Blogs

  • An Orff Approach means More than Singing

    Posted Jun 27 by Lynn Kleiner

    210 Views

    An Orff Approach! Rarely do we have an activity where we are just sitting or standing and singing. We are rocking, patsching, marching, playing while we sing. Starting with our youngest classes, you will see us tapping t Read More...

  • 8 Reasons Why this Song has to Be in Your Pocket!

    Posted Jun 15 by Lynn Kleiner

    177 Views

    I love "I love the mountains" for so many reasons. 1. The memories for the adults "I remember that one from camp when I was a kid!" 2. The easy sing-along part for everyone No matter what the age group everyone can sin Read More...

  • A special goodbye song, the last class

    Posted May 19 by Lynn Kleiner

    337 Views

    Want something special for the last day of classes? Need a song for the graduation? A parent visit? How about a musical hug for the classroom teachers or thanks to the PTO? Here's a NEW ARRANGEMENT of an awesome choice! Read More...

  • Brand New Recordings! Have a listen!

    Posted May 14 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 262 Views

    As we get close to the end of this school year, I’m feeling the love to the dedicated teachers who attended workshops, courses, online training, purchased new resources, instruments, and so many did this with their Read More...

  • Two ways to hide sleeping grizzly bears at a Mountain concert

    Posted May 4 by Lynn Kleiner

    262 Views

    If you are looking for a great way to teach dynamics and music vocabulary, it doesn't get more exciting than Grizzly Bear from My Trip to the Mountains book/CD! Even the youngest love to Crescendo! There are several opti Read More...

  • What does the Mountain Theme look like? Take a peek!

    Posted Apr 27 by Lynn Kleiner

    222 Views

    Last week was the "Week of the Young Child." We had workshops for teachers, assemblies for schools, kindergarten celebrations and many school concerts. This year, we are following our mountain theme so we selected songs Read More...

  • An Apple for the Teacher! Look Who’s Back!

    Posted Apr 23 by Lynn Kleiner

    211 Views

    Yes! Its true! The Worm in the Apple puppet is back! Its been a long time without him and the homemade models just didn’t have the same personality. For years, we used our magic apple to learn the children&rsquo Read More...

  • A Request from One of our Schools

    Posted Apr 13 by Lynn Kleiner

    196 Views

    When we get the request in our schools for Earth Day ideas, it's quite easy to offer suggestions by showing our "Love for Our Planet" theme books about the ocean, mountains, farms, and rain forest. If you are new to our Read More...

  • Gathering Drum: 20 Experiences

    Posted Apr 6 by Lynn Kleiner

    250 Views

    I've had several teachers ask me about activities for the Gathering Drum. Those of you who have been to my online or live training course know that I use this amazing instrument in every lesson, every week in 6 age group Read More...

  • Gathering Drum Activities by Lynn Kleiner

    Posted Apr 5 by Lynn Kleiner

    655 Views

    Gathering Drum! The list of activities and benefits is larger than the drum itself!  Here’s just 20 of the experiences common in Lynn Kleiner’s Drumming Activities: Beat Form Phrasing Dynamics Tem Read More...

  • Pitch matching and movement activity led by a Rabbit?

    Posted Mar 23 by Lynn Kleiner

    247 Views

    Its Bunny time! Listen to the "Jack in the Box" song (from Kids Make Music, Babies Make Music Too!) with our Rabbit in the Hat lyrics. Sitting in a circle, we all tap the beat and sing "Rabbit in the Hat so quiet and st Read More...

  • Keeping Young Children engaged, it can be Magical, even for YOU

    Posted Mar 16 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 275 Views

    Once again I take you back in time to my classroom long, long ago. But the amazing thing is, the children love to hear about the magical wee little man and his wee little bag as much now as they did then. Listen to their Read More...

  • Watch How A little Story & A Little Prop Inspire Musical Play

    Posted Mar 9 by Lynn Kleiner

    302 Views

    Let's go back in time (way back) and see how my wee little shoe from my wee little bag (I punched small holes in a suede shoe insert and used a very large needle and yarn) inspires musical playing of finger cymbals. Rem Read More...

  • A Concert Planning Video

    Posted Mar 2 by Lynn Kleiner

    336 Views

    My staff and I are presenting "My Trip to the Mountains" theme this year. Here's a video on concert planning, our transition song and why it's an important part of our concert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGyt-pNdf0 Read More...

  • A Peek at Young Orffans, Exploration Time, Listen for the End

    Posted Feb 23 by Lynn Kleiner

    300 Views

    Things are looking very green in Music Box since we are thinking about what is ahead in March! Read my blog for some fun freebies for St. Patrick's Day and year round fun, too. EXPLORATION TIME! (with a little descripti Read More...

  • See the Love, Energy and Creativity of this Activity

    Posted Feb 14 by Lynn Kleiner

    337 Views

    Happy Valentines Day! JOY! That's what we feel when we have music and movement! These are students from my ensemble from years ago making up their moves to this classic love song, Love will Keep us Together. I still get Read More...

  • 4 Counting Favorites, Percussion, Orff, Movement and More

    Posted Feb 9 by Lynn Kleiner

    350 Views

    Here are 4 of our favorite ways to celebrate 100 Days of Kindergarten Celebration! 1. 100 Days of CountingThere are endless possibilities of Counting songs and Rhymes with percussion and movement!Check out the Percussio Read More...

  • A Toddler Music Activity for Valentine’s Day

    Posted Feb 2 by Lynn Kleiner

    408 Views

    Share a ride with your darlin' (or your best friend) in the little red wagon. Enjoy my baby class going for a little adventure. (Additional verses are on the recording) See the video here! Get more verses on the recor Read More...

  • Teaching the Kids who Won't Stop Moving, Take a Peek!

    Posted Jan 19 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 450 Views

    Tired of the snow already? Let's warm our hearts with some love songs! Music Box is full of Valentine activities for every age level: babies, tots, preschool and elementary too. Just type Valentine in the SEARCH feature Read More...

  • Hula Hoops & Scarves! Don't miss this one!

    Posted Jan 12 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 583 Views

    One of our members requested ideas for a Circus theme program. This brought back many memories of this delightful theme. When you enter "Circus" in the SEARCH feature in the top of the Music Box menu bar, two forum discu Read More...

  • Stories with Music from an Orff Approach, Six Reasons Why!

    Posted Jan 4 by Lynn Kleiner

    793 Views

    My Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Music Lesson Plans all include Stories with Music (from an active Orff approach of course!) Here’s some top reasons why I think my selection of stories are one of the most Read More...

  • Help With Your 2018 Lesson & Concert Planning before Jan. 6

    Posted December 22, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    539 Views

    To prepare for your weekly lessons and concerts in the new year, I will be available in Music Box throughout the next few weeks. This is a fun place to chat, ask questions, get free downloads and recordings, and receive Read More...

  • Penguin Inspired Music Lessons for Winter, PreK, Kindergarten a

    Posted December 15, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,445 Views

    We are having so much fun with our little winter penguin friend. This is our annual gift to our students. Here's a few of the activities we're doing with our holiday friend this week. Read my blog about winter music l Read More...

  • Winter music lessons for preschool, kinder–elem, a penguin them

    Posted December 14, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    755 Views

    A penguin theme is adorable for music lessons in the winter or at a holiday camp. I found these precious penguins at one of the online discount stores and purchased a class set. At my Music Rhapsody studio, children each Read More...

  • Felt Board

    Posted December 12, 2017 by Kristi Taylor

    1 Comment 700 Views

    With the felt board, How do you get something you have laminated to stick to the felt board?  I asked a craft store today and they said Velcro, but I think it would tear up the board.   thank you  

  • A Ukulele Request, NEW Lesson Plans, Holiday Additional 10% off

    Posted December 8, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,124 Views

    The NEW and much improved edition of Rhythm Readers Lesson Plan Pack 14-25 is here! Take a peek at Lynn and her students and see the fun and learning! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSmK08Otz40&index=5&list=PLcGAMvU2YN Read More...

  • Chanukah ideas and festive percussion activities

    Posted December 6, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,185 Views

    I had a request for a Chanukah song. “Take a Potato” is one of my favorite. Get out your gathering drum or hand drums and play on the repeated words, then RUMBLE (tremolo) on the "Oh!" You can also use this f Read More...

  • Holiday Concerts for preschool, kindergarten, easy festive idea

    Posted November 17, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    402 Views

    A few props can add so much to your Holiday Concert. Whether its inviting parents to the classroom for some songs or having the kids up on stage, adding just one "theme" item will bump up the "Ah, so precious" factor. It Read More...

  • Singing and Dancing Gingerbread Men!

    Posted November 8, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    733 Views

    Preschool and Kindergarten Music Classes will love this holiday lesson. Check out the video of the Gingerbread Man dancing the Trepak from the Nutcracker.  FREE to our members this week only! My Music Gingerbread Read More...

  • Preschool Holiday Concert Plan, The Best Request ever!

    Posted November 7, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    643 Views

    I have many requests for assistance with holiday shows from my own teaching staff, from preschools and elementary schools, as well as Music Rhapsody and Music Box members. Last week, a school contacted me for help with t Read More...

  • Thanksgiving Music Lesson - Check out this student’s idea for T

    Posted November 3, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    416 Views

    Click below to watch two renditions of Turkey Feathers! First up, a dress with multiple belt loops led this student to her idea for this dancing turkey! (the recording is Turkey Feathers Instrumental version) from Farm Read More...

  • Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Holiday Concert Planning

    Posted October 31, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 2 Likes 770 Views

    Early Childhood Holiday Concert I have many requests for assistance with holiday shows from my own teaching staff, from preschools and elementary schools, as well as Music Rhapsody and Music Box members. Last week, one Read More...

  • Spiders! Lessons for every music class!

    Posted October 16, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    522 Views

    The Music Box Blog and Forum are full of ideas for every age level. Here's a few for the popular SPIDER theme! Here's one perfect for the amazing Gathering Drum! (Hand drums will work too) Eensy Weensy Spider is a huge Read More...

  • Pumpkin Music! Here's some that never get

    Posted October 10, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    541 Views

    I like to give options for visuals, puppets, and props. Choices to purchase or make. Here's plenty of choices for your pumpkins for the rhyme I use for beat keeping, pitch matching solos and drumming "Five Little Jack-o' Read More...

  • Recorder, Puppets from Lynn Kleiner

    Posted October 10, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    682 Views

    Your motivation to learn and be better for your students is obvious by your requests, questions and certainly by the number of you that have gone through training and become members! WOW! Thank you!   This week's Read More...

  • Solos and "Call and Response" for your Ks,

    Posted October 10, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    543 Views

    I've had a few requests so I'll share those with you the next couple weeks. The Spanish and English lyrics were not included with our digital download of the beloved Spanish Music Rhapsody CD. Thanks to your requests, w Read More...

  • So many games, so many benefits!

    Posted October 10, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    484 Views

    This week's featured video is a floor game from the Babies Make Music curriculum. Whether you are a teacher, aunt or uncle, parent or grandparent, the baby training from the online or live training is SUPER beneficial! F Read More...

  • A song for our Texas children and one for y

    Posted October 10, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    427 Views

    I cannot stop thinking of our teachers, their families, friends and communities in Texas. Here's a video to encourage quick evaporation! MISTER SUN Lynn Kleiner's Music Rhapsody https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97_agrwN Read More...

  • zip files not opening - Stranger in the Woods

    Posted September 15, 2017 by Claudia Akridge

    3 Comments 10,160 Views

    Hi Lynn, Stranger in the Woods (zip file) will not open on my Mac at home nor my Dell at school. Can you please check into this please :-)    Thank you,    Claudia 

  • zip files

    Posted September 10, 2017 by Claudia Akridge

    2 Comments 19,623 Views

    Hello Lynn and Music Box / Music Rhapsody folks, I've not had this problem before, but what do I do to get the zip files to open??? I am a Mac user. Claudia Akridge, from Georgia

  • Lynn's wedding pic and a $5 store credit

    Posted August 28, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    649 Views

    The Wedding was beautiful! Here's my daughter and her new husband! And now its time for school! Do you have trouble learning all those names? Do you have a favorite name game or something you use to help you remember Read More...

  • September Teaching Tips from Lynn

    Posted August 16, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    794 Views

    As we all gear up for the beginning of the school year, I prepare for family, friends, flowers, food and lots of air mattresses to arrive at our home in anticipation for our daughter’s wedding! We are excited to ho Read More...

  • Music and Movement with Classical Music and Props

    Posted August 8, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,094 Views

    Music and Movement activities with props for preschool and elementary music lessons can make listening to classical orchestral music something they request over and over! These jellyfish made from extra large coffee filt Read More...

  • Newsletter 7.21.17

    Posted July 27, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1 Like 1,918 Views

      I have had such fun over the past month with our live and online teacher training. Here are some photos from the live trainings and online training cohorts. Is my turkey gone? Not yet! Music Read More...

  • Music Camp or Concert; Adding art work to a Garden Theme

    Posted May 31, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    2,604 Views

    Preschool or Kindergarten Music Camp gives extra time for art work. Or classroom teachers may enjoy having their students decorate for their spring or summer concert. The pictures below show how a few classrooms turned t Read More...

  • Newsletter 5.19.17

    Posted May 22, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1,520 Views

    I have had a few requests this week that are sure to make you smile! Here is a summer theme that is great for summer camps and end of school year fun. My blog has plenty of summer hits – who doesn’t lov Read More...

  • Newsletter 4.28.17

    Posted May 1, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1,950 Views

      One of our members asked for a story with music using percussion and it reminded me of our “Don’t Wake Up Mama” since Mother’s Day is coming up! Great for sound effects, I have add Read More...

  • Spring Music Lessons, A Garden Theme

    Posted March 29, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 1,575 Views

    Farm Songs and the Sounds of Moo-sic is great for a GARDEN theme! All Around the Gardeners Bench: Easy Orff, an opportunity for solos (pitch matching/singing in tune), a time for props (tinsel for the rain, scarves fo Read More...

  • Special Education Music Lessons with Lynn Kleiner

    Posted March 21, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,752 Views

    Drumming with Music Rhapsody materials using Sound Shapes have been one of the most successful activities for my special education classes. There are a variety of limitations for playing, but the sound shapes offer fle Read More...

  • Newsletter 3.20.17

    Posted March 20, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1,378 Views

    Even though some of your are digging out from snow and trying to stay warm, spring is right around the corner. What does spring mean? BUNNIES! Check out some of my favorite bunny rhymes and puppets.   Read More...

  • Newsletter 3.10.17

    Posted March 10, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1 Like 4,317 Views

      Once again I am including a variety of activities for Irish music-making. This week’s download, Cockles and Mussels, will have all your classes singing, dancing, and playing. Check out this week's blo Read More...

  • PK, Kindergarten, Elementary St. Patricks Day, Irish and March

    Posted March 8, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,053 Views

    PK, Kindergarten and Elementary Music time with Irish Music for St Patricks Day Lessons or anytime of year are the highlight of www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com this month. One popular tune that will soon become a favorite i Read More...

  • Newsletter 3.3.17

    Posted March 7, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    740 Views

      This week’s blog features some great activities for March music making, including St. Patricks Day and Irish themes. You are certain to find some golden nuggets in this listing for ages 3-10. And th Read More...

  • Irish, Green, St. Patrick’s Day for Preschool, PreK, Kindergart

    Posted March 1, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,541 Views

    St. Patricks day music lessons are filled with green and gold, leprechauns, silly songs, limericks and so much music making fun. Enjoy a variety of activities for singing, dancing, listening, playing and creating offered Read More...

  • Newsletter 2.24.17

    Posted February 26, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1,798 Views

      I hope you enjoyed the download for Shosholoza last week and the recording of this song on the Brilliant Beginnings CD. I wanted to highlight another great selection on this CD, Jackson’s Morning Brush. Read More...

  • Newsletter 2.17.17

    Posted February 20, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    2,231 Views

    TRANSITIONS! Make your lessons more musical! One of the many topics in my online or live teacher training is smooth, easy transitions with singing and participation between activities. Knowing how to handle transitions Read More...

  • Newsletter 2.10.17

    Posted February 13, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1,515 Views

    I love this time of year. For my staff and students, this is a great learning time without worrying about concert prep. For me, it is also a popular time for professional development in many school districts. I lov Read More...

  • Febuary Music Making

    Posted January 27, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1,816 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, I love doing this Valentine mixer (sing “Heel toe on the line, will you be my Valentine?” OR Will You Be a Friend of Mine?). I have added a hand clap Read More...

  • Healthy Teacher with Healthy Voice

    Posted January 18, 2017 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 1,075 Views

    Healthy Teacher with a Healthy Voice: When you have an awesome lesson plan and the props, instruments and puppets that make kids love your lesson and you love your job, Life is good! Except……this time of ye Read More...

  • Newsletter 1.13.17

    Posted January 13, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    1,066 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, You know materials are "keepers" when two things happen: When the children say "Again! Again!" When you look forward to the time of year when you get to present the lesson aga Read More...

  • Newsletter 1.6.17

    Posted January 6, 2017 by Newsletter Recap

    3,852 Views

    Happy 2017 Music Box Friends! We have exciting plans for this year with lots of improvements to Music Box as well as the Music Rhapsody Membership area. Movie time! Enjoy a peek at "Let it Snow" and then a funn Read More...

  • Newsletter 12.23.16

    Posted December 23, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    900 Views

    Dear Music Box Friends, From all of us at Music Rhapsody and Music Box, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a joyous holiday season! Music Box, Music Box Downloads and the shop at Music Rha Read More...

  • Newsletter 12.16.16

    Posted December 16, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,529 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, I hope all of you have had huge success with your holiday lessons and shows and you are headed for a relaxing break! January is a great time for Snowmen activities so today Read More...

  • Lynn's Favorite Things

    Posted December 9, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,109 Views

      Can't you hear Julie Andrews singing? This week I thought I would share some of my most favorite things. Perhaps some of these items would brighten the holidays for a classroom or music teacher or a lit Read More...

  • Newsletter 12.2.16

    Posted December 2, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,358 Views

    Dear Music Box Friends, It is time to jingle all the way through the holidays and the winter months with these jingle bell favorites. There is bell ringing for every age group. For a little history on the most Read More...

  • jungle bells

    Posted November 30, 2016 by Kym Schifino

    2 Comments 749 Views

    where can i find Jungle Bells CD?

  • Newsletter 11.18.16

    Posted November 21, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    922 Views

      Hi Music Box Friends, Hearing the Nutcracker puts everyone in such a festive mood this time of year. I thought you might like a few choices of activities. Here are options for Trepak. Watch me with my 2 Read More...

  • Newsletter 11.11.16

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,234 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, It was fun playing with hundreds of bouncing bees last week at the NAEYC conference. Here's a video of me with a few of the teachers and their beat keeping bees. Read More...

  • Newsletter 11.4.16

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    4,552 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, Well it's a big week! I am hanging out with Remo, making music with teachers at the Conference for the National Association of Education of the Young Child (NAEYC). We are having Read More...

  • Newsletter 10.28.16

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,591 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, Thanks to all of you who came to the Atlanta Orff Chapter this past weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the summer training in Charlotte, NC! Check out a few of Read More...

  • Newsletter 10.21.16

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,209 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, It was so great to see so many of you at the San Diego Orff workshop last week! I love seeing all of the new members in Music Box! We are so glad to have you join us. You are awes Read More...

  • Newsletter 10.14.16

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    696 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, Did you see the adorable answer to "Who is it?" for the Somebody's Knockin' in last week's free download for PowerPoint or SMARTBoard? If you don't know who was knocking, you can Read More...

  • Newsletter 10.7.16

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    959 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, Many of us doing the ages 3-6 year lesson plans from Music Rhapsody and Music Box membership have been enjoying frogs! Froggy Goes to School, Jump Frog Jump, Ten Little Froggies f Read More...

  • Holidays in the Music Room

    Posted November 9, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    957 Views

    I have a variety of materials I use for holiday concerts as well as holiday lessons.  The SEARCH feature in Music Box will allow you to find specific topics and age groups, watch videos of learning the materials, Read More...

  • Improvisation on the Recorder

    Posted October 13, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 1 Like 1,221 Views

    I recently had a request for written notation of what I might play for improvisation on the sopranino recorder. Specifically to play after a Tideo verse is sung, while the children have "free exploration" time on their O Read More...

  • Newsletter 9.30.16

    Posted October 4, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,019 Views

      Hi Music Box Friends, JUMP FROG JUMP! SING FROG SING! Check out these videos from our Music Rhapsody Membership. These videos give a peek at one of the videos included for teachers from Lesson 3: Young M Read More...

  • Newsletter 9.23.16

    Posted October 4, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,716 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends This week, a few of your questions inspired us to do a video tour of Music Box to highlight some of Music Box's resource areas. We hope this is helpful. As always, your questions a Read More...

  • Kindergarten, PreK Music Activities for Singing in Tune!

    Posted September 29, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,421 Views

    PreK, Kindergarten Singing Games and Activities for Pitch Matching My YouTube video in this weeks Music Box newsletter features one of hundreds of activities I use for matching pitch and singing in tune. Why so many? Wh Read More...

  • Lynn Kleiner's Tips on Classroom Management in the Elementary M

    Posted September 21, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,406 Views

    Classroom Management in the Elementary Music Room is an area that challenges even the most experienced teachers but certainly new teachers. Having hired and trained teachers at Music Rhapsody for well over 30 years, th Read More...

  • Lesson Plans for New Born -2 yrs old.

    Posted September 20, 2016 by Tomilee Deatherage

    1 Comment 1,848 Views

    I am told there are lesson plans for babies, toddlers etc but I only see lesson plans starting at age 2.  Is there a place I could see all lesson plans available by age?  Thank you!  

  • Polar Express Christmas Musical

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Lelania Perritt

    1 Comment 1,114 Views

    I am in need of some ideas for an easy christmas concert using The Polar Express Theme for kindergartners.  Any ideas?  

  • Polar Express Christmas Musical

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Lelania Perritt

    924 Views

    I am in need of some ideas for an easy christmas concert using The Polar Express Theme for kindergartners.  Any ideas?  

  • Newsletter 9.9.16

    Posted September 11, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    674 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, Hello.... it's me... not Adele, but Lynn! I was wondering if after all these weeks you'd like to sing A new hello song They say that the start of class is great for singing a Read More...

  • Newsletter 9.1.16

    Posted September 8, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,378 Views

      Hi Music Box Friends, I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy your weekend with family and friends. As a new year begins, we are excited about our new Hello and Goodbye Songs. Check o Read More...

  • Hello Song by Lynn Kleiner – Much more than just a greeting!

    Posted September 8, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    3,123 Views

    Question: How can you keep the children engaged and focused, maintaining classroom control as you put the hand drums away and prepare for a circle dance? Answer: Use your Hello Song! Substitute the first measure or tw Read More...

  • Newsletter 8.26.16

    Posted August 26, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    976 Views

    Hi Music Box Friends, I know that some of you are already back to school and some of you are getting ready. I hope everything is going well for all! In my blog this week, I have some options for songs and recordings to Read More...

  • Free Play! Sing and play-along with Lynn Kleiner’s CDs

    Posted August 25, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 1,538 Views

    Why is it Important?  Music Rhapsody students often arrive for their Orff class a few minutes early. As they enter the  classroom, familiar music is coming from the speakers and Orff instruments are set up i Read More...

  • Name Games and Other Ways to Learn All Those Names!

    Posted August 16, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Comments 2 Likes 2,116 Views

    Wow!  There’s lots of names to learn at the beginning of the school year!  Here’s a few music activities I use at the beginning of the year from several of my different age groups. Little Secrets: Read More...

  • Orff Schulwerk, so needed!

    Posted August 2, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Likes 974 Views

      Orff Schulwerk, more relevant than ever! As more and more children have increased screen time as a part of home, school, work and play time, Orff Schulwerk is more relevant than ever. Our class is a time for m Read More...

  • Seas the Day!

    Posted August 1, 2016 by Cindy Phelps

    1 Comment 12,878 Views

    School is about to begin in the Kansas City metro area.  All of our preschoolers will be greeted with the ocean theme.  I am excited to use Songs of the Sea to incorporate into our language arts and math curric Read More...

  • Ocean Music for Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2

    Posted July 6, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    2,423 Views

      Songs of the Sea will be something very SPECIAL with smooth sailing for all when you incorporate some of these exciting items! Song Resources: Songs of the Sea Book/CD, In All Kinds of Weather Book/CD,&nb Read More...

  • Newsletter 6.10.16

    Posted June 14, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,369 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, It has been another week of concerts in schools and in our after school program at Music Rhapsody. It really is incredible when the students and parents feel such pride and you can cele Read More...

  • Newsletter 6.3.16

    Posted June 8, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    890 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, Great to talk with you at the Webinar last night. After our summer trainings finish, we'll do it again! Thanks for sharing your questions. Remember, any time you have a question, click Read More...

  • Newsletter 5.27.16

    Posted May 28, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1,970 Views

      Dear Music Box Friends, I am excited to offer a WEBINAR on June 2 at 6:30PM Pacific Standard Time. All Teachers (Members and Future Members!) are invited to join me as I answer your questions as we explore som Read More...

  • Newsletter 5.19.16

    Posted May 22, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    849 Views

    Dear Music Box Friends, As our school year is winding down, I am on the lookout for what to do next school year. How about some fresh, active, exciting lesson plans? These lessons are designed with the student and teach Read More...

  • Newsletter 5.6.16

    Posted May 7, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    2,243 Views

    Dear Music Box Friends, As promised, I am highlighting a few favorites for the end of the year. Los Machetes is one I use from infants through fifth grade.  This song was recorded for Music Rhapsody by Gary King an Read More...

  • Newsletter 4.30.16

    Posted May 1, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1 Like 1,180 Views

    Dear Music Box Friends, Over the next several weeks, I will be suggesting some activities for those last few lessons of the school year.  The last lesson or two can be a bit of a challenge for teachers, but it can Read More...

  • Remo Belli

    Posted April 28, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 926 Views

      As my preschoolers and elementary students played their tone blocks, drums, triangles, rhythm sticks, ocean drum,(and more) preparing for their upcoming concerts, I was overwhelmed with emotion as I remembered th Read More...

  • Welcome to the Newsletter Recap!

    Posted April 25, 2016 by Newsletter Recap

    1 Like 3,064 Views

    Welcome to the newsletter recap! We will be archiving the newsletter for you each week here!

  • Pre K and Kindergarten Music, 5 Little Monkeys by Lynn Kleiner

    Posted April 20, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,411 Views

      Wow, what a Pre-K music week I had! After 6 rehearsals with delightful 2-5 year old preschool concerts, I had assemblies at a school district for their Pre-K and K classes. For the assemblies (I call this Music Read More...

  • Kindergarten Music Challenges – A few tips for Success

    Posted March 29, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 1,423 Views

    Kindergarten Music Lessons are so much fun when you have amazing lesson plans AND you know the tricks for smooth transitions, classroom management and engagement techniques for all (or hopefully at least most!) of the st Read More...

  • Preschool, Pre-K Music Curriculum with Lesson Plans

    Posted March 20, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 11,357 Views

    Preschool Music Lesson Plans, Pre-K and Kindergarten Music Curriculum, and all the early childhood music lessons are designed to stimulate and develop every part of the young child’s brain: hearing, vision, speec Read More...

  • Spring Music Lesson Plans for preschool and elementary

    Posted March 17, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 1 Like 5,433 Views

    Spring Music Lesson Plans for preschool and elementary can be found in Music Box by using the Search feature at the top right on the menu bar. Several of my favorites are "All Around the Gardener's Bench," and "I Read More...

  • Music and Movement for Toddlers

    Posted February 28, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,055 Views

      Music and Movement is a critical part of a complete early childhood education. In fact, learning things like counting, colors, concepts such as high and low, long and short, loud and soft, in and out, and about t Read More...

  • Recorder with Orff, Stories, Movement and Improv

    Posted February 23, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,012 Views

    I love teaching recorder because I teach it using stories, from an Orff approach. This brings a lot of variety to the lessons! Being unpredictable and action packed is the key to classroom management and success! If you Read More...

  • Skinamerink for Valentine's Day

    Posted January 25, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,048 Views

    Here's a lesson I've shared for Mother's Day that is just adorable for Valentine's Day too: Skinamerink a dink a dink,Skinamerink a doo,I love you.Skinamerink a dink a dink,Skinamerink a doo,I love you.I love you in the Read More...

  • Momma Don't Allow bubbles

    Posted January 21, 2016 by Tammy Torrens

    6 Comments 3,081 Views

    I truly enjoed Lynn's seeion at AOSA "What Happened Next?" I am currently using the Momma Don't Allow" book and lesson ideas with my 3rd grade recorder sudents. We are having so much fun with it that I'd like to share an Read More...

  • Winter Teacher Feature - Katie Traxler

    Posted January 8, 2016 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 1 Like 1,156 Views

    This year we're making a resolution to strengthen our community in Music Box. We are SO privileged to have members representing a variety different teaching backgrounds, musical training, locations, ages, and personaliti Read More...

  • Post Holiday Concert Lesson Plan for Elementary Music

    Posted December 3, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 2 Likes 2,623 Views

    Music Classes after the Holiday Performance call for something a little special!  Here's a favorite I've enjoyed for many, many years.  Get your set of jingle bells (enough for one for each student and the teac Read More...

  • Thanksgiving idea

    Posted November 16, 2015 by Tammy Torrens

    6 Comments 2,847 Views

    I have been using an old favorite in a new way. Dave Pilky's book, 'Twas the night Before Thnaksgiving is one of my favorite books to read to student in the Fall.  This year I have added some "skill songs" to i Read More...

  • Clowns in the Classroom! (or Concert!)

    Posted November 13, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2,182 Views

    Due a request by a valued Music Box member, here is a post all about CLOWNS! Some people think clowns are spooky but I disagree - they are silly, stylish, groovy, and help us sing solos! In a time that is occupied by ipa Read More...

  • Halloween Music Lesson Success, Three Creepy Spiders!

    Posted November 5, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 1,882 Views

    Creepy Spiders replace Ladybugs! (From In All Kinds of Weather, Kids Make Music)Since our lesson plan for Melody Makers (from Music Box Downloads, weekly lessons) calls for Ladybugs but it was Halloween, I decided to cha Read More...

  • Preschool Lessons Enhanced Through Music

    Posted October 21, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Likes 1,583 Views

    Two Year Old Music Time! Class after class with the 2 year olds this week made me smile. These precious little music makers, joyfully participating in “Five Little Leaves” from In All Kinds of Weather, Kids M Read More...

  • Music Lesson Plans for the Beginning of the Year - Preschoolers

    Posted October 2, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 2,668 Views

    The beginning of the school year can bring some fears and tears from our little music makers especially in our schools where the 2 year old class has to leave their classroom, which they are just starting to feel comfort Read More...

  • Spanish Language Music

    Posted October 1, 2015 by Sasami Ashworth

    1 Comment 2,725 Views

    Hello! There was a question about South American music so I decided to just do a post about Spanish language music in MR/MB! The Spanish CD is a great place to find music from many Spanish speaking countries, and "Cheki Read More...

  • Back to School Music

    Posted September 13, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2,107 Views

    Many Music Box teachers are preparing for their return to school. I thought I would highlight a few places to look on Music Box for some review or something new for your school year.  Hopefully this will also help n Read More...

  • Birds Make Music!

    Posted September 1, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2,174 Views

    Birds Make Music!Check out the Music Rhapsody Shop for some special little birds for sweet singing in your classes! https://musicrhapsody.com/product-category/puppets/ and don't forget to use your member discount!Now, wh Read More...

  • Elementary Music Lesson Videos

    Posted August 14, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    1,677 Views

    Elementary Music Teachers looking for music lesson plan ideas can watch a variety of workshops in Music Box, as they follow along with workshop notes they can print out in Music Box Downloads, click Video Lessons. www.ly Read More...

  • Sound Shapes, Boomwhackers and Orff

    Posted July 8, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 2,215 Views

    Sound Shapes, Boomwhackers, Orff instruments…Basic or Novelty? As an Orff teacher in preschools and elementary schools as well as a teacher trainer since the 1980s, I am amazed at what instruments teachers or sch Read More...

  • Lynn Kleiner's Puppets with a Purpose

    Posted June 3, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 1,599 Views

    Lynn Kleiner’s Puppets with a Purpose is a video series that features music activities using adorable puppets from www.musicrhapsody.com.  Ideas for music lesson plans include singing, pitch matching games, in Read More...

  • Pre-K to Elementary Curriculum in Music Box

    Posted April 17, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 3,177 Views

    The following curriculum is from Music Box Weekly Lesson Plans which I use for my Pre-K - elementary students For Pre-K, TK new to instruments I use preschool weekly lessons and if you're introducing Orff, see the "Youn Read More...

  • curriculum?

    Posted April 15, 2015 by Mayumi Grasso

    3 Comments 3,586 Views

    Hi Lynn,   I was wondering if there is a curriculum you follow for each grade? Meaning what concepts do you teach in each grade? I teach K - 5.    Thanks so much for your help!   Mayumi

  • Gathering Drum nuts and bolts

    Posted April 14, 2015 by Karin Nanos

    4 Comments 13,475 Views

    Has anyone replaced the nuts and bolts on the inside of the gathering drum handles with something else that lies flat? When we turn the drum over to use as a boat, the screw/bolt heads protrude and can poke the kids whil Read More...

  • Music Concert Themes for Preschool, Kindergarten, early element

    Posted April 8, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 68,413 Views

    Preschool Music Concert, Kindergarten Music Program, Elementary Music Show can be tough planning for the music teacher   Try a theme! Themes make it fun for you, the classroom teachers and the kids while childr Read More...

  • Songs of the Sea Concerts

    Posted March 24, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 2,171 Views

    An Ocean Theme concert is adorable for preschool, kindergarten and primary grades. A teacher using the Songs of the Sea book asked if 10 Fish in the Sea is a good song for Orff for Preschool.  Since this song has a Read More...

  • orff instruments

    Posted March 24, 2015 by Bonnie Tomm

    1 Comment 1 Like 75,116 Views

    Hola Lynn, I am teaching in Colombia, and my colleague and I were discussing the need for replacing some of our Orff instruments.  The Orff instruments available here are locally made and do not have the sound quali Read More...

  • Gathering Drum for Preschool and Kindergarten Ages

    Posted March 19, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 1 Like 10,203 Views

    The gathering drum offers a very special, unique experience to the music classroom.  Sitting around the huge Lynn Kleiner Remo Gathering Drum* immediately promotes group participation.  This bonding experience Read More...

  • Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Course, Early Childhood, infant

    Posted March 2, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    6,640 Views

    Lynn Kleiner’s annual training specializes in Orff for young children: preschool, kindergarten and primary grades. Mommy and me type of classes for parents with baby or toddlers will also be part of this intense bu Read More...

  • Valentine's Day Music Class for Babies and Toddler Classes

    Posted February 9, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    6 Comments 2,572 Views

    Valentine’s Day music for baby and toddler classes is a great request Barb.   One of my favorite pieces of music for entering the music room and exploration on the gathering drum is Captain and Tennille&r Read More...

  • Orff Early Childhood Music Teacher Training

    Posted January 28, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 4,819 Views

    An Orff Approach to music for babies, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary Live or Online - Lynn Kleiner's Teacher Training    Register for the 4 day live training by April 30, 2015 for the early bi Read More...

  • Winter Music Lesson Plans from an Orff Approach

    Posted January 1, 2015 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 6,921 Views

    I love seasonal activities. Students learn a lot more than music and are so excited about the lesson. Winter stories will warm up the music room with movement, instruments and singing.   These are the annual on Read More...

  • Jingle Bells not Allowed? Bah, Humbug!

    Posted December 10, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 6,517 Views

    Jingle Bells, not allowed? Bah, humbug! I say NO! Let it snow! Let’s all have the opportunity to enjoy this song about snow and a horse drawn sleigh! Jingle Bells is a wonderful sleigh song written by James Lord Pi Read More...

  • Musical For Kindergartners

    Posted November 17, 2014 by Lelania Perritt

    3 Comments 1,656 Views

    I am in need of a cute musical program to do in February with my kindergartners. Has anyone done anything using a book?  How do you do it?  Do you have a video?  I just can't imagine how to do it.

  • Fall songs, Thanksgiving songs

    Posted November 8, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 4,086 Views

    Two of my favorite pairings for fall are drums and shakers. Powama (Brilliant Begginings CD and in the Simply Music Rhapsody curriculum/Playlists) and Shoo Turkey (from Farm Songs and the Sounds of Moosic CD as well as t Read More...

  • Movement Song for Steady Beat

    Posted November 8, 2014 by Lelania Perritt

    2 Comments 1,766 Views

    What is a good classical music song for steady beat movement exploration for Preschool/Kindergarten?  

  • HELP NON MUSIC TEACHER WITH OBSERVATION

    Posted October 26, 2014 by Lelania Perritt

    3 Comments 1,665 Views

    Hi Lynn, I teach Kindergarten Music in a Public School, but I am not a certified Music Teacher.  I have an observation coming up in November.  I need help.  I am teaching high/low; pitch matching; instrume Read More...

  • Preschool Music for "Love Our Planet"

    Posted October 18, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    4,167 Views

    Homemade instruments using recycle items are a delightful and musical way to celebrate “Love our Planet.” I have many ideas for homemade instruments in In All Kinds of Weather, Kids Make Music, Songs of the S Read More...

  • The Very Busy Spider in October classrooms

    Posted October 11, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    6 Comments 1 Like 10,967 Views

    Hello All!   I wanted to share a quick idea with you about using the book "The Very Busy Spider" in your classroom this October! The featured free Music Box download of the moment is "The Very Busy Spider" which i Read More...

  • Music Lesson Plans

    Posted October 8, 2014 by Lucia Morales

    3 Comments 39,242 Views

    HI Lynn, and hello everyone! This is Lucia from Monterrey Mexico, And I’m a music teacher at a private school. I am not a musician. But I can play the guitar along with kids on short songs. I have been teachi Read More...

  • Holiday Preschool/Kindergarten Music Program

    Posted October 5, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    7 Comments 21,531 Views

    I recieved a request to post ideas/references for a preschool holiday program that might have a  storyline and have the songs support that. This depends on the setting. If this is a secular setting where the f Read More...

  • The Best Of Early Childhood Music

    Posted September 28, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    6 Comments 3,526 Views

    I have been asked to present the best of “Music Rhapsody” early childhood program at a Conference. I’m so curious if your list would match mine. After more than 35 awesome fun years of making music with Read More...

  • Gathering Drum and more

    Posted September 16, 2014 by Karin Nanos

    2 Comments 41,757 Views

    I'm looking for activity suggestions for children birth-3 years of age using the gathering drum. My students have varying degrees of abilities. Some have low muscle tone and aren't able to move their bodies easily. Some Read More...

  • To use or not to use CD in class

    Posted September 11, 2014 by Tiffany Brown

    2 Comments 26,903 Views

    Hello!   About to start my first class and am forgetting whether or not to use the music on the CD's in class.  I enjoy the instrumental accompaniment to the songs and wish there were an instrumental track to Read More...

  • Recorder from an Orff Approach in Music Box

    Posted August 3, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 5,561 Views

    I just received an email asking about my preferred brand of recorder, a recorder book, lesson plans and materials for teaching recorder from an Orff approach.  I use the Aulos, a beautiful 3 piece model.  Its m Read More...

  • Early Childhood Conference

    Posted June 14, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    5 Comments 1 Like 11,242 Views

    I remember preparing for my first preschool music class, wondering how it would be compared to the elementary classes I had been teaching for the past 5 years.   Wow.  There was a big difference!  Thi Read More...

  • Malaysia Teacher Training, May 2014

    Posted May 31, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    21,336 Views

    Having a blast in Malaysia! Have you signed up for a Music Rhapsody summer teacher training course in your part of the world yet?? Visit the website or call 1+(310)376-8646 for more information or to register today! &nb Read More...

  • Recorder Brands

    Posted May 11, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 6,119 Views

    Recently, a teacher was discussing what brand of recorders to choose for her elementary class.  Some of the suggestions were far from the quality that I insist on for my students. I know some settings have very limi Read More...

  • Music Rhapsody FAQ's

    Posted May 5, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 21,990 Views

    With the summer teacher trainings around the corner, and many new enhancements made to the Music Rhapsody program in the last year, I thought it would be good to answer some commonly arising questions about the live trai Read More...

  • Shaker Songs

    Posted April 14, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 14,708 Views

      Lynn’s Suggested Shaker Eggs Songs   Songs of the Sea Sandy Sandy Sand* Wipe Out   Spanish Music Rhapsody Cheki Morena   Kids Make Music, Babies Make Music Too Silly Sam* Up So Hig Read More...

  • Spring Lesson Plan Ideas for Preschool and Elementary

    Posted April 8, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    5 Comments 22,288 Views

    Spring Music Lesson Plans for preschool and elementary can be found in Music Box by using the Search feature at the top right on the menu bar. Several of my favorites are "All Around the Gardener's Bench," and "I Pl Read More...

  • VOSA eNews

    Posted April 6, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    16,340 Views

    Here is some info from VOSA eNews about the summer trainings in Australia: Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts (ECCPA) Keynote Presenter: Lynn Kleiner (USA)         16 & 17 Augus Read More...

  • Gathering Drum Update!

    Posted April 5, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 1 Like 9,423 Views

      BIG update for my Music Box friends! I spent the day with the incredible Remo Belli himself, now 87 years old and as sharp and fit as ever, working on how to improve instruments for babies, children wit Read More...

  • Preschool/Kindergarten Orff Music Wish List

    Posted March 12, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Comments 8,975 Views

      A new music teacher proudly proudly proclaimed "My school gave me $2500 so I bought a Bass Xylophone!" After asking a few questions, it became clear that this was the only instrument the teacher had for the presc Read More...

  • Orff Classes-The best Screen Saver!

    Posted February 24, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 6,074 Views

    Best Screen Saver – Making Music! Too much screen time for children is a frequent concern among educators, parents, even the American Academy of Pediatrics. Why does it matter how much media our children are consu Read More...

  • Stories with Music

    Posted February 14, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    14,439 Views

    Music Lesson Plans including a story book for Pre-K, Kindergarten and elementary can be a highlight of the Orff classroom. Ferdinand is my February story for my Melody Makers classes. I guess just because he has such a l Read More...

  • Concert Plans for Preschool, Elementary with Orff

    Posted January 27, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 15,558 Views

    Orff pieces have been requested to the Mountain theme concert lesson plans found in Downloads in Lynn Kleiner’s Music Box. The concert plan includes songs for small percussion, scarves, movement but some have requ Read More...

  • Valentine Music for Preschool and Elementary

    Posted January 20, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    4,922 Views

    February is the time, For lessons to have Valentines! Music Box will show you how, Just use the search and see it now! Videos, forums, downloads too, All kinds of lessons designed for you. Tell your teacher friends Read More...

  • Music Rhapsody NEW OPTIONS

    Posted January 11, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 1 Like 28,306 Views

    Important exciting NEWS!!! If you have taken Lynn’s early childhood teacher training course at any time, you are eligible to receive “Module One” containing FIFTY beautiful lesson plans, 10 lessons from Read More...

  • Winter Music Lessons

    Posted January 10, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    8,377 Views

    January, February, time for snow We’ve got lessons, want to know?   Log into www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com  and watch videos, print downloads, read stories with music, and view winter ideas that will wa Read More...

  • Music Teacher's Ukulele Mix Up

    Posted January 7, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    6,622 Views

    I just heard from a Music Box teacher that she bought a baritone ukulele and eagerly watched the Music Box ukulele lesson number one to learn to play. I know how disappointed she must have felt that what I was saying did Read More...

  • Lynn Kleiner Music Teacher Training 2014

    Posted December 10, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    9,050 Views

    Teacher Training from an Orff approach for early childhood music education! Lynn Kleiner is  excited to announce that the US summer training workshops in Redondo Beach, CA (June 27, 28, 29th, and 30th, 2014)   Read More...

  • Brain study suggests classical musicians should improvise

    Posted December 7, 2013 by Brendan McCreary

    1 Comment 2 Likes 53,622 Views

    Please read this article!   "Researchers have found that listeners engage with classical music more when musicians improvise. A collaboration of researchers from Imperial College London and the Guildhall School o Read More...

  • November Lessons

    Posted November 14, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    34,965 Views

    A couple weeks away from Thanksgiving and getting into festive fowl season - time to stock up on your turkeys and ducks!!   Watch my rhythm readers class perform their rendition of "Turkey Feathers," from the Farm Read More...

  • Lynn Kleiner Teacher Training Workshop 2014

    Posted October 22, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Comments 23,070 Views

    Since the launch of Simply Music Rhapsody teacher licensing in 2012 we have only offered teacher training workshops to music teachers intending to fulfill the SMR licensing and teaching requirements. This year we are THR Read More...

  • You’ll Be Amazed How Just A Song Could Break Through To This Wo

    Posted October 21, 2013 by Sasami Ashworth

    117,100 Views

    I just saw this link on Lynn's Facebook page and it completely melted my heart and reinforced my feelings about music therapy and the role of music in healing! My grand mother has Alzheimer's and I have been meaning to p Read More...

  • Orff on the Go!

    Posted October 7, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    16,430 Views

    If you have seen my "Orff on the Go! Advice from Lynn" video in Music Box, then you know that an Orff-class-in-a-box is not a myth!! For preschool Orff teachers who are always on the move, have a lack storage space (or Read More...

  • Music Lesson Plans, Resources, CDs and Puppets

    Posted September 30, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 6,379 Views

    Music teachers looking for lesson plans, songs, stories with music and more should click Downloads after logging in at www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com.   Looking for CDs, puppets, felts, story books, teacher books Read More...

  • Sports Music Theme, Team Spirit

    Posted September 23, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    5,730 Views

    A teacher was asked to have some type of song or activity to go with their Spirit Week where each child is asked to wear their favorite "team" shirt.  Here's the song that he will teach:   Take me out to the Read More...

  • Winter Holiday Lessons, Concerts, Events

    Posted August 29, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 19,588 Views

    A Holiday Collection was suggested by one of our wonderful Music Box teachers. This sounds like a fantastic theme for a new book and CD but it certainly won't happen before the winter holidays so I will let you know a gr Read More...

  • Music for Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and U.S. Hist

    Posted August 29, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    14,025 Views

    With Labor Day coming up, and a general need for patriotism with all of the global tension arising, the "Patriotic Songs" $1.99 lesson plan is sure to bring a smile to your faces and a warmth to your young Americans' hea Read More...

  • Music Teachers in Music Box are My Friends!

    Posted August 26, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 3 Likes 14,790 Views

    Oh dear, this is just so silly, of course I am good friends with everyone in Music Box, why do I have to "Add as Friend"!? HA! I noticed this in Music Box "Members" today that I'm not "friends" with lot of you yet so I c Read More...

  • Music Lessons for Fall, Back to School

    Posted August 13, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Comments 3 Likes 8,537 Views

    I love that after 35 years in the early childhood and elementary music classroom, I am still excited about the start of another school year! Looking around Music Box, I am reminded of years of my favorite back to school, Read More...

  • Orff Course for Kids, Music Camp

    Posted July 21, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 3 Likes 15,300 Views

    I think of this as an Orff Teacher’s Heaven. Kids excited and inspired about a day full of singing, dancing, moving, recorder, instrument building, and electives such as “surprise” class, which will inc Read More...

  • Farm Theme Concert for Ages 2-8

    Posted June 24, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Like 62,844 Views

    Highlights of our "Farm Songs and the Sounds of Moo-sic" Concerts.   I am fortunate to have many talented teachers on my staff.  We discuss possibilities for our theme with more than enough options for t Read More...

  • video's

    Posted May 9, 2013 by Barb Bonisteel

    2 Comments 2,435 Views

    Is anyone else having trouble viewing the new classical videos that have been recently posted. I am able to hear everything but am not able to see anything?

  • Summer Music Workshops Online

    Posted April 24, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 2 Likes 27,735 Views

    Looking for summer music workshops this summer but don’t want to travel? Time is limited? Music Box has added several new music and movement workshops and has several more coming just in time for summer training!&n Read More...

  • Early Childhood Music Program, Music Rhapsody

    Posted April 9, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    4,698 Views

    Looking for an exciting, comprehensive early childhood music program? Lynn Kleiner has just finished all 200 detailed lesson plans complete with video of every single activity, recordings, lyrics, and more!  Startin Read More...

  • Music Teachers

    Posted April 7, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    46,171 Views

    Early Childhood Music..Orff lessons..Music lesson plans..Music Teacher Resources..which website? which program? I have had a lot of questions about my busy, sometimes confusing musical website world! I hope to answer a f Read More...

  • Easy Orff

    Posted March 21, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    60,037 Views

    A teacher asked for easy Orff activities. Here's one we've been enjoying lately since we are planning a Farm theme for all our preschool-grade 1 concerts this year. This is from the book/CD Farm Songs and the Sounds Read More...

  • Music Rhapsody!! Simply Awesome!!

    Posted February 19, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Likes 11,950 Views

      Hello fellow music educators!   As you may have seen in previous blog posts or music box events, the past two years have been a whirl-wind of new teaching ideas and projects with a number of collaborating Read More...

  • Promo video for My Trip to the Mountains March 22-23 workshop!

    Posted February 18, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 2 Likes 3,642 Views

    As our new music teacher-book, My Trip to the Mountains, inches closer to the press and our mountain-themed workshop sits just around the corner, we are excited to present this little promotional video with some footage Read More...

  • Fall Music Fun for Active Music Making!

    Posted September 25, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    6 Comments 7,707 Views

    Dear Music Box Friends, Since I am teaching in Southern California, I might not see the changes of the seasons like many of you but I still get excited to bring out my favorite books, puppets and songs for autumn, inclu Read More...

  • Weather Songs, Holiday Shows, Winter Songs

    Posted September 13, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 3,532 Views

    Weather Songs, Songs for Holiday Shows, Snow and Winter Songs are all topics in the Music Box Forum. Go to www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com. The book and CD, In All Kinds of Weather, Kids Make Music is available at www.music Read More...

  • Baby Music Class

    Posted September 10, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 2,861 Views

    Baby Music Classes is a topic in the forum at www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com. See what the favorites are from our classes. For teachers who are members of Music Box, please share your favorite baby music activity in the Mu Read More...

  • Ukulele for 5-6 year olds, really?

    Posted August 1, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 10,732 Views

    Ukulele is great but what age should you introduce it? Most of the instruments at Music Rhapsody’s Summer Music Day camp are just not age appropriate for our youngest campers, 5-6 year olds. We recommend the clarin Read More...

  • Orff Improvisation, thoughts of a six year old, special moments

    Posted May 6, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 4,966 Views

    Sometimes you just never know! My 4-6 year old introduction to Orff class was practicing their parts for "The Butterfly" from my book Jungle Beat. Each had decided on the part they wanted to play on their Orff instrument Read More...

  • Observing Orff Teachers

    Posted March 25, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    5,565 Views

    A great way to get new ideas and improve our teaching is by observing other Orff teachers.  You might pick up techniques on classroom control, see how to encourage participation, when to limit the student “ide Read More...

  • Music Teaching Videos recommended for new music teachers

    Posted March 8, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Comments 3,029 Views

    New Music Teachers will get lots of teaching tips from the video lessons at www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com. See a variety of Lynn Kleiner's workshops including Orff activities for 4-8 year olds, music for parents and their Read More...

  • Early Childhood Music, Orff Teacher Training with Lynn Kleiner

    Posted February 5, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    4 Comments 8,261 Views

    Introducing Simply Music Rhapsody, a new licensing program for early childhood music teachers. This is an exciting change to my annual music teacher training program and I’d like to share the big news with you!&nbs Read More...

  • World Music For Preschool Music Lessons and Concerts

    Posted January 29, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 19,822 Views

    A Music Box Teacher has asked about World Music for a Concert Theme for Preschoolers. I think this is also a great topic for preschool music lessons too. Though this discussion is in the Music Box Forum at www.lynnkleine Read More...

  • The Toymaker's Clowns for a Preschool,Kindergarten Music C

    Posted December 10, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    4,562 Views

    For the complete story, music and video of a performance, go to www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com to DOWNLOADS and VIDEOS. Orff instruments can easily accompany this story, even Music Rhapsody's one octave colored glockenspie Read More...

  • Recorder from an Orff Approach

    Posted October 7, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 5,038 Views

    Recorder, from an Orff approach, is a new category coming to the downloads in www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com.  The recorder class is an exciting experience for students as it goes from movement to singing to instrumen Read More...

  • Back to School Music

    Posted August 8, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    4 Comments 1 Like 3,172 Views

    Many Music Box teachers are preparing for their return to school. I thought I would highlight a few places to look on Music Box for some review or something new for your school year.  Hopefully this will also help n Read More...

  • Ukulele video lesson, songs and chord chart

    Posted August 4, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    13 Comments 6,379 Views

    Why ukulele ?  I enjoy playing the guitar but traveling for workshops and concerts as well as to a variety of schools with my guitar was difficult, especially the flights! Switching to the ukulele lightened my loa Read More...

  • Summer Music Teacher Training Course in Redondo Beach

    Posted April 21, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Comments 3,083 Views

    There have been some questions about the 6 day teacher training so I thought I would start a blog in case others are wondering similiar questions. The teacher training course is held at a hotel across from the beautiful Read More...

  • Hatching Puppets for Spring

    Posted March 30, 2011 by Ute Braun

    1 Comment 3,317 Views

    It's the time of year for most of us to start our spring songs. One of our all time favorites is "Who's That Hatching" from "In All Kinds of Weather" Book. (You can check the forum for more spring ideas and ideas for "Wh Read More...

  • Colored Eggs and other Spring Music Activities

    Posted March 16, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 3,125 Views

    "Colored Eggs" is a free download under theme lessons in Music Box. Enjoy this fresh and easy lesson! The forum in Music Box is discussing lesson plans for preschool and elementary spring music classes. A few things for Read More...

  • "Stories with Music" in Music Box

    Posted March 3, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 3,751 Views

    There is a musical story for every special time of year in your classroom. Detailed lesson plans for the following books are in Music Box so far: Back to School:  Froggy Goes to School, The Very Busy Spider Winter Read More...

  • Lesson Plan ideas for Valentine's Day

    Posted January 22, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    2 Comments 3,808 Views

    The forum is discussing delightful ideas for Valentine's Day music lessons. Go to www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com and click on forum to see the great ideas and share with this creative group of teachers!  Ferdinand is Read More...

  • Dance and Movement Ideas on Music Box

    Posted January 19, 2011 by Ute Braun

    6 Comments 2,923 Views

    We just added two Downloads under Special Lessons, ideas for the CD "Our Favorite Shenanigans" on music box.  Lots of ideas for instruments, movement , circle and line dances for mommy and me classes with babie Read More...

  • Using Orff Instruments for the First Time, Lesson Plans

    Posted January 17, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    5 Comments 34,109 Views

    If you have ever purchased your own Orff instruments, you know the significant investment.   Fostering care and respect for these beautiful instruments will cut down on needed repairs and make students awa Read More...

  • What Music Box Members are saying about Lynn Kleiner's Mus

    Posted January 16, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    6 Comments 3,391 Views

    I am so appreciative of the feedback I have recieved for the new website!  Its barely 2 months and teachers have inquired, shared, suggested, guided and directed me in a way that benefits all members immed Read More...

  • Presidents

    Posted December 31, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    3,542 Views

      I was asked to do a song about Presidents since the 7-8 year old class in one of our schools was doing a unit on them. I hated to interrupt Music Rhapsody's “Melody Maker” lesson plans that Read More...

  • Hello Song for 5 year olds on Orff instruments

    Posted December 19, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 4,589 Views

    Music Box has some free "Hello Songs" in downloads under SONGS. Music Rhapsody is using this one in the key of F. These 5 year olds performed the Hello Song for their holiday show opener to introduce the audience to the Read More...

  • Lesson Plans for Music Classes!

    Posted November 30, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 2,957 Views

    Music Rhapsody's Rhythm Readers classes are full of singing, dancing, and playing instruments, just like all Music Rhapsody classes.  However, unique to the classes for this level, following an introduction to Orff Read More...

  • Puppets!

    Posted November 28, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    4 Comments 5,609 Views

    "I love your puppets! They are so beautiful. I love how there is a song for every puppet you offer but when I use your puppets, its not as engaging as when you use your puppets! What am I missing?" I recently heard this Read More...

  • Sound Shapes

    Posted November 13, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    1 Comment 3,152 Views

    There is a free lesson plan in Lynn Kleiner's Music Box for Sound Shapes. Look in downloards under Special Lessons. In the forum, under questions for Lynn, there are tips on what kind of Sound Shapes to buy and what to d Read More...

  • Holiday Concert Traditions

    Posted November 2, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    5 Comments 5,668 Views

    One of the reasons Music Box has been created is so I can share answers to some of the questions I have been answering for years and years. One of those is “What can I do for my preschool/kindergarten holiday conce Read More...

  • Favorite Classical Music Activities from Kids Can Listen, Kids

    Posted October 28, 2010 by Ute Braun

    4 Comments 1 Like 2,873 Views

    I just wanted to share with everyone how much I enjoy our Kids Can Listen, Kids Can Move  CD with the classical music on it. I did “Run, Run!” beginning of the school year with the cat sleeping and the l Read More...

  • Thanksgiving

    Posted October 27, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    8 Comments 4,318 Views

    I had a teacher ask if I could recommend one of my books for some Thanksgiving activities. I had to say Farm Songs and the Sounds of Moosic. Turkey Feathers and Shoo Turkey are huge hits in November with all our preschoo Read More...

  • when should my child take private lessons?

    Posted October 18, 2010 by Ute Braun

    3 Comments 2,283 Views

    Another parent in my kindergarten class asked me today, when should I start my child on private lessons. With older children 4 and up this seems to be the most asked question I get and also a main reason for parents to n Read More...

  • My child is not participating

    Posted October 18, 2010 by Ute Braun

    2 Comments 2,144 Views

    I think one of the reasons for parents to discontinue with classes for their 1-3 year olds is that they don't feel like their little ones are participating. Just today another mom that has been coming for 1 1/2 years sai Read More...

  • Beautiful Singing

    Posted October 14, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    3 Comments 3,761 Views

    Our forum is discussing ways to help young children sing in their head voice, good tone quality, matching pitch. Please get in on the chat!

  • Discipline, class control!

    Posted October 9, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    5 Comments 4,183 Views

      Wow, this is the week for discipline questions! Emails from teachers and parents asking about 2-4 year olds. Our hope is that our lessons are so much fun and so engaging that we do not have behavior problems but Read More...

  • Mountain Theme Concert 2010

    Posted October 7, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    5 Comments 3,234 Views

    Such a great theme! Everyone looked so great in green and the Christmas trees were fun decorations. Lots of the materials were from Kids Make Music, Babies Make Music Too! I will be putting this concert plan in the box Read More...