Saturday, November 30, 2013

Garage Band Free Today

If you have an iDevice (iPhone, iPod, iPad), the Garage Band app is free today. It is normally $4.99. There is also an app called Hip Hop Drum Kit that is free today. Go get them!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A new digital piano!

Woo hoo! Thanks to a very generous donation from Friends of Music, the elementary music room has a brand new digital piano. It was ordered on Thursday afternoon and was delivered before 9:00 a.m. on Monday. That's crazy fast!

I used it for the first time with second graders yesterday. They were playing mallet instruments (glockenspiels, xylophones, and metallophones) in a rotation. I was accompanying on the new digital piano. Since I needed to play the same song about 30 times in the class period, I changed the instrument sound each time I played it. The kids thought that was super cool. I can't wait to figure out what other cool things I can do with the new piano.

I am so very thankful for the support our classroom receives from Friends of Music. Every year they subscribe to several music teaching magazines that I use with the students. They also purchased half of the new risers we got last year. We are very fortunate have such an active music booster organization for our district.

If you would like to become a member of Friends of Music and offer your time, talent, or would like to make a monetary donation, please contact me and I can get more information to you.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Peter Pan

It's been an interesting couple of days. The good news is that I feel fine. The bad news is that I have no voice. That's kind of an issue for a music teacher. So we've had to put our regular plans on hold for a couple of days. The only benefit to having a music teacher with no voice is that the students have been able to watch part of a musical. We started watching Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby playing the part of Peter (yes, I did bleep out the two semi-naughty words). I thoroughly love showing students something they would probably not have chosen to watch otherwise. This is one of my favorite musicals and the kids are loving it. They are probably hoping that I lose my voice again soon so they can watch a bit more. :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Star-Spangled Banner

In preparation for Veteran's Day, the students at Bert Raney Elementary have been learning about and singing our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Grades 2-5 heard a bit of the history behind The Star-Spangled Banner. You can read about it here.

All grades learned about the proper etiquette for singing the Star-Spangled Banner. We discussed:

  • Remove hats or hoods.
  • Stand when the anthem is being played.
  • Put your right hand over your heart.
  • Look at the flag.
  • Sing.
  • Be respectful.