Lesson Plans

Movement Exploration and Accompaniment

In this lesson from Victoria Redfearn Cave, students will explore movement inspired by the action cards in UNO®. They will also create accompaniment with unpitched percussion instruments. Movement Exploration and Accompaniment is a fun and interactive exercise for your third and fourth grade students.  

Recorder Lesson: Que Llueva

In this excerpt from Journey Around the Globe with Recorder!*, Darla Meek shares her lesson for soprano recorder, Que Llueva. This lesson includes a game, an Orff arrangement, and a contrasting section composed by the students. *Copyright © 2016 by Sweet Pipes. Used with permission. Journey Around the Globe With Recorder! is a series of 24 lessons for… Read more »

Movement Lesson: Building Empathy

In this movement and music lesson from Manju Durairaj, Building Empathy Through Diverse Children’s Literature, educators utilize children’s books to guide their students through exercises designed to increase empathy, challenge stereotypes, and encourage friendships. “Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins.  And it’s up to you… Read more »

Recorder Lesson: Green Sally Up

In this excerpt from Recorder: A Creative Sequence*, Alan Purdum shares his lesson for soprano recorder, Green Sally Up. Students use low D and E for playing and improvising, and experience the jazz elements in a children’s hand clapping game. *Copyright © 2014 by Cedar River Music. Used with permission. The third volume in the Creative Sequence series,… Read more »

Lesson: Shaping Up Creative Movement

Shaping Up Creative Movement LeslieAnne Bird shares her process for utilizing the elements of movement to interpret the English folk song “The Keys of Canterbury.” The lesson encourages students to review and take inspiration from a performance by Dance Studio Kadans, which can be found in this YouTube video. National Standards 3MU:rR9.1.4a Demonstrate and explain how responses to music… Read more »

Bringing the Pages to Life: The Day the Crayons Quit

Ever wanted to combine a popular children’s book with pieces for the “Music for Children” volumes? Here is an idea to get you started! Check out the attached presentation handouts for ideas for a student-centered performance inspired by “The Day the Crayons Quit,” by Drew Daywalt! The Day the Crayons Quit

Purposeful Pathways Lesson: Fais Dodo

We hope you and your young students enjoy this Fais Dodo lesson taken from Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom, Book Two – by BethAnn Hepburn and Roger Sams. Designed to encourage active music making, this lesson includes pathways to meter, ensemble, and improvisation. Click on the link to download the lesson: Purposeful Pathways: Fais Dodo.

Lesson: Candy Corn Composition

October brings crimson leaves, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and children eager for Halloween tricks and treats. Amy Fenton shares a creative process for capturing the rhythms of the season in her Halloween lesson for soprano recorder: Candy Corn Composition.

Purposeful Pathways Lesson: Old Mother Brown

We hope you and your young students enjoy this Old Mother Brown lesson taken from Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom, Book Two – by BethAnn Hepburn and Roger Sams. Designed to encourage active music making, this lesson includes pathways to pitch, literacy, composition, rhythm, and ensemble. Click on the link to download the lesson: Purposeful… Read more »