Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Veterans Day - Memories, Moments, and Music

Veterans Day - a time to remember those who have served and who are actively serving our country in the various branches of the military.  It was previously named Armistice Day, but then renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

You may wonder why I am telling you this.  Well, today at my school we had a brief Veterans Day assembly for all of the 2nd and 3rd grade students.  This is the third year we have done this special event, and each time, I have come home feeling honored, blessed, and thankful.  This year's assembly, however, was unique for me.  This feeling was because my dear Grandfather just recently passed away in August.  He was an amazing man, husband, father of ten children, inventor, hard worker, wonderful musician, and a veteran.  He served in the Navy during the Korean war from 1948-1951.  His recent death made this Veterans Day somehow feel different to me.
The day began with the high school band welcoming students off the bus with patriotic tunes.  Then our assembly began with the national anthem, sung by some high school choir members, followed by Taps.  After a slide show with pictures, including my Grandfather, and a brief presentation by a guest speaker, the program concluded with a rousing performance of "Thank a Vet" (Music K-8, by Mike Wilson).  I have been teaching my students this song for over 3 weeks now, and I know the incredible power a beautiful melody and arrangement can have on a person.  It was just an amazing feeling to have a part in directing nearly 600 students in singing this tribute to the 20 Veterans present.  It was an amazing feeling, and I know my Grandfather would have been pleased and honored.

If you're looking for tear-jerker for your next Veterans Day event, you can listen to the recording of "Thank a Vet" here.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!  If you have any other ideas for patriotic elementary choir songs, I'd love to hear about them!

Thank you to all the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country, the United States of America!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

200 Followers on TpT!!!


It's been way too long since I've written.  I hope you have been having a wonderful start to your school year.  It is in full swing for me now, and I am excited to be back in the groove of another school year.
This summer was full of ups and downs for my family and me.  It taught me to appreciate family even more and to cherish each moment with loved ones with no regrets.  In the past 12 months, I have been to 6 funerals of family members, close friends, and co-workers, and I have learned so much from these difficult moments.  Cherish every moment and enjoy each day, making memories for years to come.

On another note, I am so excited to celebrate 200 followers on my TpT store!  On Monday and Tuesday, 10/16-10/17/17, my entire store will be on sale at 20% off. So stock up on autumn, halloween, and Thanksgiving games!  Also, I will be having several random markdowns throughout the day on Tuesday - check back each hour between 4 and 7 PM for a limited time freebie.

Thank you for your time and support!  If you have any questions or requests, feel free to e-mail me at


Monday, August 21, 2017

TpT Back to School Sale!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, I will be having a sale, as part of TpT's Back to School Bonus Sale!  My entire store will be 20% off, and you can get an additional 5% off with the code BTSBONUS.  Now is the time to stock up for the new school year and enjoy lots of savings!  Even my newest items will be on sale.

Check out my Back-to-School products here.

You can see my entire store here.


Monday, July 31, 2017

TpT BTS Sale & Gift Card Giveaway!

I'm so excited about TpT's Back to School Sale, August 1-2, 2017!  My entire store will be 20% off, and you will receive an additional 5% off your order with the code BTS2017.  What a great time to look through your wish list and get some great deals before school begins!

Also, check out my products for the beginning of the year and September:


You can find all of my back to school and autumn items at my TpT store: Beth's Music Classroom.

I will be offering another TpT gift card giveaway!  Fill out the form below by Wednesday, 8/2, by 12:00 AM EST, to enter to win a $10 gift card.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Music Man - Starring Jessica and Santino Fontana

I hope you’re enjoying your summer!  I know I have been!  It’s been a wonderful time to visit family, catch up with friends, read just for fun, and, of course, relax!

Last night, I had a great opportunity to attend the musical, The Music Man, just one of the many events of a local music festival.  For this production, two famous Broadway actors and musicians performed the leading roles.  Santino Fontana is known for his role of Prince Hans in Frozen, Prince Charming in Cinderella, as well as television roles in My Craxy Ex-Girlfriend and Shades of Blue.  His wife, Jessica Fontana has also starred on Broadway in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as well as in Baby, It’s You, Pipe Dream, and Once Upon a Mattress.  For this production, Santino and Jessica performed the main roles of Harold Hill and Marian Paroo.  When I first heard about them coming to my area, I was so excited!  It was so great to hear them both perform together, with such beautiful voices!  They did a phenomenal job!

Although the event was not exactly how I imagined it would be, it was a lovely evening with only the main songs and dances performed, with wonderful, live narration and directed by Jack Cummings III (Transport Group Theatre Company).  This concert was originally produced by in New York City in 2014.  The narration interspersed important events of the story of The Music Man, along with historical information about Meredith Willson’s work.  I thoroughly enjoyed this production and the story of The Music Man.  I love watching and attending musicals, however, I have never had a chance to watch this particular one until last evening.  The story was engaging, the music enthralling, and the background intriguing.   I definitely suggest you check this musical out for yourself.

Here are some fun facts about The Music Man:
  • Synopsis:  Harold Hill is a traveling con man, who tries to convince the locals of River City, Iowa, to start a band by purchasing uniforms and instruments from him. His original plan is to leave town as soon as he can pocket the money. But librarian Marian Paroo suspects Harold is a fraud, although the rest of town is excited about the band. Harold begins to develop feelings for Marian and faces a difficult decision about skipping town.
  • The original name of the musical was The Silver Triangle, until producers Feuer and Martin told Willson that he needed a new name and suggested The Music Man.
  • Fact:  Meredith Willson is a man, born Robert Meredith Willson in 1902 in Mason City, Iowa.  He is an American playwright and author, best known for writing the book, lyrics, and music of the Broadway hit The Music Man.
  • The Music Man takes place in River City, Iowa, which is based on his home city, Mason City, Iowa.  The movie had its world premiere there.
  • In The Music Man, Meredith Willson named most of his characters after his real friends and family.  For example, Harold Hill got his name from Meredith’s childhood friend, Harold Keidle.  Harold, Meredith, and Cedric (Meredith’s brother) joined a musical group called “The Jones Brothers.”  Also the librarian Marian Paroo was based on his piano teacher and mother, Rosalie (Rose), also inspiring the song “Lida Rose.”
  • The Music Man first opened on Broadway in 1957, with a movie produced in 1962, starring Robert Preston and Shirley Joes.  More recently, The Music Man was released in 2003, with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.
  • The original production of The Music Man won 9 Tony awards, beating West Side Story for the honor of Best Musical.

If you’re interested, you can check out this great musical at your local library or with these video links. 
Have you seen any good musicals lately?  What's your favorite one?


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Google Drive and Beyond!

Happy Summer to all!  I have been enjoying summer vacation for almost 2 weeks.  I have definitely managed to stay busy though, taking 3 online courses.  It's been a lot of fun though too.  

My classes are on technology, and specifically on Google.  For awhile I have used Google for e-mail, sharing pictures online with friends, and basic searching.  But through these courses, I have just been amazed at all the capabilities Google has to offer.  Maybe you already use Google Docs and add-ons or extensions.  If not, I would suggest looking into them, as I know so many schools are headed towards using Google Classroom. 

I have created some YouTube videos on Google, PowerPoint, and TpT.  If interested, you can check out my YouTube channel here.

Here is my Google playlist.

Whatever you're up to this summer, I hope you enjoy your well-deserved break!  Be sure to follow my blog for more tech information and TpT sales!


Monday, May 8, 2017

TpT Sale & Gift Card Giveaway!

If you haven't heard, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a two day Teacher Appreciation sale, May 9-10!  My entire store will be 20% off, and you will receive an additional 10% with the code THANKYOU17.  So now is the time to stock up on resources for the end of the year and even looking ahead to next year.

I also will be giving away a $10 TpT gift card.  You can enter by filling out the form below, from midnight on 5/9 until midnight on 5/10.

As always if you have any questions or specific requests, feel free to email me at  Thanks for your time and support! Happy shopping!

Beth's Music Classroom

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