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Sound Bingo! A FREE game

Sound Bingo! A FREE game.

BINGO cardI made this to play with Dorian and hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Basic Bingo rules apply, except the board is a 5X5 grid of instruments (the center square is a ‘free space’ and considered already filled). Listen to the audio clips and cross off (or cover) each instrument as it plays. First to get five-in-a-row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) is the winner. Easy!

  • Download and unzip the zip file.
  • Print the cards.
  • Either burn the audio to CD or create a playlist on an mp3 player.
  • Set to random or shuffle.
  • Hit play to start the game.

Some of the instruments might be unfamiliar and some sound like other instruments, so the name is spoken once during each clip. Dorian insisted we use the voice of “Robot Mommy”. After a few games, we changed the rules so only the first to shout out the correct instrument covered a square. We also used a remote to skip to the next track and speed the game up. It’s a great way to learn about different instruments, develop deliberate listening and have fun!

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Music Educators Toolbox | Carnegie Hall

This set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices. Designed to be effective and adaptable in a wide variety of music classrooms, the resources were developed through Carnegie Hall’s five-year residency in a New York City elementary/middle school.

The Toolbox currently features grade-specific music education resources addressing fundamentals of Rhythm and Meter, Form and Design, Expressive Qualities, Pitch, and Performing.

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Lesson: Leaf Children – Teaching With Orff

Lesson: Leaf Children

Posted October 1, 2014 by Marjie Van Gunten

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A beautiful children’s book and autumn leaves inspire creative movement and encourage children to make aesthetic choices about instrumental accompaniment to their leaf dance. A repeated refrain from the book provides an opportunity for vocal improvisation and the lesson also includes suggestions for creating an operetta. This lesson is suggested for children in grades K-1.


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The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem

On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem. Key’s words gave new significance to a national symbol and started a tradition through which generations of Americans have invested the flag with their own meanings and memories.

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