Lesson Plans

Percussive Play Lesson: Go to Bed, Tom!

From their new book, Percussive Play, Roger Sams and Michael Vasquez share this fun lesson that is sure to delight your students as they play with excuses and reasons for not going to bed! Designed to encourage active music making, this lesson includes pathways to rhythm, literacy, partwork, and composition. Click on the link to… Read more »

Lesson: Mister Snowman

Joan Eckroth-Riley shares an excerpt from her book Everyday Improvisation; Interactive Lessons for the Music Classroom. Mister Snowman is a wonderful wintertime lesson for your elementary students! Click here to view a downloadable pdf of this lesson plan.

Lessons with Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Lessons with Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is a charming children’s book about a too-tall Christmas tree that keeps getting whittled down, providing Christmas joy for a variety of humans and animals alike, from a wealthy man to a mouse.  I actually don’t remember how I learned about the book, but it… Read more »

Duetto for Glockenspiels

Duetto for Glockenspiels This piece is easily taught from a “road map.” This piece is easily taught from a “road map.” – Have the students sit facing the map. – Starting from the top of the chart with the first pathway, start on the star and stop at the T, taking the mallets for a… Read more »

A Tale of Two Villages

A Tale of Two Villages  Materials:    Tale of Two Villages, Music for Creative Dance: Contrast and Continuum, Volume 1, Eric Chapelle Objectives:  Locomotor vs. Non-Locomotor Movement Expression of Beat Binary Form (AB) Improvisation  Process:  Students scatter in space, encourage various ways of moving a singular body part; move arm only, or leg, or head, etc., teacher plays drum… Read more »

Bringing Yoga to Our Students

Bringing Yoga to Our Students Contributed by Matthew Stensrud, ACEMM Spotlight Award recipient, Summer 2017 When our classrooms are purposefully focused on the elemental, our students take the helm. Wide-eyes, rustling bodies, cheerful laughter. August is here and our students are back! This also means we must purposefully implement processes and procedures that encourage constant… Read more »

Improvisation Lesson: Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns  an excerpt from This Is What I Can Do: Improvisation Starters for Music Classes K-5 by Patrick Ware I do Teach the words and melody of the B section. Many children will be familiar with this song. After completing the ‘We do’ teach the words and melody of the A section. Where… Read more »

Composition and Improvisation: Oliver Twist

Composition and Improvisation Using Rhythmic Dictation Cards in First and Second Grade: Oliver Twist  Dr. Paul Cribari  One of the most common questions I get as a Level I teacher, is “How do you get young kids to start improvising?” A simple, concise, and easy answer is, of course, impossible. By starting early, however, and structuring activities… Read more »

Contest Winner: Back to School Name Chant

Back to School Lesson Contest Winner! Congratulations to Steve Johnson, Jr. of State Street School in Westerly, RI.  Steve’s Back to School Name Chant was selected as the winner of Teaching With Orff’s lesson contest. We believe this lesson is a great way for you and your students to begin the new year!** Back to School Name Chant… Read more »