Practicing & Playlists

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Playlist Dilemma

Here is another playlist dilemma. Most of my students use their playlist pretty diligently however I have a 15 year old who just doesn’t. She won’t use the materials (CD, notes, DVD) plays by ear, doesn’t practice a great deal but most of the time…

Inner Hearing Exercise

I was remembering something I used to do with my elem general music students in school. They would sing a song and when I held up my hand, they kept singing it internally. When my hand came down, they would continue singing where the song…

Slowing Down Students

What creative ways do you use to get students to slow down? I don’t know any creative ways, I just resort to tapping a slow beat, and getting them to play along to the audio slow version. I wonder if it is a stage they…

Checking Development Student Playlist

Playlist Time in a Development Student Lesson – I have five students at these levels. By this time they are old hands at pruning, choosing what’s in, whats’ out, making sure they have their one hour of playing materiel etc. My question is to what…

Teacher Starts Round Robin

I tried a little something this morning in my group lesson that worked well. We’re in F4 and to review the play list, we did a round robin STARTING WITH ME and only playing the first phrase. It seemed to give them some security to…

Night Storm – Halloween Version

My 7-year-old student and her Dad showed up today with these lyrics they wrote for Night Storm with plenty of copies for all, so all day my groups sang it. A little late for Halloween week but if you have students tomorrow have some fun…

Halloween Songs and Sounds

I personally have experienced the power of a casual question, like “Did you write any music this week?” Last week one of my students casually asked me, “Are we going to have any songs for Halloween?” When I started looking for songs, I didn’t come…

Halloween Piano Fun

I just wanted to share how much fun my students are having with the classic “In the Hall of the Mountain King” song. I had forgotten how much repetition it involves until I found it in my Halloween music folder and could instantly see the…

Tic Tac Toe Games

I thought I’d share the effectiveness of a game that someone mentioned on here awhile ago. I think I adapted it a bit, but not sure about the original post or what the suggestion was.  I play tic-tac- toe with my students to do review.…

Games in the Classroom

I enjoy reading the ECL mails, but don’t chime in very often. I thought I’d share one of my games: I get “Crazy 8” card games to work on intervals. The students have tokens at each end of the keyboard. When they draw a card…