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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March Highlights 2021

 As this milestone month comes to a close, it's time to look back on some of the highlights. It was a month of ups and downs to be sure!

1. Song Bracket

March is always so much fun because I celebrate Music In Our Schools Month in a big way. I didn't do all the different in-class activities or bulletin boards I would normally do because of our hybrid teaching situation, but I did get to do another song bracket, where students voted on their favorite songs each day in a March-madness-style bracket, and it has been so much fun! I highly recommend it if you've never done it before- here's my blog post where I explain how I set it up.

2. Philippines and Korea Units

The units I do with each grade on one culture and their music are always highlights of my year, and because we're on a rotational schedule I did those units with my 3rd and 4th graders early this year! I used to do China with my 4th graders each year but a couple of years ago I decided to start alternating between China, Korea, and Japan. The students loved the units and I had so much fun, even though we couldn't do everything I normally like to do! I videotaped each class too, to use in my international music festival at the end of the year- I can't wait!

3. Improving Weather

I cannot overstate how big of a difference it makes in my mood and motivation having warmer temperatures and sunshine these last couple of weeks! Even more than most years, being able to be outside makes such a difference for my daughters and I after being cooped up inside for so long, and I notice the difference in my students and colleagues too!

4. Music Ed Content

Here is some of my favorite music education content I found this month- click each picture to check them out. They are well-worth your time!


  1. Hi Elizabeth! First and foremost, thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas with the world. I am a third year teacher and your blog was the greatest discovery I've ever made, it's helped me so much. I tried out your March Madness Bracket this year and my students LOVE it! I was wondering how you go about ending it. Do you choose one song as a final winner?

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for your note, I'm so happy to know the blog has been helpful, seriously!!! Yes, I have the bracket set up so that eventually there is one final winner they vote on, and I announce the top choice on the last day of the month. It's a little hard to explain the bracket in writing but I have a picture to show how we gradually narrow it down in my blog post on the topic. Hope that helps, so glad you and your students have enjoyed it! :)