Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Welcome to the Music Room!

Welcome to our Music Room!  Let me show you around...
 



We are so fortunate to have SMARTboards in our classrooms! 
I don't know how I could ever teach without one now!

  
Here is our instrumentarium!  I am always looking to expand my Orff collection!  :)
 
 
Our Musical Word Wall...
 
  
 

 
 
More classroom instruments and our music textbooks...

 
Our Music Essential Questions posted...
 

The Music Standards (in kid-friendly language) are also posted for each class.


The 4th and 5th graders spend a few minutes during each class learning about various composers each month.  They are just now finishing up a study on John Williams.  They really enjoy learning facts about each composer, listening to their compositions, and playing Composer Jeopardy at the end of each study.

 

 Each class has a chance to earn stickers for good behavior each time they come to music.  After they earn 6 stickers, they receive a class karaoke party!  Fun times!
 

 I hope you enjoyed the tour!  Check back soon for more updates on the Music Room fun!

20 comments:

  1. What is your Star Musicians poster about? Is it a class reward system? Looks interesting.

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    1. The students have a chance to earn a sticker each week for their class. After they earn 6 stickers, they get to have a karaoke day! :)

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  2. I really like your room set-up! Easy to see and read areas with lots of information and not a lot of clutter. I think I'll try some ot your ideas. I teach in a corner of the cafeteria with only two walls, but think I'll spread out with displays around on other walls but make sure things are large enough to read from a distance.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment and thanks for reading! :)

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  3. I like your composer of the month bulletin board. I used to do that and I think I've gotten lazy! Thanks for inspiring me to get on the ball! You never know which students take what they hear in the classroom and research it at home!

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    1. Thank you, Stevie! I LOVE teaching about composers to students. I love it when they hear one of our composer's pieces and can't wait to come back and tell me that they recognized it. :) Thanks for reading!

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  4. Where did you purchase your notation constellation stars and word wall words?
    I LOVE your classroom!!
    Blessings,
    Tanya Hurst
    Cain Elementary
    Whitehouse, Texas

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  5. Hi Clare! I love your classroom organization! Can you tell me where you got the instrument cut-outs for your instrument family wall? They are awesome! I see you teach near Athens. I attended UGA! Go Dawgs! And thanks for the great ideas!

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    1. Hi Karen! That's so cool that you went to UGA! Thanks for your sweet compliments. I got the instrument posters from West Music (http://www.westmusic.com/p/meet-the-instruments-530161). They actually come as large posters and I just cut each instrument out so that I would have room for all for them. I've had that bulletin board up for years and it is so helpful! :) Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for reading!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your classroom with us. You have wonderful ideas!

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  7. Hi Clare,
    Your room is the absolute best! I love every single element. Where did you purchase the Notation Constellation stars? I'd love to use that in my room.

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    1. Thank you! Which file were you interested in?

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    2. Hi Clare,

      I also ran across your sight when prepping my room for the year. Could you possibly share where you got your word wall words?

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    3. Hi Clare,

      I also ran across your site when prepping my classroom for the upcoming school year. Would you be willing to share where you got your word wall words?

      Thank you!
      Julia

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    4. Hi Julia,

      This is not going to be very helpful but... a few years ago I downloaded the word wall words from a freebie and since then I haven't been able to find it again! :( I'm so sorry. I'm sure there are some other free ones on Teachers Pay Teachers. Thanks for reading!

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  9. Hi Claire I love your room in your blog how do you do composer Jeopardy? Also I have some of the hardware for the orff instruments like the pegs and the things to replace the bars I have a box of them if you're interested message me with your address and I can send them to you if you could use them

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  10. Hi Claire I love your room in your blog how do you do composer Jeopardy? Also I have some of the hardware for the orff instruments like the pegs and the things to replace the bars I have a box of them if you're interested message me with your address and I can send them to you if you could use them

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  11. Do you always have the kids in chairs? I have never put mine in chairs but wish I could! How do you like it in comparison to them on the floor?

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    1. When the students first enter the room, they always file in a line to sit in the chairs. However, we do a lot of moving so they don't stay there long. I really prefer having the chairs as a "home base." It is also more suitable for singing. I do use our rug a lot for more focused activities when we are using the Smartboard and the kids do really well sitting in the squares. :)

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