Friday, December 14, 2018

I've created several printable music games recently. I like the challenge of planning an interesting game, and then designing the graphics so it has strong appeal to kids.

Chomp! Music Theory Game is a game that helps music students drill simple rhythms and time signatures.

You can learn a little more about the game at the following link, or browse the rest of this post to check out the graphics that I designed for the game.




Here's a screen shot of the game board. It can be printed on two pieces of 8.5 x 11 paper and taped together.



Here are the images I designed for the foldable game pieces.




Saturday, September 22, 2018

Monster-Themed Music Lesson Pack - Free Sample Lessons

I love opportunities to design characters for my music education site products. These monster illustrations are for my new monster-themed music lesson pack. Below are a few images of the characters and links to the music resources on MakingMusicFun.net.

Here's a picture of the whole gang. It was interesting work, because sometimes you can just start with a wacky shape and see what happens.


Monster-Themed Music Lesson Plan Pack | K-3

This is the cover art for the 34 page collection of lesson plan and worksheets. It includes monster-themed music composer lesson plans and resources, lesson plans for composition and drumming, treble and bass clef note name and rhythm worksheets, activity songs, and bulletin board posters. Learn more...




Monster-Themed Musical Spelling Bee - Free Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet

If you're visiting this post for the music lesson pack, here's a link to a free sample worksheet. Students can learn treble clef note names and practice music notation with this free monster-themed musical spelling bee worksheet.





Sunday, January 7, 2018

Maestro Owl Music Award | Free Certificate (Digital)

I write a lot of sheet music arrangements for my elementary music education site, MakingMusicFun.net. I always enjoy that, but I also jump at the chance to design a character for a music resource. Here's my most recent design for a music award certificate.



If you landed here looking for the music award certificate, here's the link:

Maestro Owl Music Award | Free Certificate

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Math Education Logo | Vector Design (Einstein)

Here's a logo I put together for a TeachersPayTeachers.com digital product store. All that crazy hair for Einstein sure does make for a lively illustration.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bobblehead Metronome

I've been playing trumpet with a community college jazz band. The director has talked about putting deposits in the "Grove Bank" on a couple of occasions - as in playing in the pocket, playing with good time, and all that. This animated gif idea for a bobblehead metronome with my jazz band teacher on the top popped in my head. He got a good laugh out of it!


I also made a "promo" video with music.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

CodeBreaker and Codemaker | Free Secret Agent Note Name Worksheets

I've been updating many of the resources on MakingMusicFun.net - my elementary music education resource website. I've been really trying the learn how to create interesting poses and in this case add a little drama to the artwork.

Here's my new product artwork for the CodeBreaker and CodeMaker note name worksheets. Below I've included a few links in case you visited this page looking for the resource.


CodeBreaker! | Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet
CodeBreaker! | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet
CodeMaker! Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet 
CodeMaker! | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Santa Illustration

I was asked to create an illustration for splash page. The Santa needed to look distressed, and trying to  organize his business with pencil and paper.

I did a pencil sketch first, and then the following vector image.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Star Wars (John Williams) Music Listening Glyph (Printable Worksheet)

Another listening glyph.  John Williams "Star Wars" related lessons are pretty popular music lesson products right now. I decided to give it a go with a Star Wars listening glyph this time.

If your interest, here's a link the worksheet packet:
Star Wars (John Williams) Music Listening Glyph




















What's a Listening Glyph?
Glyphs are pictures of facts. A listening glyph asks students to identify the "facts" about a musical selection, and then express what they are hearing by choosing one crayon or another.

Example: Students are asked to listen for "Steady Beat." If they hear a steady beat in the music they color Princess Leia's face pink. If they don't hear a steady beat they color her face blue.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter (Spring by Vivaldi) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheet (Instant Print)

I've created several music listening glyphs recently.  They're awesome resources for the elementary music classroom and so fun to make. They've also provided me with a chance to draw, and create new music educations products. Waa hoo!

If your interest, here's a link the worksheet packet:


Worksheets in this packet can be used around Easter time for any musical selection, or can be specifically used to help primary age students to be critical listeners of Vivaldi's Spring from the Four Seasons.

Here's the final worksheet image:




















Here's my original sketch:








Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Jurassic Park Music Listening Glyph (Printable Worksheets)

I've been having fun creating lesson materials artwork for my new MakingMusicFun.net - TeacherPayTeachers.com store.

Yesterday I sketched a dinosaur, and turned it into this Jurassic Park music listening glyph. Kids are supposed to listen to the music and color different parts of the picture based on what they hear. It's a great way to get them listening, and wonderful method of accessing a whole class of music students all at once.

Here's the final artwork:




















If you'd like to check out the resource, here's the link:

Jurassic Park Listening Glyph (Digital Print)