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BIG Rhythm Chart

Posted by lbbartolomeo on August 26, 2017

IMG_5528I needed a big chart for K-2 so that we could write song/rhyme rhythms. ¬†I wanted something cheap! ūüôā I bought a black foam board (20×30″) at Dollar Tree, then added strips of thick paper such as card stock to form the pockets. ¬†The actual rhythms are written on blank 4×6 note cards. ¬†I laminated them but that isn’t completely necessary.

A foam board is about 20″ wide. ¬†The pocket strips were cut to 20″ wide and about 2″ in height, and then I glued the strips on the left,right, and bottom edge, and then a vertical line about every 4.25″, enough room to slide a 4″ note card into.

Screen Shot 2017-08-26 at 10.51.54 AMThe glued bottom edge serves as a stop for the note card.  The red lines on the photo to the right show where I used glue.




This picture shows rhythmic icons, which required that I copied images onto the note cards. ¬†This is what I use for the song “Bell Horses”.IMG_5526



Posted in Bell Horses, Quarter note, quarter rest, Rhythm Chart, Stuff, Two eighths/Qt. | 1 Comment »

Contest of a Lifetime—$10,000

Posted by lbbartolomeo on February 9, 2016

We WON!  Thanks to ALL who voted!

We need your help.

My project has been selected as a finalist for the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation‚Äôs Igniting STEAM for Student Innovation Challenge. Winners will receive $10,000 to use on future projects, and I need your votes to move my project from finalist to winner! ¬†I can’t express to you what this money would mean to me, my students, my classroom, and my school! ¬†THANK YOU!

Follow the link below and vote in ALL FOUR grade categories;

K-2, 3-5 (My category-STEAMY ROCKIN’ RATIOS), 6-8, 9-12

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All things UKULELE!

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 7, 2013

UPDATE:  Here is my NEW way of storing my ukes.  A wonderful retired music teacher and her husband built this amazing stand for 30 ukes.

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Here’s how I stored them when I was first getting started!

I have 33 ukes and here is how they are stored.  ukestorage2The unit below is a

storage unit which usually has tubs/bins on the four levels.  I took out the

bins and found that the dowels going across are just the right width to hold

the ukes.¬† I don’t have room to hang them so this is working well for me.

More care has to be taken when getting/putting away the uke.  So far, I do

this job, with a quick tuning before handing the uke to a student!



For those who have inquired about the constructed storage unit at the top, I contacted the builders and they have no plans, and as they told me, “We design as we go.” ¬†The best I can do is share some close-up pictures I took of the cart.


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Roses Are Red

Posted by lbbartolomeo on February 9, 2013

This is a wonderful 6/8 Valentine activity for intermediate grades. 

Using the old poem “Roses are Red”, echo speak with body percussion until everyone knows it.

1.  Individuals improvise the poem on pitched percussion/recorders.  When we do this, we start with someone and just proceed all around the room.  I keep a little bass beat on the BX and play a little interlude between each child.  It is so much fun and the 6/8 of course is lilting and beautiful!

2.  Finish the melody activity-On xylophones have students learn DRMS, DRMS for the first two lines of the poem and then they create the melody for the last two lines.  We vote on our favorite and that becomes their class melody.  I usually do it in C pentatonic.  It would work well on recorders in G major.  OR, you could do LDRM in E minor on recorders for a fun and accessible way to finish a melody using the notes EGAB.

3.  Building bricks with 6/8-students brainstorm.  Three eighth note examples are valentine and chocolate.  Dotted quarter examples are love, heart, red, candy.  Put combos together in groups to create B, C, D, E, F, etc. sections in rondo form with #2 song as your A section.  Or pick favorite group creation as the B section for a more simple binary form.  These can be transferred to non-pitched percussion.

4.¬† If you’d like to explore writing poems in the style of “Roses are Red”, this Bruce Lansky site is awesome.

Roses are blue.
Violets are red.
If you agree,
You’ve got rocks in your head.

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Zimbabwe Marimba

Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 17, 2013


I use Walt Hampton’s Marimba books for Zimbabwe-type xylophone pieces.¬† The kids LOVE them.¬† Here’s one of them.


This is a school in Zimbabwe with music and dance.¬† I think it’s really fascinating and the kids learn so much from it!

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Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 17, 2013

Dr. King, he had a dream, he had a dream for all you see.
P-E-A-C-E, P-E-A-C-E, P-E-A-C-E
His name was Martin Luther King!

On the board, I put this visual, erasing one letter after each verse!  Works great!
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1.  We already know the song BINGO so this switch is not hard.

2.  Once we sing it as a group, as a group we replace the clap with something else.

3.  We take suggestions which usually are; snap, pat, stomp, hit our chairs, cluck our tongues, etc.  We vote on which one we want to do and do the NEW sound/motion as a class.

4.  The next class, partners or small groups choose a new sound/motion and then we sing as a class.
There are so many fun possibilities.  You can ask the groups to choose a motion, a sound, an instrument, a leveled motion (high, middle, low).

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Black Hist. Music Survey

Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 14, 2013

We have a Black History Celebration Concert every year and this year I want to get some song suggestions from the families of my students.¬† Here is the survey I’m sending home.

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I always start the unit by putting up genre cards on the board in no particular order and have the students try to order them chronologically.  My programs usually consist of songs from 5 or 6 of the genres.  The results will be posted on our school Cultural Competency Blog!

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