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How Poetry and Music Go Hand in Hand

To celebrate National poetry month, the music educator in me wanted to share how poetry and music go hand in hand.  I love using poetry to teach music, because there are so many similar characteristics between them.   There is truly nothing I love more than forming connections between music and other subjects.   Poetry and music both have… Rhythms and tempo When you read a piece of music, there are many notes to be […]

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Music and Social Studies Integration Ideas for Kids

While in school, I never had a teacher who made learning history, geography, or social studies fun and exciting.  It wasn’t until a music teacher taught a “50 States” song, that I realized I could retain and memorize facts.  So, when I became a music teacher, I wanted my student’s to not only learn the objectives I was required to teach, but also make learning other subjects fun by integrating them with music.  If you […]

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3 Fun Ways Piano Student’s can Practice Curving their Fingers

One of the hardest concepts to teach and for piano student’s to learn is how to curve their fingers.  It is a challenge because children don’t understand why it’s so important and curving our fingers doesn’t come naturally.  Curving the fingers is important because as lessons progress and the piano repertoire gets harder, correct technique makes a world of difference.  The fingers are able to move with more ease and have greater touch control when […]

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How to Teach Music to the Hearing Impaired Child

I have said it before and I’ll say it again…EVERY child can and should learn music. I never want any student to feel like they can’t learn music because of a disability.   In this blog post, I want to give you ideas for how to teach music to the hearing impaired child.  Some of the most gifted musicians  have had a hearing impairment, but they did not let that hinder them.     Famous Musicians […]

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It’s Springtime…Let’s Sing About Rain

It’s Springtime…let’s sing about rain.  Springtime is for rain, thunderstorms, flowers blooming, and even more rain.  There are so many fun songs and activities that kids will enjoy learning.  In this post, I am sharing some of my absolute favorites.  As well as learning the songs with the motions, kids can add shakers or other instruments that sound like rain, and can even make a thunderstorm by adding drums.   It’s Raining, It’s Pouring It’s […]

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Music and Science Integration Ideas for Kids

These music and science integration ideas for kids are simple yet effective.  Student’s are using music in science every day without even realizing it.  Music helps student’s retain what they are learning and makes science come to life.     Science and Sound One of my favorite activities for learning about sound is the cup activity.  Fill up 8-10 cups with different amounts of water, like 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2, and experiment with how each […]

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Is My Child Musically Gifted?

Is my child musically gifted?  Should my child take music lessons?  What if my child isn’t performing to their potential? I have been asked these questions over the years by so many parents.  Music should be taught to every child, regardless of their natural talent or ability.  There is musical talent built into every single child, whether it is playing the maraca or performing a piano sonata.  There are some children though, just like any […]

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Shows that teach music

5 T.V. Shows That Teach Music to Kids

I love teaching music and getting to see the joy on children’s faces as they experience music in many different ways.  Since becoming a mom and experiencing pretty much every kid show out there, I am so impressed with how many shows not only play music, but actually teach musical concepts that. So, I decided to share my favorite T.V. shows that teach music to kids.   1. Little Einsteins This show is seriously incredible. […]

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Music and Math Integration Ideas for Kids

There are so many great ideas for implementing music and math integration ideas for kids.  Music helps children retain math concepts and with memorizing math facts.     Math Facts When children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, for some kids memorizing these facts is difficult.  Saying math facts like a rap is repetitive and helps children retain what they are learning.  When spoken like a rap, it is way more fun then just spouting […]

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“To Meet Mr. Lincoln” President’s Day Music and Speech Activity

President’s Day is on February 20th, so to celebrate I wanted to teach one of my all time favorite poems.  “To Meet Mr. Lincoln” is such a great poem to learn, but is even more fun to set to music. Any poem or speech piece can be made musical by simply saying it as a rap, adding body percussion or instruments, or moving to the words.     To Meet Mr. Lincoln by Eve Merriam […]

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