Resources for Elementary Music Teachers
Artie and Denise in Vegas
Las Vegas, NV July 25-26, 2017
Join Artie Almeida, Denise Gagne, and Thom Borden for a 2 day elementary music conference that will give you a wealth of ideas and inspiration for teaching elementary music classes. Teachers will receive a years subscription to www.musicplayonline.com and a handout booklet with extensive notes from all the sessions.
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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
What a better way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday than by performing folksongs that celebrate the history of our country! Tell the story of Canada through our folk songs. This collection of 14 traditional folk songs and one composed song can be used by music teachers, social studies teachers or classroom teachers. The orchestrated musical arrangements and vocal recordings are beautiful, and include both performance and accompaniment tracks.
This set of lessons for fall will give you everything you need to get your preK classes singing, playing, moving, listening to and creating music. It includes 40+ poems, finger plays, songs, listening examples, movement activities, instrument exploration, and storybook lessons.
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Guitar and Ukulele Arrangements for Musicplay K-6 will be a useful tool for performances and for classroom use. These companions to the Musicplay K-6 Curriculum include arrangements of almost every song. Chord charts are included for every song making it easy for a beginning ukulele or guitar player to accompany their students or for their students to play themselves. Many of the arrangements have alternate keys to make it even easier to play or sing along in the most appropriate keys for children’s voices.
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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!
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Stories and So Much More! is a collection of stories, songs and literacy activities for K - Grade 6. Children love the opportunity to play instruments, explore movement activities and sing storybooks. The songs in this collection enhance a wonderful source of interesting stories. The lessons and activities that are included will help your pre-readers, emerging readers and readers to improve their listening skills and beginning reading skills. The use of text and illustrations as manipulatives and/or projectable activities provide a powerful tool for language learning!
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A fun and lively Kindergarten graduation or farewell song. Downloadable copy of We Did It! Single Song Kit includes: piano/vocal score, performance and accompaniment MP3s, reproducible lyrics page and a reproducible Kindergarten Memory book that students can give as a gift.
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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.
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A collection of activities to get preschool - Grade 5 children playing, listening, creating and reading music using non-pitched percussion instruments.
Differentiate Your Music Instruction
We all want our students to learn effectively. We all want to be that teacher who can reach everyone; who can make a difference for the students in our care. Using this reference tool will allow you to quickly find the specific information you need, and adapt your lessons to support all of your learners. What you discover will enrich your teaching. It will help you to create a collaborative musical environment in which your students flourish, driven by the gift of music that dwells within each of them.
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Elementary Music Rugs
This is a great teaching tool, and an effective seating plan for primary students - 24 squares for 24 students. Use the floor staff for games, teach note values, signs and symbols. Available in three sizes.
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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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