March 6, 2015

MIOSM: Music in Our School Month Resources

Happy March and MIOSM, everyone!  This year in particular seems to be an important Music In Our Schools Month, as it is the 30th Anniversary of celebrating music education in the schools across our country.  Music In Our Schools Month is a music advocacy initiative supported by NAfME (the National Association for Music Education).  To read more about the initiative and ways you can celebrate MIOSM in your school and community, visit NAfME's MIOSM page here.
To celebrate MIOSM here at my school, Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy in Cherokee County, Georgia, we created our own music advocacy posters to hang in the main hallway of our school.  Here are some pictures of the installation:

I traced some large letters for "MIOSM" on butcher paper (TIP: If you're not an all-star freehand letter drawer, no worries! Project a word document using a projector onto your board, covered with some butchers paper, and trace!!  Perfect letters everytime!).  Then I hand wrote the words "Music In Our Schools Month" on each letter, cut out, and laminated.
The student posters are a variety of colored pages from some templates I created:

  • An acrostic with the letters MUSIC that students can add their own words for the 5 letters in the word "MUSIC" (adjectives, music terms, etc.)
  • An acrostic with the letters MIOSM for the words "Music In Our Schools Month"
  • A template that has this year's MIOSM theme:  "Music Makes Me __________" that students can design, color, and illustrate

  • A template that says "I {heart} music because...." that students can design, color, and illustrate
You are free to "steal" my ideas and make your own templates for students to color.  Or if you don't have the time, hop over to my TeacherPayTeachers store and get the templates already done for you!! They are on sale for a limited time this weekend (3/6-3/9/15) so hurry!!   

In addition to these posters on TpT, I have teamed up with roughly 40 other music TeachersPayTeachers sellers to create 4 A-MA-ZING eBooks to celebrate Music In Our Schools book.  These eBooks are filled with teaching tips, resources, games, and other kinds of other goodies.  I am an author on the third book, Instruments of the Orchestra.  And best of all.....they're FREE!!  Yes, 100% FREE!  You can't not download them if they're free.  They will be released on each of the 4 Mondays of March 2015.  Links are below as they are released!  


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December 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas {Music} Giveaways - Day 10

For the 10th day of my Christmas {Music} Giveaway, I am hosting a Raffle Giveaway!  This is my first raffle like this and I am excited to see how it works!  You can enter once for each of the types of entries below.  Two winners will be selected on Friday 12/19 at 10:00 am.  Each winner will receive a $10 TpT Gift Certificate to use on any items on TpT!  So exciting!  Remember you can enter daily to get those entries in!!  The more you enter, the more likely you are to win!!

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December 4, 2014

What's On Your Desk? and 12 Days of Christmas {Music} Giveaways!

Rachel Tanenblatt over at Music With Mrs. Tanenblatt is doing a linky party to show what is on your desk at the moment.   I must give a disclaimer before viewing - it is not a pretty sight!  I always have the "stack" on my desk - its where I pile all things I need but don't want to deal with.  I have the "stack" at home too.  It appears to be about to topple off my desk in this pic.

Also, please note my favorite desk item during December - my USB-powered Christmas tree.  He blinks and is so cute and makes me happy all day.  My trusty dusty MacBook Pro is always up - going on 5 years, I love him and hope he keeps on trucking for many more years.  It is a District-owned computer from a time period when the music departments got to pilot Mac products in music.  If and when it dies, I will get a crappy Dell so I am coddling him to keep working as long as I can!

Also please note iPad #4 in the bottom left corner - he is out of commission and won't get onto my classroom iPads' iTunes account - I've been troubleshooting for 2 or 3 days without any enlightenment.
Thanks, Rachel, for the link-up!  Its fun to blog about something not so music-ful!

In other news, I am doing a 12 Days of Christmas {Music} Giveaway!  Make sure you follow me over on Facebook to see what is the daily giveaway!   Click on the image below to follow the link to today's giveaway!

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November 30, 2014

Recorder (and Other) Resources and Cyber Sale Link-Up

So with the TeachersPayTeachers Cyber Sale coming up, I am super excited to be sharing with you some awesome resources you can check out during this 2 day Mega-Sale at my TpT store and so many others' awesome TpT stores.  I am linking up with Amy Abbott over at Music a la Abbott with a link party to feature my own and others' products!

My Featured Product

My "RECORDERS ROCK" soprano recorder method book is one of the best-sellers in my store.  And for Monday December 1 and Tuesday December 2, you can get this method book for less than $7.  What a deal!  What makes my Recorders Rock Method book unique is the fact that I start students on low E - 5 fingers plus your thumb.  This forces students to start playing recorder with good air support and proper finger position - you cannot blow super hard and have sloppy fingers and play low E successfully!  Impossible!  So even though the first day or so is hard as you really just work on slow, warm air, and covering the holes correctly, once your students are making a beautiful E sound, the rest comes so much easier than the traditional "start on B" method.  Before Thanksgiving, I had 120 fifth graders playing a recorder concert of 4 tunes playing mostly in tune, in unison, and with good tone.  That was after only seven 45-minute music classes.  This method works!!!

Another cool thing with my recorder method book is the leveled testing system.  There are certain songs throughout the method book that are colored that can be used for assessment.  I have my students play the colored songs individually for me so I can assess their progress and give individual help.  Each level earns the students a colored rainbow loom band that the students can display on their recorders.  As we work through the levels, they will build a rainbow on their recorder!  So pretty!

My Recommended Music Product

I also would like to recommend a product from another music teachers' store that I have used and adored this school year.  Sara Bibee at Music with Sara Bibee (Facebook link) produces excellent resources that are thorough, eye-appealing, and well-designed.  

At the beginning of the school year, I was designing a recorder bulletin board that could be helpful for my students while playing recorder.  I found Sara's Recorder Fingering Charts and fell in love.  She has multiple formats with and without staff notation and big, bold, colorful note names.  I printed them and hung them on my bulletin board along with her Chevron pennant banners with instant success!  

Here are some examples of the different types of charts she has (I added her logo so there would be no copyright infringement - just buy the set!).  

She has the fingering charts in both PDF and JPEG formats.  This is great because I also paste her fingering charts into my ActivInspire flipcharts that I use with my ActivBoard (like SmartBoard but just a different brand).  Love them!  

 My Recommended Non-Music Product

I know this product is not music-related but its too cute not to recommend.  These little guys are gonna show up in some of my winter product later this year and in early 2015.  They are too cute to pass up and will add pizzazz to whatever classroom resources you're creating.  These are the Snow Buddies Clipart Set from Krista Wallen.  Visit her entire store full of amazing clipart here.  

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