Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!


I am excited to report that I am taking a new Kindergarten Position at my son's school in January.  I have stopped teaching piano privately, so I will not be making any new resources.  I thank all of you for your support and hope my materials continue to help teachers and students learn the joy of music.  I will keep this blog up for all those teachers who are looking for songs and resources.  Have a wonderful New Year!




Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Song Sheet

Here are some great Fall Songs.  I have included a Song Sheet for lyrics and visuals to use in the classroom.  Enjoy!




Saturday, October 6, 2012

Halloween Songs




Pumpkin in the dark  (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The Pumpkin in the dark, the pumpkin in the dark,
Hi ho, Halloween, the pumpkin in the dark.
The pumpkin takes the witch...
The witch takes the bat...
The bat takes the cat
The cat takes the spider
The spider takes the ghost....
The ghost says, "BOO!"

Idea: Have students pretend to be a character and take another student into the circle each time.  You could also have representations of these characters by way of pictures, cut outs, foam crafts, stuffed animals, etc . . .

Spooky Skeleton Sung to: "Mulberry Bush"
1 Spooky skeleton jumping up & down, jumping up & down, jumping
up & down (hold 1 finger up to jump)
1 Spooking skeleton jumping up *& down,
FOR THIS IS HALLOWEEN!
2 little witches - zooming thru the air . . . .
(make 2 witches flying)
3 black cats - walking on the fence . . .
4 silly scarecrows - waving in the wind . . . .
5 trick or treaters - knocking at your door . . .
FOR THIS IS HALLOWEEN
TRICK OR TREAT! (The children really like yelling this at the end) 

Halloween Ghost 
There once was a ghost, (extend hand and wiggle fingers)
Who lived in a cave. (form hollow with palm for "cave")
She scared all the people (point to children)
And the animals away.
She said "Boo" to a fox, (point)
She said "Boo" to a bee, (point)
She said "Boo" to a bear, (nod head "yes")
She said "Boo" to me! (point at self)
Well, she scared that fox, (nod head "yes")
And she scared that bee. (nod head "yes")
She scared that bear, (nod head "yes")
But she didn't scare me! (shake head "no")

This Old Ghost  Sung to: "This Old Man"
This old ghost, he played one,
he played peek-a-boo on the run.
With a boo! boo! boo! and a clap, clap, snap.
This old ghost is a friendly chap.

This old ghost, he played two.
He played peek-a-boo in a shoe.
With a boo! boo! boo! and a clap, clap, snap.
This old ghost is a friendly chap.
This old ghost, he played three.
He played peek-a-boo behind a tree.
With a boo! boo! boo! and a clap, clap, snap.
This old ghost is a friendly chap.

Did You Ever See A Goblin?  Sung to: "Did you ever see a Lassie?"
Did you ever see a goblin, a goblin, a goblin?
Did you ever see a goblin, stomp this way or that?
Stomp this way or that way,
Or this way or that way,
Did you ever see a goblin Stomp this way or that?
Additional Verses....
Did you ever see a fairy...Dance this way or that?

Did you ever see an old witch...Fly this way or that?
Did you ever see a black cat...Pounce this way or that
Did you ever see a night owl...Sleep this way or that?
Did you ever see a spider...Crawl this way or that?
Did you ever see a scarecrow...Lean this way or that?
Did you ever see a pumpkin....Roll this way or that?
Brown Owl (Tune: Brown Bear) (flannel board figures)  
Brown Owl Brown Owl, Who do you see?
I see a White Ghost looking at me...(Continue using) 
Purple Bat....Green Witch.... 
Black Cat and finally Pumpkin pumpkin what do you see? 
I see a Jack O Lantern looking at me. 

If You're A Ghost and You Know It (to the tune of If You're Happy and you know it) 
If you're a ghost and you know it,
Just say Boo
If you're a ghost and you know it,
Just Say BOO
If you're a ghost and you know it and you really want to show it...
If you're a ghost and you know it just say BOO 
If you're a black cat and you know it
Just say Meow
If you're a black cat and you know it
Just say Meow
If you're a black cat and you know it
And you really want to show it,
If you're a black cat and you know it Just say Meow 
If you're a skeleton and you know it,
Wiggle your bones (shake your body)
If you're a skeleton and you know it,
Wiggle your bones
If you're a skeleton and you know it,
And you really want to show it
If you're a skeleton and you know it,
Wiggle your bones. 
If you love Halloween and you know it
Do all three (all 3 actions in order of appearance)
If you love Halloween and you know it
Do all three
If you love Halloween and you know it
And you really want to show it,
If you love Halloween and you know it
Do all three

Five Crows Sung to Five Green Speckled Frogs
5 crows, all shiny black, Sat on a scarecrow's back, 
Eating the most delicious corn, CAW! CAW! 
Scarecrow, he shouted BOO! 1 crow, away she flew, 
Then there were 4 black shiny crows (just 4!) 
Repeat 4 crows, 3 crows, 2 crows, etc. 

THE GHOST GOES BOO
The ghost goes BOO
The ghost goes BOO
Heigh Ho it's Halloween 
The ghost goes BOO

The witch goes HE HE
The witch goes HE HE
Heigh Ho it's Halloween 
The witch goes He he

The cat goes MEOW
The cat goes MEOW
Heigh ho it's Halloween
The cat goes MEOW

The owl goes WHOO
The owl goes WHOO
Heigh Ho it's Halloween
The owl goes WHOO
I’m not afraid of the kissing monster
Click on Video to hear the tune.

I’m not afraid of the clapping monster, I’m not afraid at all
I’m not afraid of the clapping monster, I’m not afraid at all
Spoken (And he goes)  q q h | q q h| q q q q| w |
                                           q q h | q q h| q q q q| w |
I’m not afraid of the humming monster, I’m not afraid at all
I’m not afraid of the humming monster, I’m not afraid at all
And he goes (repeat rhythm while humming)
I’m not afraid of the whistling monster, I’m not afraid at all
I’m not afraid of the whistling monster, I’m not afraid at all
And he goes (repeat rhythm while whistling)
Usually I make a big deal of how brave the children have been, then I say “There is one monster left and he is really scary.  Try to be really brave by not letting this monster know you are scared”
I’m not afraid of the kissing monster, I’m not afraid at all
I’m not afraid of the kissining monster, I’m not afraid at all
And he goes (Repeat rhythm while kissing)
I point out that some kids were afraid because they went “oooh or gross”

Resources for Halloween

Here are some great free resources for Halloween:

Candy Match Up: Worksheet to identify notes


Silly Spider:
Students choose a spider and place alphabet chips along the spider's leg.


Witch's Brew:  Students pick a rhythm card and perform it.  If they pick a witch they get a piece of candy.



Also check out my Halloween Music Games Volume 1 and Volume 2



Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween Music Games Volume 2


Halloween Music Games Volume 2 has 5 new and exciting games for your students to help them improve at note naming, intervals, chords, rhythms and symbols.

Don't Eat Jack: A fun filled game that focuses on rhythm recognition. The game has five levels and is sure to be a favorite with your students.
Find the Ghost: Players race around to find the ghost cards and then identify symbols.
Haunted House Harmony: Students build chords or intervals in the haunted house
Pumpkin Patch Match: Players match notes. There is a Catch the Jack-o-lantern version as well.
Candy Corn Catch: Identify notes on the staff or keyboard using candy corn.

Check out Halloween Music Games Vol.1 for even more games and activities




Includes: Games, printables and instructions
Format: PDF
Printing: 8.5' x 11' - Grayscale or Color
Price: $10.00
Instructions for purchasing it with Paypal: Click on the Buy Now button. You will be asked to pay with Paypal. Once your transaction is accepted, an email will be sent with a zip of the games.

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