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5 Music Resources for the Classroom

5 Music Resources for the Classroom

Music can play such an important part in the classroom.  It helps with transition times, behavior management, classroom management, and can instantly change the mood of students (and teachers!).  While many teachers bring in their own music, it can get expensive to fund a class music library.  Besides asking the music teacher to borrow her CDs,
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#TeachChat Archive: Art, Music, and Movement in the Common Core Classroom – October 16, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Art, Music, and Movement in the Common Core Classroom – October 16, 2013

Art, music, and movement are alive and well in classrooms across the country.  The teachers at #TeachChat on Wednesday, October 16th shared their ideas for incorporating activities into lessons and daily routines.  Check out their hints, tips, and resources in the transcript below.  Join us for the next #TeachChat on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at
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When Music Is a Transition Tool

When Music Is a Transition Tool

Shannon, a Kindergarten Teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, loves to get her students movin’ and groovin’.  Read below to find out how she incorporates music into her daily classroom routine. When my students get antsy throughout the day, we perform music and movements that never fail to boost their attention levels and make transitions to
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10 Great Songs to Listen to on the Way Home

10 Great Songs to Listen to on the Way Home

It’s 4:30 in the afternoon and you have just spent another long day in the classroom.  As much as you love your job, adore your students, and feel like teaching is what you were destined to do, by the end of the day you are exhausted.  You have spent the last nine hours answering questions,
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67 Kid-Friendly Brain Break Songs and Musicians for the Classroom

67 Kid-Friendly Brain Break Songs and Musicians for the Classroom

  Looking for some new “get up and move” songs to give your students a brain break?  Check out the great suggestions from teachers all across the country.


Incorporate Movement Into Your Standards-Based Lessons

Incorporate Movement Into Your Standards-Based Lessons

by Steve Reifman, Monthly Columnist As frequently as possible, I add movement to my instructional lessons to engage students, enliven the classroom environment, and increase the likelihood that quality learning will occur. The easiest way to incorporate movement is through simple rhythms and chants. While this kinesthetic dimension positively impacts all children, it has a
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Music Masters by Barbara Gruener

Music Masters by Barbara Gruener

    by Barbara Gruener, Monthly Columnist   I just spent the most wonderful week teaching at my church’s summer Music Camp and you won’t believe what my assignment was: Recorder Class. I know, I know, that does NOT necessarily sound like your dream job, mid-July, trapped inside with fifty kindergarten-through-fifth-graders squeaking out notes on
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Music Is Key

Music Is Key

Idea by Karla, 3rd Grade Teacher, White Bear Lake, MN I like to tap into different areas of the brain and appeal to individual strengths through music. I use the book, Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2001). I find that music helps
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Sing Along Learning

Sing Along Learning

Idea By Susan, Kindergarten Teacher, Stephens City, VA This may not be a new idea, but everyone seems surprised when I tell them. I sing with my students every day. We sing about the calendar, numbers, colors, letters, and words or whatever we are studying. I also sing or do a fingerplay when I need to
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Teach On A Positive Note

Teach On A Positive Note

Idea By Dayna, Special Education Teacher, Hollywood, FL To make learning more fun and memorable, I share songs based on target skills we’re working on.  The music helps my students’ faces light up and it also helps them to remember the information at hand. In addition, I always smile, smile, smile! A friendly, caring teacher
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