Music Teacher Resources

Showcase why music, like language, distinguishes us as humans. Through vocals, instruments and cultural connotations, play to the tune of your classroom.
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ABC Mouse Alphabet Songs

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Add a captivating musical element to alphabet instruction with a collection of music videos by ABC Mouse. Each video features a different letter sung to a variety of musical styles.  
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Rockin' English Lessons: Rockin' Vocab

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Support English language development with a collection of 19 videos created by Rockin' English. Each music video adds a melodic tune to your language instruction equipped with hand-drawn animation and the song's lyrics for singing loud...
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Literacy Beyond the Language Arts Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Celebrate reading across the curriculum with a collection of lessons and worksheets that bring literature and informational text to life in math, science, social studies, and music. Each resource prompts interdisciplinary instruction...
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Teaching the Letter Qq with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Qq with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find: • A color version of the instructional routine for the letter Qq with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities • A printer-friendly black and white version of...
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Teaching the Letter Aa with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Aa with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Aa, a letter pairs coloring page, uppercase and lowercase letter tracing activities, and the ABCmouse letter Aa music video....
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Teaching the Letter Bb with ABCmouse.com

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Teach the letter Bb with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Bb with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, upper and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Cc with ABCmouse.com

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Teach the letter Cc with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Cc with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, upper and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Ee with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Ee with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Ee with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, uppercase and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Ff with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Teach the letter Ff with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Ff with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, uppercase and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Gg with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Teach the letter Gg with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Gg with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, upper and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Ii with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Ii with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Ii with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, upper and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Hh with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Hh with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Hh with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, upper and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Jj with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Jj with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Jj with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, upper and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Kk with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Kk with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Kk with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities, a letter pairs coloring printable, upper and lowercase letter tracing...
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Teaching the Letter Rr with ABCmouse

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach the letter Rr with ABCmouse.com! In this collection, you will find an instructional routine for the letter Rr with direct hyperlinks to ABCmouse activities and the ABCmouse letter Rr music video. ABCmouse makes teaching the...
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A Musical Dynamics Activity

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Dynamics are elements of music that indicate how a piece is to be played or sung. Budding musicians practice musical dynamics by singing in small groups. The teacher indicates the dynamic (or how) the song is to be performed and pupils...
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Kindergarten Music Lesson

For Teachers K
Singing, clapping, moving up and down with the melody, it all sounds like a great music instructional activity. Kinder-musicians sing three different songs to practice memory, speaking, and movement skills. They'll move to the melody,...
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Kindergarten Music Time

For Teachers K
Little ones are led through a series of rhythmic songs and chants while they march, clap, and use their tummies as percussive instruments. They work on singing in pitch, chunking, and keeping a steady beat. 
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Kotekan: A Cooperative Music Activity

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young musicians explore the rhythms and sounds of Balinese gamelan music, then create their own. They listen to several examples of gamelan music, then use their instruments to mimic the rhythms they hear. After a warm up and practice,...
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A Musical Accent Activity

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Budding instrumentalists take on the task of reading accent marks and playing them correctly. They practice playing the provided rhythm or beat, focusing on emphasizing notes that have accents over them. The handout included provides...
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Music: Caterpillars, How They Grow!

For Teachers 1st
Put on some music and get moving as a way to represent the life cycle of a caterpillar. Kids listen to the story The Very Hungary Caterpillar, discuss the life cycle, then create vocal expression that represent each stage of the cycle....
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Grade 2: Music/Valentine's Day

For Teachers 2nd
Play and sing a Valentine's song with your second graders. They'll follow along allow as you demonstrate how to sing and keep a steady beat on non-pitched percussive instruments. While the music lesson has a Valentine theme, that theme...
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Engine Engine Number Nine: Music

For Teachers 2nd
Use this Orff orchestration for learners in the second grade. Kids line up like a train while singing the song, "Engine Engine Number Nine" and playing their Orff instruments. This musical arrangement is intended for use with sand...
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Traditional Irish Music

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Celebrate sean-nós, céilí, and the lilting music of the Emerald Isle with a set of language arts activities! Learners complete word puzzles, vocabulary exercises, and comprehension questions about traditional Irish music.
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Evolution of Music - Pentatonix

For Students 4th - 12th
Explore music through the decades with an engaging video brought to you by the 5-part harmony acapella group, Pentatonix. Genuine musical talents sing through a variety of popular music from the 11th century to the 2010's. Artists...
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Elementary Music Plan

For Teachers 3rd
Hey Macarena! Third graders keep time while they sing a Latin Folk Song. To practice keeping a steady rhythm and singing in pitch, the class sings the Folk Song together and in a round while keeping a beat. They then learn to do the...
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Save the Music Concerts: Parts 1 & 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Music aficionados classify pop music into by musical genres or styles. They evaluate the positive and negatives of collaborative performances, view segments of VH1's "Save the Music" concert, and discuss the difficulties of categorizing...
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Country's Music

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Jazz, Blue Grass, Hip Hop, Swing. Gospel, R&B, Ragtime, Disco. So many music genres born in the USA. After reading an article about the fate of New Orlean's Jazz after Hurricane Katrina, class members investigate the life cycles of...
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Grow a Musical Instrument

For Teachers K - 6th
Music, culture, social studies, and plant growth all in one! Kids explore the various type of traditional African instruments that are made out of gourds. They then grow their own gourds and use them to create a wide variety of African...
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Using Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software to Reinforce Basic Music Skills

For Teachers K
If you have access to Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software, then this activity could work for you. Kindergarteners use the video music software to place, identify, and read musical notes. They listen in and identify both high and low...
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Ray Charles and Country Music

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Ray Charles used the pain and adversity from his life to influence an entire genre of American music. Learn about the musician's daily life, struggles and success, and powerful musical style with a thorough resource.
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Music Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Class members explore the concepts of texture in music and musical arrangements by examining Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" and "Harlem Airshaft."
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Fun With Musical Words

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Is concertmaster another term for conductor, or is he or she another person entirely? Learn the specifics of the role of concertmaster with an activity focused on classical music. After learners define the term, they select a piece of...
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Compose Your Own Music

For Students K - 12th
Channel the masters with an interactive music composition activity! Learners use the online tool to create their own masterpieces one measure at a time.
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Introduction to Music: Symphony

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Expose young elementary students to the works of one of the greatest musical composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Using three progressive lesson plans to complete the unit, class members are able to distinguish low and high sounds, count the...
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Listening for History: Using Jazz Music as a Primary Source

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Designed as a teacher resource, a packet identifies resources and approaches instructors can use to incorporate jazz into their history classes. Materials are identified by historical era, from the roots of jazz prior to World War I to...
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Science of Music

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
What can science and music possibly have in common? A lot more than you might think. Guide young scientists through an exploration of these two seemly different subjects with a physical science resource based on Bill Nye the Science...
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Singing: Mi, So, La

For Teachers K
Little ones learn the tones mi, so, and la by singing an answer to a sung question. They play a name game to identify beat, then discuss songs with no beat. If there is time during this musical instruction activity, they dance about the...
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Achshav

For Teachers 4th
Playing percussive instruments is fun! It also helps kids understand music instruction, rhythm, and playing together. The class uses Orff instruments to practice, then performs the song, "Achshav." The songs for this and other lessons...
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The Music of Other Cultures

For Teachers 7th
Make your class musically and culturally literate. They'll listen to and discuss three types of music styles indicative of three different cultures. They'll identify characteristics and instruments used in western, traditional, and...
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Music History: Venice and Vivaldi

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Venice, the birthplace of classical music and amazing composers. Discover a bit about life in Venice and the contributions of the composer, Vivaldi. Information regarding his life, his musical contributions, and a break down of his piece...
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My (musical) Valentine

For Teachers K
Get out those bells, sand blocks, and sticks! Your kindergarteners use their singing voices to ask and answer friendly questions while keeping rhythm. They take turns in a group and in pairs singing questions and answers while keeping...
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General Music: Grades 4 & 5

For Teachers 4th - 5th
The story behind the Star Spangled Banner sets off this singing and music lesson. Emergent singers study facts about Francis Scott Key and his famous song, they then discuss and practice singing the first verse paying close attention to...
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Writing About Informational Text: Music and the Brain

For Students 6th Standards
Even if you've never picked up a musical instrument, chances are that music has directly impacted your mental and emotional development. Sixth graders engage in a reading activity in which they read two articles on the impact of music on...
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A Musical Composition Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F,...
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Critical Listening: Music Vocabulary

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The school band or orchestra analyzes their own performance after exploring musical terminology. They listen to a classical piece and describe it using only words. They look up musical terminology and then use those words to compare and...
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African Music Quiz

For Students 6th - 9th
Quiz your class on the wonders of African music. There are approximately 25 questions broken into five sections, each section focuses on a different aspect of music applied to African music elements. Quiz topics include African music,...
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True Spin: Music

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Upper graders take a critical look at art criticism, music, and politics. They watch one segment of "True Spin," produced by VH1 music television and then discuss myths that relate to art and music. Several modern songs are analyzed...
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Modern/Contemporary Music

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learn about each of the major players that contributed to each genre of modern/contemporary music. This slideshow covers the last 100 years in American music, from Gershwin to Michael Jackson, Folk to Reggae. Tip: It would be great to...
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Arabic Folk and Popular Music: Egypt, Lebanon, and Spain

For Teachers 8th - 10th
How many of us have actually listened to Arabic folk or pop music? Learn about the many facets of folk music common to Lebanon, Spain, and Egypt with this well-organized presentation. Islamic cultural influences are traced throughout...
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Music of India

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Introduce the class to the music of India. They'll discover three main types of music Raga, Tala, and Kriti. Cultural context and a description of basic Indian instruments is also provided. 
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Native American Music: Section 2

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Take a look into the many facets, purposes, and styles of Native American music. Each slide in this well-organized presentation provides clear introductory information on the forms and functions of American tribal music. Use it to...
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Music and Animation: 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Music has been used to convey thoughts, feelings, and the human condition for thousands of years. Your class will analyze several songs hear in the animated classic, "Charlie Brown." They will listen to several jazz pieces from the show,...
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GCSE Notes 2000: Classical Music

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Classical period music is defined by its characteristics and distinctive sound. A set of notes assists upper graders in recalling and analyzing music from the classical period based on musical terminology. An example analysis of Eine...
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Getting the Meaning in Pop Music

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Critical thinkers compare the impact of visual versus aural perception in how they comprehend artistic intent. They consider the meaning of a set of pop lyrics first by reading them, then by listening to them orally, and finally viewing...
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Set a Poem to Music

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Fun awaits both you and your class as you embark on a musical activity. After discussing different rhythmic meters they choose a poem to set to music. The poem must rhyme and be set to a melody in the key of C Major. Because the activity...
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Ballet and Classical Music

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore ballet. In this dance and music humanities lesson, 4th graders practice ballet positions and play a card game using French ballet vocabulary. Students count beats in rhythm patterns and listen to classical music...
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Music Theory Review: Chords

For Teachers 10th - 11th
WebQuests can be fun and engaging ways to review concepts. This musical WebQuest includes thirty-five fill in the blank and ten short answer questions, which students complete through Internet use. Upper graders complete this exercise to...
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Math, Fractions, and Music

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover the relationship between musical rhythms and fractions. They add musical notes together to produce fractions and create addition and subtraction problems with musical notes. Students complete worksheets and create their...
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Sight-Reading Music

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Part of learning to play music is learning to read music. Young musicians practice the techniques needed to become strong sight readers. They learn to keep their eyes ahead, scan the sheet music, and play each piece thoughtfully. 
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Musical Vibes with Palm Pipes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ancient people used musical pipes as early as the third millennium BCE. Young scientists explore the workings of musical pipes to better understand the relationship with frequency, length of pipe, and sound waves. They determine the...
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The Summer Fun Summer Learning Music Unit

For Teachers 1st - 8th Standards
Take note. Soul music. Gospel music. Country music. Summer comes alive with the sounds of music as program participants learn about various genres of music, create instruments, and write and perform songs about the facts and traditions...
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Reflection: The Message behind the Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Music lyrics offer messages. Some lyrics offer positive messages, some negative, some reflective, some explosive. Class members investigate the powerful messages in the lyrics of popular rap songs by first reading one student's essay on...
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Musical Activities for Early Childhood Inclusion

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Get your movers and shakers grooving to the beat with this series of musical activities designed to meet everyone's needs! Ten games, using an assortment of instruments, bring awareness to one's body, brain, and social interactions in a...
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Music in Words

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Your class can build strong, well-represented opinions about the music they hear. They listen to, and share thoughts about, a piece of classical music. Then they write a piece of music or a poem, and analyze their peers' work and their...
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Learning AB Form: Music

For Teachers 3rd
Third grade musicians play Orff instruments while they learn about the AB Form. First they learn part A of a song, then they listen to when the song changes. After they understand the concept of AB form, they learn to play part B. Note:...
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Musical Time Travel

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Young musicians learn more about the greats with a straightforward activity on historical composers. As they click through a navigation guide, they choose a musical time period and a composer from that period before taking a short quiz.
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Exploring Pulse & Rhythm

For Teachers K - 2nd
When we play music, we count beats both high and low. This introductory music activity explores tempo and rhythm. Learners will follow along as they clap to the beat, they clap high in the air and low. A very good introductory lesson.
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En Roulant Ma Boule

For Teachers 3rd
It is extremely important to know how to count notes when learning to read and play music. With their Tutti instruments in hand, budding musicians count out the quarter notes to keep the beat and practice a specific musical pattern. They...
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Singing a round

For Teachers 4th
Kids use their hands, bodies, and voices to explore the musical concept of a round. They say vegetable words while stomping and clapping out a rhythm in unison and then in a round. They then sing a round while maintaining a steady beat....
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Music from Across America

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students complete a unit of lessons on a variety of types of American music. They record their impressions of music samples on a worksheet, identify types of instruments, and choose a musical selection for their family to respond to.
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Musical Terminology

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Would you rather listen to music at a pianissimo level or a fortissimo level? A music theory lesson introduces elementary learners to the basics of musical dynamics with engaging and hands-on activities.
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Musical Poetry

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Introduce your middle and high school writers to musical poetry. They explore the six poetic devices, and locate the poetic devices in various music lyrics. Next, they choose one of the devices to teach to the class using an example they...
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Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern...
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Indonesian Music

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Explore the wonderful world of Indonesian music. The purpose, instruments, and terminology that help define Javanese music is outlined in this simple slide show. Tip: Adding musical examples would greatly enhance this resource. 
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Music Patterns

For Teachers K - 1st
Little ones can listen and follow along with the images to practice making rhythmic patterns. They clap and play to a variety of simple beats. This is a great way to build coordination, listening skills, pattern recognition, and music...
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Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Some emotions are indescribable, but sometimes you have to try! After brainstorming adjectives that describe emotions, pupils watch a quick film, at first with no sound. Partners share their adjectives and come up with descriptions for...
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Arts and Culture: Music that Portrays Hardship/Suffering

For Teachers 6th
Music has the power to convey messages, concepts, and feelings. Sixth graders listen to and analyze the cultural and historical context of several spirituals and working songs sung in Africa and also during the slave period in American...
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Musical Elements Chart

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Louisiana musical landscape worksheet, students study 6 terms and their meanings as they pertain to music instruction to be used for further classroom activities.
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Composing Music

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students explore music appreciation by reading sheet music. In this musical score analysis instructional activity, students utilize their individual instruments to play the song "Peter and the Wolf." Students listen to an online version...
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Comparing Native American and American Folk Music

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine how aspects of Native American and American folk music are alike and different. They contrast both forms of music and engage in many activities to identify or explain how music fulfills a variety of purposes.
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Independent Harmonies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Independent harmonies, homophonic music, intervals, and melody are all part of music theory and practice. Prepare your budding musicians for the big time with these activities focused on playing with accompaniment. This lesson is...
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A Tempo Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Allegro, largo, vivo, and andante, it's tempo time! As the metronome ticks off a variety of tempos, budding musicians work to identify them. They then create and perform a musical, singing, or movement piece which demonstrates each type...
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Rhythmical Phrases and Sentences

For Teachers 7th
Get ready to write some music! First learners practice identifying and creating rhythmic phrases and sentences, then they get acquainted with the G Major scale. Finally, they compose a jingle on human rights. A well-organized music...
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Focus on Harmony

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Harmony is the focus of this band lesson. Upper graders play the Star Spangled Banner, while focusing on harmony, chords, and musical voice. This lesson includes several suggested cross-curricular activities.
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Multicultural Music: Israel

For Teachers 2nd
Do a grapevine to the left, lift your hands in the air, and sing out, "Hey!" These are the steps second graders will do when they sing and dance the Israeli folk song, "Achshav.”  They will explore the concept of multicultural music and...
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Uncle Pen

For Teachers 5th
Kids practice playing their Orff instruments. They follow along as the instructor leads them through a series of rhythm and note playing practice exercises. This lesson is intended for use with the Macmillan/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight...
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The Baroque Music Period

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Music appreciation can start very early and providing a historical context makes music more meaningful. Present this information to your students to help them understand the people, music, and instruments common to the Baroque Period....
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Que IIueva or It's Raining

For Teachers 3rd
Get out your Orff instruments and the text, Spotlight on Music, it's time to instruct the class in playing and performing music. They'll practice pitch, rhythm, and harmony by clapping and singing, then apply what they've learned as they...
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Roll on, Columbia

For Teachers 4th
Budding musicians practice keeping rhythm, playing  Orff instruments, and following musical orchestration. They work as a team to play the song "Roll on, Columbia" while keeping time. There are specific instructions for each type of...
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Learning Refrain and Verse

For Teachers 1st
Instruct your young musicians on the terms verse and refrain. They listen to two songs, and point out the verse and refrain as they occur. Students then play drums when they hear the verse and the refrain. Note: Song lyrics, sheet music,...
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Turn the Glass Over

For Teachers 3rd
Take the guesswork out of instructing younger learners how to play in a music ensemble. Provide here are the steps to teaching and engaging them in practicing a song using rhythm and pitch. Orff instruments are used for this...
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El Floron: The Flower

For Teachers 3rd
Playing music is great for the brain and fun to do. Learners practice playing their Orff instruments to the song, El Floron. A breakdown of the instructional practice is outlined in this simple lesson. For use with the...
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Go Tell it on the Mountain

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders play an old song using Orff instruments and direct instructions. They follow along as they are taught the proper pattern, hand positioning, and playing techniques. 
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A la puerta del cielo

For Teachers 4th
The song played in this lesson plan requires numerous pattern changes. To help learners along, they are instructed to sing each part before it is played. Each part is practiced in small groups and then as an ensemble using Orff...
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Li'l Liza Jane

For Teachers 4th
The xylephone, metalaphone, and glockenspiel are used to play the song, "Li’l ’Liza Jane" found in the text, Spotlight on Music. Learners are instructed to focus on rhythm, pitch, and form as the practice playing their Orff instruements.
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’Most Done Ling’rin’ Here

For Teachers 4th
Say, sing, and clap out the rhythm to the musical pattern provided in this Orff arrangement. Instructions lead your class in a structured music lesson, focused on rhythm, timing, and playing Orff instruments. 
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Love Somebody

For Teachers 4th
Each section in this instructional activity gets to practice a specific part of the song "Love Somebody." Your fourth grade orchestra will play their Orff instruments as you instruct each instrument group as a section as a musical unit. 
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Night Herding Song

For Teachers 4th
Mirroring is the teaching technique used to instruct learners in this music lesson. They mirror the patted rhythm as it is done by the teacher, they work to create a rocking sound with the way they create rhythm and play their Orff...
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Cape Cod Chantey

For Teachers 6th
Instruct your class on basic music notation, rhythm, pitch, and harmony as they practice keeping a beat to the song, "Cape Cod Chantey." They'll practice individually and then as a group. This song can be found in the text, Spotlight on...
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Singing: "I Mailed Myself to You"

For Teachers 1st
Keeping a steady beat, singing soft, loud, and in unison - sounds like music class to me! First graders practice these skills while listening to the song, "I Mailed Myself to You" for Valentine's Day. This is a simple and age appropriate...
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El Floron

For Teachers 3rd
While there is no sheet music to accompany this lesson, it does have some ideas for teaching orchestration to younger learners. Third graders clap and call back and forth between each other to understand how they should play their parts...
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Spring Has Come

For Teachers 3rd
Using their Orff instruments, your third graders can learn to play as a music ensemble. They work together and in small groups to practice melody, harmony, and rhythm for the song, "Spring Has Come." This lesson is intended for use with...
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Old Arks-a-mover'in

For Teachers 4th
Younger elementary musicians practice playing musical patterns. This resource is specifically designed for use with Orff instruments and orchestration. It contains ideas for teaching pattern and rhythm in music. 
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Sea Shell

For Teachers 4th
The glockenspiel, xylophone, and woodblock players all mirror the musical pattern before they play the song, "Sea Shell." Pitch, rhythm, and playing as an ensemble are the focuses of this early music lesson to be used with the text,...
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Here Comes Sally

For Teachers 2nd
Keeping time and rhythm are a major part of learning to play in a music ensemble. Second grade musicians read and sing pitch while practicing the rhythm of the song, "Here Comes Sally." Orff instruments and the text, Spotlight on Music...
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Cornstalk Fiddle and a Shoestring Bow

For Teachers 3rd
Playing music while considering form, pitch, and rhythm is the topic of this music lesson. Third graders practice playing a song in small groups and then as an ensemble. This lesson uses the text, Spotlight on Music and Orff instruments. 
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Water Come a Me Eye

For Teachers 4th
Practice makes perfect, right? And practice is just what fourth graders will do as they pat the rhythm to the song, "Water Come a Me Eye." They echo the musical pattern using voice and body percussion, then play the tune on their Orff...
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Allundé, Alluia

For Teachers 4th
Orff musical arrangements make learning how to play music snap. The class practices playing their instruments with a focus on melody, pitch, and rhythm. They sing and pat out the rhythms of the song, "Allunde, Alluia" prior to playing...
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Cedar Swamp

For Teachers 4th
Kids get musical as they practice specific rhythms and musical patterns through the use of body percussion. They then apply what they've practiced as they play their tutti instruments. The song Cedar Swamp is found in the text, Spotlight...
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Sail Away, Ladies

For Teachers 4th
The class band practices and then plays the song, "Sail Away, Ladies." They work together to sing and clap out the song's rhythm and melody prior to playing their tutti instruments. The music for this lesson is found in the text,...
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When I Was Young

For Teachers 4th
The woodblock, xylophone, and metallophone are the focus of this Orff ensemble music arrangement. Kids practice playing their instruments keeping rhythm, pitch, and harmony as the focus of the lesson plan. They echo the teacher by...
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Walk in the Parlor

For Teachers 4th
Prior to playing their tutti instruments, fourth graders work on mastering a musical rhythm or pattern. They say, sing, and pat out a specific rhythm to practice how they should play the notes and pace the song, "Walk in the Parlor."
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Hill an' Gully

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders will practice pitch, harmony, form, rhythm, and syncopation by singing, clapping, and beating music patterns on their tutti instruments. They do this and then practice the song, "Hill an' Gully" found in the text, Spotlight...
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The Dove That Flew Away

For Teachers 5th
Prior to playing their Tutti instruments, fifth graders practice harmony, pitch, and rhythm. They sing, clap, and echo the musical pattern they are going to play, focusing on harmony and pitch. They then practice the same song on their...
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The Carnival is Coming

For Teachers 5th
Your musicians need to practice before they can play like masters. They'll practice by singing and clapping out the musical patterns, rhythms, and harmony for the song "The Carnival Is Coming." They will then play this song on their...
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Johnson Boys

For Teachers 4th
Get out those Orff instruments, because your class is going to play the song, "Johnson Boys." They practice rhythm and pitch by clapping along with the teacher, then use their instruments to play the song in small groups and as an...
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El Tambor

For Teachers 6th
Before playing their Orff xylophones and percussion instruments, budding musicians learn the rhythm by clapping it. They clap along then use that same rhythm as they play their instruments. The song featured in this lesson can be found...
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My Horses Ain't Hungry

For Teachers 3rd
Using Orff instruments and orchestration, learners practice playing various parts of the song, "My Horse Ain't Hungry." This lesson is specifically for the xylophone and glockenspiel, and includes some samples of sheet music.
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Bamboo Flute

For Teachers 4th
Imagine your fourth grade class playing Orff instruments like pros. They can with a little structured practice! They read, sing, then play the song "Bambo Flute," focusing on keeping rhythm and pitch. This lesson is intended for use with...
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"Uncle Sam's Got Himself in a Terrible Jam": Protest Music and the Vietnam War

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
"And it's one, two, three...what are we fighting for?" Use music to assess the climate of protest during the Vietnam War, listening to and analyzing Country Joe MacDonald's "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" (lyrics included)....
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Monster Musical Chairs and Scarcity

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Why can't we have everything we want? Youngsters are introduced to the concept of scarcity through a game of musical chairs and by discussing what it takes to satisfy our wants.
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Missing the Major Scales 2

For Students 6th - 12th
Any musician can tell you, you have to know your scales, key signatures, and notes when reading sheet music. Kids are quizzed on major scales and the notes found with in each scale. They fill in the missing notes and identify each scale.
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Simple Sharps

For Students 3rd - 6th
If you want to play music, you need to learn how to read sharps and flats. Young musicians practice reading and playing these simple sharps. Each sharp is given a word that connects it to the note it is related to. For example: Charles...
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Arts and culture: Music-to sing a round

For Teachers 6th
Singing in a round can be a lot of fun and apparently conveys the concept of musical phrasing and melody. Budding musicians sing three South African songs as rounds. They discuss cultural diversity and musical concepts such as timbre,...
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Play Music in a Rhythmic Manner

For Teachers 5th
A big part of reading notes is knowing the counts or beats they represent. Fifth graders say, "Clap," then play the musical notes, paying close attention to the length of time each one is held or played. Sheet music for the rhythmic song...
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Music Reader

For Students 4th - 6th
Music aficionados hone their skills by listening to music and then answering several questions intended to guide their experience. They analyze sound rhythm, pattern, and volume.
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"Viennese Musical Clock" from Hary Janos by Zoltan Kodaly

For Students 5th - 6th
Young musicians follow a colorful map that helps them identify the various themes as they listen to a recording of the rondo "Viennese Musical Clock" from Hary Janos by Zoltan Kodaly. The activity includes information about Kodaly.
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Not Your Grandma's Music: A Lesson in Music History

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students experience and discuss the different musical periods such as Baroque, Classical and Romantic. In this music lesson, students discover musical theory and apply it to the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Students will...
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INTRODUCTION TO MARIACHI MUSIC

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students experience Mariachi music. In this music appreciation lesson, students study the instruments used to make this type of music. Students listen to Mariachi music and practice pronouncing the Spanish lyrics. Students work in...
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Exploring Musical Form through Performing, Movement, and Listening

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders sing, listen to and create movements for a variety of songs and pieces that have AB form and verse-refrain form. They explore the basic forms that give them the tools to analyze other music works as they progress in the...
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Adapting a Musical

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students transform literature into musical productions. In this integrated arts lesson plan, students discuss how musicals are written and produced. Students then select literature they are familiar with to adapt into musical productions.
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Identifying the ABA Form in Music

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students explore a form of music known as A,B,A. For this music recognition lesson, students identify different portions of music within the same song as either A or B. The students listen to specific songs and then complete a chart...
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History of Rock: Lecture 3

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
How did technology influence rock music? A thorough presentation outlines the history of rock, beginning with the technological advances that made it possible. It discusses Country, Blues, Hillbilly, and Early Rock music in terms of how...
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Mixtape

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A short film about music is the inspiration for a well-sequenced instructional activity that includes discussion, group work, and writing. After the whole class converses about music, small groups write narratives about a still from the...
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Games for the Elementary Music Classroom

For Teachers K - 6th
Perfect for music specialists, classroom teachers, and substitutes, a packet of 18 games includes complete lessons as well as short activities for when you have some extra time at the end of class.
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Lesson 13: Select Music For Words In Motion! Dances And Continue Choreography

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars visit their poetry groups in order to continue selecting music and creating choreography for their interpretive dance. Dances are designed to reflect a strong word or phrase found in writers' original free-verse poems. 
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A Guide to Great Home Music Practice

For Teachers 6th - 12th
To be the very best musician one needs to be wiling to practice at home. Here is a handy guide to give your young musicians a leading edge on home music practice. It includes a warm up, cool down, suggestions for setting goals and for...
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A Musical Textures Activity

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Students identify textures in music. In this music appreciation lesson, students listen to a variety of classical music pieces and identify components of musical textures including monophony, homophony, polyphony, and heterophony.
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Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use their tutti instruments and voice to play the song, Joshua FIt the Battle of Jericho. They rehearse the song's rhythm, pitch, and form in small groups then as a class music ensemble. The sheet music for this song can be...
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Halloween Sing Along

For Teachers 1st
First graders get ready for Halloween while engaging in a spirited sing-along. They sing the song "Halloween" along with the teacher as they clap to keep rhythm with the music. Note: This song or song lyrics are not included. 
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What Are the Origins and Influences of Rap Music?

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Considered an American art form, rap has its roots in places from Jamaica to the Bronx. Using a series of readings, comprehension questions, and videos, scholars explore the history of rap and its connections to the African diaspora....
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Mr. Mascot's Magical Musical Tour

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore particular places in the world. Students decipher clues that a class mascot leaves behind as it travels the world. Through researching the clues, students discover geographical locations, elements of world culture,...
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The Power of Nonviolence: Music Can Change the World

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a fantastic activity through which class members discover how music has the ability to influence others in a meaningful way. After reviewing selected pieces and modern-day protest songs, learners will research other songs that...
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Music Evokes Memories and Emotions

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Dim the lights, take a deep breath, and press play to explore the emotions and memories that music elicits. Class members begin using relaxation techniques designed to create a positive listening experience. As music plays, learners...
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Point of View - Sharing a Perspective on Music

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students share their perspective about music. In this music perspective lesson plan, students complete a music notes handout and watch a segment of a band playing the "St. Louis Blues." Students write a critique of the music they just...
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Melodies and Math: Creating Music with Non-Traditional Instruments

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Review the 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures in music with a helpful music theory lesson plan. Young musicians experiment with electronic sounds and create their own musical performance using instruments made from materials found in the...
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Keys and Scales are Sets

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Music theory lessons can be very tricky for some people. Children with a basic understanding of musical concepts take on the task of transposing music and identifying scale sets. This would be a good topic to address prior to discussing...
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More Rhythm Hearts

For Students 2nd - 4th
Hearts take the place of quarter notes and help kids keep the beat. They fill in each square with a quarter note to indicate the length of each heart beat on the sheet. A very developmental way to teach a tricky concept. Tip: Introduce...
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Music Reading Readiness

For Teachers 1st
First graders inquire about performing arts by conducting a musical performance in class. In this music appreciation instructional activity, 1st graders examine different sounds and identify their pitch, patterns and the instrument which...
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Getting Inside The Outsiders Through Music

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students listen to popular music of the 50's and 60's to make literature connections to The Outsiders. For this popular culture lesson, students evaluate and analyze various songs and connect them with the themes in the literature...
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Hurry Up – Slow Down

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Is your music appreciation class feeling a bit adagio this afternoon? Pick up the pace and get them feeling andante with a straightforward music theory activity. After defining several terms for musical dynamics and musical tempos,...
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Instruments Have a Family

For Students K - 3rd Standards
Are the instruments in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in the same family as those in George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue? Elementary musicians work on their music theory and their instrumental ear as they listen to clips of famous...
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A Composer Leads the Way

For Students 4th - 5th
What song is playing? A music activity focuses on composers throughout history, their famous works, and the instruments in each piece. As pupils complete the instructional activity they play a short game to review music theory terms.
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Latino Expression

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much of your daily life is influenced by Latin American music? Take a listen—the answer may surprise you! High schoolers keep a journal to note any instances they see Latino culture represented, including the media, their school, and...
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Mexican Culture “La Raspa”

For Teachers 1st
Here are three lessons that work together to engage learners in a cultural and musical exploration. In lesson one the listen to the Mexican folk song, "La Raspa" and discuss cultural context. In lesson two they dance along to both "La...
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Large Coffee Can Bongo

For Teachers K - 8th
Want to make some music but you don't have the instruments? Get a start on your percussion section with a creative bongo drum project! Young musicians use a coffee can, packing tape, and colorful paper to create the perfect percussive...
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Composing Music

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore music appreciation by creating their own music pieces in class. In this music composition lesson plan, students collaborate in small groups with their instruments and compose a short song which they will play for class....
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Consonance and Dissonance Activities

For Teachers K - 12th
Hone those musical ears to identify consonance and dissonance in music being played live or on a recording. Learners will work through four activities where they will listen to consonant and dissonant notes being played first by the...
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Musical Families

For Teachers K - 5th
Planning a trip to the symphony? Prepare first-time attendees for the experience with overheads that identify the roles played by the concertmaster, conductor, musicians, and even the audience. The musical families are introduced and...
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Sounds Interesting

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Play a music game with your budding musicians! They pick various sound cards out of a bag and make those sounds in different ways. 
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Gamelan-Style Melodic Elaboration: A Music Class Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Music world get ready, your young performers are going to practice Gamelan style improvisation techniques. They listen to and discuss the melody and rhythm in Balinese Gamelan music, then take turns improvising by adding notes to a basic...
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Parallel Harmonies

For Teachers 4th - 8th
What is a parallel harmony? You and your class can explore musical terminology through song. You define what a parallel harmony is, the class identifies parallel harmony in music they hear, and then you all sing some examples together....
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Riding, Riding, Is Mr. Postman

For Teachers 6th
If you have the McMillan/McGraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music and access to Orff instruments, you should consider this activity. It provides an outline for you to use when instructing 5th graders in music orchestration. 
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Lifesavers for the Music Teacher

For Teachers K - 8th
A symphony of ideas are contained in this eBook designed by music teachers for music teachers. The 40 activities have all proven to be lifesavers. A must-have for your curriculum library.
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Chiribim

For Teachers 6th
A structured 6th grade music lesson - who could ask for more? Students practice reading music notation, playing their parts, and playing together as a group. This lesson is intended for use with Orff instruments and the...
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Classical Music Appreciation (Grades 3-4 / Lesson 3)

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore the expression of mood through music and visual art. They listen to a piece by Mussorgsky, discuss the events in the musical piece, and map out the events in the music with drawings.
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Music Style- What Makes Each One Unique?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders listen to various genres of music and identify which elements of music or qualities of each genre make it unique.  In this unique music style lesson, 5th graders develop and understand their own musical preferences and...
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The Musical Mind

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Young scholars go on a tour of how and why music styles have changed over the years, and discover where they can gather some insight about their favorite musical styles and artists. There are excellent websites imbedded in this lesson.
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Studying The American Musical Theatre

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils discover the group dynamics necessary to produce an American musical in this six day lesson. Themes and characterization techniques are explored during collaborative small group research projects.
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Music Composition

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compose a piece of music and then hear their composition performed. They put their ideas down on staff paper using musical notation. This music will then be performed by the students on the instruments for which the...
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Musical Chair Review

For Teachers K - 1st
Students play a simple game designed to reinforce letter names, sounds or sight words. They walk in a circle as music plays, and stop in front of a chair when the music stops. Each chair has a letter or sight word that the child must...
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Student Composers With Music Ace

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners create short musical compositions. In this music lesson, students use the "Doodle Pad" (a component of "Music Ace") and take turns to create short melodies. Learners share their musical pieces with their classmates.
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Tradition through storytelling and music

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students discover how storytelling can shape a person's tradition.Students examine different methods of storytelling such as music, biographies, and African folktales. They then demonstrate their knowledge of storytelling by writing...
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Music Expresses Emotion

For Teachers 8th
Singing, emotion, and music are explored by the class as they think about the expressive sounds and lyrics of each song they hear. They read, play, and sing several songs taken from musical theater productions and discuss the tones,...
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Music: Sounds on the Farm

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Singing is a great way to build memory, music, and verbal communication skills. Little ones sing the song, "Old Mac Donald had a Farm." They make the sounds of each animal on the farm paying attention to signaling cues, singing high, and...
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Peter and the Wolf: A Russian Fairy Tale

For Teachers K - 2nd
A wonderful presentation explains a musical fairy tale. Perfect for an independent work station or as a link to send home for homework, this slideshow comes equipped with full audio. Each character, theme, and instrument from the piece...
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Harness Music to Enhance Writing

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Use the magic of music to engage the senses and bring new life to your writing curriculum.
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Jazz Musicians

For Students 6th - 12th
Ten informative videos make up a series hosted by Wynton Marsalis designed to share the musical triumphs of jazz musicians Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and more! 
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Applying Music to Literature

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening...
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Star Spangled Banner: For Orchestra

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers practice playing "The Star Spangled Banner" while focusing on phrasing. They work with the instructor to mark the lyrics and music, then play the song using the phrasing indicated. Several cross-curricular  extension...
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Orff Orchestra

For Teachers 3rd
Your third grade orchestra plays and sings an Orff music arrangement. These instructions are intended to help you instruct children playing the xylophone, triangle, and soprano recorder. 
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I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows

For Teachers 4th
You've found some instructional ideas on how to teach music, using Orff instruments. The class practices rhythm, melody, and harmony as the play each part of the song. For use with the Mcmillian/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.
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Wood Chuck

For Teachers 3rd
Play music with your class. Using Orff instruments and arrangements they learn to play the melody of a song, first in parts then as a group. This lesson is intended for use with the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.
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Popular Music Culture

For Teachers 9th
Kids think about pop music and pop culture as they analyze both. They group up and write a review of a favorite pop singer or song for the school paper. They discuss pop music as a class and then analyze a song for specific music elements.
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Music To My Ears: The District of Columbia Quarter

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students practice identifying different genres of music by creating posters.  In this music appreciation lesson, students research Duke Ellington and complete worksheets based on his style of music, Jazz.  Students collaborate in small...
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Sing!

For Teachers K - 12th
Whether new to the Kodály Method of music instruction or an experienced veteran, you'll find much to make your heart sing in a teacher guide that was designed for a music appreciation project. 
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The Blues in the Arkansas Delta

For Students 6th - 8th
Oh I love the blues! Here is a wonderful four page reading passage that focuses on the Delta Blues. It covers topics such as, the music's cultural influences, origin, form, terminology, and significance. A great way to integrate...
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"Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

For Students 7th - 12th
Mozart was an amazing composer and "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" was one of his best-loved orchestral pieces. This handout provides a brief description of the instruments for which it was written, and how each section and part should be...
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice: 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Upper graders view the animated short, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and analyze how the music score was chosen to express the scene. They create an animation as they listen to a classical recording to experience the connection between...
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Mizuguruma: The Water Wheel

For Teachers 1st
If your first graders can play Orff instruments, then this lesson could come in handy. They'll practice playing each part of the song, The Water Wheel in small groups and then as an ensemble. This lesson is for use with the text,...
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"Yesterday," "Today," and "Tomorrow"

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Excite the music lovers in your language arts class Idea development and word choice are the main writing traits in a Six Traits lesson. Young writers examine the symbolism in "Yesterday” by the Beatles, “Today” by the Smashing Pumpkins,...
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The Tango

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the music of Buenos Aires as they hear and then dance the Tango. They practice basic Tango rhythm, learn to sing the song, "Any Turkey can Tango," then practice a few Tango-riffic dance steps with a partner. What a...
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Down a 4th, Up a 5th

For Students 3rd - 8th
It's time to practice those sharps. Young musicians write the order of sharps by counting down a fourth and up a fifth. This is a great way to teach sharps to emergent musical note readers. 
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The Roots of Jazz

For Teachers 5th - 9th
This slide show introduces learners to the development of jazz. It quite briefly describes what influenced jazz music, jazz instruments, and Jazz in the early years. It also explains how jazz has influenced modern classical composers....
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Chinka Hanka

For Teachers 4th
This lesson is intended for use with Orff instruments and the Mcmillan/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music. Learners are instructed on playing their instruments together as a group keeping in time with the rhythm and each other. 
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Black History in Music

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students relate musical styles with US historical context through research and presentation.
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Technology and the Distribution of Music

For Teachers 9th
What does technology have to do with music? Everything! Music has been enhanced and circulated because of technological advancements through the ages. Kids explore this concept as they learn about changes in musical instruments and music...
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Rock Music

For Teachers 8th
Only boys like Rock n' Roll. That's not so! Eighth graders consider the origin of rock music as well as some associated stereotypes. They discuss who listens to rock music, when it originated, and then they analyze some current pop...
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1920s Variety Show

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
To better understand the cultural achievements of the Harlem Renaissance and become familiar with its major figures, class members examine a painting by Aaron Douglas and a poem by Langston Hughes and compare how the artists develop...