I just found a new blog with lots of great ideas. Amanda Madden at Teaching Maddeness is hosting a linky party about music in the classroom. There are three parts to this linky party.
1. Favorite Educational CD to use in the classroom:Sing to Learn and its still my favorite. I love Alphardy (or "A for Apple" as my kids call it) for teaching letter sounds and Macarena Math for teaching skip counting. Although I own lots of her CDs, I think that it is wonderful that I can now go to her site and order just the songs that are appropriate for my class.
2. Just for fun CD to use in the classroom:
Although I don't actually listen to much classical music outside of school, I love using classical music during quiet time in my classroom. This CD is great because the music isn't "dumbed down" for kids ... it's engaging, upbeat music played by famous orchestras. When I taught kindergarten, I would put this on and turn off the lights when we came in from recess so the kids could have a few minutes to quietly unwind. The kids soon learned their favorite composers and loved "conducting" the orchestra with their hands.
3. Music I'm thinking about buying but would like feedback about:
Has anyone heard this new Jack Hartman CD? I like the idea that the music is directed toward preschoolers but I can't find much about it online.
I'm looking forward to finding new music to play in my class. What are your favorites?