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Kristin Pugliese
Founder of Note Knacks
workshop faciltator and trainer; music notation and early childhood specialist
Email: kristin@noteknacks.com
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About Kristin Pugliese

Kristin M. Pugliese is passionate about how knowledge is acquired and believes it impacts children’s attitude toward learning for life. She is dedicated to creating a world where everyone is musically literate.

She has been an educator for more than 15 years, first in early childhood education and then in the music classroom. She has worked almost exclusively in Title 1 Schools in Rhode Island, Georgia and Massachusetts, and helped create music standards for Cambridge Public Schools.

As a music teacher, Kristin saw how manipulatives, which are so commonly used in math, could benefit her students. To answer that need, she adapted the concepts of manipulatives to create Note Knacks. The Note Knacks method teaches music composition to children as young as three using color, touch and pattern in a straightforward, three-phase process. Children learn to listen to, appreciate, create and perform music through hands-on practice – true music literacy.

Kristin is deeply involved in bringing the Note Knacks method and tools to the classroom. She provides support for educators through lesson plans, an active blog, workshops and as a national clinician. She has presented in-service sessions at the Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida music educators conferences. She also regularly consults with school systems to help them apply the principles of Note Knacks in their music curriculum.

Kristin's Recommended Products
Boomwhackers - C maj. Pentatonic
The most popular set of Boomwhackers for everyone! Because all of the notes sound good together, this set is great for very young children and people who think they can't play music! Found in most elementary music classrooms and music therapy programs around the world, these affordable, color-coded, tuned percussion tubes provide an opportunity for any age and ability to experience success making music. This set consists of 6 notes that create a pentatonic scale, which is designed to sound pleasant when all played together. C,D,E,G,A,C Tube length: 11" to 24".
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Combined Hand/Desk Bells, Diatonic
Combines the best of handbells and desk bells into one multi-function bell. Played by pushing the button or by traditional handbell technique. Best choice for young kids, special needs groups or seniors with limited mobility. C-c Range.
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Note Knacks Notation Manipulatives
The Note Knacks system for music literacy fluency includes a set of 31 blocks providing a physical representation of the five different note and rest values. Each tile is also color coded so that if you say the color, you say the rhythm! By providing children with a physical representation of the length of sound and silence in music, children are able to create an infinite number of rhythms that challenge their minds and increase their capacity to learn, building a strong musical foundation. One (1) whole note (front) - whole rest (back), Two (2) half notes (front) - half rests (back), Four (4) quarter notes (front) - quarter rests (back), Eight (8) eighth notes (front) - eighth rests (back), Sixteen (16) sixteenth notes (front) - sixteenth rests (back), Three (3) time signature frames representing 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 and 1 carrying bag
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Complete Note Knacks Lesson Plans, CD
Kristin Pugliese's original 25 lesson plans CD that walks you through the program step by step! This set includes 25 lesson plans that cover the program from preschool to second grade. Students start by understanding long and short, then move on to saying the colors in rhythm and eventually move to reading and writing conventional notation.
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Note Knacks Teacher Set
This set includes 25 lesson plans that cover the program from preschool to second grade. Students start by understanding long and short, then move on to saying the colors in rhythm and eventually move to reading and writing conventional notation. The blocks and frames make this transition fun and simple! By providing children with a physical representation of the length of sound and silence in music, children are able to create an infinite number of rhythms that challenge their minds and increase their capacity to learn, building a strong musical foundation.The NK1 set includes:One (1) whole note (front) - whole rest (back), Two (2) half notes (front) - half rests (back), Four (4) quarter notes (front) - quarter rests (back), Eight (8) eighth notes (front) - eighth rests (back), Sixteen (16) sixteenth notes (front) - sixteenth rests (back), Three (3) time signature frames representing 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 and 1 carrying bag
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Note Knacks Classroom Basics Set
This set includes 25 lesson plans that cover the program frompreschool to second grade. Because there are 3 sets, teachers are able to utilize Note Knacks both as a whole group activitity or as a center. As with all Note Kacks sets, students start by understanding long and short, then move on to saying the colors in rhythm and eventually move to reading and writing conventional notation. The blocks and frames make this transition fun and simple! By providing children with a physical representation of the length of sound and silence in music, children are able to create an infinite number of rhythms that challenge their minds and increase their capacity to learn, building a strong musical foundation. The NK1 sets include the following: One (1) whole note (front) - whole rest (back), Two (2) half notes (front) - half rests (back) , Four (4) quarter notes (front) - quarter rests (back), Eight (8) eighth notes (front) - eighth rests (back), Sixteen (16) sixteenth notes (front) - sixteenth rests (back), Three (3) time signature frames representing 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 and 1 carrying bag
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Note Knacks Full Classroom Set
This set includes 25 lesson plans that cover the program from preschool to second grade. Because there are 5 sets, teachers are able to utilize Note Knacks as a whole group activitity, a center or as a small group activity. As with all Note Kacks sets, students start by understanding long and short, then move on to saying the colors in rhythm and eventually move to reading and writing conventional notation. The blocks and frames make this transition fun and simple! By providing children with a physical representation of the length of sound and silence in music, children are able to create an infinite number of rhythms that challenge their minds and increase their capacity to learn, building a strong musical foundation. The NKT5-includes 5 Sets of the following: One (1) whole note (front) - whole rest (back) , Two (2) half notes (front) - half rests (back) , Four (4) quarter notes (front) - quarter rests (back) , Eight (8) eighth notes (front) - eighth rests (back) , Sixteen (16) sixteenth notes (front) - sixteenth rests (back) , Three (3) time signature frames representing 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 and 1 carrying bag
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Note Knacks "Beams" add-on set

Created by request of teachers! The Beams Add-On Set includes the beamed eight notes, sixteenth notes, and grouped beams. Just like all Note Knacks pieces, a corresponding rest is on the other side. Since these beamed notes are all worth one beat, the corresponding rest is a quarter rest. Combine this set with the basic student set (NK1) to show eighths and sixteenths in all their forms. Includes bag. Visit www.noteknacks.com for more info from the creator, Kristin Pugliese! 

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Note Knacks Dots and Beams set
Ready to take the next step? These notation blocks are proportionally correct for advanced rhythms, including various beamed eighth and sixteenth combinations, dotted rhythms and 3 additional time signature frames for 12/8, 9/8 and 6/8. Includes: One (1) dotted whole note (front) ヨ dotted whole rest (back), Two (2) dotted half notes (front) ヨ dotted half rests (back), Four (4) dotted quarter notes (front) ヨ dotted quarter rests (back), Four (4) dotted eighth notes (front) ヨ dotted eighth rests (back), Four (4) dotted eighth barred to a sixteenth notes (front) - quarter rests (back), Four (4) 2 barred eighth notes (front) ヨ quarter rest (back), Four (4) 4 barred sixteenth notes (front) ヨ quarter rest (back), Four (4) 1 barred eighth to 2 sixteenth notes (front) ヨ quarter rest (back), Four (4) 2 barred sixteenth to 1 eighth notes (front) ヨ quarter rest (back), Four (4) 3 barred eighth notes (front) ヨ dotted quarter rest (back), Four (4) eighth triplets (front) ヨ quarter rest(back), Four (4) quarter triplets (front) ヨ half rest (back), Three (3) time signature frames representing 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8, 1 carrying bag
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Note Knacks Magnet Set
Our magnets are double-sized (the whole note is 32" x3") and brilliantly colored so that everyone in your classroom can see clearly! They are ideal for any class, especially for beginning band and orchestra classes! Each magnet is also color coded like the Note Knack Tiles, so that when you say the color, you say the rhythm! Older students will feel empowered that they are able to read easily! Includes 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time signature frames and 31 magnetic notes and 31 magnetic rests. 65 pieces. (Board not included.) Set includes One (1) whole note, One (1) whole note rest, Two (2) half notes, Two (2) half note rests , Four (4) quarter notes, Four (4) quarter note rests, Eight (8) eighth notes , Eight (8) eighth note rests, Sixteen (16) sixteenth notes, Sixteen (16) sixteenth note rests, Three (3) time signature frames representing 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time.
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Note Knacks Dice Set
Does your class like to play games? Your students will have a blast rolling the dice and fitting their Note Knacks into hundreds of combinations! 3 dice: 1 die of time signatures. 1 die to of notes, 1 die of rests
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Note Knacks Cushion Set
Like to get on the floor with your kids? Explore length and color with our huge cushions! They are ideal for your youngest learners to sharpen their observational skills that will help them later understand conventional notation relationships! set includes:One (1) whole note (front) - whole rest (back) (8' x 1'), One (1) half note (front) - half rest (back) (4' x 1'), Two (2) quarter notes (front) - quarter rests (back) (2' x 1'), Four (4) eighth notes (front) - eighth rests (back) (1' x 1'), Four (4) sixteenth notes (front) - sixteenth rests (back) (6' x 1')
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Note Knacks - Pushing the Limits
12 new lessons for Note Knacks that go beyond the original method, with possibilities for grades 3-5. NKCD2
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Games Method Rhythm Clock
This cross-curricular/STEAM learning tool is perfect for arts integration into any classroom! Combine music with geometry to reach learners of all types! The base board depicts compass directions, clock face, and key on the back. The wooden, manipulative pieces are color-coded to the Note Knacks, and display note/fraction/degrees on one side and the corresponding rest/percentage on the other side. You also receive a DVD of sample rhythms to get your students started on rhythmic compositions. The Rhythm Clock set includes: A cloth carrying bag, clock face board, 1 whole note/rest, 2 half notes/rests, 4 quarter notes/rests, 8 eighth notes/rests, 16 sixteenth notes/rests, and a DVD of sample rhythms.
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Blog: Kristin's Blog
STEM to STEAM Part 3: Making It All Connect
Posted by Kristen M. Pugliese on Oct 25, 2016
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Professional Development
NOTE KNACKS WORKSHOPS

Get a jump-start on using Note Knacks by attending one of the workshops listed below. In particular, Bridge the Gap from Sound to Symbol gives teachers a great foundation for incorporating the Note Knacks method in their classrooms. All workshops are conducted by Kristin M. Pugliese, seasoned educator and Note Knacks founder.

Bridge the Gap From Sound to Symbol!

This workshop walks teachers through an intuitive process of exploring, experimenting and composing with early elementary students. Educators will apply a three-phase method that guides their students to each create a unique and artful composition. Once published, the class will then combine their individual pieces, adding form and orchestration with common classroom instruments and create a complete class masterpiece!

Meet and Exceed Your State Standards Using Recorders!

This session will help students master and exceed your state Standards by using their recorders to compose. We will work with Note Knacks, which are notation block manipulatives, that make the language of music clear to learners and are fun to use. Learn simple lessons that you can use immediately and throughout the year!

Engage the Special Needs Students In Your Room!

Learn effective and simple strategies to reach the students in your classroom that need extra attention. Make music reading, writing and playing fun and more accessible by using the Concrete–Representational–Abstract Instructional Approach. We will go through this methodology step by step to help all of your students excel while still meeting the state standards! Walk away with lessons that can be used immediately and throughout the year!

How to Bring Literacy Into Your Music Classroom!

Bring beautiful literature into your classroom and use it to enhance your curriculum! We will draw parallels between Language Arts and Music, look at how story building and composing are alike, and finish by exploring ways your students can create accompaniments to award winning books and fairy tales. Leave with projects and lessons that your students will love!

Use Mathematics to Help Children Understand Music Better!

This session will show how comparing attributes, measuring, counting and problem solving can help students understand music more clearly. We will explore a concept called Notation Sense, an intuitive understanding of how length of sound, relationships among the notes and rests are affected by expressive qualities and orchestration. Teachers will learn simple games and activities that are fun to do and easy to learn!

COACHING

Kristin Pugliese is available to provide support to educators and school systems that are integrating Note Knacks manipulative learning into their music program. She has expertise in developing curriculum that meets and exceeds state standards in music while supporting cross-curricular education.