The internet is a great place to find free music activities and lesson plans that can be used in the classroom. Here are 15 fun music teaching resources that provide helpful materials for teachers:
Grade One Composing Lesson: A composition lesson with simple questions and answers suitable for early grades.
Grade Four Listening Lesson: A music listening and appreciation lesson based on “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. It’s a lesson designed to teach more than just the music.
The Importance of Aural Training: While most teachers know of echo clapping to be a standard “attention grabber”, music teachers can extend this simple habit into an amazingly effective way of getting students to listen better while teaching the aural/ listening component to any music curriculum.
Moving from Singing into Playing: Learn how students can quickly move from singing a song through to learning some simple tuned percussion parts in grade two in a few easy steps.
Fun Action Song for Grade One: Learn this wonderful fun action song called “Kye Kye Kule” to inspire grade one students to sing and play their first classroom instruments.
Grade Three Tuned Percussion Lesson: A fun way to introduce xylophones, glockenspiels and how to play simple repetitive patterns called ostinati.
Treasure Island Music Theory Quizzes: These Treasure island quiz games will get your students to test their music theory knowledge while they find clues to answer the trivia treasure question at the end.
Stravinsky Listening activity: A fun music appreciation activity for junior high school students learning about some amazing music from Igor Stravinksy.
Ukulele Playing Exercises: if you’ve ever wanted to get your students started with playing melody and chord patterns on their ukuleles, you can do it in minutes with these three fun beginning activities!
Using the GarageBand Beat Sequencer: We show you how to get students started in Garageband on iPads then move onto using the beats Sequencer tool within a few easy steps in this blog video post.
Lesson Plan for GarageBand Manual Drums: A complete lesson for GarageBand using iPads where students learn to create their own drum pattern using a function of the GarageBand software called the “manual drums”.
Emergency Pack Worksheets: This Fun Music ebook provides crosswords and find-a-word puzzles to leave in the classroom for a substitute lesson or a quick five minute filler.
Homework and Hotdogs Rhythm Activity: A fantastic little rhythm piece which is great fun for percussion instruments.
A Video Lesson for Boomwhackers : If you’ve ever wanted to teach or play Boomwhackers, but don’t know where to start, this video is an online play-along resource.
Boomwhacker Piece for Primary or Elementary: In a few minutes, your young students will be having fun playing this fun warm up tune called “Elephants Walk, Monkeys Run” on Boomwhackers.
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