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Flashlight routines in music class can be used to reinforce form and keep students engaged and excited about learning.  This post shares routines for "Cantina Band" by John Williams and "March" from the Nutcracker as well as tips and tricks for using them successfully in your music classroom.

Flashlight routines in music class can be used to reinforce form and keep students engaged and excited about learning. This post shares routines for "Cantina Band" by John Williams and "March" from the Nutcracker as well as tips and tricks for using them successfully in your music classroom.

For recorder karate:  Students each have a name card (with a cute little recorder karate picture) with Velcro on the back. The colored felt squares I got at Hobby lobby for $.25 each and I just held together by safety pins. The roof of the pagoda is just card stock that I've laminated. When they earn a new belt they tie a belt on their recorder but also move their name up the pagoda. Great motivation for them to see it. They're so proud to move their name up the pagoda.

For recorder karate: Students each have a name card (with a cute little recorder karate picture) with Velcro on the back. The colored felt squares I got at Hobby lobby for $.25 each and I just held together by safety pins. The roof of the pagoda is just card stock that I've laminated. When they earn a new belt they tie a belt on their recorder but also move their name up the pagoda. Great motivation for them to see it. They're so proud to move their name up the pagoda.

List of songs that can be played with only 2 chords. Helpful for teaching chord progressions!

List of songs that can be played with only 2 chords. Helpful for teaching chord progressions!

Choosing choral repertoire: Great thoughts about choosing high quality literature. Blog post includes a free choral repertoire template as well as a link to a list of great pieces!

Choosing choral repertoire: Great thoughts about choosing high quality literature. Blog post includes a free choral repertoire template as well as a link to a list of great pieces!

This has tons of great tips for improving music programs including advice for communicating with parents and classroom teachers as well as avoiding disasters with sound! It also includes a FREE editable concert checklist to help ease your stress the day of the show.

This has tons of great tips for improving music programs including advice for communicating with parents and classroom teachers as well as avoiding disasters with sound! It also includes a FREE editable concert checklist to help ease your stress the day of the show.

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