2nd Grade Melody Lessons

Each lesson is 30 minutes long.

Lesson 1

  • Opening Song
  • Tell students, We are learning about Melody.
    • The melody starts with the scale. Show visuals of the Curwen hand signs and help them sing up the scale.
    • Tell students, We will be focusing on 3 of these tones: mi, so and la.
    • Echo sing (slowly). Teacher sing 3 tones with Solfege and Curwen hand signs, students echo.
  • Bounce High Bounce Low   (more songs with mi, so, la)
    • Add motions to show the movement of the melody.
  • Wolf (We Are Dancing in the Forest)
    • Teach song and move hands with the melodic contour.
    • Play the game.

Lesson 2

  • Opening Song
  • Sing the whole scale with Curwen hand signs.
  • Echo tones: mi, so and la
  • Bounce High Bounce Low
    • Add Curwen hand signs.
    • Pass out bouncy balls to each student (or ball manipulatives / pictures). As students sing, they move the balls up and down in the air.
    • If time, have some students play a simple bordun on xylophones.
  • Wolf (We are Dancing in the Forest)
    • Add motions up and down to show the melodic contour.
    • Help students discover the Solfege.
    • Play the game.

More lessons available below.

  • 2nd grade Melody Lessons 1-12 (PDF)

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4 thoughts on “2nd Grade Melody Lessons”

  1. From an orchestra teacher now in a general music position and teacher’s manuals from 1988(!), I can’t thank you enough for sharing these awesome resources. They are incredibly helpful and the kids are having a lot of fun with the ideas that you have shared.

  2. Hi, I am teaching primary school music for the first time this year after much middle school and high school teaching, and this has been invaluable. I am so grateful to you! Hopefully I can help to share back in the future 🙂 Thank you!

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