Lesson Plans

Lesson: Diwali Dance

Diwali Dance Deepavali For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. Diwali or Divali is a contraction of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, that means “row of lamps”. Small clay lamps filled with oil are lighted to signify… Read more »

The Long Game: Growing From Play

The Long Game: Growing from Play Teachers often fall into the pitfall of learning new pieces at each grade level to teach new concepts.  Taking a familiar piece and spiraling it from primary to advanced levels gives students a foundation to build upon.  The pdf linked below demonstrates how we took one piece, Halloween Night,… Read more »

Natural Integration of the Schulwerk & STEAM

Lesson Ideas: Natural Integration of the Schulwerk & STEAM STEAM education has great potential in being naturally integrated into the music curriculum (and vice versa), especially when implemented through the Orff Schulwerk approach. Through access, freedom of choice, and collaboration, students and teachers are able to learn and create together in an environment that is… Read more »

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 »