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Music Resources for Teachers

Bring some music into your classroom with lessons and printables! Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month in March or enjoy music on a regular basis with your students. We have multicultural activities incorporating Mexican, Native American, Chinese, and South American music into your curriculum; you'll find printable instructions for building musical instruments; they'll learn the history of musical genres like Rock 'n' Roll and Jazz with detailed references; and of course, there are lyrics of plenty of songs for you and your class to sing and enjoy!

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Music


The Story of the "Star-Spangled Banner"
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Music Printable Book (K-4)
Curious George "Ten Little Monkeys" Song
Music: Express the Tension
Music: Computing Rests
Action Poems and Songs
More Popular Music Printables

Clip Art

Drum Kit
Italian Accordion
Modern Sitar
Concert Grand Piano
More Music Clip Art

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

Movement and Circle Games
Patterns in Music and Math
Rhythms and Body Percussion
Math and Music: Fibonacci Sequence
Traditional Circle Game from Puerto Rico
Tap Your Feet
Observing Sound Waves
More Popular Music Lesson Plans, K-5

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Numbers and Songs
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Graphing Pitch
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
A Jazz Talk Show
Chinese Percussion Music
More Popular Music Lesson Plans, 6-12


Chinese Music
Native American Instruments
Contemporary Native American Music
"Star-Spangled Banner"
Billy Strayhorn Interview
Intertribal Style of Native American Music
Math and Music: Leonardo of Pisa


Basic Music Knowledge Quiz
ABC Order -- Music Terms
History of Music Quiz

National Standards for Arts Education

National Standards for Music Education
Technology Strategies for Music Education
Teaching with *NSYNC

Classroom Management

Discipline Strategies in the Music Classroom
Strategies for Making Music Happen
Follow Me Freeze
Music Class -- Rules to Remember
Music Self-Improvement Chart

Social Studies & Music Connected

Introduction to Mariachi Music
Native American Musical Instruments
Patriotic Poems and Songs
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
Defining Jazz Music
Medieval Music and Dancing
Hispanic Rhythmic Patterns and Drums
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Reading, Language Arts, & Music Connected

Lesson Planning Center
"Frere Jacques" Translations
Classical Music: Improving Children's Development
Appalachian Riddle Song
Guide to the Symphonies Activities
Classify the Dynamics of Music
The Composer Is Dead Teacher's Guide
More Popular Reading & Language Arts Activities

Math & Music Connected

Numbers and Songs Student Guide
Tips for Writing a Song
Ratio Rag
Curious George at the Parade: Band Member Shuffle
Help the Music Monster
More Mathematics in Music Activities

Science & Music Connected

Can Sound Travel Through Things?
Finger Clappers, Snappers, and Tappers
Science and Language Arts: I Hear a Symphony
The Barnyard Song
The Beetles and the Bedbugs Song
Musical Motivation
Silly Sea Songs
More Science Activities

Foreign Languages & Music Connected

Making Panpipes
Music for Fuhng Yang Wha Gu (Flower Drum Song)
Reggae - True or False
Calypso, Calypso and Silver Moon Boat
Making a Guiro
Israeli Children's Songs
Chinese Percussion Ensembles
More Foreign Language Music Resources

Health, Physical Education, & Music Connected

Head and Shoulders, Baby Chant
More Health & Physical Education Activities


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

June Calendar of Events
June is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: U.N. World Environment Day (6/5), D-Day (6/6), World Oceans Day (6/8), Diary Day (6/12), Flag Day (6/14), Ramadan Begins (6/18), World Refugee Day (6/20), Father's Day (6/21), Summer Begins (6/21), and Meteor Day (6/30). Plus, celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month and Safety Month all June long!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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