When started my first elementary music job I was handed a K-5 set of music text books and CDs and was expected to know what to do with them. I felt completely lost! I did not know what concepts each grade needed to learn or what sequence to teach them. The students and I had a lot of fun surviving the first year of my teaching together but I knew their must be a better way. Then the Kodaly Method entered my life. I took Level One after my first year during the summer and it completely transformed my teaching. Instead of going unit to unit I instead starting scaffolding my teaching upon prior knowledge of the students and my students started to excel! I am still learning how to effectively but Kodaly gave me the tools necessary to be an effective teacher. I thought I would share some resources that have made my teaching more effective and my lesson planning more efficient.