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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON..." Music in the Classroom - Linky P-A-R-T-Y!

Good Morning fellow bloggers!  I was so excited to see the topic of this Linky party.  I am a self-professed music addict.  I love music and use it frequently in my classroom.  I believe in the power of music to calm, inspire, motivate, and energize.  One of my favorite CD's is by Mr. Rick on Character Education.  He's done a couple of assemblies at our school and the kids loved him.  I was looking to see if he has any other material out there and the only think I could find was a book of poems (lyrics) on Amazon.com.  I'm not sure why he isn't producing more right now, but if you can find anything by him, grab it quickly.  I also some of the cd's from Music for the Mind and Sound Health series.  CD's are available at Kagan Cooperative Learning's online catalog. Finally, I love any kid-friendly music from the 50's - 70'.  I've purchased a few CD's, but find that the best ones are the ones I create myself from tracks downloaded at sites like Rhapsody. (Just be sure to download the RIGHT version - and after you download it, listen to it all the way through to make sure it's the RIGHT version.  Unlike me, who downloaded the wrong track of the Hokey Pokey.  It sounded just like the one I listened to until my kids and I heard the line, "GET UP OFF YOUR %$# NOW"  Can anyone say OOPS!  Luckily, my parents were very understanding and I learned a valuable lesson...check, check and double check anything you use in the classroom. 

Happy Blogging!


  1. That is so true about checking all of the music first!! I will have to check out Mr. Rick...I've never heard of him. Thanks so much for linking up the par-tay! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  2. OOPS!
    Thank you for posting on my blog. I am so glad you were able to use the review activity.
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

  3. I am always previewing music too - for the classroom and my school's jump rope club. It's amazing how those questionable words and phrases slip in there!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  4. I'll have to check out Mr. Rick too. Thanks!

    The Busy Busy Hive

  5. I will have to check out Mr. Rick as well.

    Ms. Fiorini’s Stadium