Lesson Plans

Recorder Lesson: John Cena Theme Song

Recorder Lesson: John Cena Theme Song (Grades 4–5) *(this will likely take 2-3 class periods)   I. Attention Grabber What is the message of the video? (hustle, loyalty, respect) Briefly discuss that while wrestling is not for everyone, there is definitely an artform to it and it takes hard work; there’s a lot to respect… Read more »

Lesson: All Are Welcome Here

Back to School Lesson Plan: All Are Welcome Here by Daniel Hershman-Rossi Form Analysis:  MFC I p. 91 #5 aaba adapted version aaaab Materials Book: Penfold, Alexandra, and Suzanne Kaufman. All Are Welcome. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018. Teaching Notes I would present this over several of the first few lessons of the school… Read more »

Lesson: Korean Dragonfly Song

Jamjari Kkongkkong Korean Dragonfly Song Before tablets, PCs, and smartphones were introduced in Korea, children played with games that are related to the nature around them, such as flowers, trees, pebbles, animals, and insects. There are numerous Korean traditional folk songs based on nature, and Jamjari kkongkkong (잠자리 꽁꽁) is one such example for kids…. Read more »

A Song for Ramadan

A Song for Ramadan by Lisa Zargarpur What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which able-bodied Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. The Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle so each year, the date of Ramadan goes backward in the Gregorian calendar. This year in North… Read more »

Lesson: Ang Sinina Ko’ng Bag’o (My New Dress)

Ang Sinina Ko’ng Bag’o (My New Dress)   Ang Sinina Ko’ng Bag’o (My New Dress) is a Cebuano rhyme in the Visayan language that my mother grew up hearing during her childhood in Cebu, Philippines. Speaking Visayan Visayan is one of many languages/dialects spoken in the Philippines. Generally speaking, Filipino languages use the same phonetic… Read more »

Lesson: Super Heroes

Super Heroes     Day 1 Teach “Canon” and sing as a two or three-part canon. (Music for Children I, #41 pg. 132 with adjusted rhythm to fit text) Day 2 As a class, have students brainstorm superheroes and create an eight-beat rhythm using superhero names. For example, Together, create body percussion to go with… Read more »

Leprechaun Magic in the Music Room

Leprechaun Magic in the Music Room Ever since Halloween my Sophomore year of college I’ve been fascinated with ways to make music lessons “come alive” to become a full sensory experience. Dr. Butch Marshall brought all the sophomores down to the “creepy basement” that was under construction as part of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory renovations…. Read more »

Children’s Literature Lesson: The Squiggle

Head Voice and Pathways and Shapes, Oh, My! Mileage from The Squiggle The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer (ISBN-10: 9780517885796) is a charming little book about a child who finds “a squiggle” (string?) on the ground as she and her class are walking in a “bunched up, slow, tight, straight line.” As children do, she gets… Read more »

Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig Happy Piggy Year 猪年快乐 Chet-Yeng Loong 龙籍莹 University of Hawai`i 2019 Chinese New begins on February 5 and 6 and lasts for 15 days. To learn the history of Chinese New Year visit this site, and here. 2019 is the year of the pig. In the… Read more »