Archive for November, 2015

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Eastern Division Kodaly Conference

November 7, 2015

Yesterday I presented a session at the Eastern Division Tune Up. My session, Kinesthetic Kodaly: Enhancing Literacy Through Kinesthetic Learning, was better attended than I had anticipated. We ran out of packets! Due to unfortunate WiFi issues at the hotel, I was delayed in posting them. For those of you who did not get a copy, please click below for a PDF version.

Kinesthetic Kodály handout <—– Click there!

The participants were great, jumping right in to each activity. We were walking, running, moving with scarves, and “skating around the room. Thanks for being such great sports about it all! I hope you were able to walk away with at least one idea you feel you can use or modify for your classroom. Happy music making!

"Painting" the melodic contour with scarves after decoding a melody from a known song.

“Painting” the melodic contour with scarves after decoding a melody from a known song.

Action shot!

Action shot!

Decoding a known melody using solfege cubes.

Decoding a known melody using solfege cubes.

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Dusting off the site (and my classroom!)

November 5, 2015

Oh, dear.

Motherhood has taken its toll on this poor blog. So many times I told myself I would give it a kickstart. Ah, well. Better late than never!

I have renewed purpose this year. I have been trying new things in my classroom, which I plan to share soon.) I gave the actual room a bit of a facelift. I will WILL post on here with more regularity.

I’ll start this new kick off with a tour of my classroom. I had an owl theme when I started at my current school, which managed to last for three years. Frankly, I was ready for a change. The furniture and physical layout of the room didn’t allow for a major overhaul, but I achieved a nice facelift. I absolutely love the look of the bulletin boards with the black fabric. This will be so versatile over the next few years. Some of it is still a work in progress, even in November. I am, however, happy with the overall look. Now if I could just get my desk in order I will be set. (I don’t see that happening for…10 years?)

Warning, photo avalanche ahead!

View from the door

View from the door

View from the corner

View from the corner

iPad and manipulative storeage

iPad and manipulative storage

Piano and Orff area

Piano and Orff area

On this board I highlight our newest vocabulary words. It is a small version of a Word Wall.

On this board I highlight our newest vocabulary words. It is a small version of a Word Wall.

SmartBoard and more storage

SmartBoard and more storage

Learning those note names!

Learning those note names!

Storage (some still need labels), my anchor charts that are not currently in use, and another cabinet. The hand signs and self-assessment folders are attached with magnet tape. Best invention ever!

Storage (some still need labels), my anchor charts that are not currently in use, and another cabinet. The hand signs and self-assessment folders are attached with magnet tape. Best invention ever!

Finally! Ukulele storage!

Finally! Ukulele storage!

Goals board and Solfege Superheroes.

Goals board and Solfege Superheroes.

Different ways that we celebrate our successes in class. They are all dying to know what the Alaskan Hurray entails.

Different ways that we celebrate our successes in class. They are all dying to know what the Alaskan Hurray entails.

Kodaly Corner

Making magic happen in the general music classroom

KONY (Kodály Organization of New York)

KONY provides a forum for music teachers who wish to teach according to the Kodály concept.

Notable Music Studio

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Ms. Mangusso's Music class - Blog

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Made for Music Teachers

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MelodySoup blog

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In My Music Class

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Elementary Music Teacher Blog

Making magic happen in the general music classroom

meyersmusic: Ideas for the Music Classroom

Making magic happen in the general music classroom

Mr. McGorry's Musical World

An online resource for my music students and music education colleagues.

shellyleymusic

Teaching and singing in the Hudson Valley

Beth's Music Notes

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Teaching Music: Tanya's Kodály Aspiring Blog

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Kodaly and Orff Music Teacher's blog

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CREATIVE MUSIC CLASSROOMS with THOM BORDEN

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Mrs. Miracle's Music Room

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Music Room Magic

Making magic happen in the general music classroom