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Mallet Madness

By Almeida, Artie
Item No. 826441
UPC Code 9780893284442

I can't say enough great things about Artie's Mallet Madness!  This was one of the first resources I ever purchased as an elementary music educator.  The lessons gave me insight on organizing my classroom instrumentarium, how to allow students to play multiple instruments and how to wrap my head around classroom management.  But overall the lessons are just fun for kids and the teacher!  Must have purchase, you'll thank me later!  ~Tereasa Evans

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Mallet Madness 

by Artie Almeida

Book - 96 pages

A collection of engaging units for using mallet instruments in the music classroom. Exciting collection of activities for mallet percussion instruments that will energize your classroom and promote learning in the concept areas of beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expressive qualities through the use of songs, poems, music-to-literature connections and reproducible flashcards. Thanks to its unique rotation system, your students will play all the mallet percussion instruments in your classroom as well as many of the non-pitched instruments. Suggestions for adapting the activities for use in classrooms with few or even no mallet instruments are also given.;Whether presented as a unit or spread over a semester or school year, Mallet Madness will fully engage students and you;will love the skills and musicality they develop during these lessons.

Grades K-6.


The Basics:

  • Introduction
  • Instrument Setup
  • Sample Floor Plans
  • The Rotation

Before You Begin:

  • A Few, Reminders
  • Music & Literature Connections Suggestions
  • Pentatonic Scales

Getting Started:

  • Tips for Success
  • Warm-Ups (Grades K-6)
  • Body Director (Grades K-6)

Rhythm Foundations:

  • Notes and Rests (Grades 1-6)
  • Crazy Eights (Grades 3-6)
  • Instrument Hopscotch (Grades 3-6)
  • Pease Porridge (Grades 2-6)
  • 1-2 Buckle My Shoe (Grades K-3)
  • Jack and Jill (Grades K-6)
  • 2-4-6-8 (Grades 2-6)
  • Walk the Dog (Grades K-3)
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy (Grades 3-6)
  • Peanut Butter, Pie (Grades 3-6)
  • The Respect Rap (Grades 2-6)
  • Icka Backa Boo (Grades 2-4)

Melodic Explorations:,

  • Direction & Register (Grades K-6)
  • Up and Down in Mallet Town (Grades K-6)
  • C Scale Explorations (Grades 2-6)
  • Little Bunny Foo-Foo (Grades K-3)
  • Wee Willie Winkie, (Grades K-4)
  • The Grand Old Duke of York (Grades K-6)
  • Chinese Ribbon Dance (Grades 3-6)


  • Aleatoric Music (Grades K-6)
  • Listen to the Glockenspiels (Grades 2-6)

Harmonic Support:,

  • Borduns (Grades 2-6)

Music & Literature Connections:

  • Jump Frog Jump! (Grades K-2)
  • Mortimer (Grades K-3)
  • In the Tall Tall Grass (Grades K-3)
  • Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop (Grades K-3)
  • Rumble in the Jungle (Grades K-6)
  • Peanut Butter, and Jelly (Grades K-3)
  • Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (Grades 1-4)
  • Caps for Sale (Grades 1-4)
  • Old Black Fly (Grades 1-4)
  • There Were Ten in the Bed (Grades 1-4)
Author Almeida, Artie
Format Book
Print Age/Grade Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Kindergarten
Reviews (1)
  • A Basic Resource for Using Orff Instruments
    Excellent resource for the use of the Orff instruments that are provided by your school. Also very adaptable if you don't have all the Orff instruments that are used in the lessons. Great for inspiration to help you develop your own Orff instrumentation.
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