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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’s 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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Starlight, Starbright

Posted by lbbartolomeo on September 18, 2015

Teaching the Song

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 9.42.37 PMDissect the text.

Put a square around all of the “star” words.

Circle the “I” words.

Underline the word “wish”.

Put a star above all the rhyming long I words.

Singing the Song

  1.  Write down student wishes.  With younger students, pick four or eight that will work as a “B” section.  I suggested we think of wishes to help others and we created “Houses, food, water, clothes, money, caring, kindness, peace”.  We then created an ABA, sing, poem, sing arrangement.
  2. Older grades could classify their wishes into rhythm bricks.  A class poem can be created or small groups can create their own.  Then RONDO form can be used, alternating the song “A” with the different group poems.

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  1.  Raise and lower arms to the s-m patterns of the song.  Do it with a partner.  Do it while raising and lowering a parachute or a shared scarf with a partner.
  2. Sing using a pitch ladder.
  3. Write on a 2 line staff as a class and individually.
  4. Play it on the xylophone or other pitched instrument.  I give the below half sheets to my students and they write in the notes/circles, the s,m, or l

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Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 1, 2015

I’ve taught different pieces of “world” music, done basic drumming, gone to a few seminars (World Music Drumming with Will Schmid), but never taught an ongoing world music class!  Starting January 2015, I will be teaching world music classes to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Here you will find everything that I’m using in my class.


Notation of patterns from different countries HERE.

Kurry Seymour, public school world music teacher, HERE.

Zimbabwe Shona Music Info and Notation, HERE.

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Headphone Storage

Posted by lbbartolomeo on June 22, 2014

Like many things, I discovered this neat idea by accident!  Just hang your headphones on a door and the cords NEVER become tangled as long as you take the headphone on the end.  Image

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Posted by lbbartolomeo on November 30, 2013

I’d like to compile worthy information/activities about India!  If you have something to share, PLEASE let me know!  I’d love to have other great resources!

Dandiya Raas-Traditional Folk Dance by the group LIBANA


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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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Posted by lbbartolomeo on August 18, 2013

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Since I live in Indianapolis, the ending fits!  “Colts, Go Blue!”  But you can re-arrange it to fit YOUR needs!

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Some of the team rhythms can be changed to more naturally fit the way they are pronounced.  This is just how I laid them out.


1.  Rhythmic canon

2.  Rhythms quarter, two eighths, quarter rest

3.  Transferred to drums, adding ostinati

4.  Transferred to pitched percussion for improvisation




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Posted by lbbartolomeo on June 27, 2013

DRMLiteWhy I LOVE this app?

  • Lets you explore scales FOUR ways; solfege, numbers, colors, animals singing in funny voices.
  • Can play more than one note at a time!  CHORDS!
  • Has a record feature to record/play back your creations!
  • The free LITE version offers all of these options.
  • For all grade levels because it is so open-ended!

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iPad Cover

Posted by lbbartolomeo on May 5, 2013

How do you protect iPads in an elementary school?  HHI iPad mini Kids Fun Play Armor Protective Case - BlueThese covers for my iPad minis are FANTASTIC!  The silicone covers have extra large corners, are easy to hold, and allow easy access to headphones/charger inputs. The online store, HandHeldItems, was quick to ship and I will use them again.  I have much more peace of mind with these covers!  All my students, from kindergarten to sixth grade, love them!

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Friendly Competition

Posted by lbbartolomeo on March 24, 2013

IMG_0996Have your fifth graders gotten spring fever?  Hard to get some classes motivated or showing you their best efforts?  I use a simple chart to generate a little friendly competition.  It works!

The image shows a dance unit with a combination of folk dances and contemporary dances.  The classroom name is across the top.  Even if we only have two minutes left in class, many classes beg me to dance “one more dance” to try to get MORE stars than another class!


Students NOT willing to hold hands or touch other students is always an issue initially.  I LOVE to begin with the Marian Rose routine for BINGO because it requires a constant change of partners!  

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