Saturday, July 30, 2016

Rainbow Chalkboard Recorder Fingering Charts

You are in for a real treat! I created these posters a couple years ago for my classroom to go with my Rainbow Chalkboard theme. I absolutely LOVED this theme. I have had SO many compliments on my classroom with all my posters of this style. Well, I finally have got my act together and have made them available on my TpT store for everyone to enjoy (with a few minor improvements from the picture you see here! Get ready for everyone at school to be envious of how great your classroom will be with the additions of these! Go to my store and take a look. You won't regret it!

Visit my TeachersPayTeachers store to add these fun posters to your classroom!

NOTE: This file includes 11 posters in PDF format that are intended to be printed on 11"x17" size poster paper. It does not fully fit an 11"x17", so you will need to trim the excess white paper before hanging them up. My recommendation for printing is to print on poster paper/cardstock in this size which you can get from your local office supply store (i.e. Office Depot/Max or Staples). You may also be able to print them there to get high quality looking posters for your students to enjoy. If not able to do so or you would rather save on wall or bulletin board space, you can also set your printing options in Adobe to fit 8.5"x11" instead.

Take a closer look at the images below to get a closer look at what you will be buying!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A GREAT Reason To Take A Break

About 3 years ago, my husband and I ventured down a long, hard, but beautiful path to grow our family through adoption. We had many ups, many downs. Pursuing adoption can be quite an emotional path. Just over a year ago, our beautiful daughter was born! It was an amazing day that changed our lives forever for the better. She is such a HUGE bundle of joy! She is such a happy baby. Everywhere we go, you can just see people cheer up and their day brightened because of her. It's amazing how she can change the mood of a room to one of pure joy!

I decided to take some time from my blogging ventures so that I could spend more time with my family. And I am so glad I did!

She is THE BEST reason to take a break from some things I wanted to pursue professionally, but now because of her, I want to do more! I am hoping to attempt to get myself more involved with this whole blogging world.

So, why follow Hillary's Highlights? What can I learn or gain from here?

The perspective I bring is one of an elementary music teacher in an International Baccalaureate (IB) world. What does that look like? Is different than any other music teacher not in an IB school? I encourage you to follow me and learn some new approaches to "old" content.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shabby Chic Recorder Fingering Charts

I've been having a very productive summer! I already have my next product up and made for you to enjoy! I'm in LOVE with this set this year and can't wait to transform my classroom. It's going to be amazing!

This set features wood and chalkboard backgrounds, lace trim, and the colors teal, mustard yellow, and rusty, coral oranges. Doesn't that just sound so pretty?!?!

I also have other natural elements with trees, leaves, and flowers. I also have birds on each page to connect with a quote that I will be using this year. I absolutely love the Henry Van Dyke quote:

"Use the talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."

I have a huge beautiful chalkboard in my classroom that I use to write inspirational quotes on for my students. Won't this be a great one for this year? Yes? I thought so.

Visit my TeachersPayTeachers Store to buy these beauties!

NOTE: This file includes 11 posters in PDF format that are intended to be printed on 11"x17" size poster paper. It does not fully fit an 11"x17", so you will need to trim the excess white paper before hanging. My recommendation for printing is to print on poster paper/cardstock in this size which you can get from your local office supply store (i.e. Office Depot or Staples). You may also be able to print them there to get high quality looking posters. If not able to do so, you can also set your printing options in Adobe to fit 8.5"x11".

Below are some more samples of these awesome posters! Aren't just so CUTE?!?! I'm so excited!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

NEW! Shabby Chic Style Music Classroom

Hello everyone!

I know I've been hiatus for a while. I appreciate ALL who come to visit my blog daily. Life has been a wonderful crazy whirlwind for the past couple years with the addition of my beautiful daughter. I will blog about this later! Such a fun story!

BUT FIRST! I wanted to let you all know that I'm currently working on creating products for this next school year. I have a crazy new plan for my room. I have fallen in love with Fixer Upper and the beautiful Joanna Gaines style. So, I'm going to "attempt" to put that style in my least as much as my budget would allow! I'm trying to get away from all the plastic bins...although cost-effective and durable for teachers. I would like to try to get towards materials like wood and metal. More natural elements in my classroom as well as repurposed items. Well, all this to say that this means also changing the decor of all my posters and wall decorations in my room. I'm now working on adding these elements to my classroom. I'm finally done creating them and right now I'm in the process of getting them all on my TpT store for all of you to purchase and enjoy as well!

Please stay tuned for information on how my process of transforming my music room into my very own "Fixer Upper." Ha!

Take a look at my updated version of my "Music In Action" Bulletin Board Set now available on my TpT store!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Music Math Centers

Every year I do a "Rhythm Is Math" Unit with 3rd grade. We get pretty in depth and involved with rhythms and seeing how math is connected to music. I like doing it with 3rd because I can start talking fractions with them since they start learning more about them then. This year I am doing a rotation of centers that helps them practice working with rhythms and math. I also included a teacher center where I can do a quick informal assessment to see how students are doing individually.  Below are some pictures and explanations of the centers I have that help them use these skills.

1. Pumpkin Math Match:
I found these foam pumpkins at a local craft store. The orange pumpkins have musical math equations on them and the yellow pumpkins have numerical values on them. Students need to add up the number of beats on the orange pumpkins and match them with the correct yellow pumpkin. I include an answer key for them to check their answers to see if they were correct. I also include a sheet that reminds them of the note and rest values as well.

2. Rhythm Jenga
I found this idea on Pinterest. I took a Jenga game and stuck address labels with rhythms on them. Students play it like Jenga, but before they stack it they must say the rhythm.

NOTE: I know this doesn't have a musical math element to it, but I wanted a center or two where they are actually practicing rhythms. Which also gives them a brain break from the math equations.

3. Teacher Center:
I have this center where students come to me to do a small informal assessment. On the paws I have written notes and rests (quarter note, quarter rest, pair of eighth notes, 4 sixteenth notes, half note, half rest, whole note, and whole rest). I randomly draw two to have the students add up the beats for the two. They draw each note in a provided blank on the paper, and then write the answer. 

 4. Busted!
Another great Pinterest find! It comes from the mastermind of Steph at "Stay Tuned!"  My students have LOVED this game. It has inspired me to create other forms of Busted! to practice pitch names as well. With this one, students use it to practicing saying rhythms. But this round, I am asking students to also declare to the group how many beats each stick has on it.

5. SmartBoard: Music Madness!
I don't know about the rest of you, BUT I LOVE Artie Almeida's resources. Last year I bought her Music Madness Interactive Board games. And my students have LOVED it. I am having them use the game "An Apple A Day" which is a game where they need to know note values to play, again having them practice their music math skills.

6. Fishing For Rhythms:
I got these cute fish from Lakeshore Learning that is probably supposed to be used for calendar dates or something like that. BUT, of course as music teachers, we get creative and see it as a tool for something else! I wrote notes and rests on them again. Each student takes a turn and "fishes" for 2-5 fish, line them up and they race to write down the correct answer. If they get the answer right first, they get a point. I have them use whiteboards to write their answer. They keep track of their points here as well by squaring off a part of the whiteboard and doing tally marks. Like the Pumpkin Rhythms, I included a note and rest values sheet to help them do the math quickly if needed.

Here's some logistics on how I run the centers:
I see students 30 minutes each time, I have students spend 10-12 minutes at each center, which allows me for 2 centers a day. Which then takes a total of 3 days to complete. It takes about a week to get each student through, but I love doing centers because I feel many students learn by doing. So I see a lot of value of doing a centers-based approach. I also love including a teacher center so that I can do a quick review with students who are struggling and challenge the students more who need the extra challenge.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

2014 Classroom Tour

I know it's well after the school year has started, but my oh my has it been one busy year already! Now that I'm in my groove, I finally have time to show off some updates to my room!  I'm LOVING what I've done.

I started my TeachersPayTeachers store this summer and these will be some products that I will have up and posted for sale. My Word Wall Headers are already there. You should check it out if you can!

I went with a Rainbow Chalkboard theme and it really turned out great! I will have Recorder Posters, solfege hand sign posters, MUSIC room rules, and for those who teach in an IB school, I will also have my Profiles, Key Concepts, and Attitudes posters available as well.

Take a look and leave a comment if you have any questions about what you see!

Aren't the colorful pom-poms a nice touch?! I love them!!!
A view from my chair.

View from the door.

A view for some students. Notice my Boomwhacker storage using a big black bin that I found at good ol' Walmart this summer. And Black to go with my theme. Awesome-sauce.

Another perspective.

This was a great idea of my student teacher last year. With being an International Baccalaureate school, I wanted to incorporate a more global perspective. So he came up with the idea of doing a Passport to... and then change it each trimester and do music or listen to music from that country.

These posters will be available on my TpT store soon!

Recorder Center: The storage unit on the left is where I keep the string belts to go on recorders and the trays are all the songs organized by belt level.

View of my desk area.

Even all my binders are celebrating the rainbow!

1/2 of my word wall (the other half is on the other side of the room) The Letters are available on my TpT store.

These are the Attitudes from being an International Baccalaureate school, or a PYP school.

Lots to see here, Key Concepts on cabinets (IB stuff again), keyboard behavior clip chart, mailbox to turn in assignments, reusable exit tickets, I Took Action forms.
MUSIC Room Expectations. I modeled them after Lindsey Jervis from Lindsey's Kodaly Inspired Classroom. I've had them spell MUSIC for years, but I like the simplicity of how she worded them better and added my personal touch to them.

The view for the students. Solfege chart, anchor charts, Smart Board, and learning goals by grade on the left.

A closer look at the solfege ladder.

Classroom instrument storage and book bins.

View from my keyboard.

Isle of Rest (much like a "Take A Break" chair), but I have a 2 minute sand timer for kids so they know when they can return.

Another view from my keyboard.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rainbow Chalkboard Decor!

Hello all! I've been busily assembling things with getting my room ready for the 2014-2015 school year. I've always loved having a colorful room! I decided to class it up with a chalkboard-type feature. So, I am slowly adding the decor to my TpT store! First thing I'm selling is ABC Word Wall Headers. I'm loving it! Below is a preview of some of the letters. They measure about 5 inches across and has 6 colors, so they are easily read from across the room.

Other items that will be added to the store:
*MUSIC Classroom Expectations
*Recorder Finger Charts
*PYP Posters: Learner Profiles, Key Concepts, and Attitudes
*Isle of Rest Sign
*Riser Group Signs
*Blank Label Templates

Check out my store below for this wonderful set!