Monthly Archives: August 2013

From Head to Toe: Body Movement

“I can do it!” – Students in response to “Can you do it?” While patting my leg to keep a steady beat, I read From Head to Toe by Eric Carle with the Ducks, All-Stars, Seals, and Dolphins classes.  Each page … Continue reading

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In The News: Singing In A Choir: Increases Happiness

Thursday is choir day!  Students are excited for singing and sharing music together; as am I!  We have started learning music for our upcoming shows and I am pleased with our progress. I read an article that shared the benefits … Continue reading

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In the News: Landfillharmonic Project

With a sudden attack of allergies, this Houston weather has got this California girl congested!  I am having some difficulty putting together a post about the musical happenings at Parish, so, instead, I want to share about music that is … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Microphone Singing

It’s raining in Houston!  The Ladybugs, Zebras, and Bears students walked into music sharing the sounds and sight of the loud pouring rain.  To acknowledge and keep in the spirit of the rain, I taught the students how to sing, … Continue reading

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Using A Stretch Band To Move

I love using my stretch band to facilitate movement.  The Dolphins and Seals had a blast using it today to jump, pull, push, and walk around in a circle.  We moved to the music’s beat and stopped when the music … Continue reading

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Musical Pitch Work on The Risers

For the second choir lesson, I focused on matching pitch and changing pitch.  I taught students to sing 1, 2, and 3 corresponding to music notes C, D, and E, respectively.  We sang “Hot Cross Buns” using the numbers and … Continue reading

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Nonverbal Communication Through Instrument Play

The Parish students work on their social skills and I wanted to give elementary students a musical opportunity to practice.  Focusing on nonverbal communication by having students follow a leader through instrument play, we work on eye contact, taking turns, … Continue reading

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