Songs and Feelings

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



Teacher Resources

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
Music Concepts

Drums for Classes on a Budget

A whole set of these Remo Kidsand Remo Rhythm Club percussion instruments were purchased for my school before I got there. Lucky me, we had about 6 of them.


Remo Rhythm Club Floor Tom (not pictured)
Remo Kids Gathering Tom
Remo Rhythm Club Bongos
Remo Rhythm Kid Conga

They are fairly light for the big, deep sound they make. I was concerned that you can’t tune them, but I used them for the four years I was there and they never lost their tone. The congas are great for a make-shift marching band. I used them for the patriotic and the holiday concerts.