Monday, December 11, 2017

Beautiful Bow Hold Bulletin Board



Admire these beautiful bow holds bulletin board elementary orchestra


I had been wanting to create a bulletin board showcasing the bow holds of famous string players--and of my students--for a couple of years now and I finally made it happen this year.  You'll see some pictures both before and after I added the student pictures.  Students can check out some model bow holds and start to become familiar with the names of a few well known string players as well as feel recognized for their work on their own bow hold!


Musicians included:

VIOLIN
  • Regina Carter
  • Yehudi Menuhin
  • Midori
  • Lindsey Stirling

VIOLA
  • Yuri Bashmet

CELLO
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Steven Sharp Nelson

BASS
  • Edgar Meyer (French bow)
  • Robert Oppelt (German bow)

Admire these beautiful bow holds bulletin board elementary orchestra


Admire these beautiful bow holds bulletin board elementary orchestra


Admire these beautiful bow holds bulletin board elementary orchestra



Admire these beautiful bow holds bulletin board elementary orchestra

Admire these beautiful bow holds bulletin board elementary orchestra


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thankful for Composers Bulletin Board



thankful for writing bulletin board composers elementary orchestra


Right before Thanksgiving, one of my schools has a Thankful for Writing Day.  It used to be Thankful for Books Day, but with this change of focus this year, I wanted to create a connection to music with the hallway bulletin board.  Hence, a bulletin board dedicated to writers of music!

I made two quick posters: "We are thankful for writers of music :)" and "Thank you composers!" and pulled out posters I had already made of manuscripts from different composers (see this earlier blog post).  I added printouts of my students' latest compositions so they would be represented (and thanked) too!  And thanks to our general music teacher for adding compositions that her students had written as well!


thankful for writing bulletin board composers elementary orchestra


thankful for writing bulletin board composers elementary orchestra


thankful for writing bulletin board composers elementary orchestra


thankful for writing bulletin board composers elementary orchestra


thankful for writing bulletin board composers elementary orchestra


Monday, November 13, 2017

Flashcards on Quizlet




Quizlet flash cards for reading notes elementary orchestra


After making paper copies of flashcards and seeing so many sheets in orchestra folders still not cut apart (thus, clearly unused), I went the digital route this year.  On Quizlet, you can take existing flashcards and modify them for your purposes.  Since I only have a free account (which means I cannot upload images), I used existing images of notes but organized them by instrument and string to get all the different sets that I wanted.  I was unable to find an existing image for the viola's high E (4 on A) when I was creating these, so that image is missing.  Oh well.

I do like that students do not need to be a member of Quizlet in order to access the content.  There are also several options for studying and learning the material on the website including a timed matching game.

Here is the short explanation I share with students followed by the links to Quizlet (right-click on the link and open in new tab to keep this page open):


These links will take you to Quizlet, which should work on both computers and iPads. I recommend using the "Flashcards" option and the "Matching" game. Some of the other activities/games do not work so well (such as "Gravity") because you have to type up the entire answer formatted exactly as I did, with both the letter name and the fingering. Sticking to the "Flashcards" and "Matching" options will give you plenty of practice identifying the different note names and finger numbers!

Be sure to click on the link for YOUR instrument!



OPEN STRINGS

D STRING NOTES

A STRING NOTES

D and A STRING NOTES

G STRING NOTES

G, D, and A STRING NOTES

E STRING NOTES

C STRING NOTES

NOTES ON ALL 4 STRINGS!

Hope this will save you some time!  Feel free to make a copy for yourself and modify as you like!

Quizlet flash cards for reading notes elementary orchestra matching game


Quizlet flash cards for reading notes elementary orchestra learn


Monday, January 30, 2017

Celebrate Music with these Great Americans! Bulletin Board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board



With February being Black History Month, I wanted to create a bulletin board highlighting musicians and came up with the title "Celebrate music with these great Americans!"  It was hard to narrow the selection of who to include, so I think I will switch out some names halfway through the month (they won't all fit on my bulletin board at one time...).

I printed out the "condensed" file, trimmed and laminated each half sheet, and then attached them to a folded piece of colored paper.  If you'd rather save some steps, just print out the "double sided" file, fold each page in half, and you're ready to staple them to the bulletin board!

For each musician, I included their name and picture on the front and then their name/nickname, dates, instrument, profession, genre, and one famous title when you lift up the flap.

Here are the 24 musicians included (feel free to add your own):
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Chuck Berry
  • James Brown 
  • Regina Carter
  • Nat King Cole
  • John Coltrane
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Billie Holiday
  • Scott Joplin
  • B.B. King
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Jelly Roll Morton
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Charlie Parker
  • Florence Beatrice Price
  • Bessie Smith
  • William Grant Still 
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Fats Waller

Celebrate music with these great Americans--heading

Names, pictures, and trivia (condensed)

Names, pictures, and trivia (print double sided)

Enjoy!


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board



Monday, January 16, 2017

String Fest Reflection Letters



String Fest concert reflection letter

Our annual district-wide String Fest field trip and concert is done for another year!  Instead of having students write up a reflection sheet to share their thoughts about their experience, this year elementary orchestra students wrote letters to the middle and high school orchestra students.  They answered essentially the same questions I would have asked them anyway, but this way they were able to communicate with students they performed alongside last week.  We took a large chunk of time during full orchestra to write letters, and I graded them based on how many questions were responded to in the letter.  Next, I sent them to our middle and high school teachers to distribute to their students.  Students really got into this writing assignment because they knew they were writing to real people--some even addressed their letter to an older sibling or neighbor in orchestra :)

Elementary students were super excited when they came to full orchestra a later week and found handwritten letters to each of them on their stands!  The high school orchestra members had taken a letter, written a response, and then stapled the two together so it was easy to return to the correct elementary musician.  The response letters were so positive and encouraging; it was so nice to read through them!  What a great way to make connections between the different grade levels and schools in our orchestra community!



String Fest concert reflection letter


String Fest concert reflection letter


String Fest concert reflection letter

String Fest concert reflection letter

Monday, January 2, 2017

Inspirational Quotes for the New Year Bulletin Board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Happy New Year! For my first bulletin board of 2017, I displayed four inspirational quotes with images of fireworks.  For the two shorter quotes, I used my mom's Cricut to cut out the large letters, and then I just printed out the longer quotes.  A few colorful markers brightened up the fireworks, and then colored borders matched each quote to its author.

Quotes included:

"Whatever you are, be a good one."
—Abraham Lincoln

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
—Oscar Wilde

"The expert in anything was once a beginner."
—Helen Hayes

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
—A.A. Milne


Happy 2017!

Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board