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
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Roger Sams shares a collection of favorite music lessons using hand drums and rhythm sticks. We hope you enjoy sharing some of these activities with your students. Please share how it goes in the comments below. Lesson: HD Stick Lessons by Roger Sams
Who says you can’t perform what you’re doing in your classroom every day in a concert?! This is a real series of lessons I did with my first graders starting at the beginning of April and they performed the end product on their concert, May 15. Believe me, if I can do it, so can… Read more »
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 »