• Elementary Music Lesson Videos

    Posted August 14 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted July 8 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted June 3 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted April 17 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 &...

  • curriculum?

    Posted April 15 by Mayumi Grasso

    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 by Karin Nanos

    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 while they lie or sit in the drum. I don't want to make any modifications on my own ...

  • Music Concert Themes for Preschool, Kindergarten, early element

    Posted April 8 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Songs of the Sea Concerts

    Posted March 24 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • orff instruments

    Posted March 24 by Bonnie Tomm

    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 quality that we would like to have. We are looking at purchasing from the US, but bec...

  • orff instruments

    Posted March 21 by Dora Lee

    Hi Lynn: Our preschool has recently received around $1000 donation to our music program. There may be a chance we can get a few hundreds more. I am thinking of getting some orff instruments because we have none currently. What instruments would you recommend?

  • Gathering Drum for Preschool and Kindergarten Ages

    Posted March 19 by Lynn Kleiner

    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. ...

  • Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Course, Early Childhood, infant

    Posted March 2 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted February 9 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Orff Early Childhood Music Teacher Training

    Posted January 28 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Winter Music Lesson Plans from an Orff Approach

    Posted January 1 by Lynn Kleiner

    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!

    Posted December 10, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 Sle...

  • Musical For Kindergartners

    Posted November 17, 2014 by Lelania Perritt

    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

    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...

  • Movement Song for Steady Beat

    Posted November 8, 2014 by Lelania Perritt

    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

    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; instruments; and steady beat in November. Steady beat is just continue to practice, not ...

  • Preschool Music for "Love Our Planet"

    Posted October 18, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted October 11, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Music Lesson Plans

    Posted October 8, 2014 by Lucia Morales

    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 teaching this subject for almost 20 years. And I have 8 different groups of 20 kids in...

  • Holiday Preschool/Kindergarten Music Program

    Posted October 5, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 ...

  • The Best Of Early Childhood Music

    Posted September 28, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 ...

  • Gathering Drum and more

    Posted September 16, 2014 by Karin Nanos

    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 have speech difficulty. Anyone else out there working in Early Intervention usin...

  • To use or not to use CD in class

    Posted September 11, 2014 by Tiffany Michelle Brown

    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 be used in class.  Especially with the younger ages.     Would...

  • Recorder from an Orff Approach in Music Box

    Posted August 3, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Early Childhood Conference

    Posted June 14, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Malaysia Teacher Training, May 2014

    Posted May 31, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted May 11, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted May 5, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted April 14, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

      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

    Posted April 8, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • VOSA eNews

    Posted April 6, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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!

    Posted April 5, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

      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...

  • Preschool/Kindergarten Orff Music Wish List

    Posted March 12, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

      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...

  • Orff Classes-The best Screen Saver!

    Posted February 24, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted February 14, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted January 27, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted January 20, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted January 11, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Winter Music Lessons

    Posted January 10, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted January 7, 2014 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted December 10, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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, ...

  • Brain study suggests classical musicians should improvise

    Posted December 7, 2013 by Brendan McCreary

    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 of Music and Drama examined the electrical signals in the brains of musicians and...

  • November Lessons

    Posted November 14, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted October 22, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

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

    Posted October 21, 2013 by Sasami Ashworth

    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 play music for her but I swear I am going to go sing old Christian Hymns to her r...

  • Orff on the Go!

    Posted October 7, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted September 30, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted September 23, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted August 29, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

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

    Posted August 29, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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!

    Posted August 26, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Music Lessons for Fall, Back to School

    Posted August 13, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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,...

  • Orff Course for Kids, Music Camp

    Posted July 21, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Farm Theme Concert for Ages 2-8

    Posted June 24, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • video's

    Posted May 9, 2013 by Barb Bonisteel

    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

    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...

  • Early Childhood Music Program, Music Rhapsody

    Posted April 9, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted April 7, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 three, yes, thr...

  • Easy Orff

    Posted March 21, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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!!

    Posted February 19, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

      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!

    Posted February 18, 2013 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Fall Music Fun for Active Music Making!

    Posted September 25, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Weather Songs, Holiday Shows, Winter Songs

    Posted September 13, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Baby Music Class

    Posted September 10, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Ukulele for 5-6 year olds, really?

    Posted August 1, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 ...

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

    Posted May 6, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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....

  • Observing Orff Teachers

    Posted March 25, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted March 8, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Early Childhood Music, Orff Teacher Training with Lynn Kleiner

    Posted February 5, 2012 by 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...

  • World Music For Preschool Music Lessons and Concerts

    Posted January 29, 2012 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

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

    Posted December 10, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

    Posted October 7, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Back to School Music

    Posted August 8, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Ukulele video lesson, songs and chord chart

    Posted August 4, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Summer Music Teacher Training Course in Redondo Beach

    Posted April 21, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Hatching Puppets for Spring

    Posted March 30, 2011 by Ute Braun

    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 "Who's That Hatching". We have wonderful hatching finger puppets that you can purch...

  • Colored Eggs and other Spring Music Activities

    Posted March 16, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    "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! &...

  • "Stories with Music" in Music Box

    Posted March 3, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 ...

  • Lesson Plan ideas for Valentine's Day

    Posted January 22, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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)...

  • Dance and Movement Ideas on Music Box

    Posted January 19, 2011 by Ute Braun

    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 babies and toddlers, pre school and elementary classes.  .  We are very th...

  • Using Orff Instruments for the First Time, Lesson Plans

    Posted January 17, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

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

    Posted January 16, 2011 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Presidents

    Posted December 31, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

      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

    Posted December 19, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Lesson Plans for Music Classes!

    Posted November 30, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Puppets!

    Posted November 28, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    "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 ...

  • Sound Shapes

    Posted November 13, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    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 ...

  • Holiday Concert Traditions

    Posted November 2, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • Favorite Classical Music Activities from Kids Can Listen, Kids

    Posted October 28, 2010 by Ute Braun

    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 little mice tip toeing around the cat looking for cheese and bread crumbs and the...

  • Thanksgiving

    Posted October 27, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...

  • when should my child take private lessons?

    Posted October 18, 2010 by Ute Braun

    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 not continue classes. They think they need to start them on private lessons very ...

  • My child is not participating

    Posted October 18, 2010 by Ute Braun

    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 said she was taking a break becasue her 20 month old was walking and wandering in c...

  • Beautiful Singing

    Posted October 14, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    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

      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...

  • Mountain Theme Concert 2010

    Posted October 7, 2010 by Lynn Kleiner

    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...