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Changing One's Tune: A Music Therapy STEM Integrated Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A music therapy STEM integrated project combines science and language arts. Pupils listen to music, learn about music physics, build and play instruments, write songs, and share their musical creations. They study different intervals and...
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STEM Ed Hub: Design Resources

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Engineering design-based activities make learning science fun. Young engineers design dams, lifeguard chairs, musical instruments, candy bags, and much more. They also use measurement skills to solve the mystery of the missing pin. Each...
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The Five Senses

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Your learners engage their five senses every day without knowing it. Help them identify their experiences and extend their understanding with a month full of lessons designed for the five senses. Kids focus on a different sense every...
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Rhythm in a Box: The Story of the Cajon Drum

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Discover the rich cultural traditions and remarkable ingenuity of indigenous people and African slaves by learning about one of the most popular percussion instruments in the world today.
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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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Instruments to Trace Color and Label

For Students K - 8th
Handbells and castanets. Triangles and timpani. Trumpets and trombones. As part of their study of instruments, young musicians label, trace and color the parts of seven instruments. Also included in the resource packet are tracing...
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Musical Instruments

For Students 2nd - 12th
Membranophones? Aerophones? How about strings? Percussion? You need not be a music instructor to benefit from a packet of 24 worksheets that introduce aspiring musicians to the various instrument families.
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Piano Dust Buster - Song Game

For Students K - Higher Ed
Piano practice has never been so fun! Cleverly scaffolded piano practice sessions lead to performances, all of which earn the player points. The app has a digital keyboard for playing when you're on the go, or enable the acoustic piano...
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Musical Instruments

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Here is a complete workbook which leads children as they work through the art of making a musical instrument. The instrument made must be a percussion instrument. The workbook is incredibly thorough and does a good job of leading pupils...
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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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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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Teaching the Instruments of the Orchestra to Young Students using the San Francisco Symphony Kids’ Website

For Teachers 1st
Using the San Francisco Children's Orchestra web site, first graders build listening and instrument identification skills. Each child wears head phones, listens to ID, and finds various instruments on the included worksheet. 
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Investigating Brass Instruments and Pitch

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students observe the sounds of different brass instruments in order to understand how to create different pitches. In this musical lesson, students create a "brass" instrument from everyday household objects. The students discuss the...
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Musical Instrument Families

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Using graphics, and an easy-to-understand format, this resource outlines the different kinds of instruments and their characteristics. This presentation could be used as an introduction to instruments for students getting ready to...
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Teach This Poem: "Violin" by Nikki Wallschlaeger

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
New ReviewNikki Wallschlaeger's Violin is the featured poem in a lesson that uses music and multiple readings to delve deep into its analysis. After a writing warm-up, learners watch and listen to a video that showcases Regina Carter Quintet's...
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Slap Tubes, Flutes, and Xylophones: The Physics of Pipe-Based Instruments

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
It's the encore to a wave unit. Individuals build either a slap tube, flute, or xylophone as a culminating activity for a physics unit on waves. Scholars calculate the lengths of pipes needed to produce the specific notes for their...
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Sound Sandwich

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Not all sandwiches are tasty. Scholars use basic materials to build an instrument called a sound sandwich. They see how blowing on the instrument causes rubber bands to vibrate, which produces sound waves.
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Sounds of the Silk Road

For Students 6th - 12th
Young explorers may not be able to travel the Silk Road but they can listen to music that was played on instruments of the time and create their own songs with the help of an interesting interactive resource. 
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Arts and Engineering Activity Packet: Grades 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Art and science sometimes go hand in hand. A set of four activities for learners in grades 3-5 teaches engineering concepts as part of art projects. Class members build homemade robots, elastic puppets, musical instruments, and...
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Design of Music Instruments for a Rock Band

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Can you create a rock band? Scholars learn about the creation and transmission of sound in a hands-on STEM activity. First, they explore the transmission of sound using a tuning fork. Then, they must solve the problem of missing...
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Tension and Release: Creating Mindful Harmony (CTE)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Perhaps the Doobie Brothers said it best when they sang, "Listen to the Music." With the third of four lessons from the Changing One's Tune: A Music Therapy STEM Integrated Project series, pupils discover the connection between music and...
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American Sabor: Word Search #1

For Students 2nd - 8th
Find la guitarra and el charango with a short and straightforward word search focused on Latin American music. Learners check through a list of popular instruments and dances before delving into the puzzle.
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Making Latin American Music Lesson: Que Linda Manito

For Teachers Pre-K - K
A Puerto Rican song hooks young scholars' attention to start a hands-on activity in which they craft a maraca using a paper bag, uncooked rice, and rubber bands. 
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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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Name That Harmonic: Closed-End air Columns

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Physics is like music—practice makes perfect! Challenge your class using an interactive that builds harmonic skills. The engaging lesson from a playlist exploring sounds and waves revolves around wave behavior in closed-end air columns....
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Name That Harmonic: Open-End air Columns

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder what really goes on inside a clarinet? Show your young scientists the physics of open-end air columns through an easy-to-use interactive. Learners examine the features of standing waves and calculate frequency and length in a...
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Using Music to Tell a Story or Describe a Scene

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Young composers demonstrate their understanding of the stylistic features of descriptive music, including pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm, and timbre, by developing a melody and countermelody for a main character in a story. As part of...
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Instrumental Sounds

For Students 4th - 5th
What sound does a piccolo make? What's the difference between a violin and viola? What family does a timpani belong to? Take a tour through the different sections of an orchestra with an interactive reference tool.
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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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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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Listen to the Music

For Students K - 3rd Standards
Different pieces of music can elicit different emotions from audience members. A quick tempo can make you feel happy, while a largo piece may bring out a melancholy temperament. Elementary musicians learn more about the instruments and...
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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 activity they play a short game to review music theory terms.
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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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Nuts and Bolts of Jazz

For Students 6th - 12th
A collection of videos directs viewers through a series of seven videos detailing all things jazz. Video topics include how to play, its forms, rhythm, syncopation, swing, improvisation, and explores the rhythm, horn, and wind sections.  
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Acoustic Mirrors

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Investigate sound waves with acoustic mirrors. Using audio software, groups make recordings of musical instruments, both with and without acoustic mirrors. They compare the recordings to see the effect of acoustic mirrors on sound waves.  
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Sound

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Beautiful music doesn't just write itself, but if you ever feel bad about procrastinating, remember that Mozart wrote the overture to Don Giovanni the morning it premiered. Introduce young scientists to the elements of sound including...
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Nature Walk: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 2)

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Walking in nature is the theme of a unit designed to support English language development lessons. Scholars look, write, speak, and move to explore topics such as camping, woodland animals, instruments, bodies of water, things found at a...
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Treasure Island Clues: Intervals

For Students 2nd - 12th
You may know about A, B, and C, but now you can include "arrrrr" to the list of music notes to practice! Here is a fun pirate-themed activity in which young musicians determine the intervals of various notes in the treble clef to work...
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Musical Instruments to Play

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Bring some music to your language arts lesson with a reading comprehension activity. Learners read an informational passage about different musical instruments before answering a series of comprehension and vocabulary questions.
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The Music Concert

For Students 2nd Standards
Second graders read an informational text passage on music concerts and then answer questions based on what they read.
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How Brass Instruments Work

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Transforming a deep breath into beautiful musical notes, brass instruments represent an interesting combination of scientific understanding and artistic creativity. Traveling from the mouth piece to the bell, this short video...
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When Turtle Grew Feathers

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Friendship is a valuable part of growing up. Learn about the importance of friendship with a variety of activities based on When Turtle Grew Feathers by Tim Tingle. Kids practice making musical instruments, discussing plot points,...
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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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Name the Instrument

For Students 2nd - 8th
Here's a word scramble activity that asks kids to identify a series of instruments and then transpose the circled letters to reveal the name of the world's oldest playable musical instrument.
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Rhythm Jam

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Groups create, memorize, and perform for the class a 4 beats per measure rhythm pattern using percussion instruments including xylophones, rhythm sticks, and drums. The pattern is recorded on the worksheet provided in the resource.
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Tube Kazoo

For Students 1st - 3rd
Little musicians make a kazoo out of a cardboard tube, wax paper, and a rubber band. This is a terrific activity to use for enriching a lesson on sound, vibration, or musical instruments.
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Musical Instruments Ð French Horn

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
The French horn is a member of the brass family that is described in this informational video. The musician describes the different parts of the French horn, as well as how it is distinguished amongst other horns. What a fantastic and...
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How to Assemble a Clarinet

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Learn how to assemble the pieces of a clarinet with this informative video. The narrator also does a great job at naming all of the different parts.
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How To Play Violin/Fiddle - St. Patrick's Day

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Intended for intermediate learners, "St. Patrick's Day" is a jovial yet complex tune. Ian breaks down the first several notes, and there are opportunities to pause the video and get some practice. Have the sheet music next to you while...
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How To Play Violin/Fiddle - Amazing Grace & Vibrato

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Play the classic and heartfelt "Amazing Grace" with your learners. Listen to the presenter play the song, and then watch as he teaches the beginning notes. His step-by-step instruction is methodical, and following along is easy. This is...
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The Lion and More

For Teachers 5th
Melody, rhythm, tempo, and dynamics; get out those recorders it's time to play music! Your class will work on playing two lion-themed pieces that exemplify two different styles, folk and waltz. They'll discuss the elements of music and...
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Making Music

For Teachers K - 2nd
Budding musicians engage in an exciting lesson which has them make musical instruments out of ordinary household items. By using paper plates, plastic cups, rubber bands, storage containers, and wooden spoons they make a variety of...
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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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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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Rubber Band Banza

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders review ideas about sound and vibration to make their own stringed instrument. They review what a pictograph and bar graph are. Pupils conduct a survey within the classroom to choose the four favorite string instruments and...
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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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Form in Gamelan Music: A Music Class Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
After a brief introduction to Balinese culture and Indonesian colotomic forms, the class composes an original piece. They study the tempo, melody, form and rhythm of Gamelan music and then apply those skills to an original Gamelan...
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Reviewing Good Playing Habits

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The string section of your school orchestra can get a proper form make-over by incorporating this lesson. They reestablish proper playing form, posture, and sound as they compose an essay on how to maintain good playing habits during...
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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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Simple Chordal Harmony

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Practice makes perfect, especially when playing a musical instrument. This lesson examines simple chordal harmony, melody, and playing with accompaniment. Learners listen to a series of songs that exemplify the concept then play a...
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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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Playin' the Blues

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore history and sounds of blues music, construct instruments from scrap materials, and compose music to accompany lyrics of songs for kids.
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Inventing a Musical Instrument, a Tool And a Toy

For Students 5th - 7th
In this inventing a musical instrument, tool and toy worksheet, students look at all the materials they have available to them and as a team design a unique musical instrument, tool and toy.
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Orchestra: Focus on Rhythm and Arranging

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school orchestra is a great place to play music, like The Star Spangled Banner. Upper graders create new rhythms to the old song and perform them with the class. They rehearse their updated versions of the song using their...
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Multicultural Music Connections

For Teachers 3rd
Native American music is fun to listen to and great to play. Third graders get multiculturally inspired as they discuss musical sounds from around the globe, then play a few traditional Native American instruments. 
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Name That Tune

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Integrating technology and music can be a snap with lessons like this one! Kids in a junior high band class took to the Internet to download and practice playing their instrument with a computer generated back up band. They practice...
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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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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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Using Garage Band to Enhance 2nd Grade Composition

For Teachers 2nd
Your second graders can become composers with a little help from the Garage Band software. You pre-select several drum, piano, and guitar loops for the groups to choose from, then they put them together following an ABA looping pattern....
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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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Peter and the Wolf

For Teachers K - 4th
Peter and the Wolf is a wonderful piece that introduces learners to classical music, builds listening skills, and creates a bridge from song to imagination. Each slide shows a picture of one of the characters from the story and a group...
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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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Exploring Instruments

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Orchestral instruments are the focus of this introductory presentation. Learners identify individual instruments on slide two and then read about the characteristics of six other instruments typically used in orchestral pieces. 
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Exploring Pentatonic Scales

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
What better way to teach pentatonic scales than to have them playing while you define them? This slide-show includes simple yet correct descriptions of five note scales in C, G, and F major as well as examples for learners to hear. 
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Let's Make Noise

For Teachers 2nd
Musical instruments and the sounds they make are the focus of this lesson plan. First, your young musicians brainstorm a list of instruments on the board. Then, they attempt to describe the sound, or "pitch" each one makes and to tell...
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Instrument Families

For Teachers 4th - 5th
From the clarinet to maracas, this PowerPoint covers various instruments in the 4 instrument families: woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion. Descriptions and pictures of instruments in the four families are provided. Slides 19-22...
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The Parts of a Trombone

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Learn all of the parts of a trombone with this video. Clear text and photos provide viewers with the part names and their purpose.
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Piano Lessons - Beginning Chords

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Now that you're becoming more familiar with the piano, learn beginning chords and play "Mary Had a Little Lamb!" Consider writing down the chord pattern (or printing it off line) before attempting to follow along with the video.
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Piano Lessons - Coordinating Your Left and Right Hands

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learn your first piano scale! Focus on hand placement and moving your right and left hands in coordination. Consider watching this video all the way through before attempting to follow along on your piano; it could be a tad confusing!
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Piano Lessons - Intro To The Keyboard

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Jump right to it! Learn the parts of the keyboard, and start playing almost immediately! Hand placement and beginning notes are also covered. This is a great introduction if you're teaching how to play the piano.
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Piano Lessons - Playing Right Hand Melodies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Play a song without even realizing it! Notes for "When the Saints Go Marching In" are demonstrated, but consider fast-forwarding the video until the time reads 5:12, so you can have a copy by your side. This is part one of two.
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How To Play Violin/Fiddle - The Wayfaring Stranger

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Ian, the presenter, walks you through the first notes after playing "The Wayfaring Stranger" one time through. His teaching style moves quickly, so pause the video to give yourself time to practice!
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Piano Lessons - Playing Left Hand Melodies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Now that you've learned "When the Saints Go Marching In" on your right hand, learn it on your left! Take out the copy of your notes and start practicing!
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How To Play Violin/Fiddle - The Swan - Position Shifting

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Listen as Paul plays "The Swan," which requires a lot of position switching. This video does not include a lesson, just a clip of the song being played.
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Piano Lessons - Playing Major & Minor Chords

For Teachers 5th - 12th
You've already started playing melodies on your left and right hands, now it's time to play major and minor chords! This video provides clear demonstrations and allows you the opportunity to practice along.
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Piano Lessons - Left Hand Bass Notes & Right Hand Melodies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Review "When the Saints Go Marching In" on your right hand and incorporate some notes with your left hand. If you can master this, you're ready for more complex songs!
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Loud or soft?

For Students K - 3rd
Send this cute activity home with kids, to increase family involvement. They'll consider what would happen if rice was bounced in a tambourine, and then they'll complete a sound activity by makings an instrument out of wax paper and a...
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Band On Line

For Teachers 6th
In 1996, using the Internet to enhance learning was a new innovation. While the lesson here is a bit outdated, it could still provide a basic understanding of how technology can enhance music appreciation. Members of the school band...
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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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Musical Role Models

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students identify instruments and their sounds and use them to model their own orchestra. After choosing an instrument to investigate further, they research to become familiar with the sound of the instrument, how the sound is created,...
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Harmony with Drones

For Teachers 6th - 9th
A drone is the simplest of all harmonies, you'll play or sing an example and your class will follow along. They listen to, and then play or sing drones. Two pieces containing drones are included for you to print, pass out, and play.
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Let's Make Music!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students create musical instruments filled with popcorn. They use a variety of common containers to make instruments which they play along with music on CD's.
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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 plan to be used with the text,...
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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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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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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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Combining Various Drum Techniques and Percussion Patters

For Teachers 7th
Drums are very simple instruments that have been around for a long time. Young percussionists discover three new techniques for playing their drums, they practice these techniques individually, then put them together to create a unique...
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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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Standing Waves and Music: Suggested Demonstrations

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
There are four embedded links in this brief resource that take you to handouts or worksheets that assist young musicians in understanding standing sound waves. They'll play their instruments to show and then discuss different sound waves. 
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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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How Do Instruments Make Sound?

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore and classify a variety of musical instruments by the way they produce sound. They create a class list of musical instruments, and identify the sounds as vibrations, striking sounds, or blowing air. Students place...
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Night Herding Song

For Teachers 4th
Mirroring is the teaching technique used to instruct learners in this music lesson plan. 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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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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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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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 instructional activity is...
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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. They echo the teacher by patting a...
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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 instructional activity. Third graders practice playing a song in small groups and then as an ensemble. This instructional activity uses 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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Love Somebody

For Teachers 4th
Each section in this lesson plan 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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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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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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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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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 lesson. It provides an outline for you to use when instructing 5th graders in music orchestration. 
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Chiribim

For Teachers 6th
A structured 6th grade music activity - who could ask for more? Students practice reading music notation, playing their parts, and playing together as a group. This activity is intended for use with Orff instruments and 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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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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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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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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Peter and the Wolf: The Character of Instruments

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Is your class familiar with the tale of Peter and the Wolf? If they are, they will have fun testing themselves on how well they can identify each character by listening to the piece. This presentation acts as a quiz where the class works...
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Sound Game

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Get those little ears out and ready to listen to play a game! Youngsters listen to a variety of instruments, and then determine whether the instruments are made of wood or metal. This game is interactive with fun sounds. 
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The Orchestra

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Elementary listeners learn about each section in the orchestra and the sounds they make. This would be a great introduction prior to a field trip or a visit from a real orchestra. Note: The audio does not appear to work. 
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Danse Macabre: Saint-Saëns

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Assist your youngsters as they learn to visualize the story music can tell us. They listen to the piece "Danse Macabre" while viewing this slideshow. Each slide describes the key instrument and what creature of the dark it represents. A...
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Chamber Music Quiz

For Students 6th - 8th
Quiz pupils on what they remember from music class. This quiz focuses on chamber music, the instruments used, and basic musical terminology. There are seven questions to answer.
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Kazoo

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Children are naturally interested in musical instruments because they enjoy rhythm and sounds. An early exposure to instruments can enhance a child's knowledge, interest, and appreciation of music. Increase your young learners' knowledge...
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Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago - Chicago Blues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Watching Great Performances’ Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago launches an investigation into and discussion of how the electric guitar and guitarists have changed the sound of the blues over time. An engaging way to...
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Movement

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Pupils experiment and explore a variety of instruments and movements. They play rhythms on instruments, spell words using their bodies, act out the movements of a song, role-play machine parts as a group, pantomime an activity, and play...
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Oboe in Oregon! - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students investigate and describe the different uses of musical instruments using Christopher Parkening, Dave Brubeck, and the musical group "Oregon" as examples. This instructional activity includes a video and resource links.
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Water

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study different bodies of water and how they fit into the water cycle. They explain that materials exist in different states (solid, liquid and gas) and change from one to another, that there are systems, order, and...
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Percussion Composition

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students create and present a short composition. Using skills, techniques and processes, students select, combine and manipulate sound and silence.
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Jazz in America

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore different instruments and what role they play in Jazz. They also each person's role in a democratic society.
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Rock Music

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students create percussion instruments using limestone and other rocks. They use instruments to perform a song.
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Mariachi Mania

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students play the beats of mariachi music. For this mariachi lesson plan, students listen to mariachi music and discuss why music is important.
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Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students examine the characteristics of the four families of instruments. They read an eBook, unscramble instruments and categorize them in the correct families, take a quiz, and explore the San Francisco Symphony website.
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The Role of the Opera Orchestra

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students listen to and examine a recording of the opera Don Pasquale and study the various musical instruments in an orchestra. They discuss the difference between a symphony orchestra and an opera orchestra. Finally they play the music...
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Angus Young: Master of the Guitar

For Students 7th - 12th
Angus Young was the lead guitarist of AC/DC. Quiz your learners' knowledge of this great musician with 10 multiple-choice questions. Note: You can print this out, or have your class take the quiz online. Answers are provided after...
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Music Vocabulary Game

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Do your students know about Bach, instrument families, beats, and harmony? If they do, then they should have no problem winning this music trivial game. This game is interactive and contains nine questions, sound, and animation.
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Beyond All Strung Out

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore performing arts by completing a quiz. In this stringed instrument lesson, students identify the different instruments which belong in the family and view videos regarding their musical uses. Students take an instrument...
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Lesson Plan for Percussion Party

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students experiment with sound using beverage bottles with different masses. In this physics lesson, students explain how sound is created. They discuss how frequency varies with the instrument's mass.
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Be Like a Butterfly

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders create a musical accompaniment for a poem. In this musical expression lesson students use xylophones, percussion instruments and movements to go along with a poem. Students use the poem "Be Like a Butterfly".
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Percussion Instruments and Pitch

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students play string instruments to discover how the pitch changes on various string instruments.  In this pitch lesson, students listen to video clips and play an online music game.  Students become familiar with music vocabulary.
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Analyzing and Describing Music

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners analyze instrumental music.  In this instrumental music lesson, students investigate musical works of art.  Learners describe the instruments they hear and discover the relationship between music and other disciplines. 
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Design an Instrument

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars design an instrument. In this sound, vibration and pitch lesson, students learn about the characteristics of sound, vibration and pitch.  Young scholars design a guitar using the assembled craft materials and demonstrate...
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Wind

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students make a wind vane, anemometer, wind spiral, and wind streamer to calculate wind movement. In this wind lesson plan, students test each of their wind instruments, and graph the results of the wind speed in different locations.
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Identifying Musical Instruments

For Teachers 1st
First graders identify different musical instruments.  For this music appreciation lesson, 1st graders discover the different groups and sounds of instruments while learning their names as well.  Students write about an instrument they...
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What's the Noise?

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students recognize various instruments and understand which instruments are percussion instruments. In this instruments lesson, students sort instruments by their sound and how its made. Students focus on percussion instruments.
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Sounds Good to Me

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars determine density and hardness of wood samples based on several investigations. In this physical science and music instructional activity, students visit four centers and perform tests on wood samples to determine...
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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. In this music recognition instructional activity, students identify different portions of music within the same song as either A or B. The students listen to specific songs and then...
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Create a Music Carnival

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders write a song. In this music lesson, 2nd graders make masks depicting four or five of the animals from "Carnival of the Animals". Students divide into groups according to the animal mask they made. In their groups students...
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Biodiversity: The Many Sounds of Insects

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students make an instrument. In this insect sounds lesson, students read The Very Quiet Cricket and imitate some of the animal sounds. Students discuss what instruments these sounds remind them of. Students make pan flutes.
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Making a Rainstick

For Teachers K - 4th
Students construct a rainstick. In this music instructional activity, students investigate the history of the rainstick by reading the book Bringing the Rain to the Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema. Students express their feelings about the...
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Sounds Like Science- Jamboree

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Learners explore sound, pitch, volume, frequency, and musical notes. In this homemade instrument instructional activity, students use materials such as jars, buckets, strings, rackets, rubber bands, and bottles to create their own unique...
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Sounds Like Science-Kazoo

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students demonstrate how energy is used to make a sound. In this sound lesson, students construct a kazoo from a comb and identify how a sound is made by using force.
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Music- Found-Object Orchestra

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students construct simple musical instruments. In this music lesson, students read the text Max Found Two Sticks and construct their own instruments from classroom materials.
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Music from the Silk Roads

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore different types of musical instruments. In this musical instrument lesson, students create a replica of a sheng. Students utilize this instrument to understand different types of breathing used in different sounds....
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Sound/Pitch

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners explore how pitch changes when using instruments that are plucked, blown, and hit. In this sound and pitch lesson, students blow across the top of bottles that are filled with water to create sound. Learners use recorders...
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Music Listening-What's The Sound

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
For this lesson, Music Listening-What's The Sound, students practice playing different instrument. Students listen as the instruments are played to determine the sound of each instrument. Students will match the instrument to the sound....
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Spelling by Picture - Musical Instruments

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this spelling by picture-musical instruments activity, students use pictures to identify and spell names of musical instruments. Students spell eight words.
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Which Instrument is Your Favorite To Listen To?: Graph

For Students 1st
In this favorite instrument bar graph worksheet, students will ask their classmates which is their favorite to listen to: drums, guitar, flute, piano, saxophone, or trumpet? Then students will record the responses to complete the graph.
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Instruments Used in Folk Music

For Students 7th - 8th
In this music worksheet, students read short excerpts about the instruments that accompany folk music songs. They write 5-10 paragraphs about the use of the banjo and mandolin in folk music and about their differences. They read...
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Musical Instruments

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this music worksheet, learners match 12 instrument names with their pictures. Instruments include the saxophone, flute, recorder, guitar, and trombone.
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Playing And Writing Music Basics for the Guitar

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view DVD "Greatest Guitar God Guide Video Primer," examine and demonstrate understanding of layout of fret board, practice basic fingering patterns, play simple melodies using E and B strings, write original melody, and practice...
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Making Patterns - Create, Analyze, and Predict

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders practice making patterns using Unifix cubes and identify, analyze, and determine rules for describing numerical patterns involving operations and nonnumerical growing patterns. They also find an example of a pattern in...
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Bedrich Smetana

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discuss the Genesee River and they describe the different things they might see on its shore. They are asked to name different activities people do around the river. Students related the Genesee to the Moldau, they are...
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Driving Music

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students experience both playing a musical instrument and driving a car. The two experiences tied together by one engineer. The score appears as a road, with twists and turns representing the composer's suggested shifts in mood. This...
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Energetic Musical Instruments

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students apply the principles and concepts associated with energy and the transfer of energy in an engineering context through the designing and making of a musical instrument. After the accomplishment of the design, students must...
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The Violin and Its Masters

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students research the manufacture and history of the violin. They also examine the lives of a famous violin player. They write in response to a piece of music they heard earlier in the lesson.
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Dizzy Gillespie

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners compare and contrast two songs by Dizzy Gillespie and identify elements of bebop. They construct a Web page about Gillespie and his music.
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Play, Play, Play Your Instrument

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners play classroom percussion instruments while they listen to music. They follow verbal/auditory clues to know when to play.
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Jazz Forms and Improvisation

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students listen to an original recording of Louis Armstrong and discuss instrumentation. They identify an AABA song form as they listen. They list similarities between the following: traditional meets modern and small group vs. big band.
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AT THE CORRAL

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study dotted eighth/sixteenth note rhythm pattern using percussion instruments and alternating from "corral to corral" in groups of 4-6. They play the pattern while listening to selected American western theme songs.
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A Stomping Good Time: Using Found Instruments and Invented Rhythms to Make Beautiful Music

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students work in small groups to use everyday objects to create performances inspired by the work of STOMP. They create a system of notation to document the music and movement of a 2-minute performance.
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Playing With Your Food

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discover about the form and function of traditional musical instruments, then use this knowledge to create non-traditional instruments that replicate the sounds of traditional instruments. They use vegetables to create their...
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The Dynamic William Tell Music Lesson Plan

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students identify piano and forte dynamics while listening to William Tell Overture by Rossini.
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Stomp! Out Loud

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students, after viewing the video, "Stomp! Out Loud," explore and examine a collection of percussion, dance and movement routines. They assess the ideas of teamwork, creativity, responsibility and trust and then complete a worksheet of...
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Playing with Music

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Using instruments you provide or that they make themselves, your tiny learners dance and play along with music from around the world. You can challenge them to imitate rhythm patterns you make on a drum. Allow children to dance and...
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Acoustical Science

For Teachers K - 5th
Students explore musical instruments and the pitches and tones they make. In this acoustical science lesson plan, students create their own string instruments and explore how pitch is altered.
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Part B Worksheet: What do you hear?

For Students 6th - 10th
In this biology worksheet, students listen to 5 sounds played by the teacher and identify whether it belongs to an animal or human. They describe the sound they hear.
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Reason for Rhythm

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine percussive music. In this music lesson, 6th graders examine various types of percussive music and instrument. Students create their own world rhythm instruments.
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What's the Difference?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the differences between acoustic and digital pianos. In this music lesson, students listen to an acoustic piano and digital piano. Students play both types of pianos and discuss the differences.
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Catch the Gullah Beat: Rhythm and Percussion

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students explore the Gullah culture. In this social studies lesson, students construct and play instruments similar to those of the Gullah people.
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Measurements: instruments

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this measurement worksheet, students write what the measurement instrument is used for. Students complete 3 problems total.
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Identifying Instrument

For Students 1st - 4th
For this instruments worksheet, learners identify the names of instruments, state the family it is from, and fun facts about it. Students do this for 14 instruments.
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Above and Below Worksheet

For Students Pre-K - 2nd
In this above and below worksheet, students name the musical instrument that is above and below the other. Students complete 2 problems.
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Changing Sounds

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students listen to sound. In this changing sounds instructional activity, students play instruments to help them hear volume and pitch.  Students use the interactive whiteboard to experiment how change can make sounds go higher or lower. 
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A World of Music

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners investigate music by examining instruments.  In this music appreciation lesson, students observe photographs of many musicians and their instruments and discuss the instruments with their classmates.  Learners write a paragraph...
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Dynamic Fun!

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students explore musical dynamics.  In this music lesson, students define musical terms that relate to dynamics.  Students sing "Little Bunny Foo-Foo" and apply the written dynamics to their singing voices. Students use specific body...
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Teaching Dynamics

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss the sounds of rainstorms. In this rainstorm lesson plan, 2nd graders listen to the story Down Comes the Rain and they discuss the change in sounds they hear in a thunder storm. They use percussion instruments to...
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Learning Musical Terms

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students investigate musical instruments and sounds by defining musical terms.  In this music appreciation lesson, students define many vocabulary words and utilize a study sheet for memorization.  Students are quizzed on the terms and...
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Exploring the Families of Instruments

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars investigate the families of instruments. In this instrument lesson, students discuss how each instrument family makes their sound. Young scholars then make their own instruments. Students write a paragraph about their...
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Unscramble the Musical Instruments

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners unscramble musical instrument words. In this instrument lesson, students discuss the different types of musical instruments. They get a worksheet with their names and they need to unscramble them and spell the instruments...
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These are all....instruments

For Students 1st - 4th
For this group identification worksheet, students identify the group as all being instruments. Students see a saxophone, trombone, drums, and a tambourine.
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These Are All Musical Instruments

For Students K - 3rd
In this these are all musical instruments activity, students look at the four picture/word cards and determine that they are all musical instruments.
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Instruments In Action

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students read and demonstrate eight measures of four beats. In this music reading lesson, students read and demonstrate through movement their mastery of eight measures of four beats. Students also classify instruments.
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The Sounds of Rain

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students create rainsticks. In this rainstick lesson, students use rainsticks as instruments to create the soothing sounds of rain. This lesson contains the directions to creating large and small rainsticks. 
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Guitar: Print and Color

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this word recognition instructional activity, students trace the word "guitar", write the word independently, and color the picture of the guitar.
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The Orchestra: Exploring the Instruments

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the instruments of the orchestra. In this music appreciation instructional activity, students discover the four families of instruments and research each of them using selected Internet sources.
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Body Blitz

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students study sound sources. In this sound and music study lesson, students use various objects to study sound. Students pretend they are a toy-making machine using the objects and create sound. Students practice making sounds with...
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Sounds Interesting

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students complete musical activities to learn about sound, rhythm, and mood. In this music study lesson, students sing the Hickory-Dickory song using percussion instruments. Students practice rhythm by singing and playing the song and...
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"That's a Musican!": Musical Patterns

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students identify different patterns within music, visual arts, and dance.  In this fine arts and pattern lesson, students discuss how dancers, artists, and musicians create patterns like AB in their art.  Students create their own...
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Idea Generator

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders study physical science properties by completing a WebQuest using the given links for each topic. In this physical science lesson, 2nd graders study acceleration, acoustical science, sound/vibration/pitch, instrument...