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Chinese New Year Musical Activities Unit

Wow!  In one week, we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day, seen the start of the Winter Olympics, and started Lunar New Year celebrations – including Chinese New Year on Feb. 15th! We’ve created an entire Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year celebration at www.musicplayonline.com.  If you don’t subscribe to the online site, You can download the […]

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Obwisana Lesson Ideas to Teach Ties

In this newsletter I’m going to share the process I use to teach ties, using the song Obwisana.  When first writing and recording songs for Musicplay in 1999, the internet wasn’t the wealth of information it is today.  I asked everyone I knew in Red Deer, Alberta (not a very multicultural city in 1999) if […]

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PreK – Gr. 3 Holiday Concert Songs

A recent Facebook asked for help finding a cute song for K-3 students. In this article, I’m giving suggestions for easy and cute holiday concert ideas for your primary (PreK-Grade 3) students. If you choose a song that is already familiar to the students it will be quicker and easier to learn.  Some of the […]

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10 Easy Assessments for K-5 Music Classes

If you only see your K-6 music students for 30-60 minutes/week, you have very limited time to assess student progress. In this article, I want to give suggestions that will help you make the most of the limited time that you have. You should plan your assessments when you create your year plan. If in […]

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Halloween Music Lesson – Old Mother Witch

Toronto Musicplay Workshop – Nov. 5-6, 2017 Would you like additional lessons like this one?  If you’re in the Toronto area, Denise is doing 2 workshop days:  Sunday, Nov. 5th and Monday, Nov. 6th where she’ll share lessons like this where the students sing, play, read/write, create, listen and move. REGISTER for Toronto Workshops – […]

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Musicplay – Should I Get the Digital Resource Package or Just the Website?

I received a question this week, and think this is a good forum to post my answer. I am very interested in preK-2 curriculum.  I was originally interested in the K-2 School Complete Digital Resource Package, and just created a one month sample trial of your on line resources! www.musicplayonline.com .  As a new teacher, […]

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Get Kids Moving, Learning, Behaving

July 24-25, 2017 – Artie and Denise Workshop #8 in Las Vegas, NV REGISTER online!  USA teachers .                 Canadian Teachers Get Kids Moving, Learning, Behaving Music teachers have always known that movement is an essential part of our music classes.  Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, […]

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Dynamics Lesson Plan for Spring

Dynamics Lesson Plan for K-5 Music Classes Lesson is from the Musicplay 2 curriculum.  For info visit www.musicplay.ca Materials: 1.  Find the Easter Basket  Song #75 Musicplay 2 2.  Dynamics printables, Pop Quiz, Sort the Dynamics activities at musicplayonline.com Objectives: 1. The students will identify when the music is quiet and when the music is […]

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Is Teaching Harder Now than it was 40 Years Ago?

Is Teaching Harder Now than 40 years ago? When I’m in schools teaching now, I often say how much harder teaching is today than it was when I started in 1978 – almost 40 years ago.  The children have shorter attention spans (no attention spans), behaviors are worse and consequences non-existent, parents blame the teacher […]

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Bullying in the Music Room

March 11, 2017 Musicplay Newsletter Bullying in the Music Classroom In 2013 one of my former students (now married with 3 children) found me on Facebook and friended me.  She wrote: Hi Mrs. Gagne, I wanted to wish you a merry Christmas and many blessings this new year! As another year closes I often reflect and […]