Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pinterest

I am officially obsessed with Pinterest.  Pinterest is like a virtual bulletin board.  If you see something you like on any site you can "pin it" to one of your boards.  You can comment on the new "pin" with things you want to remember about it.  Say it is a recipe, you can comment "Want to try this for dinner next week" or "Would go great with potatoes."  You can organize your boards into different categories, so all your recipe pins would go on one board and all your music ideas would go on another.

Then the fun begins to happen.  People can see your boards and will pin things you have found.  You can visit their boards and repin things to your board.  It is a great way to find ideas other people have liked or used.  You can follow me on Pinterest by following this link:

Follow Me on Pinterest

Have fun pinning!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hide the Elf


Here is a fun Christmas Worksheet that works on identifying notes in Middle C and C position.

I also have a keyboard recognition game.  You simply match the correct elf to the note or key.





Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Games

It's officially Christmas and I wanted it make it easier for you to find some of my Christmas resources.


Christmas Songs for Children

Key Signatures

Christmas Circle of Fifths


Keyboard and Staff Recgonition




Intervals












Rhythm






Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gingerbread Giveaway Winner Is . . ..

The winner is #3 Sarah who commented "These would be a great addition to my December lessons! :)"

Congratulations!  I hope you have a lot of fun with them! 


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  Enjoy your family and friends and praise God for all He has done.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gingerbread Game Giveaway

Enter to win a free Gingerbread Game Giveaway!

Enter the giveaway by:
1. Commenting below (1 entry)
2. Linking the post on your website or blog.  Make sure you leave a comment telling me about your link. (3 bonus entries)
3. Posting about it on Facebook.  You must first like the Sing a Song page and then tag Sing a Song in your post. (3 bonus entries)  You can also comment on the Sing a New Song Music Page.

The drawing will be held on November 23rd with http://www.random.org/.  I will post the winner on my blog and contact you through email.  Good luck!


If you already purchased the product, leave a comment on how you are enjoying it and I will enter your name for the giveaway.  For purchasing the product and leaving a review, you will earn an extra 5 entries!  If you win, I will refund your money.

Christmas Music Games

I have a new resource available for Christmas called Gingerbread Music Games.  There are 7 different games with multiple levels of play.  Included is:

Gingerbread Cookie Chords: A fun activity to promote major and minor chords.  A step/skip version included for elementary level students.
Draw a Gingerbread Man: Students use Rhythm Problems to draw a gingerbread man.  5 levels of rhythm cards included.
Catch the Gingerbread Man: A version of Old Maid with a gingerbread twist.
Match the Gingerbread Boy and Girl: Match the girl and boy.  Levels include keyboard recognition, staff notes and key signatures.
Home Sweet Home: Students identify and perform rhythms to get the gingerbread boy to the correct gingerbread house.  5 different levels included.
Find the Gingerbread Man: Students try to spy the gingerbread boy who is play hide and seek among musical symbols.  54 cards included.
Gingerbread Alphabet: A cute gingerbread alphabet with three suggested activities.  Accidentals included.

Includes: Games, printables and instructions
Format: PDF
Printing: 8.5' x 11' 
Price: Price: $15.00










Instructions on using it with Paypal:  Click on the Buy Now button.  You will be asked to pay with Paypal.  Once your transaction is accepted, a zip file with the games will be sent to you.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jenga Directions

I had a request from a reader to repost the directions for Jenga!

It is a really fun game that the kids love to play.  I got the idea from a post on the Piano Club page.  I bought a Jenga off brand game ($4.99) and decided to go with the colored blocks.  My Jenga game has yellow, blue and red blocks.  I took a sharpie and used all the yellow blocks for rhythms.  I wrote an easy rhythm on one side and a more challenging rhythm on the other side.  the red blocks were use for notes on one side and chords on the other.  The blue blocks were used for symbols.  The blue blocks made it hard to see the symbol, but not impossible.

Another idea for levels is to buy the plain wooden blocks and use different colored sharpies for each level.  This could still work for multi level play. For example, if the player who is at level one picks a level three than the closet player to them that is level three must complete the task.

The directions are below.







Sunday, October 30, 2011

Online Music Games

Here is a collection of some online music games sorted into levels based on the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures Series.  If you have any sites I have missed, please leave a comment.

Music Learning Community
Level 2B: Hearing Triads

Intermediate: Rhythm ScrambleSee Saw Rhythm,

Intermediate: Flash Key Signatures

Theata Music  
(you will need to create a free account to access the games)
Primer: Flash Rhythms
Level 1: Flash Intervals,
Level 2A: Rhythm Puzzle,
Level 2B-3B: Chord Spells

Primer: Note NamesPaced Note NamesPiano KeysRhythm Performance (click easy), Rhythm Dictation (click easy)
Level 1: Rhythm Performance (medium),
Rhythm Dictation (click medium)
Level 2A-2B: Rhythm Performance (click hard),
Level 3A-3B: Rhythm Dictation (click hard), Drill Chords
Intermediate: Key SignatureDrill Chords



Click the options that fit what you have been taught.

Other Fun Games:

Other Music Websites

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Songs

Here are some Halloween songs that have proven to be a lot of fun.  I have added some visual cards and song maps.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Great educational tool

Great video on the importance of music in education.  Music does make you smarter!


A Musical Mind



http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/252...

Friday, October 7, 2011

And Our Winner is......

Leticia!  Thanks for entering the contest everyone and hope you enjoy all the wonderful games.

Please email me Leticia to get the free download!  my3redhead@ gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Don't Miss our Giveaway!

Our drawing for the free Halloween Music Games is ending this Friday.  Don't miss your opportunity to enter.

Enter the giveaway by:
1. Commenting below (1 entry)
2. Linking the post on your website or blog.  Make sure you leave a comment telling me about your link. (3 bonus entries)
3. Posting about it on Facebook.  You must first like the Sing a Song page and then tag Sing a Song in your post. (3 bonus entries)

The drawing will be held on October 7th with http://www.random.org/.  I will post the winner on my blog and contact you through email.  Good luck!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Witch's Brew

Witch's Brew is one of my favorite games to play with the kids around Halloween time.

To play you need the cards below and some candy for reward.

Students pick a card and perform the rhythm.  For fun, I have a big, plastic cauldron for the kids to pick the cards out of.  The students perform the rhythm any way you choose: counting, pointing, clapping, tapping, etc. . .

If the student picks a witch card they get a piece of candy.  I have included some fun seasonal words to say the rhythms with as well.

Level One contains Quarter notes, Half notes, Dotted Half notes, Whole notes and Quarter Rests
Level Two adds in Eighth notes
NEW LEVEL THREE! adds Dotted Quarter notes

Another fun trick I like to use is getting a fake witch's finger to point to the rhythms.





Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween Music Game Giveaway!

I have had a great response to my Halloween Music Games!  I want to thank everyone who has already purchased the product.

I am going to do a giveaway for one free download of the entire packet.  If you have already purchased the packet I would love for you to still participate in the giveaway.  If you are picked and already have paid me, I will refund your money!


Enter the giveaway by:
1. Commenting below (1 entry)
2. Linking the post on your website or blog.  Make sure you leave a comment telling me about your link. (3 bonus entries)
3. Posting about it on Facebook.  You must first like the Sing a Song page and then tag Sing a Song in your post. (3 bonus entries)

The drawing will be held on October 7th with http://www.random.org/.  I will post the winner on my blog and contact you through email.  Good luck!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sneak Peek into Halloween Music Games Vol.1

The new Halloween Games Packet is a great resource for motivating and teaching kids about music.

One resource included that can be used year round is the Rhythm Cards.  There are 31 cards in level one introducing quarter notes, half notes, half rest, dotted half notes and whole notes.  Level Two also has 31 cards that introduce eighth notes.  These cards are resourceful for many rhythm drills and games.

The musical questions can also be used year round in different games and drills as well.  Many of the games can be adapted to fit any time of year.  Here are some samples:
Match the Cat to the Hat
Instruction Kit


Rhythm Cards Level One
Lonely Ghost Game
            
Don't Eat Jack

Includes: Games, printables and instructions

Games included are:
*  Match the Cat to the Hat: Key signature Game
*  Monster Tag: Fast paced game identifying musical concepts
*  Lonely Ghost Game: Keyboard and Note Recognition Game
*  Don't Eat Jack: Music Symbol Game that is a twist on Bingo
* Witch's Spell: Rhythm Card Game
Format: PDF
Pringint: 8.5' x 11' - Grayscale or Color
Price: $10.00









Instructions for purchasing:  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 the games in a zip file.   Please email me at my3redhead@gmail.com with any questions.  Thank you for your purchase!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Halloween Music Games

Halloween Music Games Vol.1

I have been working hard on putting together a great resource just in time for Halloween.  The packet contains games that focus on rhythm, note recognition, keyboard recognition, key signatures and music concepts.

This packet contains great games focused around the spooky season of Halloween.  Teachers will love the "Witch's Spell," where kids are spellbound to perform rhythms in all kinds of wacky ways.  "Monster Tag" is a favorite for students.  They have so much fun, they forget their learning.  Other great games included are "Lonely Ghost," "Match the Cat" and "Don't Eat Jack!"

For more information visit Sneak Peek into Halloween Music Games Vol.1

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 the games in a zip file.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Canon Blast

Here some pictures I captured of a fun game we played this week:  "Canon Blast"

First I have students pick a color for their pirate ship.  I have magnetic chips, or "magic notes" in a variety of colors for the students to choose from.  I love using this magnetic chips, but any bingo chips will do.  Don't have bingo chips?  Try placing a colored sticker on a penny.  You will need at least 20 of each color.

Students identify their notes with flashcards and if they identify it correctly they get to put a chip on the matching ship.  "Fire Canon One"

For a quick game you can have the student win the ship by placing one chip on the ship.  For more teaching opportunities, make it three chips. Whoever has blasted the most ships wins!

 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Great Gems: Aspects of a Great Musician

Each week I am going to focus on a different aspect of a great musician.  These will be my "Great Gems."


My different aspects will be


*  Notes: Good Reading and Listening
*  Rhythm: Steady Counting and Accuracy
*  Dynamics: Observes Louds and Softs
*  Articulation: Observes all markings
*  Focus: Listening to directions, Paying attention, 
                Keeps hands in lap
*  Prepared: Brings all materials, Completes assignments
*  Technique: Good Posture, Good Hand Position


Each week I plan on focusing on a different aspect.  We will talk about why this aspect is important and how to improve in our lesson time and practice.  


This week our "Great Gem" is FOCUS.  It really helped the students, especially the younger ones, understand what I mean when I say "Let's Focus".  I rewarded the student with a extra jewel to go with my Hidden Treasures Theme if they kept their FOCUS throughout the lesson.  If you are not doing an incentive you could reward them with a small piece of candy.  It really worked great!


Here is a picture of my "Great Gems" in my studio!  














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