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Welcome to the Mustech Wiki!



This wiki was begun because of a conversation on the Teachers.net music teachers discussion board.  Some of us decided we'd like a place to share our Smartboard lessons, and perhaps some other resources we use in our classrooms.


The idea behind this wiki is simply to collaborate and share the things that make our classrooms better.  It is not about us, it is about the kids and how to teach them music as effectively as possible!


Social Networking

This is a place to add links to social networking sites that cater to music teachers or teachers interested in technology.



Getting Started With an Interactive Whiteboard

  • White Board Challenge
    • A 14 week project to encourage educators to use and learn about interactive whiteboards.  There are 7 challenges and each one includes some instruction on how to use a given feature on the IWB.  An excellent way to challenge yourself to use the IWB regularly AND learn about all of the things it can do!
  • SmartBoard in the Elementary Music Classroom
    • Here is the handout from a workshop I presented back in November (word document).  Enjoy! (Allison Friedman) 
  • SMART Board Basics Class
    • This is a notebook file of an inservice I gave to Houston ISD Music teachers on the SMART Board. (Andy Ramos)


Smartboard Lessons

  • 10-13 G cleff letter names.notebook
  • 10-17 Bass Clef notes image select.notebook
  • Animusic Creation--a project to use in conjunction with viewing the Animusic DVD.  Students "invent" their own imaginary instrument and say what instrument family it belongs to.  
  • Chopin--interactive composer lesson
  • Freddie the Frog--note-reading activities for use in conjunction with Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night.   
  • Louis Armstrong--teaches about the trumpet player.  Intended to be used with If I Only Had a Horn, but can be adapted for use with any book or video about him. 
  • Note Name Game--intro or review of note reading with interactive games.
  • Rain--Composition project based on Perpetuum Jazzile's performance of "Rain."
  • Bernie Bee flash animation
  • Bernie Bee Interactive Notebook
  • Five Little Snowmen Flash Animation
    • Click a snowman to make him melt, click the house to make the music play again.
  • Nursery Rhyme Smart Notebooks
  • Musical Fractions Game
  • Smartboard resources from the UK
  • Transportation SMART Notebook
  • SMART Notebook to go with Country Crossing by Jim Aylesworth
    • This SMART Notebook is designed to help students match instruments with sounds in the book. 
  • Peter and the Wolf SMART Notebook
  •  K-2 notation activities.notebook (Notebook 10)
  •  Zoo Pals.notebook  (Notebook 10)
  •  doggies.notebook  (Notebook 10)

  • Musical Spelling Bee --(Allison Friedman) First a review of note names, then a musical spelling bee game (words not included).
  • Staff Activities - (Allison Friedman) Blank staff for notes to be drawn on and a staff where you can drag sol/mi
  •  Listen - Gameplan4.notebook (Beth Jahn) visual for activity in Gameplan 4, p. 3
  •  Solfege Ladder.notebook - (Beth Jahn) moveable solfege pieces - low sol to high do
  •  TrebleClefNotes.notebook - (Beth Jahn) flashcards for the lines and spaces of the treble clef. Change the order of the pages if you want them in a more random order. Alter in any other way you see fit for your purposes.
  •  Rhythm Cards Grade 4.notebook - Rhythm Cards for GamePlan Grade 4.
  • "I Wish" Poem (from Share the Music-4) -- (Allison Friedman) Activity with a 4 line poem, students in 4 groups make their own melody to poem.  Then they put their melody on the board.  When you press the note (after they are placed) it plays the actual pitch as well.  Have the students press each note or duplet with a steady beat and it should play back exactly as it should.  I impressed myself making this one! (A. Friedman)
  • Fill a Measure -- (Allison Friedman) good with a lesson on meter and/or note durations.  first page fill measures with different time signatures, 2nd page write a 4 measure rhythm piece.
  • Treble Clef Notes - (Andy Ramos) moveable notes so students can practice note names. I have them label spaces, then lines.
  • Bass Clef Notes - (Andy Ramos) same as treble but now in bass clef.
  • Guitar Chord Builder - (Andy Ramos) Two guitar necks. One for students to place dot where fingers go, second has dots numbered according to finger.
  • Band Instrument Parts - (Andy Ramos) Basic Band instruments. One page labels the instrument, next page erase to reveal answers.
  • Pumpkin Stew - from MacMillan Share the Music Grade 1 - The song is pieced up into the different beats of the song.  I used it to introduce the song and to talk about division of the beat.
  • Instruments of the Orchestra -- (Allison Friedman) A lesson to go along with my K-5 unit of the 4 families of instruments.  Has lots of pictures, facts, and sound clips.  To hear a sample of each instrument, click on its picture.  The last page also contains samples of  woodwind, string, brass, and percussion ensembles.  It is a huge file and it took a loooong time to make!  ENJOY!
  • In the Meadow -- (Allison Friedman) Pictures and lyrics to go with the song: "In the Meadow" from Share the Music - 1
  • 2 4 6 8  -- Classic chant -- written with beat bars on the first page.  Second page allows you to drag quarter / eight notes.  
  • Note Reading GAB (recorder) -- (Allison Friedman) G A B and rhythm practice for recorders.  First page:  Have students drag the 3 notes to the staff; Second Page:  Answer questions about note/rest values; Third Page: "Hot Cross Buns."
  • Holst's: "The Planets" -- (Allison Friedman) a lesson on Holst's planets suite.  Example 1 is Mars and Example 2 is Jupiter.  Listen to the other planets on the last page.
  • "Variations on America" -- A Listening map for the Charles Ives's piece.
  • Octaves -- (Allison Friedman) A 4th grade lesson on octaves.  Song examples: "Sarasponda," "Hop Up and Jump Up," and "This is My Country."  Can have students use the highlighter tool to find octaves in the music.
  • 6/8 Lesson --(Allison Friedman)  4th grade lesson on 6/8 time.  Listening example: "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Percy Grainger).  Music is played by clicking on the title. 
  • Unit on Form -- (Allison Friedman) This is my 3 part unit on musical form for 5th grade.  Part I: Round, Canon, Fugue, Part II: AB, ABA, Rondo, and Part III:  Theme & Variation.  All sound and movie samples are included.  For the "Pachabel's Canon" example you will need Finale 2008 (or notepad) and it works best if played in scroll mode.  All sound samples can be played by clicking on the titles (and the diamonds on the guess that form page).  Mystery form is Theme & Variations and examples 2-9 are all variations of example 1.  Any questions, email me: ashap18@mac.com (A
  • Major/Minor -- (Allison Friedman) 5th grade lesson on major and minor.  Includes scales, few listening examples, and a game (click on the example then have students drag to appropriate category in game....) Click on words or graphics to hear scale and song examples. (A. Friedman)
  • Bow Wow Wow - (Beth Jahn) 1st grade notation lesson for Bow Wow Wow.
  • Engine Engine Number 9 -- A very basic lesson for teaching sol/mi on the staff and the song "Engine Engine Number 9."
  • Jazz Lesson - (Allison Friedman)  Here is a jazz lesson I have used, has sound samples and videos.  This will be my first year using it with the board, last year I just had it as a powerpoint.  Click on pictures of instruments to hear sound examples (A. Friedman).
  • Sol-Mi (High/Low) 1st Grade Lesson -(Allison Friedman)  A lesson with a bunch of sol-mi, introduction to staff and putting solfege on the staff, etc songs.  Songs include:  Rain Rain Go Away, Blank staff with infinite cloner solfege notes, Hush Little Minnie, Introduction to the Staff (with infinite cloner note), Tinker Tailor. 
  • MalletMadness.notebook - (Beth Jahn) This is the map I use to keep track where instruments and students should be for my Mallet Madness lessons. These lessons are based on the book Mallet Madness by Artie Almeida. The map may not be all that useful for you, but you may be able to use pieces of it to create your own or for some other purpose altogether.
  • Koosh Rhythm Game 1 - (Beth Jahn) This game uses rhythms from Gameplan Grade 1. Get an air-filled Koosh Ball. Kids throw the koosh ball at the screen to hit the circles and then they play or clap the rhythm that pops up on the screen. This game (a variation) was shown to me at an official Smart Board training, so it is safe for your board. 
  • Long & Short Sounds - (Allison Friedman) This is a simple introductory activity for K or 1 on Long & Short sounds.  You have the students sort the different sounds into 2 categories: Long Sounds and Short Sounds.   
  • High & Low  - (Allison Friedman) This is an introductory activity for K or 1 for the concept of High and Low.  First page, students sort pictures of things that we might find up high and that we might find down low; then graphics for: Gingerbread Man song (Musicplay K); Autumn Leaves (Musicplay K); Star Light, Star Bright (Share the Music-K).
  • I am a Pizza - (Allison Friedman) Graphics and lyrics for the song "I Am a Pizza" (Musicplay K)
  • All About MelodiesThis is a 3 part unit about melodies. Lesson 1 - Melodic Direction: includes the song Whoopee Cushion, have students create their own dance moves that show the melodic direction. Have students "paint the melody".  Lesson 2 - Step, Skip, Leap and Octave.  Lesson 3 - Draw Melodies 
  • Rockin' Recorder Method Book -(Allison Friedman) SMARTBoard version of my recorder book (http://recorder.mrsfriedmanmusic.com)
  • Musical Spelling Words - (Allison Friedman)To Help With the Learning of Names of Notes
  • Folk Songs -(Allison Friedman) Some folk songs that my 3rd graders will learn in the beginning of the year.  The songs will also be used to find different types of rests, sing with body/instrumental accompaniment, and find B A and G. *needs fonts **
  • Body Percussion Pieces -(Allison Friedman)  Some body percussion pieces from Mark Burrow's "The Body Electric 2.0" book. *needs fonts **
  • Engine Engine Number 9.notebook(Tari McKee) Uses the traditiional melody and then adds more practice with so me using picture icons and finally traditional notation.  The 2nd slide of each new melody will play when the train cars are touched.           

          Measure_Up.notebook (Tari McKee)  In this game teams spin the spinner to determine which note value to drag to a 4-beat measure.  The team that completes exactly one measure wins. 


Activboard Lessons

  • The Magic Tunnel - drag a note name through the tunnel to see what the note actually looks like.  Makes kids go "aaah!" By Martha Stanley
  • Heart Chart - translated into Activstudio by Martha Stanley, based on Laurie Zentz's Heart Chart. Well, I added a little with the grids and the notes.....  Do dictation, rhythm notation, etc.  Drag and drop notes and/or hearts.
  • Jello in the Bowl - a two-part lesson based on a familiar chant,  for beginning drumming or rhythm activity for K-2.  Includes a composition option and working directly with AABA and ABA forms. You could also change the words to "jelly in the bowl" since some do say the chant that way. (M. Stanley)
  • Fingering Chart Resource Pack - Resource pack with blank basic fingering charts for flute, clarinet, saxophone and three-valved brass instruments.  I use this to create fingering review flip charts. These are basic but you can always have students draw in additional keys!
  • Note Value Practice - A flip chart I created to practice note names and values.  This was in support of a post-assessment I had to do this year so some of the formatting on the third page is specific. My first time using containers!!



Powerpoint Lessons/Presentations:



Interactive Websites

  • Lomax, the Hound of Music - Companion website to the PBS Kids program (John Feierabrend was involved in the creation!) Watch videos from the series and play interactive games for beginning singers.
  • NY Philharmonic KidZone - Website from NY Philharmonic for kids to explore and play
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Music Through The Curriculum - Phil Tulga's pretty amazing site that you and your kids can use with your IWB
  • Ricci Adams' Musictheory.net - A collection of music theory lessons and tools that work well with an IWB, LCD Projector or as individual work in a computer lab.
  • E-Music Theory.com - This site offers free music theory drills that work with an IWB, LCD Projector or as individual work in a computer lab.  Subscribers have access to more features, such as tracking student scores over time, but the free elements are quite worthwhile.



Other Music Education Links/Lessons:

  • Collection of Powerpoint Templates of Popular Game Shows (http://www.murray.k12.ga.us/teacher/kara%20leonard/Mini%20T's/March%20Mini%20T-Games/Games.htm) Great website that contains a collection of powerpoint templates of popular game shows such as: Jeopardy, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, etc
  • Music Teach Teacher - Quizzes and Games
    • This is a huge collection of quizzes and games that cover a wide variety of music concepts.  Many of the activities are interactive Flash animations appropriate for use with an interactive white board.
  • Elementary Music Resources --(Allison Friedman)  A collection of worksheets, choral accompaniments, and all of my SmartBoard files



Music Technology Links






Comments (Show all 173)

Cathy Bruce said

at 3:31 pm on Aug 15, 2009

Andy, I have the same problem with the gray space. I checked in with support at one time and was told that it had something to do with how I fill the page, but I don't have it figured out yet. I would love some help on the same question.

PK-5 Music Teacher said

at 11:35 pm on Aug 16, 2009

I have a PDF file I want to use...but the thing is landscape oriented. Can anyone tell me how I can get this to flip from horizontal to vertical on the IWB (I have activboard).

Beth Jahn said

at 8:46 pm on Aug 19, 2009

This is the kind of ball they were using for the Koosh Ball activity I posted today: http://www.amazon.com/Toysmith-Puffer-Ball/dp/B000ICXLXI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1250729007&sr=8-8

Beth Jahn said

at 3:08 pm on Aug 21, 2009

Tara, have you considered adding a Table of Contents page to your GamePlan files? You could list the pages and then link to them. It elimates having to scroll through the file since it is so long? I'm planning to do this with some of my longer files too.

Beth Jahn said

at 3:10 pm on Aug 21, 2009

I was just looking through all the files we've posted and I'm thinking we should start adding our name next to the files we upload. That way people can contact (or give credit to) the person who created the file if needed.

Beth Jahn said

at 2:56 pm on Aug 27, 2009

You probably already know this, but I just learned about it today, so I'm sharing it with you in case you don't know. If you don't have speakers on your SMART Board, but you have an FM System in your room (mine is Audio Enhancement), you can hook your computer to your FM system so that your computer sound comes out of the speakers in your room. I assume you can do the same thing with your stereo system. All I needed was an audio cable with the male red/white ends on one side and the standard headphone thingy (1/8" I think) on the other. The red/white ends connected to my FM system and the other one went into the headphone input of my computer. Clear as mud? It's so neat. Now I can embed sound files in my notebook files and the kids will actually be able to hear them. Woo hoo!

Allison Friedman said

at 9:17 pm on Aug 29, 2009

Added some SB lessons for kindergarten. Working on some 2nd and 4th grade this week and whenever I get my Musicplay 1 -- then 1st grade as well.

Beth Jahn said

at 1:36 pm on Sep 4, 2009

Grrrr. I'm having sound problems. Can anyone help me? I'm trying to link a sound file to an object in Smart Notebook. It seems to link successfully, but when I click on it to try it out, it plays for 5 seconds or so and then stops. What am I doing wrong? I'm using an .mp3 file by the way.

Allison Friedman said

at 9:17 pm on Sep 5, 2009

Beth, I am having the same problem. I found that full mp3s work and ones that I have shortened/edited don't work!

Allison Friedman said

at 9:21 pm on Sep 5, 2009

Just double checked to find out if size of clips matters -- my old "I Wish" notebook file and one I made for Peter & the Wolf that had short clips -- works fine. However the new one I was making today doesn't work. I wonder if it is the new software -- you can't use clips in the new version?

Allison Friedman said

at 9:31 pm on Sep 6, 2009

Beth, are you on a Mac... and if so, did you upgrade to Snow Leopard? It seems, for me, at least it is a compatibility issue between Snow Leopard and the new Notebook software. When I used my old powerbook (also with the upgraded notebook software) it worked fine -- and then the file played fine on my MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard. Must be a weird bug. I have sent an e-mail to the support at SmartTech.

Tari McKee said

at 10:03 pm on Sep 6, 2009

Hey there! I am new to this site. I just got my SB a few days ago. I uploaded a file I made for "Engine, Engine Number 9" I do not know how to put information next to the title - any help? Anyway, the pages come in sets of 2, the first is just the plain train cars to represent sol and mi, the 2nd page will play the pitches when the cars are touched. The last page has traditional notation which plays when touched. I just downloaded a TON of stuff from this site and am glad I finally get to share something.

Cathy Bruce said

at 12:52 am on Sep 7, 2009

I just added my first files, hopefully they will come through. Can anyone tell me why some of my files show up in the gray color meaning I can't upload them?

Cathy Bruce said

at 12:55 am on Sep 7, 2009

Sorry, my last comment isn't very clear. I had a lot of files show up gray so that I couldn't use them when I got to the first step for uploading them. Some are in black type and work just fine, but I can't seem to see any reason why some show up gray and some show up black. Anyone know why?

Allison Friedman said

at 11:13 am on Sep 7, 2009

Added a bunch of new files as well as a .zip file of a bunch of font files -- the 3 main music ones and some other fun ones that I have used in my files.

Beth Jahn said

at 3:07 pm on Sep 7, 2009

Allison~ Yes. I was using a Mac. Now I'm working on my PC laptop at home and linking sound files seems to be working. I was trying to link files I created through Finale, so they weren't clips though.

Beth Jahn said

at 3:14 pm on Sep 7, 2009

Tari~ I think you uploaded your file, but didn't put the link on the frontpage. To do that, you need to click on the edit tab at the top left of this page.

Tari McKee said

at 6:33 pm on Sep 7, 2009

Thanks, Beth, for talking me through this whole thing! I've think I've got it now.

Allison Friedman said

at 7:52 pm on Sep 7, 2009

Beth, I e-mailed Smart Tech about the issue we were having and they said that 10.6 is not supported by notebook and won't be til maybe november. grr
wish i didn't just install snow leopard on my mac mini that i use for my smartboard!

Beth Jahn said

at 7:09 pm on Sep 22, 2009

I haven't really checked out these applications yet, but they look awesome. http://www.themusicinteractive.com/TMI/The_Music_Interactive_-_Classroom_Apps_(2).html. Most are free programs.

Beth Jahn said

at 10:53 am on Sep 27, 2009

I didn't find the applications from my Sept. 22 posting to be nearly as good as they initially looked, but that's life. Here is another list of websites that may be useable. Again, I haven't really looked at them yet. http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2009/07/11-ideas-for-music-lessons-on-your-interactive-whiteboard/

Beth Jahn said

at 3:53 pm on Oct 8, 2009

Tara Hutchison said

at 1:03 pm on Mar 1, 2010

Note to those using my GamePlan files....I just discovered an error in the 5th grade file (rhythm in Gavotte chart). Unless you haven't fixed it yourself, here it is with the correction.

Beth Jahn said

at 2:02 pm on Mar 24, 2010

I'm trying to create a SB file for John Brown's Baby. I want the kids to be able to click on the picture icon for a word and have it disappear or an X go over it or something to show that it's time to leave that word out. Any thoughts on how to do this? I'd like to do the same kind of thing with the song Bingo, but I'm having trouble figuring out a cool way to make this work so that the page is interactive and the kids can be involved.

Martha Grondin said

at 2:04 pm on Mar 24, 2010

The simple way would be to have a solid-colored square (or a background-colored square with an X on it) as an infinite cloner and the kids could pick one up and drag it over the word that you want to cover.

When I did the cards for the Peter and the Wolf matching game I did them in Flash. That kind of touch-and-change move is pretty simple in Flash if you are familiar with it already.

Beth Jahn said

at 2:11 pm on Mar 24, 2010

I love your Peter and the Wolf game. I'm not familiar with Flash. Do you have a good site or book to recommend that would help me learn it?

Martha Grondin said

at 2:24 pm on Mar 24, 2010

Adobe offers some video tutorials that are pretty good in my opinion: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/about.html

Cathy Bruce said

at 6:04 pm on Mar 24, 2010

Beth, As far as your SB file for John Brown's Baby - if you don't need to touch your picture icons until you want them to disappear, you can use object animation with them and have them fade out or fly off the page. I think it would even work to put a shape over them, send it to the front and set it to fade in when the area is touched. Otherwise, Martha's idea of dragging a shape over the icons would work well if you want to be able to touch the icons without them disappearing.

Martha Grondin said

at 9:36 am on Mar 25, 2010

That's cool Cathy, how do you do the object animation?

Cathy Bruce said

at 6:21 pm on Mar 25, 2010

Click on your object to select/highlight it and go to properties using either the pull down menu or the properties button. You should see object animation listed as one of the choices. Select it and then you will have a menu that lets you select the type of animation you want, the direction (if it has a direction), the speed, when it happens (when you enter the page or when you click on the object) and whether it repeats. Kids find the animation a lot of fun-it's a time when you might even get some "aahs"! Have fun.

Beth Jahn said

at 1:48 pm on Mar 26, 2010

Thanks Cathy and Martha. I got a file that I think will work (using animation). It's not fancy, but it does the job. I'll post it in a few minutes.

Martha Grondin said

at 3:56 pm on Sep 21, 2010

Hey guys! a lot of people have been mentioning the Gameplan files when they request access to the Wiki. Unfortunately we have had to remove these files at the request of the Gameplan publishers.

Martha Grondin said

at 2:43 pm on Dec 1, 2010

I'm sorry guys, we are having a problem with spam comments on this page. I delete them as they come up but many of you are probably getting annoying notification emails about them. I am looking for a better solution.

Theresa Schmidt said

at 5:10 pm on Jan 10, 2011

I love all these lessons and activities and first would like to thank you for posting them for all of us to see. My question is about the Major/minor notebook pages. I'm having trouble with the vortex game. I've used it in the past and haven't had trouble but the songs are not dragging into the vortexes well. Any ideas for me to troubleshoot? I've tried restarting my computer, tried re-downloading the notebook file. Just wondering...


Theresa Schmidt said

at 5:14 pm on Jan 10, 2011

Actually...when I hit the button to enlarge it to full screen is when I'm having problems with the dragging.

Allison Friedman said

at 11:00 pm on Jan 14, 2011

Hi. I made the major/minor game and with the latest updates to the notebook software I have had a lot of issues with the game as well. Last year, nothing would drag and the file would freeze and then abruptly quit.... I do have to say with the latest update, it worked better when I used it this past Tuesday. It made me "edit" the game before I could use it. That's the thing too -- mac/full screen. I hate that smarttech can't get their software to work well on macs!

Cathy Bruce said

at 10:36 pm on Jan 10, 2011

Theresa, At my school we have found that some of the gallery activities won't work in full screen on a Mac. The vortex is one that I have had trouble with in full screen.

Tara Hutchison said

at 12:52 pm on Jan 24, 2011

Hey everyone, I'm looking to get a presentation remote with a laser pointer. Martha Stanley told me all about hers but it's a little pricey for me. Does anyone use one with their Smartboards, particularly with notebook files? I don't use powerpoint much at all. Any recommendations? Thanks!

Kandi Stelling said

at 12:58 pm on Jan 24, 2011

I use a Kensington-it's great! My media people purchased it through their budget allowing me to spend the money on more music stuff!

Tara Hutchison said

at 9:27 pm on Jan 24, 2011

Thanks Kandi, I've heard though that the recommendation is to get the mouse, not just the remote. Any idea what the difference is? Thanks!

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