January 2011 Posts: Previous posts about the FootNOTES rug I use to teach music literacy, how I use hula-hoops to conduct my students and using Froggy Gets Dressed with instruments for the winter!
Sing, Dance, Shake Your Tail Feathers: Decor outside the music room for the winter.
Squirm!: The musical I chose for the 1st grade performance in 2012 was a new one called Squirm! My students LOVED it! The songs, especially A Spider Song, are challenging yet so catchy that I want to listen to them over and over again!
I have three Twitter accounts – one personal, one for school & one for this blog. On my personal one, I follow a few comedians, friends, healthy food recipe sites, fitness tips and life tips. On the school one, I post updates about what is happening in the music room.
On the Twitter account for this blog, I retweet interesting music/education articles I find interesting and also post links to new blog posts. If you are interested in following to see when a new blog post is available, follow me at: @musicteachblog
Using YouTube in the classroom can be a great way to supplement lessons and incorporate technology. Plus, kids love it and think it’s cool. YouTube has very educational things on it, but always watch things first, beware the user comments below the video, and turn off the pop up comments!
In addition to the educational benefits, it can also provide some humor and expose kids to some really unique, cool stuff! See below:
My recent purchase: Califone VoiceSaver. This personal amplifier is perfect for projecting your voice and reducing strain. I plan to use it when I am losing my voice (had laryngitis for the past two weeks), for rehearsing musicals (125 students on stage) and for lessons when I am speaking over music (folk dancing).
This product is available from www.westmusic.com. Here is the information from their site: ”Perfect for mid-sized groups, classroom presentations and business meetings, this multi-purpose personal amplifier is light enough to wear on a belt, but also has a stability-formed base for desktop use.Its ability to also connect with projectors and laptop computers makes the PA-285 more versatile than other personal speaker systems.”