I've been scouring the internet for new teaching ideas. While I love all of the literature that already exists, sometimes you need to jazz things up! I found a wonderful resource via Anna Radspinner. I haven't met her in person, but I totally stalk her video pages for orchestra ideas. She has such a refreshing way to bring in music the kids recognize as a way to teach basic technique. 

From one particular video, I got the idea to do Moanin' at the Fairview Project. To say the kids love it is quite an understatement! They are enjoying dancing, singing, and most of all, playing the violin! Have a look below to see the teaching sequence. I put the tune through GarageBand to get it into D major. Then my trusty co-teacher at the school cut it down from 9 minutes to 1:30 - which is a more reasonable 2nd grade size. 



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