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Headache-Free Recorder Lessons with Recorder Cat!

Do you have trouble getting your students passed "Au Clair de la Lune" in your elementary music classes when teaching recorder?  I have been there and have usually ended my recorder unit after teaching BAG and E because I noticed that students were just memorizing the...

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Merry Christmas!

On this Christmas Eve and I would like to wish everyone a merry and blessed Christmas!  If you do celebrate Christmas, I'd like to offer up this freebie in reference to Isaiah 9:6 (and Handel's Messiah). Whether you have children at home, or teach Sunday School, or...

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Halloween Music Resources

Need some new ideas for Halloween?  Sally Utley's Halloween Music Resources link has a lot of great ideas.  I recently tried Shake, Rattle, and Freeze using "Danse Macabre" and my students loved it.   Also, if you need a nice listening glyph for "In the Hall of the...

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Make Your Own Movement Scarves!

When I transferred to my new school, I left my store-bought movement scarves behind. I spent last year without them since I had no music budget. This year, I decided to make my own. My students LOVE moving to music with these scarves, so when I went into JoAnn Fabrics...

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Sound Wave Lesson Resources

Here's a list of resources for teachers looking to do a unit on sound waves or music as vibrations. I've picked through some websites to find ones that I thought would be the most useful.  Many of them are science or physics lessons as opposed to music lessons,...

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Cheap Plates for Teachers!

I have chorus after school and my students appreciate having a small snack since they haven't eaten for about 3 or 4 hours.  With this money-saving tip, you will have "bowls" for years!1. Coffee filters from Costco, 400 filters for about $4   2. Giant bag of...

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