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Janis Aston
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PLEASE download and preview Lessons 1-3 from this unit that will help you start the new year off right! There are songs, activities, games, teaching posters, and extensive plans for how to teach according to the standards. Over 50 pages for you
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The National Association for Music Education has revised and updated the standards for music, 2014. This product is what I have designed to be a child-friendly poster and bulletin board for the elementary music classroom. Download and print these
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Standard 3. Listening and Analyzing. This is a video that I put together for my classes that goes with the song and recorded activity, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (from the old MacMillan 2nd grade series). However, it does stand alone. Students,
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Lesson plan for elementary music class based on Mussorgsky's "Ox Cart." Use in October to teach Kindergartners and 1st graders about crescendo/decrescendo and mood in music. Fun activity that encourages imaginative play and is based on the National
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Great activity for 1st-2nd grades to reinforce using simplified music notation by reading and writing quarter, eighth notes and quarter rests. Can also be extended to half and whole notes. Instructions for playing instruments and also playing a game
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Tired of raising your voice? Tired of students talking when they should be listening? Try the Behavior Meter! This is a great way to motivate students to listen, cooperate, and participate. It's the best and most successful behavior plan I used in
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Every teacher should have this posted in the classroom. Named after Benjamin Bloom, this taxonomy of educational objectives was first published in the 1950s. Because it is based on guiding students into using a higher level of thinking skills, it
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Your students will beg for this activity over and over. Your room will be filled with giggles and peals of laughter each time you do this fun activity. This activity is based on the Shel Silverstein poem, "Boa Constrictor." You can find a
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Use this traditional pentatonic song to reinforce melodic movement with kindergartners and first graders. Teaching poster and melody cards using iconic notation and melody cards to introduce your first graders to standard notation. This is a
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FOREVER FREE!!! Showcase product to introduce you to my style and teaching methods/philosophy. This is a Powerpoint activity to introduce elementary students to the brass instrument family. There are activity slides for students to discuss with a
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Great set of assessments, 2-3 per grade level, 2nd-4th grades. Validate your teaching skills and methodology by assessing what your students have learned. This set of assessments are standards based. MS Word format for your convenience to
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Unbelievable resource!! Download everything you need to teach a solid, standards-based curriculum for a fraction of the cost anywhere else. Method books—Teaching Music Reading Skills, My First Recorder Book, Teacher Guide and Student Book. Flash
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Over 800 pages of sequential plans based on the standards that will establish a quality music education program for your elementary music classroom. 2014 NAfME Standards with Essential Questions included. You will not find anything like this
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Unit 1 has over 180 pages which include 94 pages of extensive lesson plans, 43 pages of activities, and 21 pages of songs and teaching posters. Written and observation assessments are included as well as a 12 page INDEX with links for sources to
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Over 100 pages of activities, songs and assessments for Unit 2. Includes extensive directions for how to teach songs, K-4th grade. There are 2 Resource Index files included for the many teachers who do not have access to books, recordings, and
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Over 200 pages based on the standards. Everything you need! Unit 3—7 lesson plans designed for each grade, K-4(5) Jan.-March. A total of 35 plans, less than $2.50 per plan. Self-contained Lesson Plans for all elementary music teachers. Especially
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Amazing unit to complete a 4-unit set of lesson plans for a year. 200 pages! Based on the standards. 75 Lesson Plans, K-5th grade INDEX of songs, activities, games, dances Extensive instructions Posters Song sheets Assessments Lessons for
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Fun activities for your kindergartners, 1st-2nd graders to experience tempo, fast-slow, while also reinforcing literacy skills such as sorting and labeling. The children pretend to be elephants in the jungle and cars in a traffic jam as they move
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Great game for PE, Field Day, or Family Gatherings. Cool off with this fun summertime game to be played outdoors with two or more teams. Adults and children alike will enjoy this game. The more people and teams involved, the more fun you will
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RHYTHM, MELODY, VOCABULARY, SYMBOL Flash Cards. Download these PDF templates and print hundreds of cards. Easy-to-read from a distance. Follows the Teaching Music Reading Skills method (also found at my store, Teachers Pay Teachers). Music
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a retired elementary music teacher with over 30 years of experience in public schools. I am currently working as an independent side-by-side coach for music teachers in the Nashville Public Schools district. I also worked as a curriculum writer and editor at Lifeway Christian Resources, a music typesetter/editor, and graphic artist. Side-by-Side Coach, Music Makes Us, 2015-present Adjunct faculty, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2012

MY TEACHING STYLE

As a music educator, my methodology included both large and small group activities, project-based learning as I became the facilitator of child-directed activities in an interdisciplinary and differentiated classroom. It was very important for every child who entered my room to feel safe and to enjoy learning in a non-threatening environment. I feel I was highly successful in creating that experience for my students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Elementary Teacher of the Year, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, 2010-11 DAIS Award Nortel Institute Many grants Chair of Faculty Advisory Committee, Technology Committee Internal coach, Positive Behavior Support (SWPBIS)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Middle Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Music, 1973 University of Tennessee, 1976, certification in music, K-12 Tennessee State University, 2010, Masters in Education, Technology

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and attended public schools there. I lived in Maryville, TN, for 3 years after I married. We returned to Nashville in 1976. I have been happily married to Don for 40 years. I have a daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren who now live in Nashville. I attend and have been active in the music ministry at First Baptist Church Nashville for over 30 years. I am thoroughly enjoying retirement and making available the many resources I created throughout the years in my classroom. Follow my blog and Facebook pages: BLOG—Mrs. Aston's High Notes and Facebook Page

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