Posts Tagged ‘Free’

Free Songbook? Yes, Please!

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So I’ve been teaching a few undergraduate courses in music education the past couple of years, and one thing that I always make sure to tell my elementary education majors about is the Utah State Office of Education Songbook.  It’s a children’s songbook that you can download for FREE from their website:

Utah State Office of Education Songbook Website

What I love about it is that quite a few of the songs include Orff accompaniments or other activity suggestions, and there is even a section for folk dances with detailed instructions.  An added bonus is that you can access MP3’s for all of the songs!  Oh USOE songbook, if only I knew about your awesomeness during my first year of teaching elementary general music when I had absolutely ZERO resources aside from a class set of rhythm sticks and a couple bongo drums to my name!

Literature Lesson: Love Splat!

Love, Splat

I know, I know.  I’ve already posted about Valentine’s Day.  I can’t help it though.  I love holidays!  Last year right before Valentine’s Day I was walking through Wal-Mart wracking my brain for ideas my K-2 music classes and I spotted the little gem Love, Splat!

I had seen the Splat books before and had always thought that they looked cute so I picked up Love, Splat and started thumbing through it.  Unfortunately, as I read through it I didn’t really see any obvious way to turn it into a music lesson.  I bought it anyway–what can I say, I’m a bit of a shopaholic!  Once I got home I read through it again and decided that I would have to create my own refrain for the story.  I created a simple little So-Mi-Do song about Splat the Cat, decided the refrain would work best with an easy boomwhacker ostinato and added some incidental instruments for a few key words in the story.  I felt pretty good about the whole thing until it dawned on me that since the refrain isn’t really a part of the story there wasn’t a real seamless way for the students to transition from the story to the refrain.  I decided to cure that little problem with heart stickers.  I stuck a heart stick on every other page or so of the story where I wanted the kids to sing the refrain.  It ended up working out great because it gave something for the kids to be looking out for as the story was read!

The lesson is great for focusing on So-Mi-Do, ta and ti-ti rhythm patterns, keeping a steady beat, and instrument timbre–have the students pick out the best instruments to accompany Splat’s rumbling tummy and other fun words.

Click Here for the ‘Love Splat’ Lesson Plan