Your Classroom Music Playlist Guide

By | 2017-08-01T07:41:55+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

  Playing background music while working can increase concentration, creativity and even help with collaboration.  All of which are critical for teaching and learning.  But what music should you play?  We asked our community what they play while students [...]

Integrating Music with Sound Stories

By | 2017-06-29T13:35:46+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Sound stories were some of my favorite activities for students in my days as an elementary general music teacher. A sound story occurs when children use music and instrumentation to create sound effects to accompany a story. The result [...]

Making Musical Connections

By | 2017-06-12T08:24:44+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

As a STEAM TOSA, I have the honor of working with over 600 TK-5th grade students throughout our district.  I see my classes on a 2 week rotation cycle and spend 90 minutes with regular ed., as well as [...]

Music, Movement and Early Childhood

By | 2017-01-17T10:53:00+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

The benefits of music education are far-reaching and well-documented.  But like the study of language, the most fertile time to begin that education is early childhood  - from birth to age 7.  There is a research-based early childhood music [...]

Line Graph Listening Map Strategy

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:20+00:00 October 7th, 2016|

When I was teaching elementary music, listening maps were one of my favorite ways to actively engage students in the experience of listening to and analyzing a piece of music. There are some great pre-made resources, but why not [...]

Creating Classroom Arts Centers: Music

By | 2017-03-13T11:13:33+00:00 July 8th, 2016|

In any arts integrated classroom, implementing arts integration strategies, aligning content standards organically with standards in the fine arts, and crafting quality arts integrated lessons is key. However, there is room to allow for open-ended, creative expression of content [...]

Music Videos That Inspire Integration

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:45+00:00 February 17th, 2016|

If music is an engaging art form, music videos might even be a step up.  Last year I decided to integrate science and visual art by having my 3rd graders create Rube Goldberg-type machines.  We experimented with how to [...]

Music and the Underground Railroad

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:45+00:00 February 16th, 2016|

How did music play a part in the Underground Railroad? How did slaves express forbidden feelings and desires, such as anger, resentment, or a longing for freedom? These are the essential questions explored in this short unit, which was [...]

MIM: A Must-See in Phoenix

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:49+00:00 January 6th, 2016|

I have spent this holiday season on the road.  I started in Colorado for a White Christmas and then traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to ring in the New Year.  A dear and musical friend of mine suggested I visit [...]

Core Music Anchor Standards in Review

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:52+00:00 December 11th, 2015|

Throughout this year, we’ve been unpacking the Core Arts Standards for Music one by one. In this series, we’ve explored the big ideas of each anchor standard, how each of the eleven standards compare and contrast with the 1994 [...]