In this classroom resource, Megan Stilla introduces a free virtual keyboard on the Musicca website. A PDF learning sheet is included for the teacher or students to use as a guide. A link to a version of "Lean On Me" on Youtube is also provided. The PDF guide includes chord notes, guitar, ukulele, and bass guitar notes to be used as an extension.
Students will listen to Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 two times - once with earplugs and once without. They will compare and contrast the two experiences. They will compare and contrast the lives of Beethoven and Hellen Keller. They will compose two pieces of music - one while wearing earplugs and one without. They will perform both pieces for the class.
This article explores the use of transitions in music lessons. A transition creates a lesson that is streamlined and flows from one activity to the next. It explains four types of transitions - thematic verbal transitions, directive verbal transitions, non-verbal transitions, and literacy transitions. Students will perform songs and transitions during the lesson.
The article provides three strategies to help all students successfully play the recorder. The first strategy is "everyone is a beginner" and every student has something to improve upon. The second is "we are a team" and the students work together toward a common goal. The third is "song choice and sequence matter." Students will play simple one-pitch songs and then add additional notes.
Students will define "respect" and explore the life of Aretha Franklin. They will learn a rhythm stick routine to Respect sung by Franklin. They will perform the routine while listening to a read-aloud of the book Respect.
Students will perform a new version of Little Miss Muffet. They will do body percussion and play percussion instruments.
This resource includes over 600 folk songs to use in the music classroom and performances. Searches can be refined by several filters, including melody, rhythm, meter, etc.