Music Classroom Library meets Book Buddy Pro!

Music Classroom Library meets Book Buddy Pro!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my classroom library!  I use books all the time in my lessons and I’ve organized my library in a way that works for me and the unique way that I need to organize my library as a music teacher.  To find out more about how I organized my library, check out my blog post HERE!     As organized as my library is, the organization is only effective if I can actually remember how I sorted my books in the first place!  Nothing is more frustrating that looking for a book and not being able to find it quickly.  I’ve made spreadsheets in the past with titles and author lists, but it was a very tedious process and not entirely effective…. THEN I found Book Buddy Pro!    and my classroom library has been revolutionized! When you open the app, you get this screen.  Just click the + in the top left corner to add a book.  You can use your iPhone camera to grab the bar code either one at a time or you can scan multiple books at once. TIP –   If I could build my Book Buddy collection over again, I would have taken the time to choose “Professional” category.  I didn’t choose a category and I haven’t figured out how to change it.  Here is the other really cool thing!  IF when the bar code is scanned, any information is missing, (i.e. title or author…) Book Buddy highlights the required area and prompts you to add the information before allowing you to save.  The only fields that are required are the title...
Pinterest Board! – Composer Biographies

Pinterest Board! – Composer Biographies

I have a WONDERFUL librarian who is always working to provide books resources whenever we need them.  Today, I was looking to create a list of possible composer biographies we’d like to add to our school library AND I was in a hurry.  So I decided to create a pinterest board to share with her.    Some of these titles are new to me, that I intend to investigate before recommending for purchase.  Some of these titles are ones that I have used at other schools that I know for sure, students will love.  Others are titles that I have seen and have been curious about.  Perhaps some of these are titles you are familiar with, and some may be new.  The first thing I plan on doing is going through and notating which composers are studied in which grade levels as that may affect the eventual book the library will purchase.  Perhaps as I have time, I’ll even have a chance to look up them up from a library vendor website.  However, for now, I’m happy to have a working list.   Follow Bonnie’s board Music classroom library wish list on Pinterest. Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
Yummy Award! – July 2014 – The Rockets Red Glare: Celebrating the History of the Star Spangled Banner

Yummy Award! – July 2014 – The Rockets Red Glare: Celebrating the History of the Star Spangled Banner

July 2014 The Rocket’s Red Glare: Celebrating the History of The Star Spangled Banner (Book and CD) by Peter Alderman   I just got this book yesterday and I’ve very excited about incorporating it into our study of patriotic music next year.   The book contains a CD with a recording of our national anthem as sung by Jo Dee Messina.  Her version is not as ornamented as some (which is good)  nor as true to the melody as I would like (which is bad), but on the whole,  it’s nice enough, ESPECIALLY if this was part of a sub lesson.  I plan on using my own recording or having the students sing it themselves when we use it.  The biggest problem with her recording is that it is VERY VERY S-L-O-W!! The BEST part about this book is that it has a nicely recorded reading of ALL of the text in the book….. The recording is about 8 minutes long and even includes a spoken reading of ALL of the verses of the Star Spangled Banner.    I REALLY like this book because it retells many of the historical facts that I often forget to share with my students when I’m feeling low on time. Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
Melodysoup YUMMY Award July 2013 – Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan *LESSON IDEAS*

Melodysoup YUMMY Award July 2013 – Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan *LESSON IDEAS*

  It feels like I haven’t given a YUMMY AWARD! in AGES!  And the truth it that it has been six months, so I am well over due!  This one was especially fun to write because the minute I put my hands on this book I had lots of lesson ideas. I’m always looking for books that lend themselves to the development of music literacy.  I especially like books that provide a variety of uses for the same book.  Often these books will work with multiple grade levels depended on the simplicity or complexity of my ideas.  In any case, I found this book at TMEA and I’ve been looking forward to incorporating into my bag of tricks!   The Yummy Award for July 2013 goes to Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan   Ideas for Younger Children: I think that after the children are familiar with the book it would be fun isolate a page of the book and then either play or post a rhythm and ask the children to identify which set of words goes with the rhythm.  For example.  One short except from the book goes like this,  “Chicky Chicky Chook Chook Chick Chick Chick, Chicky Chicky Chook Chook  Peck Peck Peck.” I could post several  known rhythms like and then ask the students figure out where in the page those rhythms happen. Wouldn’t it be fun to have students write a rhythm we were working with on a small post it note and then place it in the places when that rhythm happens?   I think they would love it! We could extend our work by orchestrating...
Book List – Books By John M. Feierabend

Book List – Books By John M. Feierabend

It’s time to get back to my first love at Melodysoup and Melodysoup LOVES books!These book lists are intended as a resource as you seek to stock your music classroom library.  Share the link to a list you like with your librarian or principal.  Or print one out and put it in your purse so you’ll have it the next time you are at a book store.    Include one of the lists in your yearly supply request, or give a copy of the list to your PTA.  On the Book List for Music Teachers Page you can either download the PDF, OR if you are looking for an individual title, you can click on the picture and it will take you directly to the book of your choice on Amazon.com. To quote from his website, “Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in early childhood. He is a Professor of Music and the Director of the Music Education Division at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Dr. Feierabend makes frequent presentations both in the United States and abroad and is the author of over 70 publications.” If you are a music teacher, the opportunity to  attend a workshop or lecture by Dr. Feieraband is one that I hope you’ll take advantage of.   His website also has a variety of useful resources.  I hope that you will check it out! FeierabendMusic.org I haven’t had as much time as I would like to study the methods he has developed, so I am in...
3 Tips for New (or not) Teachers!  Build your own General Music Classroom Library!

3 Tips for New (or not) Teachers! Build your own General Music Classroom Library!

This post is especially for NEW (or not) Music Teachers who would like to start a classroom library for their general music classroom and need a little guidance on how to get started.  (Even if you aren’t a music teacher, there may be some tips here for you as well!) 1.  You’ve got to know where to look!  What repertoire is available? Music in Motion is a GREAT first step.  You can look in the regular catalogue that is mailed to your school or you can look online at their website. The advantage of looking at Music in Motion first is that as a trade catalogue, you can be certain that although all of the titles might not fit your needs in terms of the age of your students, you can be  assured that all the titles are musical.  Another thing that makes Music in Motion awesome is that if you are lucky, they might visit your state music convention and bring their inventory of books.  YAY! West Music is another great trade vendor.  If they have a Wish List, I was unable to locate it.  However, like Music in Motion, they attend state conventions and they are often approved vendors for school districts. Amazon.com is great because you can look and look and look and their suggestions can lead you to finding other titles that you might not know about.  Because they are Amazon, their inventory is just plain huge.  Also, because they can sell from private vendors, they sometimes carry books that would otherwise be impossible to purchase because they are out of print.  I consider Amazon.com my chance to do...
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