“Tideo” and away you go! Utilize one folk song for learning a play party, for full-pentatonic solfege practice, for playing barred instruments and tubano drums, for a framework for call and response improvisation, and more!

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What Is Elemental Music?

For a deeper dive, click here to listen to this Elemental Conversation with Victoria Boler If you are like many music teachers out there you have probably heard the term Elemental Music before. You may have also wondered at some point in your life what that phrase means. It’s one of those things that we…

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Ashley Cuthbertson shares Sorida a welcome song and hand clapping game from Zimbabwe. Ashley discusses the importance of using high quality, well-researched materials as well as several teaching ideas when teaching the song to ensure that music educators are thinking about the music “beyond the notes.”

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Steps to Prep the Recorder


A student’s journey on the recorder must begin before they even touch an instrument. Kate Bright shares her strategy to ensure that all elements are in place. With proper preparation, your students will be making music on the first day they play!

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Everybody Has a Name

Each child’s name, either given or chosen is a gift and a core part of their identity. In this lesson, Charissa [kuh-rih-suh] combines a chant and a variety of children’s books that focus on the importance of our names.

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Lesson: Korean Dragonfly Song


Minhee Kim shares her lesson, Jamjari Kkongkkong, which is based on a traditional Korean song about dragonflies. Children sing this song while chasing dragonflies in the hopes that the insects will freeze and be caught.

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