Instructional Materials in Music
The WWW sites linked to from this page provide practical assistance for Music
teachers wanting to use the Internet as part of their classroom planning/instruction.
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Affects of Music on Your Life
- This two week interdisciplinary teaching unit for Grade 9 students contains
math, science, and social studies lesson plans intended to help students answer
the questions: "1) Does music influence how society behaves or does society
influence the music of the time? 2) Can we develop a way to measure and analyze
the affects of music? 3) In what ways does music affect the people in my world?
egs. hearing, physical effects, psychological, etc. 4) How do differing types
of music affect my feelings, actions, and behavior? 5) Can we analyze and
relate music to the characteristics of sound? "
- Arts in Education
- Activities to help teachers introduce music to students in a fun way.
Music Activities using bodily sound effects.
Pipes How to make musical instruments from drain pipes and caps.
Orchestra Learn how recycled trash can be used to create the unique
sounds of a Trash Orchestra.
Partnership for Education (APE): Teacher's Guide
- "APE" is a Florida-based organization offering lesson plans on popular
ballets, operas, symphonies, and visual art. While these were initially designed
for students who could attend these events, most are adapatable.
AskERIC Lesson Plans - Arts:Music
- About 10 lesson plans covering various grade ranges in K-12.
Bulletin Boards for the Music Classroom
- A site dedicated solely to helping music teachers develop interesting and
stimulating bulletin boards. Suggestions are organized in the following headings:
Bulletin Boards that Brag on Your Students; Bulletin Boards that Teach; Seasonal
Bulletin Boards; Captions and Headline Ideas for Your Bulletin Boards; and
Borders and Backgrounds for your Bulletin Boards.
- A collection of card and board games organized by subject and grade levels
General Music Teaching and Learning Center
- Developed by The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York,
this site provide useful information on teaching and learning general music
in the elementary school. Check out the lesson plans in the "Classroom", pedagogical
information in "Curriculum", or research articles in "Research".
of the Opera
- In this two day lesson plan, grade 6-12 students use a NY Times article
as a starting point to "explore the ways in which the worlds of popular music
and opera can work together to complement the other. Students work in small
groups to analyze the plot, characters, setting and themes of a popular opera
using a summary of that opera as a guide. Students then rewrite what they
consider to be the opera's pivotal scene, placing the scene in a modern setting.
Finally, students view and evaluate a filmed version of the opera, assessing
how the various story elements of the opera are affected by being performed
in the opera genre."
College EduNet Music Lesson Plans
- About half a dozen lessons (at the time of viewing) in Music.
Music Resource Page: Links to Teaching Tools
- Tips for teachers, for example in resolving commn performance problems
with young jazz bands and teaching various instruments.
Resource Packages (IRPs)
- These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information
that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education music
curricula in K-12.
Space (LS) Music: WWW Research Lessons
- One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using
it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct
research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity but teachers
may feel at a loss as to what kind of questions students should be given to
research. This site contains several examples of music research questions
(organized by grade levels) which pose motivating, genuine problems or open-ended
real life problems whose solutions and answers are not easily found. In addition,
there is a step-by-step guide to creating your own research questions.
Plans for Technology
- This site has a database of over 200 technology-based lesson plans developed
by Florida educators. Known as T'NT (Technology 'Nformation for Teachers),
the site can be searched by grade level, subject, or key word. Lessons allow
subject area teachers to incorporate technology within business, computing,
fine arts, guidance/health (including safety), language arts, math, science,
and social studies subject areas.
Online Publications and Guides
- MENC's (Music Educator's National Conference) online publications for teachers
include reports on standards, curriculum and scheduling, staffing, materials
and equipment, facilities, and student expectations. There are also a variety
of teacher curriculum guides.
- This thematic unit for primary students suggests activities as well as
resources (including web sites) that can be used to help students learn more
Education Lesson Plans
- Lesson plans are organized by grade level (elementary, middle, high school),
band/orchestra, voice/chorus, and cross curricular. Most of the lessons are
at this specific site but there are also links to lessons hosted at other
- In this six week teaching unit, intermediate students learn about sound,
examine simple musical instruments, and then are challenged to create their
own unique musical instrument.
The Virtual Music Classroom
- Lesson plans, music teaching strategies, songs and games for kids, and
music listening selections.
- This link will take you directly to a sub-list of links to about 30 music
lesson plans. The sector is part of a larger list called "The Lesson Plans
Page." The lessons aren't particularly well described so you may waste some
time exploring and the ads can be a nuisance; however the quantity of direct
links to actual lesson plans is probably worth it.
- MusicTech News is an online magazine designed to help teachers incorporate
music technology into the curriculum. There are news items, feature articles,
software reviews, and technology related columns (all stored in archives too).
Or, you can browse through the archives by one of the following topics: accompaniment,
digital audio, music education, music technology, notation, sequencing, or
The Experience of a Life Time
- An experiential, year-long unit for grade 1 students which draws from their
world of rhymes, songs and games. Activities include movement, speech, singing,
The Universal Language
- This site has information on the Kodaly method and music games for the
York Times Daily Lesson Plan Archives: Fine Arts
- Each day, the NY Times develops a lesson plan keyed to one or more of the
stories in the newspaper. This link is to the fine arts section of the lesson
plan archives. You'll have to search through the collection for the lessons
in music, for example "Sounds of Science" (gr. 6-12) and "Music Theories"
(Gr. 6-12). In addition to the link to the NY Times article(s), the plans
generally also identify web resources which support the lesson.
- This collection consists of songs and compositions in which the notes of
the melody are confined to do, re, mi, so, and la making them suitable for
less able or younger students. Songs are categorized for easier access. There
are also teaching ideas and activities.
on the Net
- Beginner, intermediate and advanced piano lessons. Note: Most of the lessons
require that your System Software be able to support QuickTime* in order to
take full advantage of the lessons.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: Lesson Plans
- Over a dozen lesson plans in which Rock and Roll serves as a theme within
an interdisciplinary context.
for Children Theme Page
- This CLN Theme Page has links to Internet sources of Songs for Children.
At these sites, you'll find the lyrics to songs that are popular with children.
In some cases, there will also be downloadable sound files and occasionally
you'll also have access to the musical score. Search engines which allow you
to find songs by artist or by key word are also common.
- This CLN Theme Page is primarily intended for science students, however
it has several resources which use the study of music in conjunction with
the study of sound. These sites have plenty of student activities for the
teacher looking for demonstrations or practical work.
Music Madness Site
- Monthly tips, ideas and suggestions for teaching music (plus an archive
of previous contributions).
Helping Teachers: The Arts
- The Teachers Helping Teachers web site is a collection of lesson plans
submitted by practicing teachers. This file contains music as well as art
Ideas for Primary Teachers
- Looking for ideas, activities or worksheets for elementary students? You'll
find a wide variety at this site - organized under the subject headings of
English, Science, Design and Technology (D&T), Geography, Music, Religious
Education (RE), Maths, Information and Commuication Technology (ICT), History,
Art, and PE. Some subjects are broken down further, for example English has
three sections for Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening. You'll also
find a feature titled "Time-Fillers". This is a collection of short activities
which can be used within a number of subject areas to fill a few spare moments
during the day.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of lesson plans in Music. For other resources in Fine Arts (e.g., lesson plans for art, arts & crafts, or dance) or for curricular content and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.