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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Multicultural Music: Israel
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 dance as they learn a song from the middle east.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 26 Views 67 Downloads
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 the people in the video before watching it a second time, this time with sound.
9th - 12th Language Arts 65 Views 41 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Music in Words
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 own creative processes.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 102 Views 563 Downloads
Kotekan: A Cooperative Music Activity
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, they compose two lines of rhythm based on Kotekan Techniques.
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 45 Downloads
A Musical Dynamics Activity
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 follow along, changing tone as they go.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 36 Views 154 Downloads
Music Expresses Emotion
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, emotions, and ways each song expresses feeling.
8th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 67 Downloads
A Guide to Great Home Music Practice
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 improving general skills.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 16 Views 52 Downloads
General Music: Grades 4 & 5
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 vocal tone and song phrasing.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 29 Views 112 Downloads
Arts and Culture: Music that Portrays Hardship/Suffering
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 history.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 53 Downloads
Singing: Mi, So, La
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 lesson, they dance about the room as a Halloween character.
K Visual & Performing Arts 27 Views 100 Downloads
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 film.
9th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 2: Music/Valentine's Day
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 could be changed by simply switching the song.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 14 Views 37 Downloads
Kindergarten Music Lesson
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, build memory with call and response, and then explore counting notes with blue sticks and a rhythmic song.
K Visual & Performing Arts 45 Views 267 Downloads
Save the Music Concerts: Parts 1 & 2
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 modern music.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 112 Downloads
Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music
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 American artists.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 31 Views 49 Downloads
Grow a Musical Instrument
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 style instruments.
K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 66 Views 81 Downloads
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 choose.
8th - 11th Language Arts 23 Views 241 Downloads
Magical Musical Tour: Using Music Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements
While music lyrics are often used to teach literary elements, the richness of this resource comes from the wealth of exercises, activities, and support materials provided in the packet. Although designed for gifted learners, the activities would be great for the whole classroom, independent work, or homeschool settings.
8th - 11th Language Arts 171 Views 143 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Musical Families
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 appropriate behavior is detailed.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 77 Views 46 Downloads