Amy Abbott

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Elementary Music Teacher 🎶
Kodály Level 2 Teacher 🎻
Masters in Music Ed with A Kodály Emphasis
Colorado 🌞
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Today in first grade we moved from group derivation of one and two sounds on a beat to independent work. This is a great way to test readiness skills for ta ti-ti. We’ll spend two more lessons doing this, to make sure they’re really solid on the concept before the presentation lesson. .
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What are your favorite ta ti-ti prep songs or chants? I love “I Climbed Up the Apple Tree,” “2, 4, 6, 8,” “Queen, Queen Caroline,” “Miss White,” among many others!!
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The best thing about flying @southwestair ??!!! Two FREE checked bags!!!
This trip I’m taking one full suitcase of manipulatives and the other suitcase is half filled with pool noodle lightsabers (the other half clothes and toiletries). Wonder if security will check them both, lol?!!!
I can’t wait to sing and play with KASC tomorrow!!
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It was a little bit of “Meltdown Friday” in third grade music today. We’ve had spirit week all week and the kids’ energy had been so high that I think today they “hit a wall.” The little one that’s leading this game got so frustrated when we were doing ti-tika prep. He stepped out of the circle and moved away from us all. (He plays piano and was so frustrated that this is a rhythm that’s new to him and that he didn’t know what it was.) I was able to lead Rosie, Darling Rosie for the first time with the class and then once they had it, while the chase was going on I was able to talk to him about it and get him refocused. In the meantime, one of the little girls in class had a meltdown because she lost the chase. I went over to check on her and while I did, this little sweetie started leading the game.  So, I asked him if I could record him leading it. Don’t you love it when the students can do that for themselves?!! Musical independence is such a huge goal of mine; I want my students to “own” the music that we do in class and take it with them outside of the music classroom.
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Oh my gosh, this 4th grade class cracks me up so much! We’re in late practice of tika-ti and used “Over the River” as a movement break. They really get into dancing down the alley!!!
What are some of your fourth graders favorite dances or movement breaks?
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We broke out the body/movement ostinato cards today to use with songs that we know really well. These are a great way to work on part work and challenge the students. Fifth grade used them while singing a known song in solfége and performing the ostinatos!
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The link to find these in my TpT store is in my profile.
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It’s Homecoming week!! My daughter is rockin’ Wacky Wednesday a little better than I am today!! She’s a “holiday mix-up” and I’m a little bit of a “Broadway mix-up” wit mix-matched shoes, one short leg and sleeve rolled..... was going to wear pig tails but realized my gray roots would show, eek!! Lol!!
What’s your favorite spirit day at school?
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This is my “Levels of Understanding” board. I love it because it allows the students to self reflect and assess how they’re understanding specific content that we’re working on. They like it too because they know how well they understand something and they feel so accomplished  when their level of understanding increases!

Do you use anything like this with your students? What works well for you and your kiddos?
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Here’s an example of how we use the giant beat charts for ta ti-ti prep. The one thing that I usually enforce more that they’re not doing in this video is two finger clapping. It’s so much more musical than full hand claps!
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For not information about the giant beat strips please see my blog, Music a la Abbott
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First graders used my giant beat strips to derive the rhythm of Queen, Queen Caroline today. We’re busy prepping ta ti-ti and will be moving on to individual derivation of one vs. two sounds on a beat in the next lesson.
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My fifth graders think playing “My Mama’s Calling Me” is so much fun. They circle and sing with one student in the middle. Then on “to your knees” they must touch their knees. At this time the student in the center tries to get out of the circle. We added that if that student gets out then on the next “to your knees” you try to get back in.
I love it because it practices high do and syncopa!! It’s also in my fourth grade bundle. See the link in my profile.
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My kiddos sang the National Anthem at the CU vs. CSU  volleyball game tonight. The look on their faces was priceless when the spotlights focused on them!! They were so patient as we waited in then tunnel for 30 minutes as the previous game was finishing. And they had amazing teachers that came out to support them, as well as their families and friends!! https://youtu.be/HapJZ-XmSYw .
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How do ya like my chicken for “Chicken I’m a Fencepost?!!!” Lol
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