lesson plans
harry's horrible hair

Lesson: Harry’s Horrible Hair

Inspired by her children’s book Harry’s Horrible Hair, Theresa Cocci shares a lesson plan designed to pair the message of kindness with the creation of an interactive musical experience.

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Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock – An Exploration in Sound

Dr. Patrick Ware shows us how we can use Hickory Dickory Dock in new ways. The lesson can be used with all of our K and 1 students.

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Block Paper Rhythms

Lesson: Block, Paper, Rhythms

Kanisha Howard’s lesson Block, Paper, Rhythms will work well for children who are learning in person, hybrid or online. This is a fun way to review songs and rhythms and explore composition.

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Incredibox

Lesson: Incredibox to the Rescue

LeslieAnne Bird shares her Incredibox lessons designed to encourage students to compose their own arrangements through manipulation of layered percussive and melodic ostinati.

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Bordun

Types of Borduns in Elementary General Music

One way to instantly bring more musical interest and musical independence to the elementary general music classroom is by adding a bordun. Victoria Boler defines what borduns are, looks at four different types, and provides guidelines for making your own musical decisions.

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Music mapping

Magical Mapping

Vicky Suarez provides inspiration with her processes for creating and following magical music maps with her students.

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virtual keyboard

Learning AND Fun Using a Virtual Keyboard

Megan Stilla shares her process for incorporating a virtual keyboard into her lessons to continue her students’ love of playing instruments.

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body percussion

Lessons: Speech, Body Percussion & Untuned Percussion

Roger Sams and Michael Vasquez share two free lessons from their book Percussive Play: Building Rhythmic Skills Through Partwork, Poetry, and Movement.

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