The Cotton Candy Song!

Friday, September 21, 2018

You are Somebody - and Music Reminds Us!

When we participate in music-making experiences, we have the fine privilege of feeling.  We feel the heart of the music, the message, and we are reminded that we are incredibly valuable because we are human.  There is no one who can replace us.  Though we may have similarities with others, NO ONE ELSE can do the job we've been called to do.  How beautiful!  Sing on!  Remember that your life matters greatly.  Join Jackson and his class in this powerful reminder!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

White Winter Hymnal Practice!

White Winter Hymnal Practice!

This week, 4th and 5th graders are learning about the AMAZING human voice.  We are learning to sing the soprano part of this Pentatonix hit, White Winter Hymnal.  This video shows how the body percussion goes.  We are learning the first rhythm, as performed by the guy in the Hawaiian shirt.  Have fun!  Click the link below!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Little Sir Echo

It's is a brand new year, which means BRAND NEW beautiful moments of music-making with my amazing kiddos! Listen to Ashtyn of Fry's 1A sing the echo of "Little Sir Echo" like a pro! I love to see these kids emerging as musicians. This is the best life!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5th Grade TRIAD Compositions

Our kids are amazing.  In 5th grade, we've been learning about creating chord progressions through the use of TRIADS and creating melodies to be played over the chord progressions.  They did a great job!  These are the song writers of the next generation, baby!  I love my job, and I love these kiddos!  Watching these guys become their own CREATORS and INNOVATORS makes me this:
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Life of a Happy Music Teacher

This is the goal: to be put out of a job.  These guys did it!  After learning the song Leatherwing Bat, these amazing second graders of mine spent time coming up with several options for a bordun pattern on the xylophone that would 1) fit within a 4/4 meter, 2) use a half note, and use the two pitches E and B.  They shared all of their solutions and chose one that felt and sounded natural when they played it.  Then, using the notes EGAB, they explored many options of rhythmic patterns that would be a nice compliment to the bordun.  After thorough discussion and many shared opinions about which type of instrument (metal or wood) should play each part and WHY, they made up their mind.  The metals are playing EGAB because the ring sounds cool and represents a bat flying up.  The woods are playing the bordun, which is nice and percussive.  Many students took turns being the director whose job was to start the ensemble by "counting off" to the appropriate meter.  They decided how many times to play before singing.  
Music class is not just about "singing songs" and "having fun".  Of course, we do those things!  We KNOW how to have fun.  But we are going deep, and we want a beautiful blend of skill, knowledge, creativity, and independent dependence ("I'll take care of my part, but WE bring the music to life).

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Brave, Bright Start to 2017-2018!

Some of Clow's fourth graders volunteer to sing portions of "Yonder Come Day" for the camera!  We are talking about the importance of a safe, supportive environment in our music room where everyone is encouraged to take risks.  Taking risks is the only way to grow was a musician, and these kids are off to a GREAT start!


Friday, February 3, 2017


Our first graders at Clow and Fry have been busy composing their own melody using three notes- "SOL", "LA", AND "MI"!  We notated each child's melody into an amazing program called Noteflight during class (and a student created the drum beat!).  All students helped label the "solfege" syllables, which is a system we use to help students understand the relationships between musical pitches.  This is a clip of 1BK singing 1MK's song for the FIRST time!  The goal: perseverance and learning how to follow/sing a three note melody.  For the first time, I was proud of them for their perseverance.  These guys are reading music better than I could at their age!