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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Body Percussion

Music is organized sound.  I like to give students opportunities to organize sound and icons for sounds before we work with organizing notation.  One of the ways I do that is to create sound songs.  We take a basic grid and brainstorms sounds we can make with our bodies (APPROPRIATE sounds *giggle*) and then draw shapes and simple picture to represent them.  We draw them into the grid so that they are organized and then perform them for each other.  FUN!
Another thing I like to do is work with ready icons for body percussion.  I introduce this in Kindergarten, but we review it in 1st and 2nd grades and add a composing element to it.  Until recently I used a pretty old set of body percussion clip art to create a slide show.  Here's what the new version looks like:
I used this with some classes this week and they loved it!  We talked about one sound to the beat means a quarter note and one picture in each square.  After we add barred eighth notes or two sounds on one beat we'll take some time to compose our own.  I'll print out little copies of all the body percussion actions and they will place them on the squares in the grid and perform.
When we finish or as we begin to use this activity just to review or as a warm-up I'll add some body percussion worksheets to the end of class or to workstations.  I'll be using these:
Quick enough to do in the last ten minutes of class or at a workstation, I really like making connections to reading and writing AND music.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Protect Our Local Schools

In a few weeks, voters in Missouri will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the voting booth.  On the ballot is Amendment 3.  This amendment would require students to be tested in all subjects, change our performance based teacher evaluations to be mostly based on those tests (imagine YOUR job evaluation being based on one test on one day out of the year...what if its a bad day for the kids?  UGH!) and will take away local control from the school districts.  It's bad for kids, bad for educators and bad for tax payers.

So...I'm opposed.  :-)  Take a look.  Have a giggle.  Hear the message.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Music Bulletin Boards

I love creating bulletin boards!  This one is one of my all time favorites.  This board speaks to the importance of music education with a rock star theme.  The little posters say things like "Participation in musical activities increases self-esteem and confidence."  The little star bursts were from a disco bulletin board kit I got a couple of years ago.  The rest can be found HERE.

The background is made of wrapping paper.  I used three different rolls of brightly colored cheetah paper from the dollar store.

For this bulletin board I used a double border.  I put the black and white patterned one flat around the edges in the traditional way.  The blue border I ruffled to create a 3-D effect.  To create this effect staple one end of the border.  Bend the border just slightly (you don't want a definite fold, just a wave) and then add a staple about every 4 to 6 inches to keep the ruffles in place..

Sometimes I will create a double ruffle border and use a slightly bigger wave for a bigger effect.  This bulletin board was already pretty busy so I opted to down play the ruffle.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mrs. King's Music Room Tour 2014

Welcome to my classroom!  I love decorating and getting everything just right before students arrive.  Our school building is 5 years old and I am so fortunate to have this bright, beautiful space to teach in.  Come on in!  Let me show you around!
This is the view from the back corner, not too far from the door.  I have my chairs arranged in essentially three rows with a center aisle.  I am a big fan of Fred Jones and his thoughts on classroom arrangement.  I can be near any student within 3 seconds with this set-up.

A view from my desk.  I found the composer posters in the teacher's lounge in the freebie pile.  I was SO excited.  They are about $50 a set.  The kids love looking at them and a only a few have called them "presidents".  LOL.

I like to leave a display up that gives the names of performing ensembles.  This one goes with my rock star theme for the year.  Teachers can get it here.

This shelf is by my desk and is a great way for me to show off my adorable kids.  I chose some funky frames in black and white.  I use rainbow patterns and bold black and white patterns in my room.  I also added a small lamp this year.  I can turn it on while students are watching videos and work at my desk.  I don't get to use it often, but it is handy when I do.  The binders that you see use my teacher binder set.

This is my desk and the area behind.  I covered the drawers with colored duct tape.  The black and white patterns on the sides of the cabinets are contact paper (on the left) and wrapping paper (on the right).

I love a good pun!  I used the individual sheets from the Meet the Composer Bulletin Board set for the composer sheets.  I printed out a quick sign to put above them that reads "Check out these aDOORable Composers."  I plan to change the composers every 4 to 5 weeks.

This is the display that is near my supplies table.  The sign says "Musicians are Writers" and the pencils describe ways that musicians use writing.  You can get it here.

At the supply table I keep blank paper, crayons, pencils, erasers, hand sanitizer and my class mailboxes.

The back wall.  Hello composers!

The window wall stores my instruments.  One of the tall cabinets is full of plastic coffee cans that I use as drums and the other stores videos and some music.

Rhythm instruments, mallets and boomwhacker storage.

This is my little classroom library.  It contains books about music and musicians, books that rhyme, composer biographies, picture books of popular songs and more.

This is the side of a cabinet that stores lots of my manipulatives.  These are my Tiny Awards.  They are empty in this picture because I hadn't made any copies yet.  To the left is my Song of the Month display.

I painted the flower pots a year or so ago.  I use fake flowers because I just can't keep real ones alive.  *giggle*  The rock star hat and little award go with my rock star theme this year.

I ran out of room on the wall for my word wall so a couple of categories are on this cabinet.

Instrument storage.

My noodle swords and noodle ponies in their stable.

Thanks for checking out my room.  I'll post my bulletin boards in a post very soon.  You can get most of the printed resources that you see at The Bulletin Board Lady.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

A Crayon Solution

In special area classes students don't always need supplies like pencils, crayons and scissors.  Since my students need them often, I've tried several different ways to store them and organize them.  I need soething that allows students to be able to get them quickly and pack them up even faster.  For the last 10 years or so I've used zipper seal sandwich baggies.  They work well, but I change them out a couple of times a year because they get worn or germy or something.

This year I'm trying something new-travel soap boxes!  I picked mine up at Wal-Mart because it seems like I am there all time, but I am sure you can find them in other places too.  A box of 24 crayons fits perfectly!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Products for Prep

I am excited to announce the dates for the Back to School Site Wide Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers! This Monday-Tuesday, you can get 20% off items in my store and if you enter the discount code BTS14  you get an extra 8% off.  So what kinds of products should you put in your cart?  I'm linking up with Mrs. Miracle's Music Room to talk about some of my favorite products.


BUNDLES!  All of the things that I want to talk about are bundled.  First, I want to talk about the theme that I am using to decorate my room...*drum roll please*  Music ROCKS!
Ready to Rock Proficiency Scale
Rock Star Ensembles Solo, Duet, Trio, etc… Bulletin Board
Monthly Display These Songs Rock
Music Class Rules: In Music We… Bulletin Board
Music ROCKS! Music Advocacy Bulletin Board

I'm in the printing, cutting and laminating stage of getting my classroom ready to rock.  I hope to post some pictures within the week.

In addition to getting my room d├ęcor ready I'm ready to make some copies of my exit tickets so they are within arm's reach during the first few weeks.  I love being able to capture a snapshot of what students understand with these little slips!
Here's what's bundled up in this package:
Exit Tickets for Music Class-INSTRUMENTS
Exit Tickets for Music Class-NOTES AND RESTS
Exit Tickets for Music Class-TEMPO, DYNAMICS and MUSICAL OPPOSITES
Exit Tickets for Music Class-TREBLE CLEF PITCHES

Okay...so I've got my room decorated and a plan to assess my kiddos.  Now what?  Let's plan some awesome!  This fall my 2nd graders will study Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.  We'll write, move, play, listen and even make crafts during this unit.  Wanna see what we are doing?  It is all in this bundle!

I'm also looking to fill my cart with goodies from some great music sellers.  These NURSERY RHYME FOLDABLE BOOKLETS AND POSTERS by Tweet Music are already in my cart! 

The sale ends Tuesday!  I hope you find lots of things as you plan for a great new year!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Bulletin Boards

I LOVE to make bulletin boards!  During the last few weeks of summer break I love to spend time lounging and creating displays on my laptop.  I love the happy slicing sound of the paper cutter and I have my own personal laminator because seriously...everything looks better laminated!  This year, however, I've hit a bump in the road.  I was in a car accident last week and broke my wrist and part of my hand.  I've got some of my back to school stuff started but I'm not sure if I'll finish before the old school bell starts ringing. 

Today I am linking up with David from Make Moments Matter to showcase some of my favorite bulletin boards for back to school time about composers.  This year I hope to increase the amount of time that my kiddos spend immersed in the music of the greats.  These bulletin boards will help!

The Bulletin Board Lady Tracy King

This fun bulletin board comes with a phone book of answers.  Each phone has a little clue about a composer and the composer's name in numbers that relate to keys on the phone.  Most kids refer to this as "old school texting".  LOL.

The Bulletin Board Lady Tracy King
The Bulletin Board Lady Tracy King

Fun for a composer of the month display or to display all at once.

The Bulletin Board Lady Tracy King

This is one of my new favorites!  I'm not sure if I'm going to use this as a large display or if I am going to display them one at a time. 


I have used the complete set of Composer of the Month bulletin boards before and they were big hits with the students!  Check out all of my Composer of the Month kits.

This is one of the bulletin boards for my newest collection.  I love how colorful they are and hope they'll get lots of attention from my students.

I'm working on bundling the composer sets.  I'll post them here as soon as they are ready.  The links above are to Teachers Pay Teachers but if you are a shopper at Bulletin Boards for the Music Classroom you can find them there too.

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