How to create fun music lessons for k-6 whether you’re teaching from school or at home in a few easy steps.

Have you ever wondered how to start with your music lessons?  Do you start with playing instruments, planning, writing, reading, ... etc?  In this curriculum training session,  I will help you learn the steps to build your primary or elementary music lesson plan and make it EASY and FAST to implement with your classes.  Anybody

Music For School

If you’re teaching music at the primary or elementary level and want some fresh ideas for teaching music in your school, we’ve created a free series of six videos and all accompanying resources designed to help make music easier to teach and fun for students to do. About the Resources The free resources comprise of

Introducing Music Appreciation to Elementary and Primary Students

Music appreciation enriches the primary classroom through discovery and sonic exploration. The simple act of music listening develops a child's language development and ability to "decode" the abstract (Eisner, Legg). Students that actively engage in musical performance, whether in the classroom or in the concert hall, exhibit increased cognitive ability and self-expression. (Schellenberg). Besides the

Introducing Percussion to Primary School Children

The value of movement in connection with learning is unparalleled in our elementary and primary classrooms. In cultures around the world, exploration through percussion is a natural way of connecting children to the group and developing their motor responses. Movement through music, furthermore, helps stimulate the brain and integrate the right and left hemispheres After

The Secrets to Creating a Successful Music Theory Curriculum

“Research shows a positive connection between teachers’ preparation in their subject matter and their performance and impact in the classroom” . I read this recently in a US study about teacher preparation research(1) and I’m sure that it’s no surprise to any of us that the more prepared a teacher is in their specific subject

Music Teaching Tips: Teaching about Peter and The Wolf in the Music Classroom

I’ve just stumbled across this set of very cool YouTube videos which would be relevant for teaching upper primary about Peter and the Wolf and the Instruments of the Orchestra. Click here to check out the story of Peter and The Wolf on Video   This is the story of Peter and the Wolf which

Keeping Students Engaged in Music Lessons

I've just found  a very nice  article written by a talented K-8 music teacher, Monica Attel who shares some of here her best tips and tricks with teaching young children. In the article, she suggests that wearing hats works for her, because it's a way of providing a gimmick or a comic theme (referred to

Why Jazz and Blues should be taught in the Music Classroom

Since we’ve been making music teaching resources, we’ve found out through our surveys that topics like Jazz and Blues hardly ever get covered in the junior high school or middle school. Even looking back on my own personal teaching experience, I have to now ashamedly confess, it was a topic I never taught much either.

Resource for Teaching About Indonesian Music and The Gamelan

This week I've just started to work on a new World Music project  which will consist of  teaching resources fact sheets, whiteboard presentations, fun worksheets lesson ideas and resources  for teaching music of other cultures from around the world. The whole resource pack is set to be launched on Thursday 3rd March, 2011. However, in

Five Minute Fillers

Have you ever needed a five minute filler for a music class? You probably know the type of situation I mean. It’s when you’ve got quite a large group of kids together for choir or band music class or even for a group of fidgety young children .....and you need to get them either fired

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

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