Saturday, February 15, 2014

Five Favorite Pins of February

Today I'm linking up with Mrs. Miracle's Music Music Room to share my Five Favorite Pins of February. (Hurray! I finally gotten it together and joined the Favorite Pins Linky Party!)

Kindergarten/1st music notation
I'm sure there's an app for this, but this is such a sweet "hands on" activity!

Easy Risers
Ooooo, I covet these risers! My school is about to celebrate our 25th anniversary and I'm reasonably sure my risers were purchased the year the school opened. These look much easier to lug around.
(My husband and I often joke that the reason we had children was so that when I was pregnant I could have an excuse to not move the risers for performances!)

Words to Know
Students say the word and then high five the hand.
While I love the idea of "tickets out the door/exit tickets," the reality is that when I've passed out actual physical pieces of paper, it's taken up too much class time and my students get restless. 
Why not have them verbalize and high five the hand? 
(I actually have those hand prints sitting in my home office; I bought them a few months ago thinking I'd come up with a brilliant idea of how to use them in my room. And then I forgot about them.)
I'll use them for music vocabulary, rhythms, or short melodies. 

Minuet in G Major
Here is one of those very cute ideas that I love but will probably never do.
(Oh well, that's what Pinterest is for!)

Dalcroze Eurhythmics Durations video
You have to see my friend Fritz with his students reading rhythms. Fritz is our token Dalcroze teacher in my district and he is fabulous! I always learn so many subtle things when I watch other music teachers. I love the expression and energy he cultivates from his students. Additionally, here's a fine example of students who are truly fluent in rhythm.

Thanks again to Aileen for the Linky Party!


  1. Very fun pins, Tanya! Thanks for joining! :)

  2. I have never seen risers like that! I wonder if kids would be likely to fall off (or in between). They look very narrow, but it could just be the picture. :)

  3. Hmm... good point. The width is listed as 11" (every height). That might be a bit wobbly for older kids!

  4. Oh my, I do not envy you having to move risers for performances! Thanks for another great post. I'm a longtime follower of your blog and wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Liebster award. You can find out more by visiting my blog here: The Yellow Brick Road
    . Thanks for the great pins. I look forward to your next post!