St. Patrick’s Day Music Listening Glyph

February 25, 2016

I’ve known about listening maps for many years, but listening glyphs were a new and wonderful discovery for me. Glyphs have been used for years in homeroom classrooms, but have only recently found their way into the music classroom.

So What’s a Listening Glyph?
Glyphs are images that communicate facts. Listening glyphs give primary grade music students a way to express the “facts” about the music they hear – even if they can’t read yet.

Not only do listening glyphs get kids thinking about the music they’re listening to, they also provide a great way for teachers to quickly assess a group of students.

St. Patrick’s Day Music Listening Gylph
Since St. Patrick’s Day is on the way I’ll kick this listening glyph thing off with the following glyph that’s available on


This listening glyph encourages students to listen for steady beat, tempo, timbre (color), amplitude (volume), if it’s a little or big music ensemble, if they hear repeated sections of music, and staccato or legato.

The teacher pack contains 3 pages of listening glyphs and a helpful stuff page:

  1. General Use – One for all musical selections
  2. Celtic Woman – A listening glyph for a specific selection
  3. Blank Glyph – A glyph with blanks is also provided so you can choose your own music and assess whatever you want to.
  4. Helpful Stuff  – The final page includes instructions and a list of 12 popular Celtic music soloists and groups.



Piano Apps for Kids
Four apps that actually help kids to learn to play the piano.

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store
Meet Beethoven iPad App (Includes sheet music with interactive tools for practicing)

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