Elementary Music Curriculum for Music Specialists and Classroom Teachers
Artie & Denise Shakin' It Up In Chicago
Join Artie Almeida, Denise Gagne, Thom Borden and Dan Fee for a 2 day elementary music conference that will give you a wealth of ideas and inspiration for teaching elementary music classes.
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Musicplay Online is still under construction, but we are so excited about this site, that we’re encouraging teachers to use for free until construction is completed. The site will include everything that is in Musicplay, plus many more interactive activities!
•Solfa note naming and letter note naming for all reading songs
•Pop quizzes to teach, reinforce and assess note names, terms and symbols
•Games to teach concepts: beat/no beat, beat/rhythm, major/minor, smooth/separated, high/low, loud/quiet
•Solfa Practice movies: sm, lsm, smd, mrd, ls mrd
•Echo the flashcard, poison melody game, sing from handsigns, sing from notation, sing in solfa the pattern that you hear, assessment
•Rhythm Practice Movies: echo, poison rhythm, read patterns, clap what you hear, assess
•Ukulele tuners and guitar tuners are available now. Many songs to play on uke and guitar will be included. Vocal warmups are online now, and many more will be added
•Listening, Dance, Recorder and theory sections will be added.
Register now to use all the components that are available for free! When the site is complete, subscription costs will be very affordable - we hope to make the site available to teachers for about $20/month. Teachers, schools or districts that have purchased Musicplay packages will be given access to the site on a pro-rated basis - 5-8 years of access for purchase of a Musicplay K-6 package.
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The Vidar ukulele's are wooden - not a painted plywood or plastic uke. The neck is made of mahogany, the fingerboard is rosewood and the rest of the body is made of sappelle, which is an African wood often used in guitar making. It has very good quality machine heads so they stay in tune. The concert ukulele is larger than the soprano (24” long) so it has a bigger sound, and the frets are not as small. (Grade 5-6 kids can have big hands that don’t fit well in tiny frets) It’s a really good size for students in elementary school. Single Vidar Ukulele in a box, and Easy Ukulele Student Book/CD $75
Single Vidar Ukulele, with padded bag, and Easy Ukulele Student Book/CD $85
Interactive Now Vol. 1-4 SMARTBoard lessons and activities are designed for use in the elementary music classroom. They are colorful, engaging, interactive, and fun! These teaching tools have been classroom-tested and have proven to be effective and appealing for students.
Regularly priced at $100, on sale for $75
You’ve had sets of Boomwhackers® forever, but what do you do with them? In this resource, Denise takes you through a sequential process that will help your students in Grades 2-5 learn to read rhythms, melodies, and chords. There are 55 musical examples for students to play, with fun accompaniment tracks. This resource is classroom tested and is a great way to introduce reading notation to your elementary music students!
Read More about Teach Music Reading with Boomwhackers
Easy Ukulele Songs Teacher’s Guide (C) is an excellent song collection to teach young beginners to sing and strum on the ukulele. The collection includes 32 folk songs with a performance/accompaniment CD, projectables, chord charts, reproducible student lyrics pages, and links to easy pop songs to play along with.
Read More About Easy Ukulele Songs
A great song collection to teach young beginners to sing and strum on the guitar. Teacher's Guide includes introduction to guitar, music, lyrics, chords and chord charts.
Includes 25 folk songs with perf/acc CD, Digital Resources and links to easy pop songs.
A collection of activities to get preschool - Grade 5 children playing, listening, creating and reading music using non-pitched percussion instruments. Written by Denise Gagne
Read More About Rhythm Instrument Fun
Nancy's Daily Phys-Ed For Kids DVDs
This exercise DVD is a fun and easy way to provide daily physical activities in your classroom. It's the perfect indoor recess activity for Grade 1-6 classes! Play the DVD on a DVD/TV or project via computer to a Smartboard. Nancy leads a group of students in a fun, safe, efficient and effective 30 minute fitness program.
More information about Nancy's Daily Phys-Ed DVDs
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Canada Book Fund (CBF) for our publishing activities.