Performing Arts Teacher Resources

All the world's a stage, so find out how to wow an audiance. Your young performers will star in our premier collection of drama, music and dance resources.
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Color and Dance

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Young scholars dance to music and make shapes using sand and a funnel. In this shapes lesson plan, students name 3 colors and shapes in Hayagriva Sand Mandala, pass sand through a funnel, and dance to music in an uninhibited manner.
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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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20th Century American Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
See the changes, controversy, and innovations that define postwar American art. The onset of the modern art era in American history is well-defined in this slide-show. You'll see how Abstract Expressionism shifted into conceptual, pop,...
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The Elements of Music—How do Composers Plan?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The introduction to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and the finale of his Symphony No. 4 provide young musicians with an opportunity to investigate the music elements composers employ to develop the themes they want to create. They compare the...
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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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Heritage: Line Dance is a Pattern!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Line dancing is the repeating of a pattern of steps, done to music. Teach youngsters how to line dance and they won't feel so awkward when they grow up. Let them experiment with creating their own patterns and teaching their classmates....
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Responding: "Guerrila" Art

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders are introduced to performance art as a way to respond to important current-day issues in society. Pupils create their very own original art work using photography and poetry. These three lessons do a nice job of, not only...
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Jazz Dance and Music

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders write a poem. In this jazz music lesson, 4th graders learn about the basics of jazz dance and practice basic movements. Students learn common terminology and listen to several recordings of jazz music. Students create a...
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Lesson 14: Finish Words In Motion! Dances, Share Dances, and Reflect For Revision

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars rehearse, perform, and reflect on the interpretive dances they've created. Choreography and music showcase their free-verse poems and highlight its prosody. 
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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 lesson, 1st graders examine different sounds and identify their pitch, patterns and the instrument which created it....
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Putting it All Together: Music Composition

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore performing arts by composing a music piece. In this melody notation lesson plan, 5th graders identify the first five notes in the diatonic scale which they utilize to create a melody over 8 measures. Students...
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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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Movie Music

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students discover film making by participating in a music performance.  In this performance arts instructional activity, students perform music and physical acting to convey an already written script for their peers.  Students...
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Lesson 2: Explore Words And Phrases In Dragonfly And Instruct On The Dance Skills

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Encourage pupils to get up and move! A lesson showcases the free-verse poem "Dragonfly" by Georgia Heard, and challenges scholars to express feelings through interpretive dance. 
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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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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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Jewish Folk Song: Ya Ba Bom

For Teachers 9th
Singing is a wonderful way to express an idea of any kind. This instructional activity is written expressly for use in directing a high school chorus. They work on using four-part harmony, expression, and melodic intervals while singing...
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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 lesson. Kinder-musicians sing three different songs to practice memory, speaking, and movement skills. They'll move to the melody, build memory with...
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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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Developing Writing Skills Through Japanese Folk Music

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students listen to Japanese folk songs to get inspired to create a writing piece about Japan.  In this writing lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to add information about Japan. 
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Music Work Sheet (Special Ed)

For Students K - 12th
Music is beneficial for all learners. Help your learners with special needs learn about different styles of music, as well as the ways that music is represented on paper, with 30 different worksheets. 
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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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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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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...