Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Disney 1946 Peter and the Wolf

This is such a good quality version of Peter and The Wolf!  1st graders will be
watching and learning about instruments through this captivating story in Jan!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I have two fifth grade trumpet players who want to play bigger things!  They told me they wanted to pay Silent Night for pre-program music.  It's not in their book and  not really knowing what their ability level was, I went in search of a beginning version on-line.  I found a couple and printed them off.  They chose one and shared it with their band teacher.  He thought it was a little high and so the boys asked me to "make it lower."  They assumed I could do this and wanted it within the hour!  Thankfully I CAN do this and went straight to Noteflight! 

Here is the key they chose and wow, they are doing great!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Upcoming programs! ¸ . • * ¨ * • ♫

Dec. 11th, 7:00 - AC Juniata Elementary
Dec. 13th, 7:00 - AC Wallace Elementary
Dec. 18th, 7:00 - AC East Elementary

Juniata will have dress rehearsals the day of and the day before from 1:30 - 3:00. 

Wallace and East will have dress rehearsals at AC the day of and the day before from 1:00 - 3:00.

Families are welcome at dress rehearsals. Remember we are a work in progress and we do ask that you be slealthily silent as we polish our pieces!

Preprogram music is still being organized and an order will be sent home asap.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Getting 3 schools ready for 3 big Holiday programs is a TASK!  But organization is saving me!  I have the dates until the programs written on the boards at each school and I erase one day at a time when we are done.  I refer to it several times throughout the day.  This saves me explanations over and over again as to how much time we have left!  Students will often ask, "When is the program Mrs. Lukow."  I simply gesture elegantly to the board and say, "Viola!"   This saves me frustration!  I have extra copies of papers they will forget or lose available on music stands.  No questions asked, just take another one.  I also have tape on the floor!  This saves time and confusion.  They know where to stand in a snap.  At least they should.  :o)  Whew.  Now time for relaxation over Thanksgiving!  Hopefully!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Caution! Minds at work | Motivational resources | Sparky Teaching

A friend sent me these motivational posters and they are just too good not to share!  You can go to the site and download the whole lot for free!  They would be nice posted in prime locations about your room!

Caution! Minds at work | Motivational resources | Sparky Teaching


Friday, November 9, 2012

I am so grateful for Plank Road Publishing and Music K8 magasine.  The work that Paul and Teresa Jennings and their staff do is unparalleled.  They are simply the best at writing, arranging and recording children's music.  If you have not done so, you will want to check out their web-site:  Music K8.

Another site they have is Music K8 Kidtunes.  It's their sister-site for MP3 downloads for the music they create.  My students love to have their own copies of the music we are singing in school!

Here is a playlist of most of the songs on our Holiday of Music program:  Playlist.


Monday, October 29, 2012

I collect music related cartoons and place them on a file cabinet for children to read whenever they choose.  Family Circus is one of my favorites.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spooky Dynamics Poem - YouTube

Spooky Dynamics Poem - YouTube
We use this poem at this time of year to learn, practice and understand dynamics!



You can find this poem here:
Music K8 Volume 18/1

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I did something this year that I really like!  I taught my 4th grade students the piece they will play on our December program by rote.  Then then notated the rhythms together on the board.  We wrote in the letter names under the rhythms.  We practiced as we read what we wrote.  I had them copy that on note book paper.  We played as they looked at what they wrote.  We corrected and took papers home.   I notated their piece on Noteflight.  They got staff paper that I made here.  They transcribed their piece and we practiced from our own scores.

This photo is one terrific example of their work!

They took their papers home to practice and share with families.   I will give them their "official" music this week.  You can find it here at Music K8.   Yep, definitely doing this every year.  What a great learning process! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's good to be appreciated!  



Here is a preliminary of our Holiday concert for December. I will direct the same program in three different schools of about 135 students each. We have a contest for illustrators each year! Some props and costumes will be used. Small groups will sing. And smiles will be shared through beautiful music! Enjoy!

Here We Come A’Caroling arr. by John Riggio (ASCAP) ©2009 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

A Holiday of Music by Teresa Jennings (ASCAP) ©2010 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

Christmas Makes Me Sing by Teresa Jennings (ASCAP) ©1999 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

Enjoy The Show by Mike Wilson (ASCAP) ©2008 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

First Snowball of the Season arr. by Paul Jennings (ASCAP)/altered lyrics by Kristin Lukow ©1998 Plank Road Pub., Inc.

Fum, Fum, Fum traditional Spanish carol from the 16th century, music from Cedarmont Kids Christmas Favorites

I Can’t Stand Still Under Those Snowflakes by T. Jennings (ASCAP)/altered lyrics by K. Lukow 
© 1996 Plank Road Pub., Inc.

Mashed Potatoes by Teresa Jennings (ASCAP) © 1998 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

Fantasia On A Christmas Spiritual Mary Had a Baby, arr. by Paul Jennings (ASCAP) © 2007 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

Sing We Now of Christmas traditional French carol, adapted/arr. by John Riggio (ASCAP) © 2008 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

Trepak from The Nutcracker by Peter I. Tchiakovsky, 1892

Everlasting Fruitcake by John Riggio (ASCAP) © 2000 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

Noel, Noel by Teresa Jennings (ASCAP) © 2007 Plank Road Publishing, Inc.

Christmas Tree Feud by John Jacobson and Cristi Cary Miller © 2005

The Christmas Song lyrics by Robert Wells, music by Mel Torme

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Star-Spangled Banner!

In 1814, the lawyer, Francis Scott Key, penned the words to what he
called, "In Defense of Fort McHenry."  It became our national anthem
in 1931.  My students know the story very well and sing it well too!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Ram Sam Sam

Round of the day for 3rd graders.

Of course we love to sing:
A Pizza Hut. a Pizza Hut.
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.
McDonalds. Mcdonalds.
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.

And:
A Taco Bell. A Taco Bell.
Imperial Garden and a Taco Bell.
Country Kitchen.
Imperial Garden and a Taco Bell.


Here is what two schools came up with
for their own creative verses:


#1
A-Applebees. A-Applebees.
The Plainsman by Casey’s. A-Applebees.
Buffalo Wild Wings.
The Plainsman by Casey’s. A-Applebees.

#2
Tac-Taco Johns. Tac-Taco Johns.
The U.S.A. Steak Buffet and Taco Johns.
Daly’s Deli.
The U.S.A. Steak Buffet and Taco Johns.

#3
Little Caesers.  Little Caesers.
S - S - S - S Subway.  Little Caesers.Texas Roadhouse, S - S - S - S Subway, Little Caesers.

Of course there are ACTIONS to go with everything. Now, for home fun, students are going home to create their own. If they bring me back a new one and can sing it to me, they get a jelly bean. I know!!!!!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I promised my 4th, 5th and 6th graders that this would be available early, so here it is.  We start on this next week!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bugler's Dream - Olympics!

We will begin our year in 4th - 6th grades playing Bugler's Dream by Leo Arnaud on the recorder.  I have notated it at Noteflight!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy Notes!

Happy Notes Positive Reinforcement Cards - Kristin Lukow - TeachersPayTeachers.com

I needed to make new Happy Notes this year and so have uploaded them to my Teacher's Pay Teachers site.  You can visit and download if you like.  There are 16 unique, very cute notes!  



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Store: Kristin Lukow - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Store: Kristin Lukow - TeachersPayTeachers.com

I have stated a store on the site, Teacher's Pay Teachers!
If you are interested, just click above and you an see
what I've posted so far.  I get many requests for the things
I've made and this looks like a good site to share!


Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Attention | Minds in Bloom

20 Ways to Keep Your Students' Attention | Minds in Bloom

As the end of the year approaches, it can be more and more challenging to keep your students' attention. Brain Breaks are important, but there are plenty of things you can do within a lesson to keep kids from day dreaming...or worse yet, nodding off. Here are some ideas:

Desk Switch: Students have ten seconds (count down from ten) to find another desk to sit in that is in a different part of the room than his or her normal desk. Students stay in that desk for the rest of the lesson. Why? Two reasons, first switching desks gets them up and moving. Second, sitting in a different place in the classroom will give them a different perspective and wake up their brains a bit.

Position Switch: Have students turn their chairs around and sit straddling the chair with their hands resting on the back (girls in dresses can sit side-saddle). While good sitting is important, a few minutes of sitting differently can keep kids alert. Another idea is to let kids sit on their desks with their feet on their chairs (which they will love!)

Wander as you teach. If you don't need to be glued to the board, then wander throughout the classroom. Most kids will track you, which will keep them alert, and if you see someone having trouble focusing, you can stand right next to him or her for a quick perk-up.

Give each child a small ball of play dough to fidget with if you are doing a lecture-type lesson.

Throw students a foam ball when calling on them to answer a question.

Randomly and frequently ask students to repeat what you just said.

Choose a fun word, such as "Shazam!" or "Bazinga!" Every time you say the word, students must use both hands to hit the tops of their desks two times and then clap two times. Say the word several times throughout the lesson. It will wake everyone up!

If you have experience in theater, improv, or just like to have a little fun, teach a small portion of the lesson with an accent or imitating someone famous.

With younger students, teach with a puppet or give a voice to a stuffed animal.

Throw in a joke every now and then.

Use student volunteers. Any time you can call a few kids up to the front to be part of a demonstration, do it. It can be as simple as having them hold up signs (rather than displaying the same information on the document camera) or writing an answer on the board. Better yet just call on students to help rather than asking for volunteers.

If a lot of kids look sleepy, stop talking and write a simple command on the board such as: "Put both hands on your head." The silence should alert day dreamers that something is going on. Follow up with two more written commands. Make the last one something with sound just in case a few kids haven't caught on, such as, "Clap three times." Continue with your lesson.

Wear bright colored clothing. If you want to keep their attention, you should be the most interesting thing in the room.

Have students explain something they just learned in partners.

Require a response from everyone, rather than calling on one student by using individual white boards, or having students signal yes or no with sign-language.

Teach outside. This of course, could have the opposite effect with students being even more distracted, but on a beautiful day it could be a nice break for everyone to sit under a tree a tree with a clip board rather inside at a desk.

Animate those PowerPoints! If you don't have time or know how to do it yourself, you could probably find a helpful upper-grade student who could add some animation to a PowerPoint that already has the content.

Require students to take notes. Every so often, have them do a quick, related sketch in the margins. For example, if you are learning about Abraham Lincoln, give them 30 seconds to draw log cabin in the corner of the paper.

Throw in a higher level thinking question that is related to the lesson (but not part of your objective) and have a quick discussion. For example, if you are learning proper ways to use a comma, ask the students which punctuation mark they think is the most important and why. Questions like these are also fun to put at the bottom of a worksheet and have students answer on the back.

Let students know at the start of the lesson that they will need to write down three things they learned as their "ticket out the door."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Star-Spangled Banner (playlist)

We begin the year singing our National Anthem.  
Here is my playlist that includes many of the 
videos I show my students...and more! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kristin Lukow's Music Room Photos

Kristin Lukow's Music Room Photos

I'm going to begin a photo blog for the coming year.  
One photo a day from whatever school I am in!
This is how it will look!  What do you think?

Friday, June 15, 2012




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Oh...how I aim to be the teacher on the right.  It's so much more uplifting and refreshing and effective for students and teachers alike!  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Teaching In-Joy - a set on Flickr

Teaching In-Joy - a set on Flickr
Check out the photos from our June 12th-13th class!
We had so much fun and my lovely daughter took
such awesome pictures for us!  Thank-you Elise!

Friday, June 8, 2012

I made a new animation for my class next week.  
GoAnimate continues to evolve as it grows.  
Each time I return, there is something new!
I don't always love the changes. but...
I can always make it work!

Teaching In-Joy! by MrsLukow on GoAnimate

Animation Maker - Powered by GoAnimate.
My students performing "It's Not Hard!" 
We will be learning this our class next week!

1080p HD "Good Morning" ~ Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Yes, please!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

NElovesPS PSA 2

One of the highlights of my teaching career!  Working with the fabulous
folks of Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools and enjoying the process of
sharing my joy of teaching children through music!  Here is a PSA they made
to continue to promote the good about education ins Nebraska's public schools!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

It's Not Hard I Tell You So

I'm "famous" for saying, "It's not hard. It's new." 
This is a fun rhythm activity I slip in at the end 
of the year to challenge and entertain.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Three of my 4th graders are a bit ahead on their compositions so I took them to noteflight today. Next music class, they will teach 3 others students to use the 
on-line notation site. And the gift goes on.








Sunday, April 8, 2012

Musical Mayhem in My Classroom
Here is a wonderful Bingo idea that
any teacher can doing using any subject!
I love it and just may give it a try!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


My schedule will change net year as I will be the only music teacher in our elementary system.  We are closing 2 of our 5 schools and consolidating.  I will have 3 schools and we are going to a 3 day rotation.   I will be at one school for a full day.  I've never had this so I'm pretty excited.  I have developed a new lesson plan form which I'm also excited about.  If you'd like to see it, you can go here:

One thing I really like is my POD, Piece of the day.   Right now, I have a POW, a piece of the week, but since I will see them less often, I'm changing it each day.   I decided to connect it to history but playing pieces by composers born in that month OR pieces that were #1 hits during that month is some year.  My favorite pop music is mid - late 60's so this way I can include lots of variety.  I will start with the oldest composer and move toward the newest music each month.  

They enter to this music and clap the rhythms I have displayed on my Heart Chart (Laurie Zentz) at the front of the room.  I have 4 rows of students and they clap the rhythm in their corresponding row.  

I'm tweaking March for next year right now and these are my pieces:

Spring - A. Vivaldi, born March 4, 1678
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Air - J. S. Bach, born March 21, 1685
Flight of BB - R. Korsokov, born March 18, 1844
In The Mood - G. Miller, born March 1, 1904
Rhythm of the Rain - Cascades, #1 in March 1963
These Boots Are Made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra, #1 March 1966
Dizzy - Tommy Roe, #1 March 1969 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I created this Prezi to introduce Beethoven to my 4th graders:


Friday, February 17, 2012

1st African American Male Valedictorian In 10 Years! Receives $1 Million...

Not only is this one of the most inspiring videos I have ever seen, the way it is done with the music in the background is emotionally moving and touching! Please watch and be inspired. Just like I was.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kiss Kiss by Margaret Wild

We performed this book today in 1st and 2nd grades. The video is from 2 years ago when I first incorporated it into my teaching. Enjoy.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Blues Practice

Blues Practice
You can practice your Blues pieces with this handy accompaniment!
It's by Christopher Schlegel and it's called 12 Bar Blues in C Major at 120 BPM.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I love Noteflight!  My 5th and 6th graders will make their own copy of Sakura as well!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

1st graders are learning about the instruments of the orchestra by enjoying Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokovieff.  This is the video we will conclude with on Friday, Jan. 20th.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Here is my lesson plan for the month of January for my 6th graders.  I think they will enjoy and learn as they create music within the set Garage Band parameters.

Monday, January 2, 2012

(13) Lukow ~ Music Education FB Location

(13) Lukow ~ Music Education FB Location

I post updates, ideas, pictures, videos, comments, reminders and much more on my Facebook Music page. If you haven't "Liked" it yet, come on over and join us!