What's New in Musicplay with Denise Gagne
Dynamics Lesson Plan for K-5 Music Classes
I had an email question from a teacher this week. She needed to give a synopsis of what she teaches in each grade to her principal. She asked if I had a synopsis of what’s taught in Musicplay, and I had never written it in this format. So here’s the synopsis. Of course how much you’re able to teach depends on the time allotted for music, the experiences your students come with, and a myriad of other factors. With Musicplay you treat the teacher’s guide like a menu – choose the song, choose the activities. If you do all the “core” activities, you will complete what’s in the synopsis with your students.
Is Teaching Harder Now than 40 years ago?
March 11, 2017 Musicplay Newsletter
Quick and Easy Ideas for assessing Rhythm Reading and Notation
June 12, 2016
Peter and the Wolf Lessons
We are surrounded with sound all day every day. But are our students actually listening? Every teacher in your school would like to have students in their classes that are better listeners. Here are some ways that music teachers can really help the students improve their listening skills.
I’ve been doing a music residency with a grade 1 and 3 class at Grandview Elementary in Red Deer for the past week. I’ve seen the children every day for 35-45 minutes, and have had an amazing time with them! One of the lessons that went really well was a lesson on ostinato using the singing game, Musicplay 3, #6 Plainsies Clapsies.
This post is all about fun ways to teach children the letter names of the notes. When you play an instrument, it’s a very useful skill to know the name of the note on the staff so that you know which of the bars you should play! To be a good sight-reader, you need instant recall. You can’t be counting the lines and spaces on your hand staff if you want to be a fluent sight reader. So how do we get kids to develop fluency in reading music?