Monday, December 9, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

ACE Holiday 2013

I'm trying something a little different this year.  I'm making a playlist for each of my schools so families can choose the videos they want to watch in full quality.  You can also press "Play" and watch all the videos in sequential order.

ACE Holiday 2013 (playlist)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The MY HERO Project

The MY HERO Project

Kind of excited about this!
The film about me, created by
NElovesPS: Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools
won 2nd place in the My Hero Film Project!
Wow.  Humbled.

Monday, November 11, 2013

How Do We Remember All Those Words?

K8 KidTune: Over The River

My K-3 classes are having a little trouble with the quickness and profusion of words in Over The River. They follow my lead well but I want them to think on their own so...

I had 3rd grade sit in a circle with their eyes open and sing the song. I saw them watching 3 boys so I took them out of the circle. I took one more girl out a little later. They sat in their own circle. 

I had the large circle close their eyes and sing again. When they stumbled, we would stop, speak the words slowly and start singing again. I had them play the song like a movie in their mind. Grandma's cap is yellow with a green pom-pom and purple horses printed on it.'s dirty. 

They have "home fun" tonight. Sing the song to themselves when they are going to sleep. I want them to be leaders, thinkers, rememberers. We are improving.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Browse And Download K8 KidTunes Music

Let me remind my students-families and others that you can listen and download much of the great music we are singing for our December show at this site. What a blessing the team at Music K8 is! 

Browse And Download K8 KidTunes Music

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

iTi Presentation - Google Drive

I taught at an Instructional Technology
conference this month.  I love to incoporate
the ever changing world of technology into
my teaching!  In this short presentation, I
explain how to safely download and use YouTube
videos in the classroom.

iTi Presentation - Google Drive

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sing - Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives

Many parents have requested that I repost this fabulous song 
that we are singing as the first song on our program this 
December! Their children are asking to hear it home! 
Can't you see why? It stirs my soul. ♥

Friday, October 4, 2013

Home On The Range Prezi

Home on the Range

Here is a simple Prezi I recreated for Kansas' state song, Home on the Range. My 5th graders will write their own verse to this next week. I have a template for this activity on my TPT site. It has examples of what students have written. So good! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Each year, my 6th graders write their own verse to America, The Beautiful. I have a template for this activity on my Teacher's Pay Teachers site. It's pretty straightforward. I forgot that I had these 6th graders do this activity last year as well, so this is their 2nd year. I must say, they are even better the 2nd go round! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yankee Doodle

We learn about the history of our first Patriotic song and the dance an
easy 2-line partner dance.  I start this in Kindergarten and we dance
it again in 1st and 2nd grades.  These are 2nd graders.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Brown Bear, Brown Bear - Singing Game
2nd Graders

This is one of my all-time favorite singing games! It's based on Bill Martin and Eric Carle's book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear. It's sung to the tune of Twinkle. I have hundreds of beanies that have been given to me and found at thrift stores through the years. I use this with K - 2nd and they ask to sing it often. We start by singing the book and then move to the circle. There are several other books as well that we sing throughout the year. Enjoy.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Kate Kuper - Musical Obstacle Course

This is just so fun! seems the video is not working
so here is the YouTube site at which you
can find this fun activity:
Musical Obstacle Course

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fun and Yummy Rhythm Worksheets!

Here is a glimpse of four new worksheets I created for my students and have uploaded to my Teachers Pay Teachers site.

I was  inspired by a chart I saw on Pinterest and created some of my own.  The possibilities are endless for creating new ones!  I think I'll have my students help me!

Teachers Pay Teachers - Rhythm Worksheets

America-my country 'tis of thee

This is my favorite version on Youtube of the whole piece of "America,"
all four verses with lovely children's voices singing!

Be Great!: Juliet Doherty at TEDxABQ

If you're a singer, belt it out!
Now go and be great!
Love this!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Introduction to Noteflight Classroom

I have really enjoyed using Noteflight with my students 
in the past two years.  I like the new educational version 
they have created!  This video shows very nicely how 
it works!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Let Your Light Shine Music Video D'Ambrosio Twins - The FreeStyle Life F...

This will be my theme for the coming school year:
Let your light shine! 

I'll show this video and know it will resonate! 
¸ . • * ¨ * • ♫

Monday, June 24, 2013

Funny School Teacher - Such an intelligent qualified teacher

One of the videos highlighted in my online class. 
This speaks loudly to me! What does it say to YOU?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Love how these young farmers use music to 
promote the most important profession on earth.  IMHO!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I am making a commitment to write down all the little songs I randomly make up throughout the day.  I so often sing them and then forget them.  So...this summer...I will write them down and have them for more than a few moments!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Boom Snap Clap Hand Game

Looking for something fun to do this summer 
with your kids?  Yes, I said WITH your kids!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Kindergarten AC East Mini-program 2013

Kindergarten at one of my schools!  I invited parents to come to our regular music class time.  Many did and we got to share our fun songs and smiles.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

6th Graders notes at the end of the year!
Give it a try!  

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I regularly video tape my students for our own evaluation, motivation and sharing with families.  I maintain a Facebook page just for this purpose.  Here is a link to my current videos.  Some os these videos get posted on YouTube and some don't.

Mrs. Lukow's FB Music page video link.
What a delightfully surprising video!  
Fantastic choir full of passion!

Simon Cowell Made Fun of This Gospel Singer
And Then Was Blown Away
from believe836
on GodTube.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

As a follow up to Goober Peas,

we are singing/speaking this

fabulous piece in 5th grade

for this is the year they learn

of the "War Between The States"

or the more commonly called

"Civil War."

Monday, April 15, 2013

One of the wonderful things I learned from Quantum Learning was "chunking."  Our brain learns better in sections, segments, chunks.

Today, my kinders sang an awesome song from Music K8 called Humhumnuknukuapua'a!

What a HUGE word for little ones!   But they wrote their own four section segmented paper and can say the name of this cool fish from Hawaii!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

We sing Goober Peas in 5th grade. They study the Civil War. I show several videos. This is a favorite. In discussion I told them Burl Ives was the voice of the Snowman on the Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer show. I asked if they knew Johnny Cash. One boy said, "Bob should know. He did a paper on him." Bob said, "I did a paper on Johnny Carson, not Johnny Cash." The first boy said, "Same thing."

Um...not really. :/

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jump Band Joy!

We're doing Jump Bands today! We normally do this in January because, 
you know, January starts with J and so does Jump Bands. :) But this year, 
we performed Basketballs to the Beat in January so I PROMISED to do 
Jump Bands in April! It's April folks! Woo Hoo!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

HISTORY OF THE CHERRY TREES - Cherry Blossom Festival

HISTORY OF THE CHERRY TREES - Cherry Blossom Festival

As we enter Spring, my 5th and 6th graders will be playing Sakura, a traditional Japaense folk tune on their recorders.  It's so beautiful, the time of year, the cherry blossoms and the tune!

You can get my version for recorder here:
TPT - Sakura

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Here is a Prezi I created to assist me in introducing Ludwig van Beethoven.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We create new verses to the song,
"Do Your Ears Hang Low" each year.
Here is one of my sweet kinder classes
with their sweet version!

Friday, March 8, 2013

I have uploaded a new composition worksheet at my Teachers Pay Teachers site!  Come on over and check it out! 

This is a three page composition paper that will lead young students through a step-by-step process of composing an eight measure recorder piece! I created it for my 3rd graders who are beginning recorder players. It could be used for other instruments as well!

The first page leads students through the process of creating four beat rhythm patterns for eight measures in AABA form. Rhythms are written in a table with eight boxes. The measures are numbered and the form is displayed with the B section highlighted to help students.

The second page leads students through the process of transferring their rhythm boxes to the staff. There is a check-off process to help students keep track of their progress.

The third page is just like the second page without instructions for the students to create a beautiful final copy.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Harlem Shake - Kristin Lukow's 4th grade class @ AC East

Our contribution to the Harlem Shake phenomenon!

I decided to do this to offer motivation to a class that was having trouble
getting through the Virginia Reel without freaking out about having to
touch each others' hands.  I said, "We have this one class period.  You
have to do the "Reel" well and without complaint and then...we video the
Harlem Shake."  May I just say...they were perfect!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

W.O.R.D. 2013 - Rockin' 5th Graders!

Our 5th grade music vocabulary project for 2013. I need to fix two 
typos, but I think the quality is awesome. I'll be showing it tomorrow 
to 5th graders everywhere! In my schools at least. :)  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mary Poppins!

My 1st and 2nd graders are singing "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins. It's part of a mini-program we're taking into the community in March for MIOSM. (Music In Our Schools Month) I am showing the clip from the movie and...MOST of little precious young ones have not seen it! 

Coincidentally, I recently received a Parent & Child magazine from Scholastic which contains a list of the "100 Greatest Movies for Kids!" And on that list at #3 is, that's correct, Mary Poppins!

Here are a few more of MY musical favorites from that list, with the number they placed them.
#1 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
#4 Beauty and the Beast (1991)
#9 Pinocchio (1940)
#12 The Sound of Music (1965)
#24 Singin' In The Rain (1952)
#41 Remember The Titans
#58 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
#74 Cinderella (1950)
#81 Bambi (1942)

I would take some off their list :) and add these for the musical value and sheer joy:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Aristocats
Snow White
The Jungle Book
The Music Man

Many of my students wanted to watch the whole Mary Poppins movie and I hope they get to! And ... I hope they watch many more of these classics for the musical value alone!

There are plenty more but these are some of MY favorites! What are some of YOUR favorite music movies for kids?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Virginia Reel, 4th Graders

Fabulous Fourth graders dancing the Virginia Reel! 
Thanks for filming Miss Nelson! — at J-town.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Jazz Test 5th/6th

Jazz Test 5th/6th

Here's a simple Jazz Quiz I made for my 5th and 6th graders. Any of them that want to take it again, copy their results and bring them to me in order to raise their grade, may do that before the quarter is over. Anyone else may take it just for fun, that is if you think taking quizzes is fun. I do! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Attention Getter!

I have many fun ways to get my students' attention during class.  I don't
use the typical clapping: ta ta ti-ti- ta.  One of my principal's uses that
and more power to her.  I like to surprise my students with a variety of
approaches.  This is one of those fun ways I keep in my bag of tricks.
This dad rocks and so does his sweet princess!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Can you name this tune? 

 A couple of my 4th grade boys wanted to notate a favorite tune so they hummed it for me. I found a recorder friendly key and then they told me the name. Do you know it?

It's Seven Nation Army by White Stripes!  Who knew? 

I'm pretty proud of my guys!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On-Line Testing

I've made many tests on-line and like to use them for my older students.
Here is one I just made for my 5th and 6th graders on Jazz.
The passcode is lukow.

Jazz Test

There are may on-line test creators.  I like this simplicity of this one an the feedback that is available at the end.  I'll have each student print their final page for me for the grade book.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Surprising Little Teapot

This adorable song, sung by adorable children is such an opportunity for
impromptu acting and fun!  It is from Music K8 but is not listed on
their web-site because of finding out about copyright privileges after
it was published!  I'm so glad I have it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rhythm Reading - Bucket Drumming

My 2nd graders are excellent rhythm readers and love to display this talent
on old plastic buckets!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recorder Evaluation via iPad app

I am using Denise Gange's "Let's Play Recorder" app for the iPad.
Let's Play Recorder - iTunes - It's truly fabulous!

To evaluate my 3rd grade students' progress, I instructed them to choose two measures from one of the pieces, a lovely Japanese folk tune called Kagome.  We reviewed what a measure is and then I asked for volunteers.  They told me which two measures they would like to play and they proceeded to play for me and the class while seated at their place on the floor.

It was perfect.  I was able to evaluate by their choice of measure and their accuracy of play.  If a student needed a little help, I suggested we all play those two measures together.  "Thanks everyone. We're here to help each other."  Some students chose the most difficult measures and played with ease.  Others chose the easiest and chugged slowly along.  Everyone played and felt validated, being able to chose their own level.

Today was a successful day.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lukow ~ Music Education FB Location

Here is a link to my Facebook Music Page.
My latest video is of a large group of my
3rd and 4th graders singing The Star-Spangled
Banner before a boys basketball game at our
high school.  They rock my ears off!

Lukow ~ Music Education FB Location

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


My 6th graders have been working on Noteflight.  Here is an example of my 6th grade girls':

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


What do you do in the day of technology when your main computer is in the shop?  Well...I make use of Google Docs and my blog and my iPad and iPhone and iPod.  I guess I still use technology, but there are so many ways around the missing computer any more.  Today, I need to implement those tools!

Video #1:
Disney's version of Peter and the Wolf

Video #2:
Peter and the Wolf - Netherlands Orchestra

January plans.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Peter and the Wolf - 3 day plan!

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf is one of my favorite ways to learn the orchestra. Children learn through story and they can hear and understand the character-instruments so well.

We listen to the whole piece the first lesson. I have a large book we watch while we listen. I have the instruments taped to a board with the name of the animal it plays. For his name, I write: Pro ☕ f = pro-coffee-f = Prokofiev. 
We also find Russia on a map.
The 2nd lesson, we illustrate our own scene as we listen to the piece again. At the end of class, the students share which scene their picture shows. We review the instrument players as we listen and draw.

The 3rd lesson we will watch the Disney version of the music and compare and contrast it to the book we viewed in the first lesson.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013