lesson plans
Henry the Hungry Hound

Lesson: Henry the Hungry Hound

Inspired by her children’s book Henry the Hungry Hound, 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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coppernickel goes mondrian

Lesson: Coppernickel Goes Mondrian

Aimee Curtis Pfitzner shares a colorful lesson plan from her book, Painted Music, which uses children’s literature to explore connections between art and music.

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straighten up and fly right

Lesson: Straighten Up and Fly Right

Jennie Rozsa shares this fun movement activity designed to expose your young students to more jazz using a popular song by the Nat King Cole Trio.

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Haru Ga Kita

Lesson Plan: Haru Ga Kita

Janice Boychuk shares a lesson from her childhood, Haru Ga Kita (Spring Has Come), which is a Japanese shôka (“school song” used to introduce Western music).

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Lesson: Apples

Matthew Stensrud shows how you can use the theme of apples to guide children to experience, create, and compose a bushel of musical experiences for all of your K-5 general music classes.

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rain of leaves

Lesson: Rain of Leaves

Joan Eckroth-Riley and Wendy van Gent have prepared a fall lesson that beautifully combine the philosophies of Music Learning Theory and Orff-Inspired teaching.

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The Long Game: Growing From Play

Christopher Giles and Michael Vasquez describe how they took one piece, Halloween Night, and used it to meet multiple objectives in the primary, intermediate, and advanced levels.

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Schulwerk and STEAM

Lesson: Integration of the Schulwerk & STEAM

These lesson ideas from Tiffany Barry are examples of how to naturally integrate STEAM education into the music curriculum.

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