Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Summer!

Hello Spartan Music Stars and families!
I hope that you are having a wonderful summer!

I am enjoying time with my family and having fun exploring new websites to add to the Play and Learn page of this blog!  Be sure to check them out!  :)

iPad apps I've found to be fun: (some are free, and some have a small charge)
Music Lab
Music Intervals
Flashnote Derby
Treble Cat HD
Rhythm Cat
Note Squish
Freddie the Frog
Melody Street
MyMusicalFriends HD
Mozart Interactive

For Parents:
Most of the songs I use in class come from K8 Music-Plank Road Publishing.  
They have a KidTunes (like iTunes)
You can purchase and download the songs of your choice for $0.99 each at

This past spring, I used the software program "Music Ace" with the first and second graders.
It was very popular, and many students asked how they could play this at home.
Unfortunately it is not a website you can access, but it IS a software program you could purchase.
The best price I've found is at

I'm very excited to return to CEELC/MPS for the 2013-2014 school year!
Summer is great, but I love teaching kids music!  :)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Music Reward Day Exceeded Expectations!

I looked at it as an experiment...see how it goes...this "reward day" for the classes who won the Note Trainer Class competition.
I prepared the music room for multiple "station" activities that the kids had really liked.  "King/Queen of the Mountain" Rhythm game, "Silly Staff" Note-Reading game, music apps on the iPad, coloring sheets, and on the laptop.

When the students came in I explained each station, and the number of participants I expected at each. I let them know that voice level needed to be no higher than a 3.  And it began...

What I observed were students engaged in the activities, leading the games, helping each other, empowered, and having fun!  Safe, Kind, and Responsible!  Truly Spartan Music Stars!!
They exceeded my expectations in EVERY way!  :)  So very proud!!!