At our recent Elementary General Music Clinic, we asked our attendees to name their favorite “tried-and-true” classroom resource. Both of these great resources came up more than once:
Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!
by Artie Almeida
What could be better than a resource that will have your students begging to listen to more classical music? In “Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!” Artie Almeida shares some of her most-beloved listening and movement-based lessons. The included CD features outstanding orchestral tracks from the NAXOS recording label and reproducible visuals and teaching aids. Best of all, videos of Artie’s students performing the activities are also provided on the disc, so pull out your favorite movement props and let the learning—and listening—begin!
Rockin’ Rhythm Raps
by Cheryl Lavender
Here’s a fun collection that makes rhythm reading a snap, tap and a clap! This motivational classroom resource consists of over 60 rhythm drills and song rhythms, beginning with the simplest patterns and progressing sequentially to more complex patterns. Included are 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 patterns with quarter, eighth, half and whole notes/rests. Syncopated rhythms, tied notes, sixteenth notes and dotted rhythms are also included for extra challenge in building skills. The rhythm drills are reproducible for classroom use, so your students can keep them in their folders for daily use or you can make posters or overhead transparencies for whole-group practice. The book comes complete with teaching ideas, extension suggestions and assessment strategies.