The One-Beat Diner for Remarkable Rhythms


The One-Beat Diner is a 2-page resource that features a menu full of one-beat yummy foods that can be turned into a delicious 4-beat take-out order. Page 1 is a place to create your one-beat foods and page 2 is where you put them into 4-beat patterns.

How about the #1 special with


Diner 1-Beat Food

What other foods do you want at YOUR diner?

Waltz of the Drumsticks (The 1-2-3 Turkey)

This 2-chord song for voice, ukulele, and rainbow instruments (Boomwhackers & bells) is sure to be a hit! There’s no warbling going on here, just cantabile singing!

This song features:

  • 2 chords-G7 and C
  • 3/4 meter
  • ABA form
  • some terrific turkey rhyming

Sheet music is available on my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

Over The River & Through the Wood With Boomwhackers & Ukuleles

This resource of the Thanksgiving classic, Over the River and Through the Wood, includes parts for Boomwhackers, bells, and ukulele. Each part has audio and video files to support student learning AND in two different tempos-lento and adagio. Students learn about beats per minute (bpm) as they play their parts.

Play and learn in class or use it as a wonderful performance piece for winter concerts!

Music objectives include:

  • 6/8 meter and common rhythms
  • tempo markings
  • treble clef notation for melody
  • ukulele chords C, D7, F, and G7
  • classic American song repertoire
  • ensemble playing

Sound/Video File Example

Ukulele Seasonal Playalongs from Easy to Extreme


I’m always ok with exchanging a seven chord for a triad. If a song has G7 and you know G, substitute.

C, F, G7

C, F, G7, Am

C, F, G, Am

C, C7, F, G7

C, Dm, G7, Am

G, C, D7

C, D7, F, G7

Am, A, Dm, E7, C

Spotlight Classroom Musician of the Week – Thelonious Monk


Thelonious Monk, Jazz Pianist

Movement Activity Below

Thelonious was born in North Carolina and moved to New York City when he was four. He was a good student and athlete and began playing the trumpet and soon after, the piano. Thelonious was considered a musical prodigy and became so accomplished, he performed in churches, theaters, clubs, and playhouses. He was known for a type of jazz music called bebop and broke lots of the musical rules in rhythm, melody, and harmony.

He was part of a group of jazz greats at the time which included Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie. Thelonious loved his family and wrote songs for his children. The songs were “Little Rootie Tootie” and “Boo Boo’s Birthday” and “Green Chimneys.” He was born in 1917 and died in 1982 at the age of 64. (Info from Theloniusmonkmusic.com)

Thelonious wrote a swinging piece called, “Stuffy Turkey.”

Stuffy Turkey Movement Activity

Stuffy Turkey by Thelonious Monk

Advanced Movement Options

“One Piece of Pie” Round with Six Integrated Lessons

There are EIGHT unique sound files to support student learning!

  • melody lines
  • accompaniments
  • Orff parts
  • beat keeping for rhythmic practice
  • vocal lines for solfege highlighting low so
    • sms
    • sls
  • listen in “round” form
Sound file for song
An arrangement featuring the round melody with xylophones and glockenspiel.

See and Hear What’s In This Resource

Let’s Get This Game Started-November Edition



Why an Icebreaker?

  • It’s FUN and perfect for grades 2-6
  • A break from the routine
  • Community Building
  • Can be done in one class period
  • Sharpens listening skills
  • Builds collaboration
  • SEL benefits-relaxation, reduction of stress/anxiety

Voice Exploration

  • High/Low
  • Loud/Soft
  • Rhythmic Speech

How to Play

  • Print the 1 through 30 numbered sheets and cut into strips.
  • Give each student a strip making sure that the numbers are in random order so students don’t know the order of the responses.
  • If you have fewer than 30 students, give a couple of students two strips. If you have more than 30 students, have a few participate with a partner.

As you can see in the below example for #1 and #2, each strip tells the student what dialogue comes before them so they are prepared for their dialogue.