13: Just told: no singing, no instruments. Any suggestions?

In this episode of the weekly spark for Music Teachers, Janice Tuck addresses the issue of what music teachers can do in lessons when theyโ€™re told that they canโ€™t sing or play any instruments due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on all teachers, but particularly music teachers, as weโ€™re being asked to change everything we do, and teach without using some of the most important things we do: singing and playing.

Here are some resources that are mentioned during the podcast:

1. Music Theory

At the Fun Music Company we have a complete music theory course, plus lots of innovative worksheets in our Music Theory Fun Sheet series, plus some Printable Music Games.

2. CONNECT Lessons

The Fun Music Company Curriculum program for grades K-6 contains a complete listening program called CONNECT where students watch a short video and complete a worksheet given.

current curriculum members have access to 70+ of these lessons, and here are a couple of sample ones for non-members:

For Grade 5: Theme from Star Wars

For Grade 6: Ride of the Valkyries

3. Composition

Composing is one of the greatest opportunities that this pandemic brings us – and you can use lessons like in our Composition with GarageBand progam.

You can get 60+ prepared lessons with tutorial videos and worksheets with this training program.


  • By Michelle Fitzpatrick Reply

    Thanks for the great suggestions ๐Ÿ˜€

    • By Janice Tuck Reply

      You’re very welcome Michelle – I hope it can help. Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment on this latest podcast – you opinion and feedback from such a valued member such as yourself is always much appreciated. Take care and Best wishes, Janice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • By lisette cooper Reply

    Thankyou, Jan for this podcast, Ive been a supporter of yours for a few years now, (helped me immensely) You are inspiring which is exactly what we need at this depressing time.

    • By Janice Tuck Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind comments Lisette and for your support over so many years – I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many like- minded people people such as yourself and I hope the resources have been helpful to you in your teaching over so many years. Wishing you all the very best and thanks for taking the time to reach out and post a comment at such an uncertian time. Keep well and safe. Kind Regards, Janice

  • By Jayne Brian Reply

    Thankyou for all your support for us music teachers at this really difficult time
    Yes Iโ€™ve been told no singing no instruments no recorders no flutes no clarinets … no actions other than hands! Your resources are so inspirational and usable theyโ€™re fab! Cheering you on!!!

    • By Janice Tuck Reply

      Thank you so much Jayne- I’m so glad this is helpful to you during this difficult teaching time for you with no instruments, no singing and no actions. I’m so pleased to hear that even under those circumstances, these tips can be helpful and I’m glad the resources are getting you through this difficult time. Thanks so much for your feedback and keep rocking like you are! Kind regards, Janice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • By Victor Reply

    Thanks, Janice you have just opened up my door out of this darkest period of our time, I was wondering what to do school resumes. Victor

    • By Janice Tuck Reply

      You’re welcome Victor, I’m so glad this has opened some doors for you and I wish you lots of success for when school resumes again. Thanks for reaching out and I’m so glad I can pass on what I had to learn (the hard way!) over many years and condense into a few minutes, Kind regards, Janice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • By Anita Taylor Reply

    Thank you for all your great ideas Janice – much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Stay safe!
    Cheers, Anita

    • By Janice Tuck Reply

      You’re very welcome Anita- Wishing you all the best in your teaching for the rest of 2020. Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on this. Kind regards and stay safe and well, Janice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • By Vickie Reply

    I enjoy your help and materials. The music genre fact and fun work sheets were live savers and muchbenjpyed by the junior high kids during the 3+ months of shelter in place assistance learning here last school term.
    I spent hours researching YouTube videos for those classes and same for my K-5th grades tho we pursued distance recorder, theory, rhythmgames and reading, instrument families, the symphony orchestra, marching and concert bands and age appropriate genres.
    Sadly my school has removed music from the curriculum for this year. Another Covid casualty. I am supposed to teach another subject and was looking forward to the challenge and teaching this subject. I have been told won’t be teaching at all during distance learning and no one knows how long that modality will be made to last. It grieves my heart to be unable to teach music.
    I don’t know if or when will be able to teach the other subject.
    Even so I will continue to look forward to and enjoy your emails Janice.
    God bless you and the work you are doing and the support you bring!๐Ÿ’–

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