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Wether you are new to teaching, wish to become a teacher or are currently employed in the education sector, the hunt for Lesson Plans to add variety and fun to the classroom is never ending. With this in mind we have browsed our favourite lesson plan sites to find direct links to specific music related lesson plans plus sites who provide free lesson plans, products or resources for singing tutors and teachers of music.

Many of the lessons below are user submitted and available from LessonPlansPage who have provided us with permission to list them on our site. These lesson links will be added to as and when time permits.


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Match The Sound
Subject – Music, Physical Education
Grade Level – K4
A fun interactive game for small groups that helps children listen and recognize music notes!

Music Mum Ball Game
Grade Level – 3-6
Similar to musical chairs on a smaller scale! A student or teacher plays a melody while the other students sit on their desk and toss a soft object. When the music stops playing, whoever is holding the object must stand before the class and sing a song.

Primary Music : Weekly Singing Session
Series of videos for music teachers available at The Teaching Channel

Singing A Song of Community
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the concept of serial reciprocity and to explore the contributions artists make to the common good.


10 Brief Music Lesson Plans
for grades 1 to 4 on pitch, timing, rhythm, melody, note duration and dynamics.
by Kyle Yamnitz

A Noteworthy Call
Music lesson that involves using phone calls to learn musical notes.

A Round and A Round
An excellent music choral unit that involves students composing a round, developing a copyright, recording company, CD covers, and teaching the round to the class. It was designed for grades 9-12, but much of it may be useful for younger grades as well.

An Apple Themed Instrument Activity
Easy and fun lesson to help students learn to feel the beat for grade levels K to 4.

An Exploratory Short Course in Tuvan Throat Singing
An introductory course exploring “throat singing” (or overtone singing) as practiced and performed by the people of Tuva

Animals in Song : Elizabeth Mitchell : Animal Songs for Children
Students will learn the process of telling a story through song, while learning basic musical skills like rhythm, beat, movement, dance, singing on pitch, and call-andresponse format.  This is a pdf file download from Smithsonian Folkways

Building a Rhythm Tree
Grade Level – K-1 to 6
This math and music related lesson involves learning rhythmic values, counting beats and ultimately creating a beautiful bulletin board display.

Canta Con Mi Son
Grade Levels: 1-10
An arrangement of Cuban Son which instrumental musicians can play and sing

Caroling fun!
A Christmas time Music idea that involves Caroling to the other classes for 2nd to 5th grade.

Columbus Day Song and Game
By Carole Beren
Subject – Music
Grade Level – 2-3
Objectives: develop solo singing, listen, keep a steady beat

Composing Choral Warm Ups
The students will compose their own warm-ups for chorus, using basic musical skills and awareness of the voice as an instrument.
Grade Level – 6-8

Composing Music
A simple way for students in grades 2-5 to begin exploring composition. Meets the “Composing” National Music Standard for composing music.

Create a Holiday Tree and Song
This lesson can be used for any subject matter, just adapt it to meet your needs. Students will learn what a pentatonic scale is and use music terminology and symbols on their art project and work together to write a school song then learn to sing it together.

Distinguishing Voice Types
Lesson for grades 6, 7 and 8.
Identifying the four voice types: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass.

Do You Want to Improvise
Grade Levels: 1-7
An opportunity for elementary instrumental music students to learn to improvise.

Dynamics (fortissimo and pianissimo)
Karen Farley
October 21 1996
Lesson # I
Song: If All of the Raindrops
Grade: 1st
Concept: The students will experience a change in dynamics that will also be visually represented by the children’s changing stance when singing fortissimo and pianissimo.

Ebeneezer Scrooge Music Experience
A delightfully clever idea for presenting Christmas music past, present, and future. Grade Level – K- 5

Everybody’s Irish (On St Patrick’s Day)
An Irish jig arranged for beginning instrumental students to learn to play and sing in one class period. Grade Levels 1-6.

Exploring Music Instruments
Students will learn about musical instruments, their sounds and compositions for instruments by visiting websites and answering questions.

Exploring Vocal Ranges Using “Where is Thumbkin?”
By Alice Medlin
Primary Subject – Music. Grade Level – K-1
Objective: Students will explore a variety of vocal ranges by renaming fingers in the song “Where is Thumbkin” and singing the new verses in a matching voice.

Finding the Beat
The student will locate music books and recordings related to the rhythm of music from various countries.
Grade Level 7-8

Finding the Singing Voice – An introduction to vocal control
Lesson for Grade Level – 3-9 By Jess Buice consists of an introduction to breathing, registers, pitch matching and vowels.

First Grade Music : How Many Raindrops
Singing objective: Students will sing perfect fifth in tune. Rhythm: Students will perform regular beat and accented beat. Playing: Students will play on barred instruments demonstrating ability to play with alternating mallets.

Guess Who’s Coming To School Today
Grade Level – Preschool- K
This song idea helps with roll taking and learning classmates names. Neat idea for pre-school teachers and could be adapted for inclusion at the beginning of a group workshop.

Horsing Around with Cumbia
Grade Levels: 1-10
An example of Gaitero style Cumbia which beginning music students can play and sing.

Introduction to Correct Posture for Singing
Students perform general vocal warm-ups that incorporate stretching and basic scale movement singing. Grade Level: 6-7.

Introduction to Music
This lesson is an introduction to “reading” music, introducing quarter and half notes and their values. It can can be a self-contained minilesson, or the beginning of a unit about Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”  Grade Levels: 1-3

Jazz Musicians Crossword
Jazz musicians crossword idea with link to jazz resource site.

“Jingle Bells” Musical Game
This is a “Jin – Gle – Bells” musical hot potato game that improves the students hand eye co-ordination, concentration and understanding of beat, tempo and rhythmic patterns. Grade Level – 1-3

Learn Names using Music
A fun and useful ‘back to school’ activity lesson for Preschool to Kindergarden.

Matching Pitch Is Possible At A Young Age
Concepts Taught: Two note pitch pattern

Me Gusta Salsa
An arrangement of New York Style Salsa which instrumental musicians can play and sing. Grade Levels 1-10

Music Games
A music lesson plan using games like Rhythm Tic Tac Toe and Bag of Fortune.

Music Mum Ball Game
by Michele Ramstetter
Subject – Music
Grade Level – 3-6
With his/her back to the class, a student sits at the piano and plays a melody

Musical Element to Teach: Rhythm (rests) 
Song: “If You’re Happy”
Angie Lund
Grade Level: 1
Concept: The students will feel the rests in the song by creating motions for the rests rather than singing.

Musical Instrument Essay
A musical instrument writing prompt idea for Grade Level 5 – 7.

Musical Rondo
This lesson is designed for groups of children to compose pieces of music for different types of weather. These are then put together in the form of a rondo.
Grade Level – Kindergarden

Musical Vocabulary Links
By Betsy B. Lee, Ed. S.
Subject – Language Arts, Music
Grade Level – all ages
Learning by Association and Repetition
lesson plan is from Little Lemon: Activities for Developing Motivation and Memory Skills by Betsy B. Lee, Learning Abilities Books. It is one of several lesson plans which may be found at http://www.gate.net/~labooks

Musicianship Basics
60 activities requiring 1 to 3 minutes each. Music theory and ear training activities for music students in their first few years of training. The lesson utilizes a free demo software which is intended to be used for revision, practice and assessment of fundamental ear training and theory skills, designed for use as part of a practical music program.
For Grade Levels 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Adult/continuing education

Notes and Rests Maths Game
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of note and rest valueswith Teacher evaluation during this game. For grade levels 2 – 4.

Patriotic Songs
Civil War Unit – Lesson C: Patriotic Songs
By Sarah Higgins
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Music, Language Arts
Grade Level – 4th-6th
The learner will demonstrate the recognition of patriotic songs and the use persuasive language.

Quick Draw
A note value game. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of note values

Recognising Note Names of the Treble Clef
This unit plan aids in teaching beginning instrumentalists proper note recognition. This unit is based on a staff utilizing a treble clef, but can easily be adapted to any musical clef.
Grade Levels 5-6

Reggae Music
An arrangement of Reggae music which elementary instrumental musicians can learn play and sing in one class period.
Grade Levels 1-10

Rules Rap
A new way to present first day music class instructions.

Rhythm Baseball
Fun competition which helps to improve students listenting skills whilst having fun.

Shosholoza Lesson Plan
Read, listen to an MP3, learn the parts and follow the lesson plan to this popular South African folk song sung by workers and Springbok Rugby fans alike.

St. Patrick’s Day Sing-A-Long
The sing-along may be used as an outgrowth of a music appreciation unit on songs of various regions and ethnic groups. The singalong may be used in grades four and five or adapted for other grade levels.
Grade Levels 5-6

T255 Lesson Plan by Dawn Roberts
Musical Activities: Listening, singing, clapping
Musical Concepts: Rhythm and dynamics
Grade Level: 2nd grade

Talking Drum Game
Teaching rhythm and movement the students make their feet do what the drum does. Grade Level: K-3

Teacher’s Guide to Using Songs in the Classroom
(Foreign Language)
By Stacey Tipton
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Music
Grade Level – 4-8
Teacher’s Guide for Using Songs in the Classroom from Musical Spanish

Teaching A Song By Rote
Students will learn various songs using the Rote method. The Rote method has two parts. Students can learn a song by verse, or the whole. This lesson will help you to teach a short song using the Whole Song Rote method.
Grade Levels Kindergarden, 1, 2, 3

Telling Folktales with Music
Students will be able to identify the action of the story and relate it musically, composing the music themselves.

Training the Childs Voice
written by F.E. Howard as part of a pedagogy project, this article contains an overview of childrens voices with suggested exercises.

Twelve Days of Math (a Christmas song)
This is a fun way to teach ordinal numbers to students as well as showing all the lessons you have learned to this point in the year. The song can be adapted to your subject areas. Grade Level – 2

Using a Floor Staff to Teach Pitch/Letter Names
Grade Level – K-3
This easy classroom lesson has been written by Susan for grade level 3. Mainly useful for younger children but also used successfully through 6th grade.

Visualization of Rhythms in 4/4
An interactive fun lesson for Grade 2 and higher.

Voice Leading for Roots
Part Writing for Roots a Fourth Apart. A lesson for High School pupils on how to write four-part harmony between two chords whose roots are a perfect fourth (or the inverted perfect fifth) apart.

We Dance Merengue
An example of Merengue which instrumental musicians can play and sing.
Grade Levels: 1-10

Write A Rap Song
In this activity, students compose lyrics for a rap song.
Grade Levels: 5-8

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K12 resources for music educators
Valuable resources for music educators and students of all areas and educational levels. Regularly updated American site which includes a downloadable powerful music advocacy tool in .pdf format

Kraus Curriculum Development Library (KCDL)
Reference resource used by pre and inservice faculty, staff and administrators for teaching, curriculum development and research containing reports, curricula, standards, frameworks, teaching guides. (Subscription service).

Nursery Rhymes
This site provides lyrics for hundreds of nursery rhymes, volkslieder and other folk songs.

Songs For Teachers
Music resources for the non-musical person. The site offers a Songbook and CD packed with songs that anyone can sing, designed for Teachers plus more than 125 FREE Poems & Songs to download in a wide range of themes.

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