Five Favorite Pins of October – 2013
#1 Substitute Binder Template and Information
pictures and explanations, which I totally love, and helpful ideas. She’s not a music teacher, but I can see how I might adapt some of the things that she does here to work for a multi-grade assignment like teaching music. I’m also thinking about how I might adapt the forms that she uses to handle multiple grades. I’m currently working on updating and filling out my sub folder so this post was super helpful to find. Check our Jackie’s blog My Organized Chaotic Classroom and her post HERE. Also download the template she uses for her sub folder for FREE on her blog post!
#2 Save the Turkey! — Musical Symbol FREE Game
One of my goals this year is to think out about a month or so and try and make manipulatives and visuals ahead of time so that I’m not scrambling for supplies or images when I really need them. I’ve been Pinning away for Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmastime and I found this awesome game called “Save the Turkey” on Susan Paradis’s blog of Piano Teaching Resources. Susan says this about her game: “The purpose of this game is to review music symbols and guide notes, so it is perfect for beginning students. Later I will add cards for more advanced students.”
I think it’s a super cool game and I’m already thinking about how I can create and use this for centers, small groups, or large group instruction. Check out the great description and FREE download HERE. She even tells you how to print it so that things line up and flashcards are easy to make!
#3 Teaching Skip, Step, and Repeat with Candy Corn
I think that I repined this idea from another music teacher in my district and I thought it was awesome! As I was looking at it I followed the link and my internal monologue was saying “Man, this is cool. I wonder if it could be adapted to turn into flashcards. Maybe I can ask the teacher who made them…” and then when I got to the FREE DOWNLOAD on the TPT store I realized that this was created by my old lead teacher, a friend who used to teach in the district but has now gone off to get an Arts admin degree. Can’t wait to email Beth and see if she has used these as flashcards or see if she would allow me to adapt them into flashcards.
#4 Teaching Composition Through Baby Steps
I am always looking for new and different ways to teach composition. We have lots of different kinds of learners and as much as people don’t realize it, learning note value and adding the fractions of notes is hard! I’m always looking for ways to help my struggling kids learn how notes go together to make a measure.
This post is super fun and has some great ideas about how to use one piece of paper to remind, prompt, and encourage students. I love how notes are added near the bottom and how kids could conceivably play the composition on their recorder when they finish. Awesome idea! I love what Bonnie is doing over on her blog Melody Soup!
#5 Note Value Cheat Sheet!
With this pin you’ll not only get a cool handout but a blog post and the composition activity to go with it. I really like a lot of the things from this blog including the title: “Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.” Like I said, I’m loving all the cool composition ideas that I’m seeing out there on Pinterest and this one is a must visit! I love this visual aid. One of my goals today is to resize this, print on card stock, and laminate it! I want this to be a hand-held reminder that all my kids take with them when they go to compose.