Lesson Plans

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 »

Lesson: Haiku Inspired Creative Movement

Using the beautiful and spare language of haiku as a model, students create movement compositions that become a “score” for instrumental pieces. This lesson is suggested for upper elementary or middle school students who are mature enough to grasp the intent of haiku: to express a big (and sometimes emotional) experience in a very few… Read more »

Lesson: “Thank You” Canon

You simply can’t have too many rounds and canons in your teaching repertoire.  Nor can you have too much gratitude in your life and classroom!  This “Thank You” canon is intentionally written to be very simple so students can learn and perform it quickly.  We know that it is helpful to have simple lessons that… Read more »

Lesson: Leaf Children

A beautiful children’s book and autumn leaves inspire creative movement and encourage children to make aesthetic choices about instrumental accompaniment to their leaf dance. A repeated refrain from the book provides an opportunity for vocal improvisation and the lesson also includes suggestions for creating an operetta. This lesson is suggested for children in grades K-1. Download… Read more »

Improvising and Composing Lesson 4

Improvising and Composing with Familiar Rhythms, Drums, and Barred Instruments Lesson 4 There are four lessons in this series. Students will identify, compose, read, and perform 16-beat rhythms containing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, syncopation, and quarter rests. They will compose and perform melodies using Dorian mode, accompany themselves using a tonic drone bass,… Read more »