incorporate something wonderful in my music classroom.  After shopping for cute clothes, and yes, I always think of how comfortable and stylish it will be in the classroom, we walked by a "dollar" store.  I had to go in to see what fun things were waiting for me on the shelves that I could use for school!   I didn't find anything this time but I will be back!

I'm obsessive about making my music room relevant and fascinating for my students!  And I love every minute of it!
And what about thrift stores?  Yes!  Here are a few of the items I have snagged through the years:
French horn...not even kidding...
Bongo drum...tall...fun...awesome...
Bop-it game...works great...
Stools...two of them...
Videos/DVDs...
CDs...less expensive than iTunes...
Books...so many I can't count...
Bean bag animals...I have over a hundred...
Maracas...
Baskets for storage...
Hats for props...
I even got a shirt for a bulletin board.  It says:
   "Real men sing real loud!"
I turned it into a cool dude and stapled him up!
Always on the hunt...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Teacher's Summer

Summer is a time for me to plan and create for the new school year. I read and review materials old and new, encourage new teachers, collaborate with colleagues, reorganize my rooms...yes...I have three, experiment with new music, plan programs, eliminate waste..both in the file cabinet and in my plans, disinfect and repair instruments and the list goes on. This doesn't even include taking classes both in person and on-line. I am not taking any classes this year as I am concentrating on building and maintaining my health with much rest and care. Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis has certainly changed the look of my driven nature. I still drive, but I pace myself more carefully. I have many new and wonderful things planned for the coming year and I can't wait to share them with my students whom I do miss!

 Theme for the coming year... Music Moves Me!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Song in the Summer...

A year ago, a couple of friends and I wrote a song. you can check out the archives to just how this happened! Curious... Anyway...I woke this morning to thunder and gentle rain and it caused me to remember. The song is called, "Lovin' the Moment." You can listen here:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

'The Power Of Music' To Affect The Brain : NPR

'The Power Of Music' To Affect The Brain : NPR: "

At some point almost everybody's touched by music: the goose bumps from a haunting score in a horror film, the catchy tune that gets you up and dancing. Now new research and new technology lets us see what's actually going on in the brain at those moments.

In her new book, Elena Mannes tackles a number of fascinating questions. Why does music have such power over our emotions? Why is it universal across all cultures? Does music provide some evolutionary advantage? Is music uniquely human, or do we share it with other animals? Is it hardwired? Did it come before language? And can music make us happier, smarter and healthier?"

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer Vacation

Well...we are almost a week into "summer" vacation.  It has been beautiful Spring weather and I've loved sleeping past 5:30 a.m. every day!   I am usually an early morning gal but I sure enjoy 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. more than I used to!

So far this summer, I've read a couple of books, gone shopping with my lovely daughter, spent time working in our yard, cooked some wonderful meals and enjoyed my family more than ever.  In a few weeks, we will head to Colorado for a few short days of vacation and the wedding of a life-long friend's son.  Such joy.

We will also visit Pikes Peak where I will shoot video and stills of the famous mountain from atop which Katherine Lee Bates wrote the lovely song, "America, The Beautiful."  I'm excited to make a new iMovie for my students.

Summer is a time of refreshing, renewal, organization, planning and rest...all for the coming year.  I will teach piano and voice lessons, fine-tune my plans for the coming year and yes...I will rest.  

A song we sing at the end of every year in K-2nd grader is called "School is Coming To An End."  It's by Teresa Jennings and it sums it up:  School Is Coming To An End
Enjoy.    See you in August.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

God Bless America - May 2nd, 2011


From a cyber music friend:
"I posted to the list because I wanted others to know about this performance. I have read your blog before, and enjoyed your ideas, but last night was really a blessing. I had been reading emails from friends who have lost everything and looking at pictures of my former home and I was overwhelmed. I went to music teacher stuff for a break and this was just what I needed. Please let your students know that they made a difference with their music. My heart was lifted and I felt renewed. Thank you again."
~~Alicia

Friday, April 29, 2011

New Technology Web-Sites

Learn It In 5 - How-to videos for technology!  Very cool. 

The Week In Rap - Review current events in rap!

Commoncraft - 3 min. videos that introduce complex subjects.

International Children's Digital Library - Great, free books for children!

Vocabsushi - What a NEAT way to improve your vocabulary!

We had a fabulous time at NETA.  There are many new & exciting ways to incorporate technology into our teaching!  I can't wait to try out some of the great ideas!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Browse And Download K8 KidTunes Music




Parents! Check this out! You can download
many of the songs we use in the music room here.
And they are always excellent and family friendly!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bubbles - The Aquarium



You can view all of the videos of my students here.
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=0ADF51008A978BE7

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools - Intro Video!


NElovesPS <--------New Web-site!

neLovesPs Intro on Vimeo

neLovesPs Intro on Vimeo
Here's the introduction video!

Effort touts schools' 'A+' programs - Omaha.com

Effort touts schools' 'A+' programs - Omaha.com
Here is an article about the program that is highlighting the good things happening in Nebraska Public Schools. My music program was one chosen! I'm humbled and honored. The production co. is coming to film today and tomorrow. Woo Hoo!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Attention Families!

I'm letting you know about a new project
that is coming to the music room called

NE❤PS: Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools.

It has been launched on behalf of the Susie Buffett's Sherwood Foundation.  It's a a wonderful team of storytellers who are passionate about education, and whose expertise in crafting powerful video stories and generating buzz around those videos will help spread the word about great things happening at all levels PreK-12 and in all corners of our state.  Not only will each video be featured on the soon-to-be-launched website, they will also be spread the word through
traditional and social media.
♬♪♫♩♬
I'm humbled and honored to have been chosen to be one of the teachers highlighted by this organization.  The videographer will be coming to interview me next week and will be filming our music classes on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jackson Berkey Concert in Hastings! Don't Miss This!


Music Hall CanCan

The Galop from Jacques Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" is the tune most associated with the Can-Can. We are dancing this today as we learn about french composer, Camille Saint-Saens who wrote "The Carnival of the Animals." He stole the tune from his fellow composer and used it for the turtle as a joke!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Beautiful Nebraska - 2nd graders - 2011

Happy birthday Nebraska~ Mar. 1, 1867
Here are some of our 2nd graders to sing our state song!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

iDemo Music Vocabulary - Lukow

This is a very special video that will be shared at NETA this year. The 5th graders from my morning school are the stars of this show. They were given the assignment to demonstrate our W.O.W. - Words of the Week: our music vocabulary words. This video is fun and entertaining and well as educational! Enjoy!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tropicana Pure Premium Puts The "Good" In Morning

We sing this song each morning in grades K-2...sometimes in 3rd!
What a happy way to start the day.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Qwiki

Qwiki
This site is fascinating!
I look forward to using it in the classroom!
Want to know about a topic?
Type it in and let it speak!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wanna hear a sweet blessing?

A Mom told me this today:
My daughter said this morning, "I hate Thursdays.  Ya wanna know why?  There is no joy in Thursdays...there's no music. I think there should be music all day everyday."

My eyes filled with happy tears.  

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mexican Flute - Smoke on the Water

This boy's grandparents brought this wooden flute back from Mexico. He is learning to play "Smoke On The Water" on his guitar so he figured it out on this primitive flute that has only 2 finger holes and 1 thumb hole low in the back. Cool.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jump Band Music and Tempos

We have had such fun this year jumping with Jump Bands and learning about TEMPO!  I have a new app on my iPod Touch called Tempo Tapper which allows us to find the tempo of each piece we use.  It's fun to listen and try to figure it out!  Below is a list of the songs we have used this year and their corresponding tempos.  We do NOT recommend Eye of the Tiger.  It's just included because many students want to try it.  They think it will be great but...it's WAY TOO SLOW!   Enjoy!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Star-Spangled Banner 3rd and 4th graders

Approximately 50 of my 3rd and 4th graders from 3 different schools.
Singing in our socks! These children rock!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jazz Podcasts - 5th and 6th graders

I have several students' Jazz podcasts up on my Podbean Site.
What a good job they did!
Enjoy!

Mrs. Lukow’s Podcast Site

The King and I Children's Cast LIst

Congratulations everyone!

Prince Chululongkorn..........Noah Carpenter
Louis Leonowens................Brady Conant
Princess Ying Yaowlak.........Hannah Lonowski

CHILDREN'S CHORUS
Princesses                                       Princes
Beth Gill                                             Kieren Feeney                           
Mackenzie Heneger                            Max Granstrom
Sarina Janssen                                   Makena Lindblad
Kati Jurrens                                       Carson Miller
Rachel Kort                                        Jaden Nienhueser
Jasmine Kuester                                Nathan Riggs
Hannah Lonowski                               Tristan Weston
Abby Queen
Rachel Saathoff
Sydney Shestak
Regan Thomas

Friday, January 21, 2011

Getting to Know You from The King and I


I am so excited to watch this at Adams Central!

Auditions for "The King And I"

ATTENTION! 

 Auditions for the children's chorus of "The King and I" will be on Monday, Jan. 24th from 5-7 in the choir room of Adams Central. Parents please come with your children so the directors know they have your permission.

They will need to sing "My Country tis of Thee" starting on F and they will read some dialogue provided by the directors. Rehearsals for the children will be early evening or after school... depending on when they are all available. The last 2 weeks before the performance they will put in some evenings that may be a little later.....never after 10:00.

 I will be handing out words to the song and the dialogue today at school. We will also review the song a couple of times. Here is a link to the words and a piano accompaniment they can practice with over the week-end.

My Country "Tis Of Thee"

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Some fun for Nebraskans...sent from a friend.


A Trip Through Nebraska
                       from a Postmasters point of view

   This past summer, I traveled throughout the colorful State of Nebraska, in search of a Blue Hill, a Red Cloud, or a Silver Creek, but what I stumbled across was Clay Center, Brownville, Greenwood, and Roseland.

   I began my trip by traveling Inland, and then headed south to North Loup, then north to South Sioux City. I got turned around in Loup City, headed the wrong direction out of South Bend, and back on track at North Bend.  It was then I discovered that West Point is in the east, Central City was off Center, Malcom isn’t in the middle, and the Brady bunch lived east of North Platte.

   There were towns along the way that really rocked.  Guide Rock, Rockville, Table Rock, and Keystone: but, to my Surprise, there was no rock at Plymouth.

   The weather cooperated for the most part, but after a heavy rain, the flood Gates opened and flooded theValley with Clearwater.  I was then stuck in White Clay for a day.  McCool Junction was like . . . Burr.

   The trip wasn’t without Hazard though.  I had to Dodge a Beaver Crossing the Wood River (probably on his way to Beaver City).  Had the Dickens scared out of me by an Archer with a Broken Bow, chased up an oldOak tree by a Bassett hound, suffered an allergic reaction to Angora wool, kicked by a Holstein, fell from aButte, stung by a Bee, had to wade through Broadwater, pooped on by an Eagle, pricked by a Rose, stepped on by an Angus, attacked by a Gibbon, experienced the Pierce of an Elkhorn.  Took a bad tumble in Falls City, but was back on my feet at Rising City.  Had to fight my way out of Battle Creek, nearly met my Waterloowhen I was mobbed at Lynch, and almost drowned in Weeping Water.

   Although I didn’t have the time to visit every Nebraska City, I was still able to Foster an Alliance with many a new Friend.  The people in Laurel and Hardy really made me laugh, but those in Crab Orchard were a bit grumpy.  Folks in Homer were a big hit.  At times I was treated like a Champion and shown the Royaltreatment.  Received a nice greeting in Valentine, but the town I was most attracted to had to be Magnet.

   I always had plenty of food and drink along the way.  Everything from Concord grapes to Bartlett pears, blackAngus steaks to Hershey bars.  Never had to Cook and never had to open a can of Worms.

   The Nebraska nights were awesome.  Auburn sunsets and Sterling moons.  From the Flats in the east, where the Aurora borealis unfolds into Plainview, to the Western hills where you can see the Sparks coming out of Chimney Rock.

   The entire Nebraska adventure was like a Page out of history.  After passing through Colon, I realized my trip had just come to . . . the end!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rockin' Recorders

Because of a snow day and me not having all my materials for my Tuesday classes, if we have school, we will be using the recorder pieces on this great web-site at Ayr for 3rd and 4th grades. Always have a back-up plan!

rockin' recorders students

Just got the call...no school tomorrow.
Two snow days in a row!

Do Re Mi from the Sound of Music

This is not great quality of video but it IS great quality of music!
2nd grade will be singing and performing this piece this week.
K-2nd will work on it at Ayr.



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Instruments! ~ Kindergarten!

Kindergartners are going to check out the instruments on this Nashville Symphony Website!

NSO Kids -- Home

Monday, January 3, 2011

Let Freedom Swing

We will be using these videos in February with 5th and 6th grades. enjoy!

YouTube Videos

In the coming weeks, 5th and 6th graders will be immersed in Jazz.  A part of that will be showing YouTube videos.  I want to let families know that I use the web-browser Google Chrome which has an extension that allows me to turn off comments for videos.  Although YouTube has a wealth of history stored in music videos, the comments are often unmonitored.  Because of that,  I choose to hide all comments from my students.

If you watch any of these videos at home with your children, and I hope you do, please be aware that some of the comments may be crass and inappropriate for children.

You can get it here:
Chrome Extension - Hide YouTube Comments