Language Arts, Math, and Science in the Elementary Music Classroom: A Practical Tool
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This book will be out September 2017. This post for the upcoming practical guide has two purposes. The main purpose is to connect. I am very interested in your thoughts about teaching elementary music. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have suggestions for me on how I can improve future editions of this textbook. I will keep the posts up and later categorize them as a reference for others.
The other purpose for this post (and this blog) is to supply free images for printing:
- COLOR Jpgs of the black and white photographs and charts from the book.
- PDFs of the assessment tests and templates laid out in the resource sections.
- PDFs of all the sheet music
- COLOR PDFs of the song “There Was a Man and He Was Mad:
- PDFs of the large music notation
Please see the Appendix/Online Resources section of the book for the URL for these images. These prints are for educational purposes only. All rights are reserved.
My core belief is that the relationship between physically experiencing music and thinking about and analyzing music needs to be rebalanced to include more blending into other disciplines and social interactions. This blending shouldn’t take away from music as a pure art form, but instead enhance its ability to reach our students. It is not just the development of the “ear.” It is the whole person; physically, mentally and socially. What are your thoughts and experiences? KM
Class Illustrations for the song “Who Killed Cock Robin?” at Teachers Pay Teachers.
Riveted: That’s how I would describe my classes when they saw my pictures as I sang the story of Cock Robin to them. This song opens up a wealth of emotions for children in an age appropriate way.
This captivating song is a touching way to experience sad emotions. The illustrations keep the mood lighter and more abstract while the students explore their own feelings about the song.
General Instructions: These lyrics are an Appalachian version of an old English poem. The two melodies are also Appalachian style. I would suggest teaching the song that’s in major and use the more haunting minor version just for listening; you be the judge for your class. The sheet music PDF also includes teacher questions that could be used in your lesson plan.
Rationale: How do we discuss sad emotions in the classroom? During the school year, students bring in many happy but also sad occurrences in their lives (ex. a favorite pet that died). It’s easy to find materials for happy things. This song is a great supplement for a discussion about sad things.
Available for purchase separately: Song MP3s and Sheet Music
I’ve compiled a list of 8 Recordings in this article that give your child a comprehensive introduction to traditional folk music.
Top 8 Performances for Your Children’s Folk Music Library.
I’ve compiled a list of 11 pieces in this article that give your child a comprehensive introduction to classical music. These selections are varied in their composers and style.
Not only have I compiled the list, but I have suggested an outstanding performance of each based upon suggestions from The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection
Top 11 Pieces for a Classical Music Library.
Private Music Instructor Resource
This is the list of instruction and method books I use for my for private lessons (Flute, Drums, Harp, Percussion).
List of Method Books
The practice tips and beginner outlines I developed.
Flute Overview and Practice Tips
Drum Overview and Practice Tips
Harp Overview and Practice Tip
Gemeral Music Resources
Here is list of books, CD’s and DVD’s I use for my general music classes.
General Music Teacher Resource
Download the concepts I teach for Lower Elementary School Music
While teaching in California, I solicited and compiled student family songs from different countries. I ended up with 13 songs from all around the world.
This web page links you to various songs transcribed from students, parents and grandparents from China, Tonga, Norway and more.
These songs can be downloaded for educational purposes only.
Multicultural Family Songbook