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.
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!
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.