Saturday, October 18, 2014

Five Favorite Pins of October: Music Teacher Edition

Holy pumpkins, Batman! We're halfway through October!

Let's link up with Aileen at Mrs. Miracle's Music Room for our Five Favorite Pins of October!

#1 Kodaly Corner: Choir Gems

I am always looking for good literature for my choir to sing and this pin nails it! Jam packed with several quality selections for unison choirs and for two or three part treble choirs. Plus links for easy listening and purchasing.

#2 Sub Plans on CD

This pin is not necessarily about the blog post behind it, but the idea it gave me. When I know I'll be out for meetings or conference or appointments, I leave a video for the kids to watch. 

Last time I was out, I left the "4/5 Recorder Info" video for 4th & 5th (where to get a recorder or if they want to bring $$ how much to bring), some dance videos for 2nd & 3rd plus "Animal Boogie" animated video for my Kinders and Firsties. I also left a few "reward" videos on my laptop desktop (does that even make sees anymore?) for the sub, should the students behave well. 

I don't necessarily want the sub to teach musical concepts, but let's not waste any time! If I have info and announcements, that's a great time to give it out. Pass back papers? check! Who needs a second copy of the permission slip? get one from the sub before you leave. Read a book about instruments? you bet! Have them sing along to songs/videos they did last year with the sub? excellent.

#3 Magnets on the staff!

I love the idea of using my magnet visuals on a staff! Either draw the staff on the board or create a generic staff on paper to reuse each time. What a fun idea!

#4 Instrument care: Orff

What a great post! I'm going to have to bring my vacuum to school next May. So many dust bunnies! So little time!

 #5 The Long and Short of it

Happy pinning!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

13 Nights of Treats and Frights!

If you weren't paying attention to Facebook last week, tune in this week for some great freebies and special deals for Fall! It's 13 Nights of Treats and Frights!

That's right, 29 different music teachers will be offering a freebie during the first 13 days of October, along with offering special deals and steals in their stores! Check out this list and see all the stores that will have a freebie and a special deal.

On October 6, McPherson's Music Room and Sweet Sounds are teaming up to give away some fantastic freebies and offer special deals on even more products! I've linked the picture to a TpT search for "13nights" so you can see what freebies and deals are being offered today.

Freebie Alert!
Here's a sneak peek at my freebie:

It's a Fall Bundle! Woohoo! I included my new practice packs for We are Dancing in the Forest (The Wolf Song) and Let Us Chase the Squirrel. Plus as a bonus, I added my Fall Vocal Exploration and my Not So Scary Fall Vocal Exploration. All for FREE on Monday, October 6! 

This set includes beat practice charts, staff reading slides and extra practice cards for using in centers.

How cute is this scarecrow? 
My students love having visuals to go with their warm-ups - 
and I know it helps my ELLs too!

These vocal warm-up slides are super cute and not scary at all!
Help the ghost find a place to land, get the jack-o-lantern to his scarecrow and
help the bat find a piece of candy! 

I almost get tired of this song by the end of October, 
because even my 5th graders still request to play the game 
during their "free-choice reward days." Ha!

50% off Deal:
Plus as my bonus deal, I will be offering The Birch Tree prepare and presentation slides for 50% off the regular price. Woohoo!

This is a beautiful song to teach; I'm hoping to do it as a warm-up round for my choir this year. That starts next week! Eek!

Don't forget to go to TPT tomorrow (Monday, October 6) to get your freebies from Sweet Sounds and Linda McPherson! Our freebies and deals are easy to find by searching "13Nights" in the search box or clicking here.

Happy 13 Nights!