Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Scavenger Hunt

  Here is a great way for Teachers and Teaching Artists to get to know their students, and for the students to get to know each other through a scavenger hunt.  Just like the game, “Find A Classmate who…”  students interview each other about their musical knowledge.  This game however doesn’t require musical knowledge.  Download the PDF here.  It’s a great activity for both music and non music classroom!       Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Find a Classmate Who…

Are you looking for fun ways to build community and get students to meet each other?  This is one of our favorites. The goal is to get students out of their seats and talking to each other in a structured way.  Go over the instructions, set a time limit, and have FUN! If there is time, go over the answers! Please download and share!   Please follow and like...

March in the Parade – A Music Lesson on Finding the Steady Beat

  What better way to get your students ready for the Fourth of July then by having them march in a parade? This lesson plan will teach your kids how to count in groups of two and march in a circle. Goal:  Students feel the pulse or beat in the music by counting in two’s  and marching in a circle. Procedures: Have the children sit in a circle ( it’s preferable if they are sitting on a marked line or red tape.) Play the musical excerpt Stars & Stripes Forever (you can find it free here ) Have students tap out the beat or pulse on their knees. Have them clap the beat Next, have them count in groups of 2.   (While clapping beat say: 1-2-1-2-1-2) Ask them to stand up and stomp the beat while standing in circle Repeat these if you times in order to reinforce the concept When you think they are ready. ask them to begin marching to the right  on the beat.  This make take some practice.   Remember to have fun and……  Happy Fourth of July           Please follow and like...

Classroom Management 101: 3 Ways to Promote Positive Behavior in your Music Classroom

There are many ways to promote positive behavior in your classroom.  Here are three of our tops techniques:   Greet them at the door:  It’s a great way to get to know names of students. (Link to Blog Post) Change your Routine:  Get them moving! If you are talking for more that 10 minutes, they are going to need to get up and move! Incentives:  There are many age appropriate incentives you can use including classroom points and prize boxes.   Make sure you check in with your non profit supervisor and/or the school staff for support with any of these!   We would love to hear from you! How do you promote positive behavior in your music classroom? Please follow and like...

Classroom Management 101: Get Colleague Support

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when managing your classroom.  If the classroom teacher is in the room, ask them to help energetic students.  If a teacher is not in the classroom, know who to call at the site for help.  Don’t forget to ALWAYS inform your Music In Schools Today supervisor of any concerns you have!  We are here to support you! Please follow and like...
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