Monday, July 30, 2018

Celebrating 1000 FEEDBACK on TpT - FREEBIE & GIVEAWAY!

Hello,

It's getting closer to that time again - back to school! Are those three little words causing you dread, happiness, fear, excitement? Well, I hope you enjoyed your summer, however, short or long it was. I just can't believe the summer is almost over!



 I am so excited to announce a special 1000 FEEDBACK FREEBIE! It is available in my store right now, but for a limited time. So be sure to stop by and download it now. Thank you so much for your support and feedback - I greatly appreciate hearing from you. You can always feel free to e-mail me if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions: bethsmusicclassroom@gmail.com 



The Back-to-School Tpt sitewide sale is coming up, this Wednesday and Thursday, August 1-2, 2018. My entire store will be on sale, and you can receive an additional discount when you enter promo code: BTSFRESH at checkout. That's 25% off your entire shopping cart! Sort through your back-to-school needs, your wish list, my newest products, and get ready for the big sale! You can also earn TpT credits to use on a purchase just by leaving feedback for any of your past purchases.

To celebrate back-to-school season and 1000 feedback, I am also having a TpT gift card giveaway! Click below and enter by 8/6/18 for your chance to win!

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Thanks so much for your support! Enjoy your last days of summer! Happy shopping and decorating classrooms this August!


~Beth
Beth's Music Classroom


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I'm HAPPY To Say...

It's SPRING!

Well, the calendar says it is spring, but the weather outside my window is screaming WINTER!  We are now in the middle of our 4th major storm and Nor'easter in less than 3 weeks!  Winter has never gotten to me so much as it has this March.  I think we're going to be in school until July!

Well, the day off from school today gave me some time to finish up a project I started a while ago and put on hold for several months.  I'm HAPPY to say that I just completed a rhythmic arrangement for "HAPPY" by Pharrell Williams (from Despicable Me).  I absolutely love this song and am so excited to share it with you!  It is currently available in my store at 40% off for at least the first 24 hours.  So hurry - get it now at its lowest price ever!



Do you have a favorite pop, folk, Broadway, or country song that you would love to have a rhythmic accompaniment to use with your students?  Just e-mail me and I could create something for you!
bethsmusicclassroom@gmail.com

Thanks so much for reading!  Thinks Spring!

~Beth

Thursday, February 15, 2018

More FREEBIES! For a Limited Time Only!

This week, I am celebrating reaching 300 followers in my TpT store, I am offering some more limited time freebies!  Download these items now while the price is at zero!






Don't forget to enter for the $10 TpT Gift Card Giveaway down below!  Or just click here!
Final hours of the TpT sale! Have you gotten everything you need?  Visit Beths' Music Classroom!

~Beth

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TpT FREEBIES! For a Limited Time Only!

To celebrate reaching 300 followers in my TpT store, I am offering some limited time freebies!  Download them now while the price has dropped.


Mardi Gras Melodies! Interactive Melodic Game - Pentatonic (So-Mi-La-Do-Re)

Dynamics to the Core - Matching Game to Review Dynamics


Don't forget about the 2-day TpT sale, beginning tomorrow!  You can receive a total of 25% off your order.  To save even more money, don't forget to leave feedback on past purchases to earn credits. 


Check back Thursday for 2 more limited time freebies!

Thanks for your support!
~Beth

Monday, February 12, 2018

300 FOLLOWERS on my TpT Store!

Hello!

I am truly honored and excited to announce that I have reached 300 followers in my TpT store!  I want to thank you for your support, suggestions, and e-mails throughout the last few years.  Also I wanted to offer a special week of giveaways and freebies for my followers!  Check back here often this week to find information on flash freebies!

If you are a follower of my TpT store, you will be receiving an exclusive follower freebie this week!  If you are not currently following, you can find my store here, and simply click "follow me."  Plus, you can enter to win a $10 TpT Gift Card and a product of your choice!  See the Rafflecopter link below.  Just be sure to enter by Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:00 AM.



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If you're looking for some rhythmic instrument activities perfect for February, here are two of my best sellers over the past two weeks:


This is a folk song to which I added my own original lyrics.  Also I have included 4 rhythmic ostinatos and 2 melodic bordun/ostinatos to accompany the simple melody.


Also this is one of my favorite arrangements right now - especially with the Olympics on!  My students and I absolutely loved it in class this past week!  If you haven't picked it up yet in my store, you can click on the picture for information.


If you ever have any specific product requests that you would like to see added to my store, feel free to e-mail me at: bethsmusicclassroom@gmail.com

Thanks so much for your support!

~Beth

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter Olympics: Let the Games Begin!

Hello!

I hope this note finds you warm and in good health!

Are you suffering from "winteritis"?  I don't normally have a problem with winter weather, snow, ice, below freezing temperatures, etc, etc, etc!  But this year has already been pretty bad in my area.  Currently, I am on my 5th day of the weekend, because school was off for MLK Day and cancelled the last 2 days for snow!  The week before, we had an early dismissal and delay for -25 degree wind chills.  And the first week back after Christmas, we had 2 more snow days.  I love my job, and I just wish I could actually get out of the house to do it!

All of this cold has made me think and look forward to the upcoming Winter Olympics.  When I was a kid, I absolutely loved watching both the Summer and Winter Olympics with my family.  Well, not much has changed - I still get together with my brothers, sisters, and parents and have an Opening Ceremony viewing party.  To see the athletes march in, to hear the Olympic theme, and to watch the torch light up -  it's such an amazing feeling!



I wanted to share some of those feelings with my students this year.  After all, the Winter Olympics only come around every four years.  In a lot of my spare time from weather cancellations/delays, I've been working on some Olympic-themed rhythmic and melodic games, as well as some rhythmic play-alongs.

The Olympic Fanfare and Theme was arranged by the famous American composer, John Williams.  His music is heard on a large variety of movies, including Harry Potter, Home Alone, and Jurassic Park.  I'm sure your students, even elementary age, would recognize his music if they heard it.  The Olympic theme was actually borrowed from a piece by Leo Arnaud called "Bugler's March," written in 1958.  Then in 1984, Williams used the opening theme by Arnaud, adding his own lovely melodies and captivating rhythms.

Because I teach Kindergarten through 3rd grade, I decided to create 2 different rhythmic arrangements to accompany this work.  For my Kindergarten and 1st grade classes, I made a very simple version, with one instrument playing the steady beat during each of the sections.  Then for the older grades (could be used with 2nd through 5th grade), I wrote a more difficult arrangement, using several different instruments with specific rhythms to perform.

I absolutely can't wait to use it in my classroom - if we can get rid of this snow and get back to school one of these days!  If you would like to try it out with your students, you can find both versions here in my TpT store.


I'd love to hear from you - about your favorite products, what kind of things you need, etc.  Click on the picture below to complete a short survey, and you will receive the simplified version of the Olympic Fanfare for free.  Don't forget to include your e-mail address so that I can send it to you.



Thanks so much for your time and support!

Keep warm and stay positive!

~Beth

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy NEW Year!

Another year has come and gone, and now we begin 2018.  Many start with resolutions and hopes; some with fears and uncertainties.  Whatever your mindset is during these first 5 days of 2018, just remember – each day is a fresh start.  You can wake up in the morning to a brand new day.  Whether yesterday was a partial or a total disaster, you have the choice to make today great!  I am trying to start my new year with that perspective, rather than beating myself up today because I didn’t finish my to-do list yesterday.  Make goals realistically and then work towards them.



At my school, I have morning bus duty, as many teachers do.  Each morning I stand out at the bus lot and greet the 1000+ elementary students as they step off of over 50 buses.  It is pretty normal for at least one or more homesick “criers” to lag behind reluctantly.  As they are consoled, I often hear my principal say these words, “It gets better on the sidewalk.”  I’ve heard her say it so many times, but it really struck a chord with me a few weeks ago when I needed encouragement.  In this situation, it was meant to encourage lagging students walking from the bus parking lot to the school sidewalk.  You may not want to, but just keep going – it will get better!  These young students reach the sidewalk, the school entrance, and finally their classrooms, and have totally forgotten their earlier worries.  Sometimes I feel like that: If I can only make it to the sidewalk, to Friday, to the end of this class, to lunch time.  Although we as teachers love our job, I don’t think it is unhealthy to make little goals like the sidewalk.  Just make sure your goals are realistic – or you may run out of tissues before you reach the sidewalk.



My school and town have been battling a Nor’easter and MAJORLY cold temperatures.  We have had the last 2 days off for -25 to -35 degree wind chill (yes, negative!).  So I look ahead to my current sidewalk – Sunday when the temperature will reach 12 degrees – YAY!

This is what I’ve been thinking about over these first few days of 2018, and I hope my thoughts and words make sense.  I'd love to hear from you!  What are your resolutions this new year?

~Beth