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