Substitute Music Lesson idea – Music Travelling

One of the best ideas I ‘ve ever tried was “Music Travelling”. It can work very well with preschoolers and primary school children and it promotes creative expression, self confidence, cooperation, geographical knowledge and respect of other cultures. It is also suitable for children withRead more…

Substitute Lesson Ideas – Read Along Activities & Resources

This works really well for JK to Grade 3, and is a life-saver for a substitute with no musical training. Many of the books also work well with Character Education. I have a number of story books that have a song on CD or cassette.Read more…

Classroom Games – Word Rhythms

You can quickly come up with a series of words to do with a topic eg Dog breeds. Start the students off with some rhythm combination. Students match up the rhythms with he correct dog breed name. Students can then come up with other dog breedsRead more…

Classroom Music Games – A Conducting Game

I begin by asking if anyone can think of a two-beat song. If not I suggest ‘Row, row, row your boat’ (Or age appropriate if they are older)then I get the group to clap down on their knees for the down beat and click forRead more…

Classroom Games – Celebrity Heads

This is a version of the “Celebrity Heads” game. Three students stand out the front of the class, wearing different labels on their heads (which can be pre-determined by the class), either musical terms, names of instruments, musical notes/symbols (depending on the current focus) orRead more…

Classroom Music Game – Moving To Musical Notation

I tried something different with my beginners a while ago – ages 7 – 8yrs and they enjoyed it. I drew semibreves, minims, dotted minims, crothchets and crotchet rests on the board in random order. They had to walk forward a step and count 4Read more…

Classroom Games – The Maze game

I have a game called the Maze Game. After I construct a maze on my classroom floor from music textbooks, the object is for one student to go through the maze blindfolded. Here is the fun part. Movement directions for the student are given throughRead more…

Classroom Music Games – Dice Rhythm Game

Find some small round tokens, about the size of a large coin. On each token draw or print a combination of notes…i.e. 3 quarter notes, a whole note, a dotted half plus a whole…any combination up to a value of 10. Create approximately 50 tokens,Read more…

A Classroom Game – The Rhythm Clock

Draw a simple analogue clock on the board, leaving space around it for 4 beat rhythm patterns. If you have magnetic 4 beat rhythm patterns prepared, stick one at each hour. If you don’t have any, simply draw a 4 beat pattern in stick notationRead more…

Classroom Music Games – Note Sums Game

Organize the students in 2 lines facing the board. The first two players in line are given a mathematical equation that the final answer equals either 4 (whole note/rest), 2 (half note/rest), 3 (dotted half note) or 1 (quarter note/rest). Start the equations with onlyRead more…