NEW! Rhythm cards for 6/8

NEW! Rhythm cards for 6/8

  This week my 5th graders were learning about 6/8 meter.  When I teach meter, I love to have students build measures of rhythms in the meter they are studying.  For our lesson this week, we used the single flagged eighth notes, but even though the lesson went well, my student teacher and I couldn’t help but wish that we also had eighth notes that are barred in sets of 3…..   So here we are….. NEW eighth notes that are barred in sets of 3….. When you print them, be sure and cut them along the lines so that the sets of eighth notes is on a card that is the same size as a dotted quarter note card.   Other rhythm cards to Download!  Like this:Like... read more
Orff-ganization – managing all those barred instruments

Orff-ganization – managing all those barred instruments

I am so very excited to say that our 3rd grade program is going to be a truly integrated partnership between music, art and PE.  We are going to present music and art work from around the world and students will all get to demonstrate their skills as singers, dancers, instrumentalists and artists.  It feels like a rather huge undertaking, but I am so very excited about the program, I think it’s going to be fantastic and hopefully it will become a model for programs in the future. One of the challenges that we have as we look toward this new type of “informance” is practical instrument management.  My students love to play instruments but this year because of our 3rd grade program we are working out better procedures and set-up, put away practices for our instruments. We are going to have an entire lesson dedicated to teaching 1st-5th grade how to set-up and put away the instruments.  To that end I’ve had to make some decisions about how and where I want my instruments to live when both when they are in use and when they are not.   Here are some pictures of how I have things set up.  If you like my instrument labels you are welcome to download them HERE    For each instrument that I labeled I posted a numbered picture on the wall.  I hope that by labeling and numbering the instruments I can enable my students to both learn the proper names of the instruments AND put them up well before they can properly read them. I plan on reinforcing the procedures... read more

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