Birthday!

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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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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