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!