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

    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 discussions will come up...and I just added several new things. Share your ideas here...
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  • Stories with Music from an Orff Approach, Six Reasons Why!

    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 effective  (and did I mention FUN!) ways to achieve my objectives as well a...
  • Help With Your 2018 Lesson & Concert Planning before Jan. 6

    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 personal recommendations for your specific teaching situation. We are extending...
  • Penguin Inspired Music Lessons for Winter, PreK, Kindergarten a

    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 lessons for preschool, kindergarten - elementary, "A Penguin Theme". What? No pe...
  • Winter music lessons for preschool, kinder–elem, a penguin them

    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 received one as a holiday gift but then used it for our winter lessons. No p...
  • A Ukulele Request, NEW Lesson Plans, Holiday Additional 10% off

    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-XwhY-UtA-3-7tFCJa2vON3&t=26s&inf_contact_key=ba21c040bf7e3ac48808b1a27ebed251ee...
  • Chanukah ideas and festive percussion activities

    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 for a drum or percussion circle. Free play on the song, play together on the 3 re...
  • Holiday Concerts for preschool, kindergarten, easy festive idea

    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 will make for some adorable photos too! Here's a few ideas: Wear a gold "Hal...
  • Singing and Dancing Gingerbread Men!

    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 Man lesson plan. What could be sweeter for holiday music making! There's also a...
  • Preschool Holiday Concert Plan, The Best Request ever!

    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 their holiday concert. "Lynn, can you help us plan a holiday program that is only...
  • Thanksgiving Music Lesson - Check out this student’s idea for T

    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 Songs and the Sounds of Moo-sic. A belt was used in later lessons so scarves cou...
  • Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Holiday Concert Planning

    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 of our school's director had a request. “Lynn, can you help us plan a holi...
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  • Spiders! Lessons for every music class!

    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 hit for solo singing and solo playing by the entire class using our amazing lit...
  • Pumpkin Music! Here's some that never get

    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'-Lanterns from my fall lesson plans (you can also find this in In All Kinds of W...
  • Recorder, Puppets from Lynn Kleiner

    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 video is for a dedicated member who wants to play her alto recorder with the rec...
  • Solos and "Call and Response" for your Ks,

    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, we now have this available. If you have previously purchased the digital CD or ha...
  • So many games, so many benefits!

    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! For some awesome beneficial games for all age groups, babies through middle schoo...
  • A song for our Texas children and one for y

    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_agrwNru4&list=PLcGAMvU2YN-VW1J18R_XC-Szv9BA1uJF1&index=25 Many of you know that I ...
  • Lynn's wedding pic and a $5 store credit

    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 all those names? Here's a few things I use: Name Games and Other Ways to Learn A...
  • September Teaching Tips from Lynn

    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 host many events and out of town guests over the next several weeks. If you are my...
  • Music and Movement with Classical Music and Props

    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 filters hanging from elastic string with a few streamers attached have all students ...
  • Music Camp or Concert; Adding art work to a Garden Theme

    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 their room into a garden for our delightful theme!   The painting wa...
  • Spring Music Lessons, A Garden Theme

    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 for the yellow sun, silk flowers or pictures of flowers), movement, singing in Maj...
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  • Special Education Music Lessons with Lynn Kleiner

    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 flexibility with the variety of shapes and sizes and ways to play (you can easily t...
  • PK, Kindergarten, Elementary Irish and St. Patricks Day Music L

    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 is Cockles and Mussels. This week's pack of music activities for this song is one...
  • St. Patrick’s Day for Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten and early e

    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 in Music Box! A recorder tune too.Michael Finnigan: The rhyming words are silly...
  • Healthy Teacher with Healthy Voice

    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 year, there are those days when you don’t really want to take back that scar...
  • Holidays in the Music Room

    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, practicing them and performing them at the show. It makes our holiday concerts l...
  • Improvisation on the Recorder

    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 Orff instrument (which are all set up in C pentatonic, remove Fs and Bs). Music R...
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  • Kindergarten, PreK Music Activities for Singing in Tune!

    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? What works with one child doesn’t work with the next. What will get the quie...
  • Lynn Kleiner's Tips on Classroom Management in the Elementary M

    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, this is the area the new teachers struggle with the most. Of course, the tools, t...
  • Hello Song by Lynn Kleiner – Much more than just a greeting!

    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 two and fill in the directions, encouraging the students to sing along with the fa...
  • Free Play! Sing and play-along with Lynn Kleiner’s CDs

    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 in the same  pentatonic key as the music. Immediately, the invitation to pla...
  • Name Games and Other Ways to Learn All Those Names!

    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: I highly recommend having a list of the class names and a pencil ready.  So...
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  • Orff Schulwerk, so needed!

      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 music making, creating movement, sounds, accompaniment, composition, improvisatio...
  • Ocean Music for Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2

      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, Kids Make Music, Babies Make Music Too Book/CD PROPS! Don’t forget all...
  • Remo Belli

      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 these instruments were the size, quality, durability and incredible tone because o...
  • Pre K and Kindergarten Music, 5 Little Monkeys by Lynn Kleiner

      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 for the Masses), I used the Five Little Monkeys activity from Jungle Beat. Here...
  • Kindergarten Music Challenges – A few tips for Success

    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 students. I have taught this age group for a very long time and still love to be i...
  • Preschool, Pre-K Music Curriculum with Lesson Plans

    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, speech, blance, coordination, behavior, movement, sensation, memory, emotion.Movement...
  • Spring Music Lesson Plans for preschool and elementary

    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 Plant a Little Seed," from Farm Songs and the Sounds of Moo-sic . And ...
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  • Music and Movement for Toddlers

      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 the world around us is just more fun and more successful through music and moveme...
  • Recorder with Orff, Stories, Movement and Improv

    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 want to love teaching recorder and want your students to love your lessons, you&...
  • Skinamerink for Valentine's Day

    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 morningAnd in the afternoon,I love you in the eveningunderneath the moon;Oh, Sk...
  • Winter Teacher Feature - Katie Traxler

    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 personalities!! This week we're going to feature one of our beloved members: Katie Traxler...
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  • Post Holiday Concert Lesson Plan for Elementary Music

    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 teacher) and add a few surprises (I use things like a single jingle bell, a little s...
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  • Clowns in the Classroom! (or Concert!)

    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 ipads, ipods, video games, smart boards, computers, etc., you would be amazed how a...
  • Halloween Music Lesson Success, Three Creepy Spiders!

    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 change the lyrics and props a bit. I used 3 spider rings (hundreds in a bag for a v...
  • Preschool Lessons Enhanced Through Music

    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 Make Music, (also in Module 2 Kids Make Music for Music Rhapsody Members), were a...
  • Music Lesson Plans for the Beginning of the Year - Preschoolers

    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 comfortable in, and make the journey down the hall to the music room. By the time they ...
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  • Back to School Music

    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 new members find their way around Music Box. Check out these places from your Mus...
  • Birds Make Music!

    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, what can you do with bird finger puppets? Oh, so many things! Let me highlight jus...
  • Elementary Music Lesson Videos

    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.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com Time to Play and Sing highlights a percussion circle acti...
  • Sound Shapes, Boomwhackers and Orff

    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 schools have purchased. Sometimes instruments that I would consider the necessary c...
  • Lynn Kleiner's Puppets with a Purpose

    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, instrument playing and movement.  Some videos explain how to make your own pu...
  • Pre-K to Elementary Curriculum in Music Box

    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 "Young at the Bars" article and "Intro to Orff" introductory lesson. Rhythm Readers &...
  • Music Concert Themes for Preschool, Kindergarten, early element

    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 children learn a lot more than just music!   With related science, art, rhym...
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  • Songs of the Sea Concerts

    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 chord change, I would say no.  You could play on the numbers on Cs but that...
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  • Gathering Drum for Preschool and Kindergarten Ages

    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 creates a feeling of community as the vibrations surround the little musicians. ...
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  • Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Course, Early Childhood, infant

    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 but fun teacher training.    Music teachers, preschool teachers, el...
  • Valentine's Day Music Class for Babies and Toddler Classes

    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’s Love Will Keep us Together.  Another is Love Somebody, now one of th...
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  • Orff Early Childhood Music Teacher Training

    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 bird special.   Can’t make it to live training? Register for onl...
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  • Winter Music Lesson Plans from an Orff Approach

    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 ones that I enjoy during the winter months:   Froggy Gets Dressed Did Y...
  • Jingle Bells not Allowed? Bah, Humbug!

    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 Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" i...
  • Fall songs, Thanksgiving songs

    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 the Simply Music Rhapsody playlists)) are awesome for a large assortment of drums...
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  • Preschool Music for "Love Our Planet"

    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 Sea, Farm Songs, Jungle Beat and My Trip to the Mountains. I think these themes c...
  • The Very Busy Spider in October classrooms

    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 includes lesson ideas for ways to accompany the story with fun and spooky movemen...
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  • Holiday Preschool/Kindergarten Music Program

    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 focus is something fun and festive but not based on Christmas, I suggest looking ...
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  • The Best Of Early Childhood Music

    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 young children, it will be hard to do this in just a 75 minute workshop. ha. I ...
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  • Recorder from an Orff Approach in Music Box

    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 more expensive but a very nice instrument.   Always go with the best qu...
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  • Early Childhood Conference

    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!  This was the early 1980's and it was difficult to find any resources.  My Orff...
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  • Malaysia Teacher Training, May 2014

    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!     Love,Lynn   www.musicrhapsody.com www.lynnkleinersmusicbo...
  • Recorder Brands

    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 limited resources but if you are able to come up with just a bit more , you may get ...
  • Music Rhapsody FAQ's

    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 trainings, online training and the SMR program in general.   Q: Where will th...
  • Shaker Songs

      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 High Shake and Stop (with interesting ways to pose!)   Our Favorite Shenani...
  • Spring Lesson Plan Ideas for Preschool and Elementary

    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 Plant a Little Seed," from Farm Songs and the Sounds of Moo-sic . And as long as w...
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  • VOSA eNews

    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 August, 2014 Australia's Premier Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts.S...
  • Gathering Drum Update!

      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 with special needs and people with Alzheimer’s.  He is so committed to m...
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  • Cheki Morena - Spanish Music Rhapsody in the Classroom

    Hello Music Box members and friends! Thanks to a member's request, we have some new Spanish Music Rhapsody uploads in the ether. Please see the Music Box video for Cheki Morena - also on YouTube. Look for the Cheki Morena lesson instructions/arrangement for elementary Orff, movement, and a cup acti...
  • Preschool/Kindergarten Orff Music Wish List

      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 preschool and kindergarten students! Oh dear, I wish I could have spoken to this teac...
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  • Orff Classes-The best Screen Saver!

    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 consuming? It matters because of a child’s mental, physical and emotional healt...
  • Stories with Music

    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 loving, understanding mother (great for Mother’s Day events!) and since swe...
  • Concert Plans for Preschool, Elementary with Orff

    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 requested Orff accompanied songs. Since the request comes from someone who is doing ...
  • Valentine Music for Preschool and Elementary

    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, happy day, Lynn has a special gift coming your way.   Tell a friend an...
  • Music Rhapsody NEW OPTIONS

    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 5 age groups, complete with a video of every activity showing Lynn with her stu...
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  • Winter Music Lessons

    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 warm your heart. The Little Penguins Tale, Froggy Gets Dressed and Snowy Day are ...
  • Music Teacher's Ukulele Mix Up

    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 didn't match what she was playing! ugh. Baritone uke is the same top 4 strings of t...
  • Lynn Kleiner Music Teacher Training 2014

    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)   and St. Louis, MO (July 7-10, 2014) will be: Days 1, 2, & 3 - Babies, Toddlers, ...
  • November Lessons

    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 Song and the Sounds of Moo-sic book and CD. We did this lesson with scarves, bu...
  • Lynn Kleiner Teacher Training Workshop 2014

    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 THRILLED to be once again opening up the teacher training workshops to ALL music ed...
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  • Orff on the Go!

    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 NONE), or have limited resources to purchase Orff instruments, there are wa...
  • Music Lesson Plans, Resources, CDs and Puppets

    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, go to www.musicrhapsody.com. This can be a bit confusing, especially for new M...
  • Sports Music Theme, Team Spirit

    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 ball game take me out with the crowd Buy me some peanuts and craker jacks I d...
  • Winter Holiday Lessons, Concerts, Events

    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 great way to find that adorable little story, mini musical, instrument and movemen...
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  • Music for Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and U.S. Hist

    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' hearts! Complete with Pre-Revolutionary, Revolutionary and World-War era themes, t...
  • Music Teachers in Music Box are My Friends!

    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 clicked the little “Add a Friend” button and made it all the way up t...
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  • Music Lessons for Fall, Back to School

    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, fall, Halloween and Thankgiving favorites. If you are looking around Music Box,...
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  • Orff Course for Kids, Music Camp

    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 include a surprise each day. May be an activity for stretchy band, parachute, a pas...
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  • Farm Theme Concert for Ages 2-8

    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 them to use one of my concert plans or design one of their own. The results are m...
  • Summer Music Workshops Online

    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!  Click VIDEOS to watch and click STORE and VIDEO LESSONS in the STORE to pri...
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  • Early Childhood Music Program, Music Rhapsody

    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!  Starting with infants – age 6, here’s a glimpse of what to come.  ...
  • Music Teachers

    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 few questions by describing the choices I offer music teachers on two websites. ...
  • Easy Orff

    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 of Moo-sic, "I Plant a Little Seed."    The Children should learn t...
  • Music Rhapsody!! Simply Awesome!!

      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 educators! One of my biggest undertakings throughout the years has been a joint ...
  • Promo video for My Trip to the Mountains March 22-23 workshop!

    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 of an incredibly fun and enriching session in Texas! Please spread the word abou...
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  • Fall Music Fun for Active Music Making!

    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, including Halloween and Thanksgiving fun.I’ll highlight a few of my favorites a...
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  • Weather Songs, Holiday Shows, Winter Songs

    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.musicrhapsody.com. Use your Music Box Teacher's Discount Code when ordering online. T...
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  • Baby Music Class

    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 Music Box Forum and I will send you a new recording to use with one of our most po...
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  • Ukulele for 5-6 year olds, really?

    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 clarinet, trumpet, flute, saxophone, or guitar for our older students. Even piano, we ...
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  • Orff Improvisation, thoughts of a six year old, special moments

    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 instruments (the butterfly flying, the caterpillar down below, the spinning, the sleeping....
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  • Observing Orff Teachers

    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 “ideas”, how to set up the classroom, transitions and more. Sometimes, we obse...
  • Music Teaching Videos recommended for new music teachers

    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 babies, beginning ukulele lessons, tips for music teachers using puppets, playi...
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  • Early Childhood Music, Orff Teacher Training with Lynn Kleiner

    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!  Early last year, I was introduced to Neil Moore, president of Simply Music I...
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  • World Music For Preschool Music Lessons and Concerts

    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.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com, I thought I would also post in the Music Box Blog to hopefully h...
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  • The Toymaker's Clowns for a Preschool,Kindergarten Music C

    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 glockenspiels would be great for a glissando when the clowns pop up. Children can also easi...
  • Recorder from an Orff Approach

    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 instrument playing to recorder playing. It even includes stories. Recorder is just an ext...
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  • Back to School Music

    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 new members find their way around Music Box. Check out these places from your Mus...
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  • Ukulele video lesson, songs and chord chart

    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 load! It weighs so much less than my guitar and it doesn’t take up as much ro...
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  • Summer Music Teacher Training Course in Redondo Beach

    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 Redondo Beach Harbor. This is about 20 minutes from the LAX. There is no need to...
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  • Colored Eggs and other Spring Music Activities

    "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 baby and toddler music too!  Flowers, seeds, critters, rain, sun and fun! &...
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  • "Stories with Music" in Music Box

    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: The Snowy Day, Froggy Gets Dressed Valentine's Day  Ferdinand Mother's ...
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  • Lesson Plan ideas for Valentine's Day

    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 popular story for Valentines day. Great for vocabulary (piano, forte, crescendo)...
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  • Using Orff Instruments for the First Time, Lesson Plans

    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 aware of the value and tone quality, hopefully resulting in more appreciative and s...
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  • What Music Box Members are saying about Lynn Kleiner's Mus

    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 immediately and also in the future with requests for downloads. I would appreciate if...
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  • Presidents

      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 I had been following since the children were making good progress on using solfe...
  • Hello Song for 5 year olds on Orff instruments

    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 names of the Orff instruments. Xylophones, Metallophones and Glockenspiels are t...
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  • Lesson Plans for Music Classes!

    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 Schulwerk, are colorful, dynamic visuals to introduce reading rhythm. But actual...
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  • Puppets!

    "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 from a teacher who attended my session at NAEYC. There are little subtle things ...
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  • Sound Shapes

    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 do if you don't have quite enough for the entire class.   Teachers who ...
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  • Holiday Concert Traditions

    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 concert?I’ll also hear, “and it can’t be Christmas or Hanukah&rdquo...
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  • Thanksgiving

    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 preschool and kindergarten classes. Well, first and second graders want to do them again...
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  • Beautiful Singing

    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!
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  • Discipline, class control!

      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 sometimes, we have to deal with it. When it comes to a situation that some...
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  • Mountain Theme Concert 2010

    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 - it was a huge hit! www.musicrhapsody.com www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com &n...
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