Monday, March 19, 2018

The Wide Mouth Frog book and activity

Happy Spring! Here in the South, we have green grass, budding trees, and daffodils are swaying in the wind!
This time of year always reminds me of frogs, for some reason, and so I break out all my frog songs in addition to flowers, rain, chicks and bunnies.
This lesson uses a book, The Wide Mouthed Frog, pop up edition, and a frog puppet, which you don't need but it makes the lesson much more fun.  You may also want some young children who haven't learned quarter rest yet or you want to reinforce quarter rest with them. 
For this lesson, you are going to need to head over to facebook and check out the ofortunaorff page - there is a video with me going through the lesson!
You will need this book available here.
And a frog puppet,


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Dan, Dan the Fine Old Man Irish Song/Recorder Composition

My stepdaughter is Irish- her Mom is first generation American.  She is very proud of her Irish heritage and of her 12 aunts and uncles (yes, 13 children!).  They were raised in a 3 bedroom house and her mother has great stories of life growing up with an Irish mother with a very thick accent with 13 kids sleeping in  2 bedrooms!
When I found this Irish poem (similar to Old Dan Tucker), I knew it had to become a song!  Email me at if you would like the pdf - not all the pictures are here as there are 13 pages!  
Happy March!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Melody Hunt Lockbox

 Ever played Escape Room or Exit Strategy?  They are a fun date night or co-worker night out!  You can learn a lot about someone being in a room in which you have to solve a mystery with the clues left for you.  Oh- and the best part- you have a limited amount of time to solve the mystery!
 I am terrible at it - probably because I am very literal and have never been a great puzzle person.  But  it is so much fun!!
You know they say the best ideas are borrowed, right?  This one from a fellow music teacher, Jessica Christine, who shared how to take the idea of "breaking in" to a musical level!  If you would like the pdf, send a request to  I love to hear how you are using things on the blog!
Happy March!