Classroom Music Games – Round Mania

Take a well known round: I use 'London's Burning' for younger children (KS1 in the UK) and either 'Frere Jacques' or one of the quick to learn African rounds for older children (KS2 in the UK) Make sure that the children are secure with both the words and melody, singing in unison before embarking on

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Learning about keyboard instruments and their history

The piano has several less known cousins which are important for us to introduce into the music classroom: the celesta, harpsichord and organ. They are great to include in music lesson plans. Discuss with students the similarities and differences among keyboard instruments. The keyboard instruments are related to each other in that they are controlled

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A great listening idea for learning about Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven has to be one of the most unusual and interesting characters to ever compose music. Here is a listening activity to help introduce him into the music classroom, which you can include in your next music lesson plan: "Für Elise" Bagatelle in A minor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_UOuSklNL4 Listen to the beginning of “Fur Elise”

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A fun listening idea for Mozart's music

The Fun Music Company has a whole series of lesson plans available about composers, from the Baroque through to the 20th Century. Here is a great listening activity for Music by Mozart: Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" Before beginning this activity with the class, write a selection of emotions/moods on individual small pieces

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Classroom Lesson Plan idea “Found Sounds"

Anything can be found and used to make noise/sound, thus the term ‘found sound’. Since children love to make noise, ask them to locate an item in the classroom and experiment with the sounds that item can make. Give them a short amount of time to experiment, explaining that at the end of the specified

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Students learning tuned percussion in the classroom?

To help students understand how timpani can be tuned, demonstrate the effect of membrane tension on pitch. With a coffee can drum (see lessons on Untuned Percussion), you can often vary the tension of the skin by simply pressing or pulling at the edges of the skin, while another student hits the drum in steady

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The Organ, Harpsichord and Celesta – the piano’s cousins in the music class

The piano has several less known cousins which are important for us to introduce into the music classroom: the celesta, harpsichord and organ. Discuss with students the similarities and differences among keyboard instruments. The keyboard instruments are related to each other in that they are controlled by a similarly laid-out key mechanism. Technically, however, they

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Listening Plans for the music of Beethoven

Here is an essential list of listening for music lesson plans about Beethoven. "Für Elise" Bagatelle in A minor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_UOuSklNL4 Listen to the beginning of “Fur Elise” and sing together the well-known opening melody (the first nine notes). Now play the whole piece, this time counting how many times melody appears. You could work individually

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