Get your students excited about music history by traveling through time, learning about the Who, What, Where, When, and Cool! of each music period. Video links included!
This has been an amazing way to help your students in all grades quickly learn to listen to and identify great music, as well as a fantastic way to help your students to come quietly into class, ready to learn. I made this pack for my students. My district teaches about many women composers in Kindergarten, so I didn’t include as many. I will be adding them and more diverse composers into the pack by October 1st.
Composer Time Capsules are a great way for students to learn and review interesting facts about composers. Included are fact cards, clue cards, suggestions for physical objects PLUS an already done for you Kahoot trivia game that can be played as a group or assigned individually.
Get your students moving around the room during this scavenger hunt while reviewing the Nutcracker Ballet. My students love this just before winter break!
Your students will enjoy researching the life and music of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Research and summarize his life. Listen to and respond to his music.
Keep students engaged while reviewing the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern time periods of music history with this fast-paced Spoons variation. For each period, there are cards with the dates, famous composers, important musical styles, and historical events from that period. Students need to collect 4 cards about the same time period while paying attention to the other players in order to grab a spoon and stay in the game!
Do you teach or highlight music composers in your lessons? Turn your light box into an eye-catching, educational display for the music room! Each file includes a colorful artistic likeness of the composer, their first and last name and their ate of birth and death.
The Music History Quick Guide Bundle is a complete set of music samples, videos, fun facts, vocabulary, and major composers from each period in western art music history. The interactive slideshows allow you to introduce middle school or junior high students to music from each period in western music history, while keeping them engaged with relevant content and creative supplemental activities.
This movie music unit is a great way to engage upper elementary and middle school students and get them composing, listening, analyzing, and thinking about music! Students will learn about the importance of music and sound in film, different music jobs within the film industry (especially focusing on foley artists and score composers), and add their own sound effects and soundtrack to a short film!
This set of Franz Joseph Haydn printables are useful for Composer of the Month activities, sub plans, and for incorporating writing. Almost all pages contain a coloring or drawing element and there are listening maps, glyphs, and a writing prompt for the “Surprise Symphony,” “The Clock,” and “The Joke.”
Get your students up and moving and writing rhythms with this Write the Room set; introduce students to a traditional Irish tune and traditional Irish instruments with Rakes of Mallow and Irish Music and Dance Memory Game. Give your students a freeze game brain break with Shamrock Freeze!
Need a way to give a quick overview of the Nutcracker story to go with your Nutcracker lessons this season? Look no further! This is the perfect resource to go with your Nutcracker Lesson Plans.
Olympic Theme Song, Fanfare & Theme, by John Williams, Rhythmic Instruments by Beth's Music Classroom
Celebrating summer and winter with the Olympic Fanfare, my students loved playing classroom instruments along with this masterpiece. A simplified and more advanced version are both included, along with a brief biography and timings of the piece to help find each section.
Nabiya is a charming Korean Children’s Song that you can use for your elementary music lessons! These Boom Cards allow repeated listenings of the song while students play “find the butterfly” in 10 different locations in South Korea.
This bundle of PowerPoints will take you and your students through music and music history activities that cover early jazz and blues from the 1910’s through the 1920’s. Includes Louis Armstrong & New Orleans Jazz, Bessie Smith & the Classic Blues, The Great Jazz Migration, Harlem Stride Style Pianists Fats Waller & James P Johnson, Harlem Renaissance Musicians, Duke Ellington, Bennie Goodman, The Big Apple Dance Craze, and Exit Tickets.
Students learn about the life and music of J.S. Bach with deck of Mystery Melody Boom Cards. A famous melody from Bach is revealed as questions are answered correctly. To accommodate all students, all directions, composer biography, and questions are read aloud in the deck.
Fill in the crossword as you listen to the story of Peter and the Wolf! This is a great resource to keep your students engaged in the story as they listen, or to check for understanding afterwards!
If you are turning to listening lessons with your students this is a must have!
This spreadsheet has 32 weeks of selected musicians, composers and groups for Kindergarten – 5th grade. (192 musicians/composers total).
Includes name, the category they were selected for (although they may be long to more than one), country they were born in, dates of birth and if applicable, death, a YouTube listening link as well as a matching link for Video.link.
This resource was made with inclusivity in mind. The idea is that students hear more than traditional selections, so there are two selections of the following categories for each grade: Latin America, African American, Women, Asia, Film Composer, American Composer, Jazz/Blues, YouTube, European Classical, Bluegrass/Folk, Band Music, Choral Music, LGTBQ, and Broadway.
Each grade also has two selections that vary including Rock, Spirituals, Australian Composer, Piano music, Motown, Big Band, African Composer, Hip Hop, Pop culture, Gospel, American Crooner, Opera, Men’s Choir, Aboriginal Music.