Grades K-3 • Playing meets pedagogy in this collection of powerfully productive lesson plans, precision-crafted by Artie Grace Almeida and up-and-coming educator Katie Grace Miller. Using the manipulatives that are at the core of this resource, your students will point their way to an understanding of numerous music concepts. Each of these fifteen lessons outlines multiple step-by-step ideas for how the students can interact with the pointing pages. You can also feel free to pick and choose a single activity or, for the full experience, present the entire plan to your students. All of the pointing pages are available as full-color digital files, which you may project or print to create bright, engaging visual aids. Getting to the point of your lesson has never been easier!View Sample Pages
Grades K–5 • Fun, fun, and more fun! And what could be better than a resource that will have your students begging to listen to more classical music? In "Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!" Artie Almeida shares some of her most-beloved listening and movement-based lessons. The included CD features outstanding orchestral tracks from the NAXOS recording label and reproducible visuals and teaching aids. Best of all, videos of Artie's students performing the activities are also provided on the disc, so pull out your favorite movement props and let the learning—and listening—begin!
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Grades K-6 * From master teacher Artie Almeida comes this exciting collection of over thirty activities for mallet percussion instruments and drums that will energize your classroom. "Mallet Madness" uses songs, poems, music & literature connections, and reproducible flashcards to promote learning in the concept areas of beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and expressive qualities. Thanks to its unique rotation system, your students will play all of the mallet percussion instruments in your classroom, as well as many of the non-pitched instruments. Suggestions for adapting the activities for use in classrooms with few, or even no, mallet instruments are also given. Whether presented as a unit or spread over a semester or school year, your students will love "Mallet Madness" and you will love the skills and musicality they develop during these lessons. And don’t forget the interactive CD-ROMs, available for both Promethean and SMART software, which also include PowerPoint sides.
Grades 2–6 • We've seen what you've been up to, and we like it! All of you "Mallet Madness" devotees have been toiling away to create presentations and visuals that are as strikingly fun and creative as "Mallet Madness" and "Mallet Madness Strikes Again!" We think that's a great idea and are pleased to bring you the interactive whiteboard versions of many of the lessons from these favorite resources. Choose between Promethean or SMART software, and the rest is done for you. The whiteboard applications bring the original lessons to life through the use of colorful visuals and interactive tutorials and quizzes not found in the print edition. Don't have an interactive whiteboard? A PowerPoint version is provided with both editions, so pick the version that you hope to have someday, and until then you can use the slide-show lessons with any computer or projector to enhance your "Mallet Madness" experience.
Grades K–6 • Inspiration has struck master teacher Artie Almeida once again! Catch the fever and join in the fun. "Mallet Madness Strikes Again!" features all new rhythm, melody, harmony, and timbre lessons designed for your mallet instruments, as well as the ever-popular Literature and Music Connections with lessons based on children’s literature, plus a whole new Technique Builder section to improve your students’ mallet skills. Complete lessons and reproducible visuals are sure to provide you with all of the support that you need to deliver engaging and exciting lessons for your young musicians. And don’t forget the interactive CD-ROMs, available for both Promethean and SMART software, which also include PowerPoint sides.
Grades 4–8 • Artie’s Jazz Pack includes a CD for use with the guided-listening activities, Teacher’s Guide with seven reproducible worksheets, and manipulatives for Jazz Term Concentration and Jazz Term Flashcards. 36 copies of the activity boards The Instruments of Jazz and Jazz Styles Dial are also provided, as are an overview of jazz styles, two WebVisits, a list of historical jazz greats and current jazz voices, and listening library and children’s literature suggestions. These teaching tools, all of which have been classroom-tested for appeal and effectiveness, will provide you with the necessary materials to teach your students about jazz in an enjoyable and effective manner. You may use any individual component by itself, or utilize the entire kit for a complete jazz instructional unit.
Includes over 120 exercises and melodies (folk, pop and original songs), as well as technique tips and beginning music theory. Familiar songs have the words included (sometimes more than 1 verse is given). Vocabulary, theory, rhythm or technique concepts, as well as new notes, are highlighted in train car pictures (the Vocabulary Express, for example). Helpful tips and questions about the music are given throughout the book. A "Superstar Express" challenge page is included at the end of the book. Each piece shows the correct track to use on the CD (when applicable), and how many measures of introduction are used for each accompaniment.