January 2009

Friday Fave: Three Blue Pigeons

January 30, 2009

Okay, so you’ve seen the title of this post and are probably wondering: what is so wonderful about the song “Three Blue Pigeons” that it merits a spot in Friday Faves? The answer is nothing, really, except that this simple fingerplay triggered a breakthrough moment for a little boy named Carter. Three-year-old Carter is diagnosed […]

What Do You Do?

January 22, 2009

Teaching social skills is high priority in the land of special education, especially when it comes to children with autism. Though many of the students with whom I work can be very social at times, it is a goal to teach the appropriate actions and responses in various situations. I was brainstorming this topic one […]

Top 100 Musicology Blogs

January 21, 2009

Good morning! I hope you are doing well on this 21st of January…I know I am. We have a brand new president, warmer temperatures are on the way, and I have a great internet resource to share with you. Distance Learning Net has compiled a list of the top 100 musicology blogs (in their opinion, […]

44 Presidents: A Rap

January 20, 2009

I came across this earlier today, and thought you might enjoy it. I know some of my older students will! Memorizing presidents is gonna take some effortWe’ll start with George Washington, Adams, and Thomas JeffersonThen James Madison and James MonroeThen John Quincy Adams like his father before Next up we’ve got some interesting folksNamed Jackson, […]

A New Day in America

January 20, 2009

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this day for a long time now. Later this morning, Barack Obama will be sworn into office and can officially be called the President of the United States. Your classroom may be one of millions tuning in around the country, and if so, there’s no doubt that […]

Friday Fave: Pandora Radio

January 16, 2009

I actually have my husband to thank for this little discovery, and since I love it so much I thought I’d make it today’s Friday Fave. It’s called Pandora Radio, and basically it is your own personal radio station on the internet, for free. After you register, you are asked to create a station based […]

Everybody Has a Name

January 13, 2009

Last month, one of the teachers at my school asked if I could work on names and spelling this semester. Of course, I gladly agreed and came up with a cute little tune to do just that. Many of the students here are nonverbal or cannot spell, but that hasn’t stopped them from enjoying the […]

Church Mice

January 12, 2009

A little over two years ago, I was lucky enough to inherit a little group of musicians by the name of Church Mice. This group is not made of actual mice; rather, it is a class for children 0-4 and their parents. Church Mice was originated almost ten years ago by the former organist at […]

Friday Fave: Jack Johnson’s Groovy Tunes

January 9, 2009

Though Jack Johnson’s album Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies is almost three years old, it still remains one of my very favorites both in and out of the classroom. One of my internship supervisors, Lisa, gave me a copy of the CD when it first came out, and it quickly became a go-to resource for my students. […]

Winter All Around Us

January 7, 2009

January is off to a great start. School is back in full swing, and most of my students are getting back into learning mode. I say “most” because some of my private students are still on winter break! I’m pretty sure they’ll all be back in school tomorrow, but can you believe it? Two and […]

Ten Little Snowflakes

January 6, 2009

I walked outside this morning to find a dusting of snow covering the ground, something we haven’t seen in central Illinois for at least two weeks. Though I could definitely do without any form of winter weather, I thought it would be very fitting to post “Ten Little Snowflakes” here today. Counting time, it’s counting […]

Today Is…

January 5, 2009

Good morning! Like many of you, this is my first day back to school after a nice break, and I’m ready to dive head-first into the month. Today I’ll be introducing several new songs to my students, which is always exciting. And while new songs are great, it’s the songs that are familiar to the […]


January 2, 2009

Ahh, January. A month that seems to stretch on and on, after all of the excitement of the holidays has passed. Luckily for me, January is filled with birthdays – my husband’s, sister-in-law’s, and brother’s – so that makes it just a little more festive. And of course, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday is […]

2009 is Here

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!! If 2009 is anywhere near as great as 2008 was, I’m in for a treat :) Also of note: this is my 100th post! I’ve had so much fun writing this blog, and I hope you’ll still be visiting when I hit my 1000th post! There are so many new songs I […]

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