I wanted to join in the fun (albeit a day late) of sharing some of the things I'll be using in my classroom this year! Steph at Stay Tuned suggested that all of us with music teaching blogs share 2-4 things we use that we've either made or found somewhere. Here are mine, and be sure to check out the links to my colleagues blogs at the end!
http://www.incredibox.com/en/play - This site allows students to experience with layering and creating their own unique blends of musical ideas. It is a great way to get them used to using technology before moving on to Garageband or something more complicated.
2) Movement activity from GamePlan Grade 1- enhanced:
Students walk around the room in response to quarter note beats on a drum (played by the teacher). When students hear the teacher tap ti-ti ta- they freeze! This is a great way to allow students to differentiate between the two rhythms at the beginning of first grade.
I added my own twist to this game. Once students are used to freezing on the cue rhythm, ask them to move to the quarter note beats like different animals (eg. monkey, frog, bird, crab). The students love to make noises and be silly- but the challenge is that they have to always be listening for that cue to freeze! (ti-ti ta)
3) Xavi Lozano's weird instruments:
Have you ever wanted to do a Found Sounds project? Well, this is a great movie to show that you can make music using anything you find around the house- and the kids love to see what he'll come up with next!
Now check out some of the other blogs using the following links!
Lauren at Rhythm and Glues: http://rhythmandglues.wordpress.com/
Lauren V at Music in the City: http://musicinthecitylv.blogspot.com/2013/09/24-tuesday-goals-and-time-filler.html
Lindsay at Pursuit of Joyfulness: http://pursuitofjoyfulness.blogspot.com/2013/09/4-ideas-for-organizing-your-music-room.html
Steph at Stay Tuned!: http://staytunedmusicteacher.blogspot.com/