Music Program: Great American Puzzle

I have used this program with 3rd graders, but it could be used with several different grade levels. Erie Canal Goin’ to Boston I’m Going to Georgia Git Along, Little Dogies Sandy Land Dust of the Red Wagon Pleasure Dance Down …

First Day of School

On the first day of school, there are procedures I need to discuss, but I always want to open and close the class with fun musical experiences! Here are some ideas: Teach the school song Or if you don’t have …

Specials Newsletters

One way to communicate with the families at your school is to pair up with the other “Specials” teachers in your building, such as the Art and P.E. teachers. For a few years, my colleagues and I sent out monthly …

Music Survey

This half-sheet can be helpful to get to know your students. Survey (See download at bottom of page.) Music Survey (PDF) Download PDF

The Music Man – musicals

In 4th grade, I show the students The Music Man. (My favorite is the 1962 version.) First, we discuss musicals, what makes them different from a regular movie or play. Then, we learn the songs: Pick a Little Talk a …

Ethnomusicology-World Instruments

Lesson ideas I have used this lesson between the Orchestra Instruments unit (5th / 6th graders) and the Invented Instruments unit. Ethnomusicology = the study of world music Explain that they just finished reviewing 4 families of the orchestra, and that …

Grade Books

I wrote about Standards-Based Grading, but I haven’t shared my gradebook. I have a binder that I leave on a music stand in the front of my room. For each class, I have an alphabetical list of students on one …

Form Worksheets

Teaching Suggestions When your goal is to have the students fill out A,B,C, etc. on a form worksheet or assessment, they first need to be very familiar with the piece, or at least portions of the piece. For some students, …

Alouette

Info “Alouette” is a popular French Canadian children’s song originating in France about plucking the feathers from a lark, in retribution for being woken up by its song. (source) Lyrics – French (Canadian folk song) Alouette, gentille AlouetteAlouette, je te …

La cucaracha

Lyrics – Spanish (Mexican folk song) La cucaracha, la cucarachaYa no puede caminarPorque no tiene, porque le faltaPatas para caminar. English Translation – The cockroach The cockroach, the cockroach,Now he can’t walkBecause he doesn’t have, because he’s missingLegs to walk …

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