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Using Garage Band to Enhance 2nd Grade Composition

For Teachers 2nd
Your second graders can become composers with a little help from the Garage Band software. You pre-select several drum, piano, and guitar loops for the groups to choose from, then they put them together following an ABA looping pattern....
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Learning AB Form: Music

For Teachers 3rd
Third grade musicians play Orff instruments while they learn about the AB Form. First they learn part A of a song, then they listen to when the song changes. After they understand the concept of AB form, they learn to play part B. Note:...
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’Most Done Ling’rin’ Here

For Teachers 4th
Say, sing, and clap out the rhythm to the musical pattern provided in this Orff arrangement. Instructions lead your class in a structured music lesson, focused on rhythm, timing, and playing Orff instruments. 
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Here Comes Sally

For Teachers 2nd
Keeping time and rhythm are a major part of learning to play in a music ensemble. Second grade musicians read and sing pitch while practicing the rhythm of the song, "Here Comes Sally." Orff instruments and the text, Spotlight on Music...
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Bamboo Flute

For Teachers 4th
Imagine your fourth grade class playing Orff instruments like pros. They can with a little structured practice! They read, sing, then play the song "Bambo Flute," focusing on keeping rhythm and pitch. This lesson plan is intended for use...
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Chinka Hanka

For Teachers 4th
This instructional activity is intended for use with Orff instruments and the Mcmillan/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music. Learners are instructed on playing their instruments together as a group keeping in time with the rhythm and...
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Cotton-Eye Joe

For Teachers 4th
Using or switching from left to right hand when playing any instrument is a skill that needs a lot of practice. Kids practice clapping and switching hands while they play the song, "Cotton-Eye Joe" on their Orff instruments. 
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Night Herding Song

For Teachers 4th
Mirroring is the teaching technique used to instruct learners in this music instructional activity. They mirror the patted rhythm as it is done by the teacher, they work to create a rocking sound with the way they create rhythm and play...
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Achshav

For Teachers 4th
Playing percussive instruments is fun! It also helps kids understand music instruction, rhythm, and playing together. The class uses Orff instruments to practice, then performs the song, "Achshav." The songs for this and other lessons...
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Chiribim

For Teachers 6th
A structured 6th grade music lesson plan - who could ask for more? Students practice reading music notation, playing their parts, and playing together as a group. This lesson plan is intended for use with Orff instruments and the...
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Cornstalk Fiddle and a Shoestring Bow

For Teachers 3rd
Playing music while considering form, pitch, and rhythm is the topic of this music lesson. Third graders practice playing a song in small groups and then as an ensemble. This lesson uses the text, Spotlight on Music and Orff instruments. 
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Go Tell it on the Mountain

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders play an old song using Orff instruments and direct instructions. They follow along as they are taught the proper pattern, hand positioning, and playing techniques. 
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Love Somebody

For Teachers 4th
Each section in this lesson gets to practice a specific part of the song "Love Somebody." Your fourth grade orchestra will play their Orff instruments as you instruct each instrument group as a section as a musical unit. 
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Roll on, Columbia

For Teachers 4th
Budding musicians practice keeping rhythm, playing  Orff instruments, and following musical orchestration. They work as a team to play the song "Roll on, Columbia" while keeping time. There are specific instructions for each type of...
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Johnson Boys

For Teachers 4th
Get out those Orff instruments, because your class is going to play the song, "Johnson Boys." They practice rhythm and pitch by clapping along with the teacher, then use their instruments to play the song in small groups and as an...
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Uncle Pen

For Teachers 5th
Kids practice playing their Orff instruments. They follow along as the instructor leads them through a series of rhythm and note playing practice exercises. This lesson is intended for use with the Macmillan/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight...
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Mizuguruma: The Water Wheel

For Teachers 1st
If your first graders can play Orff instruments, then this instructional activity could come in handy. They'll practice playing each part of the song, The Water Wheel in small groups and then as an ensemble. This instructional activity...
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Wood Chuck

For Teachers 3rd
Play music with your class. Using Orff instruments and arrangements they learn to play the melody of a song, first in parts then as a group. This lesson is intended for use with the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.
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My Horses Ain't Hungry

For Teachers 3rd
Using Orff instruments and orchestration, learners practice playing various parts of the song, "My Horse Ain't Hungry." This lesson is specifically for the xylophone and glockenspiel, and includes some samples of sheet music.
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Old Arks-a-mover'in

For Teachers 4th
Younger elementary musicians practice playing musical patterns. This resource is specifically designed for use with Orff instruments and orchestration. It contains ideas for teaching pattern and rhythm in music. 
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Riding, Riding, Is Mr. Postman

For Teachers 6th
If you have the McMillan/McGraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music and access to Orff instruments, you should consider this activity. It provides an outline for you to use when instructing 5th graders in music orchestration. 
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Spring Has Come

For Teachers 3rd
Using their Orff instruments, your third graders can learn to play as a music ensemble. They work together and in small groups to practice melody, harmony, and rhythm for the song, "Spring Has Come." This lesson is intended for use with...
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I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows

For Teachers 4th
You've found some instructional ideas on how to teach music, using Orff instruments. The class practices rhythm, melody, and harmony as the play each part of the song. For use with the Mcmillian/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.
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Water Come a Me Eye

For Teachers 4th
Practice makes perfect, right? And practice is just what fourth graders will do as they pat the rhythm to the song, "Water Come a Me Eye." They echo the musical pattern using voice and body percussion, then play the tune on their Orff...

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