Thursday, December 29, 2016

Good Morning - Debbie Reynolds

The song I sing every day in Kindergarten through 2nd grade is based on THIS song. I created it impromptu one day as students were coming into my room and it has become an endearing tradition. And now, Debbie Reyolds is gone. May God bless her family that is still here. I am so thankful for her.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Juniata December Program 2016

Here is the playlist from our first December show. I'm blessed to be their music teacher!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

God Bless America 2016 - Kristin Lukow, director

Here are my students, all 400 of them, singing God Bless America, the day after our presidential election of 2016. I am blessed to be their teacher!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Auditions? Who has time?

I used to have auditions for parts in our programs and I seriously do not have time for that anymore. Three schools, limited time together, one has to make adjustments! I want all my 6th graders to be responsible for something so they either will be a narrator or sing at the microphone. I usually ask them what they want to do and it evens itself out. This year it worked beautifully at my first school. I am so happy with the results. And... so many young men who can sing like nobody's business. 



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

America, The Beautiful Writing Project

My 5th graders write their own verses to America, TheBeautiful  each year.  It usually takes three class periods and some homework!  Writing is challening but so worth it!   You can get my resource here on Teacher's Pay Teachers.

Oh, beautiful for tallest trees,
For how they sway so fun.
I see birds that land on them
Above me like the sun.
America, America,
So deep are your strong roots.
I climb so high.
And see the sky.
And I like your good fruits.

Oh, beautiful for green corn fields,
For rocks of name. (Think Mount Rushmore - my note.)
For every mountain far and near.
Above the ocean game.
America, America,
God made this land for me.
And help the good
In the neighborhood
From tree to swaying free.

Oh, beautiful for police that serve,
The cars lights shine so bright.
They rescue us when we need help.
Uniforms so stiff and tight.
America, America,
They catch thieves that commit crimes.
Their badges so gold.
Their life is so bold.
It's good that they are fine.

Oh, beautiful for bright blue skies,
For flowing rows of grain,
For forest mountain majesties,
Around the flowered plain.
America, America,
God's grace was shed for me.
Grateful, I'll be.
People fight for me.
From sea to gleaming sea.

Oh, beautiful for joyful skies
Where no one is in pain.
Our lands are great and free.
It's beautiful, you can't complain.
America, America,
God shed His grace on me,
And help the poor,
And win the war,
From sea to gleaming sea.

This one is from a hunter.
Oh, beautiful for waving corn,
For amber waves of wheat.
The color is so gorgeous
Above the tender meat.
America, America,
The crops make food for me.
We're thankful for our land.
With dry and hot sand,
It's so beautiful, you should agree!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

How many more years?

I'm going to be 55 years old this year.   One of my best friends from high school, who is also a teacher, is retiring this year.  It really has me thinking.

I love teaching music.  I love the creativity and joy.  I love hearing my students grow in their musicality.   It is also a physically demanding job!   Nine years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.   I struggled and didn't see how I could continue teaching.  Thankfully within the past two years, I have found Plexus and these products have turned my health around so now I know I can continue to teach as long as I want, but how long do I want?

In two years, my school district will have a new elementary school.  I have taught in so many little schools within our district that I am very excited about this!  I want to spend some time teaching in one building instead of running from place to place!  And... I want to build a program that my successor can step into and have good quality resources to continue our excellent music program. 

And so now I am considering when.  A very good question.  

Monday, August 29, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Partner Songs - How?

Here is what I do for partner singing.

Day 1 of school. We learn Freré Jacques. I lived in France as a child. It's part of my story. We echo sing it. We sing it in unison. In French. In English. I make up words. Starting in 1st grade, I have them sing it by themselves. (We do this K-6.) I start them again and start singing Row, Row, Row. I don't tell them I'm doing that. Some raise their eyebrows. We have done this at the END of kindergarten. They remember. I ask the 1st and 2nd rows to turn around and face the 3rd and 4th rows. (Yes, we stand in four rows. It works form e in SO many ways!) We talk about how I like to Kayak and we get our own and talk about what colors they are. We scrunch down in our kayaks and sing Row, Row, Row together facing each other. We do it again. I direct the 1st and 2nd rows to sing Row, Row Row 3 times. Once by themselves and then keep going. I tell the 3rd and 4th rows to wait for me because we're going to France. We will sing Freré Jacques once. We do this and sometimes we wipe out. Most of the time not. We try again. We switch parts. We change kayaks. We smile. We laugh. We grow strong as singers.

I don't do a lot of explaining in my class. At least that is my goal. I direct and say, "1, 2, ready go." No excuses. No lag time. Just jump in. I am totally committed to making independent singers. Leaders. Capable musicians who do not need me.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Online Metronomes! Which is better?

In my humble opinion, Bing has a better metronome that Google.  Just sayin'!  Search metronome and see what pops up!  Bing's is customizable!  Love it!

metronome - Bing

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cottage Cheese Drumming?

I am using "bucket drums" with young students more every year because they love them so much. They are really cottage cheese containers from a restaurant!   Today we sang, "Hickey Tickety Bumblee Bee" and we sang, "Can you say your name for me? instead of SING.  They said their name as best they could while they drummed the rhythm of their name. We all echoed.  It gives me a good idea as to where we are starting with rhythm and coordination.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Let's Play Olympic Music!

Bugler's Dream < - - - - Find it here!

My 4th - 6th graders will be playing Leo Arnaud's Bugler's Dream which is used in every Olympics these days!   I have notated it at Notefllght!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Passionate Singing by the Figi Rugby Team

     Did you hear the Fiji Rugby team sing after their victory?
     From the depths of their souls!  Amazing!!

     Listen here at the NBC Olympic site!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hits of 2014 - played with household items.

At one of my schools, the students come to the lunchroom/music room/PE room before school. Yes, we all use the space. Anyway...I like to show videos while they are waiting for school to start. I was introduced to this young man through Katie Wardrobe and Midnight Music. My students are going to FLIP!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Olympics Are Coming!

I love the Olympics! I will share a different National Anthem every day until the end of August. I plan on showing the outline of the country and having them figure out what it is. Prizes WILL be involved. 

And my 4th - 6th graders will be learning Bugler's Dream. What are YOU doing for the Olympics?
Bugler's Dream

Getting My ROOMS ready!

I teach in 3 schools!  That will change in a couple of years! Whew!
But for now, it means spending many hours preparing 3 different buildings for the new school year!  I down sizing, getting rid of junk and keeping as my goal, "Make this safe a place of excitement and joy!"  I'm on my way!  This school is close to ready!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Rhythm Reading To The Oldies II by Kristin Lukow | Teachers Pay Teachers

 Ah! I'm having a SALE! I just uploaded my newest Rhythm Reading PowerPoints and to celebrate slowing down to concentrate on one thing long enough, I'm having a sale! 20% both Rhythm Reading creations AND my Basketballs to the Beat! This is just for 3 days so hurry over and get them while their on SALE!

Rhythm Reading To The Oldies II by Teaching Music In Joy with Kristin Lukow | Teachers Pay Teachers

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

School Starts Soon!

School starts for us 3 weeks from today! I will be spending most days organizing, dreaming, planning and creating over the next 2 weeks.  I like to take the week before school and relish one last bit of freedom.

Here are some very nice  Icebreakers that Rock | Cult of Pedagogy!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wallace 2016 6th Grade Promotion

It is my honor to teach all the way through 6th grade.  
I love 6th graders! Give a listen and be inspired! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ACE Kindergarten Program 2016

Two of my schools have a kindergarten program.  At this school, I teach in the lunchroom/gym/multi-purpose/music room.  We have a little stage.  This is one of my smallest classes but they are mighty!  It is tradition for our 6th graders to join us for a song at the end called The Kindergarten Wall.  It was written my John McCutcheon and is one of my favorite songs for littles!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Aquarium with Bubbles!

I like to have my students listen.  Really listen.  This is how we do it in 2nd grade while learning about Camille Sain-Saens.  Here are some the 2nd grade bubblers of 2016.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Beethoven by Kristin Lukow on Prezi

This is one of my favorite things I've created!  Prezi is captivating and engaging!
If you have never made one, I encourage you to begin TODAY!

Beethoven by Kristin Lukow on Prezi

Sunday, March 27, 2016

MIOSM 2016 - 3 schools - One mission! Share the joy!

This is the third of my schools to perform in our community in March.  We had a two hour late start on this day because of a blizzard the night before!  Ah...this is March in Nebraska!  You just never know!  We arrived at 10:00 a.m., boarded the bus at 10:15 a.m., sang at 10:30 a.m. and were back in time for lunch.  It made for a quick day with very few breaks but that's what you do in elementary school: you roll with it!  And once again, these students rocked it!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Spring - MIOSM 2016

Happy Spring!!!

Every March, I take my 1st and 2nd graders into the community to perform.  It's traditionally, Music In Our School's Month and I find that getting out there and sharing is the best way to promote music in our schools.  I invite families to join us as we sing for senior citizen luncheons and in assisted living communities.  The people are always so grateful!

I take 1st and 2nd graders because each of the other grades has another smaller performance of some kind during the year and honestly, these little people take up less room on the bus!  (Just kidding, but... not entirely!)

This video is the first of our performances this year.  We are in a dark restaurant and a little squished but again, we are small and can fit!  I typically put together 5 songs.  We sing for ab out 15 minutes, just enough time for my performers AND listeners!  This year we brought kazoos and sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame!"


Sunday, February 21, 2016

My students love Jazz.  Who doesn't love Jazz?  Seriously get yourself over to this web-site and check out these 3 short, informative and fascinating videos.  Yes, they have a curriculum but it is too detailed for me.  I see my students one or two times a week on a three day rotation.  I want to get a feel for it and have a light worksheet to fill out while they watch.  You can get that here:

Let Freedom Swing Listening Worksheet

I share the questions with them FIRST and tell them to take notes.  Compete sentence are not required.  If they miss something, they will say it again in the video, please don't ask your neighbor!  I ask THEM, what is the point of YOU watching these videos?  They understand, I want them to be fascinated and inspired and to learn something.

Here is one of my favorite Jazz websites of all time:  Let Freedom Swing.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Adams Central - 3rd/4th National Anthem - 2016

Here is another tradition we love, singing our national anthem before a high school basketball game. This is 70 of my 3rd and 4th graders.  We sing this often but we love to share it with the public!  We meet 15 min. before the game starts, sing through it a couple of times, find our places and off we go!

Bouncing to the Beat 2016!

I am honored to teach these young people and I especially like this activity!  Beat.  Rhythm.  Tempo. Fun.  There are no auditions.  Everyone is invited.  Everyone can do this.  We love it!