Vivaldi’s Spring With Orff Arrangement, Movement, And More

Are you looking for the classics taught with ACTIVE music-making?

This resource with lots of movement teaches students to play and sing (new Spring lyrics) the main theme to Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto with Orff barred instrument ostinati, AND a recreation of the thunderstorm using instruments.

What I love about this resource!

  • PLAYING this famous theme, not just LISTENING to it
  • The “B section” thunderstorm is SO fun
  • Learning with speech and movement
  • Differentiated with the use of colors, images, and stepwise learning
  • An ARTS Integration activity-draw a picture!
  • Teacher helpers with
    • higher-order questions
      • “I Can” statements
        • pre-filled checklist that can go into your evaluation folder

Rattlin’ Bog Song And Orff Arrangement For St. Patrick’s Day

You can now sing, do the motions, and PLAY this Irish favorite, The Rattlin’ Bog, with a lively Orff barred instrument arrangement (and optional ukulele part) for St. Patrick’s Day, all during March, or whenever you want that cumulative song, breathless laughter FUN!

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Easy Costume and Basic Attire Ideas for Elementary Concerts

From basic black to an 80s-themed concert, find the perfect costume and attire for your elementary performing group. The goal is to give guidelines that will allow every student the chance to find what they need for the performance.

Easy costume and basic attire ideas for elementary concerts.
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How to Use Fairy Tales in the Music Classroom

Fairy tales are great tools for vocal, instrumental, and movement exploration for all students in the music classroom. From simple storytelling to a story with sound effects to a grand production, fairy tales are engaging and capture the imagination.

Start with the story, add body percussion, vocal sound effects, and then transfer to instruments. See the tables below as examples.

Fairy Tales lesson plans, ideas, and uses in the music classroom.
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I Love The Mountains | Round With Orff Arrangement, Motions, and Creating

If you’re looking for a multi-lesson flexible unit that includes a fun round with an Orff arrangement, this is it!

This low-prep resource can be used for

  • classroom learning
  • a spring concert
  • an Earth Day selection
  • subject integration (geography, science, language arts)
  • rewritten BY YOUR STUDENTS for any special event! (see below)

Listen to it on TPT!

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Parachute Songs, Games, and Activities In the Music Classroom

Successful parachute songs, games, and activities teach musical and movement concepts, let students explore through creativity and improvisation, and provide a physical activity for fitness, a brain break, and a social-emotional learning (SEL) outlet.

On This Page…

  1. Buying Guide
  2. Trepak Partner Parachute Activity
  3. Monkeys Spinning Monkeys
  4. Take 5 by Dave Brubeck
  5. Parachute Activities on TPT
    1. How Sweet!
  6. More Coming Soon!
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How To Use Music Activities To Teach And Reinforce Classroom Expectations

Breaking down a classroom activity by procedures will make your lesson more effective. When activities fail, many times it’s because a classroom routine or process is missing. I spent twice as much planning time on HOW to teach than WHAT to teach.

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How to Teach Students to Play Barred Instruments

Are you ready for your kids to have an Orff experience and play instruments but don’t know how to begin? Learn techniques that give kids instant success playing barred instruments in your music classroom. Using clear terminology and introducing techniques as you play, students will be creating and improvising almost immediately.

The below video details techniques I found worked very well in my teaching. You may find tips that you can apply or modify for your students.

Below are the points I made in the video.

Getting Started

-I turn my instrument so that my low end and their low end are the same direction in the room.
-I use room references (window wall, door wall) instead of left and right.
-Echo speak in 4-beat phrases.
-Explore the low and high sides of the instrument.
-Use terms such as long/low/big and short/high/little
-Use the note name C and also introduce the octave C in the middle
-Use one hand or both hands randomly. Let students do what is natural for them.
-Begin to combine echo patterns that use both high/low/middle references.

Stepwise movement using letter names.

-Reminders not to PLAY on the letter names if they are located on the end of the bar.

Review of Essential Agreement to PLAY BEAUTIFULLY.

Playing Technique

-Not a baseball wind-up but a good basketball dribble.
-A nice low bounce that lets the bar ring.

Fuzzy Wuzzy-one hand at a time, then try with two.

-Play in different directions.
-Play in pentatonic
-Improvise or take time for them to create a way to play.
-Easy to switch partners if you don’t have a 1-to-1 instrument situation


-Form: woods, metals, tutti or soprano, alto, tutti or solo, tutti, solo, tutti

Do a round-robin

-every student improvises, one after the other. T can play a broken bordun to accompany.

    How to Use “We Shall Not Be Moved” In the Classroom

    “We Shall Not Be Moved” transforms itself into a song to remember Black History, Civil Rights, freedom rights around the world, and the power of music with its simplistic style perfect for learning in the music classroom. Perfect for exploring in class or performances, and easily integrated into-

    • Black History Month,
    • Women’s History Month
    • Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Juneteenth
    • Civil Rights Lessons
    • World History

    Table of Contents

    1. Protest & Spiritual Black History Song w/Orff Arr. on TPT
    2. Origins of the Song
      1. African-American Spiritual
      2. Early 20th Century
      3. 1930s Labor Rights Song
      4. “I Shall Not” to “We Shall Not”
      5. Union Song to FREEDOM Song
        1. The Freedom Singers at the March on Washington, 1963
      6. The Benefit of Protest Songs
        1. Mavis Staples
      7. “No Nos Moverán”
        1. No Nos Moverán with Joan Báez
      8. The Song Travels Around the World
    3. Summary
    4. Verses
    5. Performance Videos
      1. Mississippi John Hurt
      2. Rhiannon Giddens
    6. Books to Reference
    7. References
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    The Jumping Game Easy Brain Break Activity For Your Classroom

    You need to have several “tricks” to pull out of your back pocket when kids need to have a break, to expend some energy, to divert attention from something else going on in the room (a potential meltdown for ex.), to prepare them for a high-concentration activity, or when you the teacher need to have a mental break yourself.

    And so, the Jumping Game was born!

    • Stand in a circle
    • Play a song with a good beat (see Spotify playlist below)
    • T stands on the outside of the circle and taps a child on the shoulder.
    • That child goes into the middle and begins to jump
    • Prepare kids for the jumping game by talking about how they can be creative by using feet together, feet apart, 1 and 2-foot jumping/hopping, use of arms, bending knees, turning as you jump, etc.
    • Everyone in the circle imitates the leader in the middle
    • T occasionally comments about some of the fine points of the jumper. “Ooh, did you see how they alternated bending their elbows as they jumped?”
    • Tap the next child in the circle after about 10 seconds, continuing to make your way around the circle.
    • In a class of 25, this gave the class about 4 minutes of jumping.

    The Music

    I used anything with a good beat that I knew would engage the kids. If we were near a seasonal event, I’d play something related.

    Here’s my Spotify list of some possibilities or use the player below!