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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Linky Party: five favorite pins of July

I'm linking up- a little late- with Mrs. Miracle's linky party!

Click on the image above to see her post and all the others from music teachers around the web!

Here are my 5 favorite (teaching related) pins from July:

An idea for an "arts celebration day"?

This may be a little random but I saw it at the perfect time. The art teacher at my school wants to do an art show for the first time next year, but she was worried about turnout if she did it outside school hours. Solution: she and I are hoping to team up and have an "arts celebration day" next year! We are still in the "throwing ideas around" stage, but we are hoping to have one day when the entire school is involved in creating visual and musical pieces and integrating our two disciplines in class projects.

Great suggestions for using your iPad in the classroom!

I am super excited because I am getting an iPad next school year! I got a donorschoose project funded at the end of the school year. I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on that thing and use it in centers and on my interactive whiteboard. The students are going to go nuts when they see it too! I like this infographic because it has a lot of basic but really useful tips consolidated in one place.

Music with Mrs. Dennis: Minions Invade the Music Room!!! FREE Download

I love these free lessons full of little minions! And I love even more that they used Pharrell's song "Happy". The minions are going to be invading my classroom next year. I already have a poster up with a picture of a minion and the quote, "Don't judge. I was born to be awesome, not perfect.", which the kids love. And then I found duct tape with minions on it at a craft store. So that is going somewhere too- that much I know. The harmony lessons will be great for my 5th graders when we talk about chords. 

World Music Composer.  This is the coolest thing ever.  Listen to samples of instruments from all over, then compose a piece with them.

I honestly am dumbfounded that it took me so long to find this. As someone who grew up in 3 continents and taught in international schools for many years, I have a passion for "world music". This is a great introduction for younger students to hear instruments from around the world and use them to compose their own pieces! SO awesome. We will definitely be using this on the interactive whiteboard next year.

Set iPad so student can only access certain apps during centers! Easy to do!

I was so relieved to find this tutorial on how to limit which apps children can access on your iPad. I have a confession to make: I am not a Mac person. I am definitely a PC person, and I don't think there is anything you can do to convince me otherwise. Please don't kill me. One of the things that turns me off from Macs is the seemingly limited capability to customize, and I didn't know what kind of child lock settings were available on the iPad. I'm glad to know I can limit which apps are accessible so that I can keep students locked into the app I want when they are working in centers!

Well that's it for me. I'm so excited to be linking up with my first linky party- I hope I did it right! :) Thanks for hosting, Mrs. Miracle, and sorry for the late link-up!


  1. I love that you're going to try an arts celebration! At my old school we had a tradition of holding "Fine Arts Night". It'd been going on for years before I started teaching there, but it was a great idea that we continued to develop throughout the years. Our art teacher even brought in a guest artist last year and that was huge hit :) It's always a great turnout for us, but I think that's partly because of the way we organize it. It's a "come and go as you please" sort of night. The artwork is set up like a gallery and we have free cookies and punch for our visitors.

  2. Thanks for the comment Jennifer! Great to hear that others have been successful. Part of our concern with turnout is because most of our parents work and aren't available to come in the evening unless it's something really big! Hopefully we can figure something out to at least get it started on the right track... I love the idea of a guest artist! Any other tips?