Monday, May 4, 2015

Making May Musical Linky Party

I know, I know.... bad blogger here!  I'll go into those details in a couple weeks.  It's been a busy spring and I **might** be coming up from air soon.

But I have a music teacher friend who is hosting a linky party so I wanted to link up to share with you some great resources that I'm excited about and you can get on sale in the next two days!!!

So, thanks to Mrs. Tina at the "Totally Tuned-in Teacher" for hosting this linky party!!!  As part of the link up I am to share one product that I made that I'm excited about, a product by another music teacher I'm stoked about and some clip art that's on my wish list.

You know, today is May the 4th!  Now, contrary to how it might appear, I'm not all that big of a Star Wars fan but my students are and really, it's all about making a connection with your students.  (Totally another blog post but I often get asked how I keep my older kiddos engaged, especially the boys and THIS is the ticket- capitalize on their interests and use it as a "hook" to bait them)

So, here's my current bait that I'm super excited about and they LOVED using today:

Recorder Force: Interactive Games and Flashcards for Recorder practice. There is a BAG, BAGE, BAGED, C'BAG and D'C'BAG editions as well as a Bundled set.  For each note grouping there is a "Dark Side Pattern Game," a "Play the Character Game," and digital flashcards for practicing patterns used in the games and for general practice, extracted from folk songs.  My kiddos really enjoyed these today and have already asked to do them next time in music!




Here are a couple files that I'm super excited to get from other teachers:

Write the Room- any and all of these files from Karla Cherwinski are AMAZING!  They are well done and the kids love them!!

And these BAGED No-Prep Recorder worksheets from Aileen Miracle.  I've been working on some for my Recorder is AWESOME file but they aren't done and I need worksheets STAT!  So, these are here to save the day!!

Regarding clip art I can't wait to get Krista Wallden's Summer VIP set and I have a bunch of Melonheadz sets on my wish list but this is one that I'm SUPER excited about from Kate Hadfield.  The whole set cracks me up and I can't wait to make something with it for my kiddos (again, using this as a hook... you know those boys and their prankster-like behaviors!)

Thanks again to Tina for hosting the linky party.  You can browse my store by clicking here.  Don't forget many sellers are discounting their stores to 20% off and then add the promo code "ThankYou" at check out for an additional discount!!!

Happy shopping everyone!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Well, it's official, I'm 40!!  As one of my birthday celebrations I released a new Birthday file set.  It's an idea that's been "simmering" for a while.  You might not know this but I'm a Beatles junkie- LOVE THEM!!!

So, I created some activities to go with the Beatles' "Birthday" song.  Essentially, it's a rhythm reading exercise but I also incorporated counting measures (exciting, really.  I know- but it's a musical skill that musicians need when playing or singing in an ensemble). So, as the song is played the kiddos see slides such as the following:

These two slides are used for counting measure of rest:

Then the students read patterns in the 4 beats between the singing of the "chorus":
 This is a filler slide in between the patterns, and lasts a measure:

This is a different way of counting measures and is also a free dance time during the song:

This is a different section, the part that goes "I would like you to dance.."

And the ending:
Now, I have a student teacher right now.  One Friday when he was gone to a district meeting my 4th graders and I tried it out.  We only did it twice, and I recorded the second time.  Because of this, they didn't hear the "Birthday" party correctly and inverted the rhythm in which it's sung.  But you can see that they're having a good time.  Also, this is FAST!  We didn't slow it down but you can put a recording into Audacity or "The Amazing Slow Downer" as a way to slow down the tempo of the song:

You can find multiple rhythms to use with this by clicking here.
Have a GREAT Tuesday!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

It's a Birthday GIVEAWAY!!!

Hi all!  I'm bad.  I confess- New Year's resolution was to blog more and I've blogged less.  Hopefully my Lenten resolution to blog more will be better! ;)

Well, I've got news- I'm turning 40!!!  I'm pretty excited as I've accomplished a lot in the last decade and have proven to myself that I should never doubt my capabilities.  I can't wait to see what the next decade holds!

Soooooo I'm hosting a Giveaway!!!
 And I'm super excited because some AMAZING friends have contributed to it!!

Prize #1 includes a Jazz Bulletin Board from Tracy King, a Treble Clef Lollipop file by Linda McPherson, a Color by Solfége file from Brittany DeLaruelle, a St. Patty's Day Listening graph file from Jena Hudson and Aileen Miracle's Songs and Activities for Black History Month.  Also included is my newest file (not yet released!) that goes along with the Beatles' "Birthday" song and has many more game ideas, flashcards and more!

Prize #2 includes a Steal the Gold file of your choice from Lindsay Jervis's bundle, a Valentine Buddies rhythm set from Tina Jones (Totally TunedinTeacher), Melody Shower to Flowers by Tanya LeJeune, Composer Cryptograms by Sara Bibee and Arr, Matie, Write the Room from Karla Cherwinski.  This set also includes my new birthday file!

Prizes #3 & #4 include the new birthday file and $50 of products from my store!!!

Additionally, everything in my store is 20% off, now through Febuary 17th!!!

To enter, follow the instructions below.  If you're already following mine, or any other store, please type "following" in the prompt.  Winners will be announced Tuesday morning!

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Thanks everyone!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 New Year's Resolutions- a Link Up!

Okay, ya'll don't faint because I'm blogging for the first time in months!  lol!  Yikes, this fall (and life) have gotten away from me!

So, it's almost a new year and that brings about a time to reflect on the past year and look forward towards the next.  Last year at this time I'm happy to say that I set some goals which I have met.  The one I'm proud of most is making it to the gym 3-4 times a week-go me!  lol!  So, in this time of reflection I'm linking up with Aileen Miracle over at Mrs. Miracle's Music Room.

Here are my 2015 Goals and Resolutions:

Personal: spend more time with my family.  This seems like it should always be a priority but for all you teacher parents you know that finding this balance is hard.  During the week the kids and I get to school at 7:00 am (two hours before school starts) so that I can get stuff for school done. This is also the time that my 7 year old works on his homework and practices his piano.  He then goes to the before school daycare program because he loves to get some play in with his friends who are there.  I then have choir or handbells before school, starting at 8:00 four mornings a week and the fifth morning is a staff meeting.  After school is swim lessons twice a week for the kids, piano lessons for Noah and basketball for Hannah.  The weekends come and we spend time trying to get the house cleaned, laundry done, church attended (and for N also sacrament prep), grocery shopping, etc..  The reality is we don't have much play.  It's going to be a conscious effort to actually plan time to sit down and play. That's been the great thing about break, we've played so many board games, card games and just enjoyed time together.  We need to find that balance the rest of the school year!

Professional: workshop for district teachers.  I've had many teachers ask me to help them create digital resources for their classrooms so it's a goal to actually sit down, in a class like setting, and coach them through finding materials and developing the resources that they'd like to make to use in their classrooms.  It's kind of fun, too, having a classroom teacher come to you for help! :)

Classroom: using iPads for assessments.  I've been lucky enough to obtain 6 iPad minis for my classroom with 5 more on the way.  I'd like to use one as a "teacher" iPad that I could house iDoceo and other apps but then also use the others to create meaningful assessments that will save me time and give me a good measurement of student understanding.  Aileen Miracle actually presented a great session for ROCKE last fall and I got some iPad app ideas from her (also check out her new product on how to use MadPAd).  And Nyssa Brown presented last year about Socrative.  This is the main focus of my goal, to use this app for assessment with my 3rd graders. 

Blog/TpT: blog more regularly and create concept bundles.  Yep, now you can hold ma accountable.  My goal is to blog weekly (here I was blogging almost daily when  I started so weekly is obtainable, right?!)  And then for TpT, I'd like to create more bundles of PDFs, worksheets and song collections to teach specific concepts.  I've tinkered with planning bundles but I'm on the fence.  This is another blog post!  

Just for me: more cardio and monthly massages. I've done a great job of making it to the gym and I'm the strongest I've been since I was weight training in high school (NOT even going to say how many years ago that was!)  I'm turning 40 this year and my goal is to be in the best shape of my life.  And, honestly, I'm making great progress to that goal.  I do want to increase my cardio and run a 5K on Memorial Day.  The Bolder Boulder is always held on Memorial day and my youngest niece has agreed to run and train for it with me! I also have a goal of getting a monthly massage to help with the tension that I carry in my back muscles.  

So, there you have my goals!  I'm pumped up and ready for all this year has to bring!  As a celebration I'm having a 20% off sale in my TpT store, from today through January 1, 2015:

I hope you all have a safe, happy & healthy New Years!  Love to all and I'll be blogging again real soon!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Rockin' Resources!

Hi friends!  I've been meaning to blog.  Really, I have- I was going to blog earlier this week and title it "Frantic Fall".  Between teaching, my kids' swim lessons, soccer, basketball and piano lessons and then creating resources for my classroom and TpT store it's been busy.  PLUS I had the honor of presenting in Lubbock for the AMAZING Kodály music teachers and Texas Tech students down there!  It was so much fun!  So, it's been really busy.  I have four more student performances in the next week and a half and then I hope things settle down!

But I did want to let you all know about the HUGE Cyper Monday and Tuesday sale that will be going on at TpT starting tomorrow!  Make sure to use the code "TpTCyber" when you check out to get the additional savings!

In honor of the Cyber-Sale I'm hosting a "Rockin' Resources" Linky Party!  If you're a blogger, I'd love for you to link up!  Simply blog about the following three things: one of your resources and how you use it in the classroom; a resource from another TpT seller that you use in your classroom and a resource from a TpT seller and how you use it to create things for your classroom.  Include the followin image in your blog post and link it back to this blog post:

Alright, here are some resources that I'm super excited about.

1.  First, here's a product from my TpT store.  If you know me, you know I LOVE my Broncos (which, by the way, are you following my Facebook page?  If not, I've been known to do random flash freebies when the Broncos are playing well!).  My students are also big football fans so I've made resources that tailor to their interests in a way to engage them in practicing melodic and rhythmic elements.  A new set of files this year are my Kicking Practice files.  Here's a peek at the melodic set:

First, the students select a football. 

Then they'll see either a stick or staff notation.  This is the stick notation with note heads from the re set (m-r-d patterns only).

If they read it correctly they see this image:

If they read it wrong they see this image:

As a way to extend the activity I used some "football note heads" that I made from a stick eraser that I got at the school book fair.  In the picture below you can see the long eraser and then using a kitchen knife I cut it into small pieces.

From there I put 16 in a baggie and passed them out to the kiddos with a small staff that I made.  This time when we played it in addition to singing the stick notation solfa they also had to write it on their staff.  This stick to staff activity also served as a formative assessment for me to know who could make the transfer of stick solfa onto the staff.

Another day they worked in teams as a way to promote peer teaching.  In the photo below you see a button.  This is my new wireless "Eggspert".  With each member of the team having their own staff and set of note heads, the students had to write the pattern that they saw from the PDF on their staff.  As soon as EVERYONE on their team had the pattern written they could "ring in" on the Eggspert to have their answer checked:

I found this really helped the students that were struggling.  We all know that students have an amazing way of helping teach each other!

Finally, here's a close up of the staff and footballs.

2.  Here are some resources by other music teachers that I'm excited about:

Sara Bibee has a BRAND new file out of Winter Music Activities.

I'm so excited because I got a sneak peek and this file looks A.MAZ.ING!!!!  There are worksheets for rhythm, dynamics, the bass & treble clefs and there are some coloring pages that can be used as an assessment, to send home with students or to leave with a sub so that the students have musical practice while you're gone.

Sara also has tons of Composer sets!  I can't wait to stock up on the ones that I don't have yet!  They are great for bulletin boards but more importantly, teaching facts about composers, including works that they are famous for!

Two of my dear friends and colleagues at CSU also have some amazing new files out!
Tanya LeJuene has a new set of Santa's Hat Post Office games.  I can't wait to get this one to use with my 3rd graders:

I was super excited when I saw Karla Cherwinski posted this file today:
I've never used a write the room before and I can't wait to try it with my 2nd graders!  She also posted some new Nutcracker Koosh Ball files for those of you that have SMART boards! :)

3.  Finally, there are lots of clipart files that I'm super excited about.  Of course, I LOVE all things Krista Wallden and Graphics from the Pond!  But I was super excited when I saw that Kelly Benefield has a new Border Hoarder set out!!!

If you have a blog and would like to link up, here's the info:

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