Resources for Elementary Music Teachers
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Guitar and Ukulele Arrangements for Musicplay K-6 will be a useful tool for performances and for classroom use. These companions to the Musicplay K-6 Curriculum include arrangements of almost every song. Chord charts are included for every song making it easy for a beginning ukulele or guitar player to accompany their students or for their students to play themselves. Many of the arrangements have alternate keys to make it even easier to play or sing along in the most appropriate keys for children’s voices.
This set of lessons for fall will give you everything you need to get your preK classes singing, playing, moving, listening to and creating music. It includes 40+ poems, finger plays, songs, listening examples, movement activities, instrument exploration, and storybook lessons. The digital resources to project include movies and kids/teaching demos of the poems and songs if you have a computer/projector or SMART Board.
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Easy Bucket Drumming is a collection of fun and upbeat arrangements for students age six and above. As students work through this resource, they will learn to read quarter and eighth note rhythms, adapt to different tempos and develop hand independence. Students will also learn about musical concepts such as form, dynamics, accents, and improvisation. You probably already have a few buckets lying around and could easily get a class set from donations alone. Students can produce four unique sounds on a bucket drum by hitting the sides, top, rim or clicking the sticks. By using larger or smaller buckets, you can create even more variety in sounds and form a bucket drumming ensemble. We have developed an easy to read notation that allows students to switch between these sounds and prepares them for reading other percussion notation.
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Know Your Rhythms, written for Grades 3 - 6, contains 60 pages of fun, kid-tested reproducibles to help your students learn their note values and time signatures. It includes instructional PowerPoints, Smart Notebook files, reproducible worksheets, assessments, crosswords, ear training, partner games and activities such as building note value pizzas and Rhythm Erase.
Teachers and students will love the kid-tested instructional PowerPoints and Notebook files for use with Smartboards, computer/projectors and computers/TV. Every reproducible page from Know Your Rhythms is included in PowerPoint or Smart Notebook format. The PowerPoints can be used to teach note values or for correcting student work. The answers for the written activities appear at the click of the mouse for easy and fast correcting.
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Stories and So Much More! is a collection of stories, songs and literacy activities for K - Grade 6. Children love the opportunity to play instruments, explore movement activities and sing storybooks. The songs in this collection enhance a wonderful source of interesting stories. The lessons and activities that are included will help your pre-readers, emerging readers and readers to improve their listening skills and beginning reading skills. The use of text and illustrations as manipulatives and/or projectable activities provide a powerful tool for language learning!
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So Much More!
You’ve had sets of Boomwhackers® forever, but what do you do with them? In this resource, Denise takes you through a sequential process that will help your students in Grades 2-5 learn to read rhythms, melodies, and chords. There are 55 musical examples for students to play, with fun accompaniment tracks. This resource is classroom tested and is a great way to introduce reading notation to your elementary music students!
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A collection of activities to get preschool - Grade 5 children playing, listening, creating and reading music using non-pitched percussion instruments. Songs are included to teach instrument rules and classroom management when playing instruments. Younger students will love the simple play alongs, and older students will enjoy relative note value activities with instruments (or tennis balls) and stick rhythms. Suggestions and reproducibles are included for assessment activities, and the recording (included) has both performance and accompaniment tracks.
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Easy Ukulele Songs Teacher’s Guide is an excellent song collection to teach young beginners to sing and strum on the ukulele. The collection includes 32 folk songs with a perf/acc CD, projectables, chord charts, reproducible student lyrics pages, and links to easy pop songs to play along with. The first 15 songs use just one chord. The next 15 songs are very easy two chord songs, and there are two songs that use three chords.
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Differentiate Your Music Classroom
We all want our students to learn effectively. We all want to be that teacher who can reach everyone; who can make a difference for the students in our care. Using this reference tool will allow you to quickly find the specific information you need, and adapt your lessons to support all of your learners. What you discover will enrich your teaching. It will help you to create a collaborative musical environment in which your students flourish, driven by the gift of music that dwells within each of them.
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Elementary Music Rugs
This is a great teaching tool, and an effective seating plan for primary students - 24 squares for 24 students. Use the floor staff for games, teach note values, signs and symbols. Available in three sizes.
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Nancy's Daily Phys-Ed For Kids DVDs
This exercise DVD is a fun and easy way to provide daily physical activities in your classroom. It's the perfect indoor recess activity for Grade 1-6 classes! Play the DVD on a DVD/TV or project via computer to a Smartboard. Nancy leads a group of students in a fun, safe, efficient and effective 30 minute fitness program. More information about Nancy's Daily Phys-Ed DVDs
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