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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


"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Jingle Bells
Native American Musical Instruments
The Story of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Action Poems and Songs
Printable Sheet Music (Blank)
More Popular Music Printables

Clip Art

Tenor Saxophone
Alto Clarinet
Modern Sitar
More Music Clip Art

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

Movement and Circle Games
Patterns in Music and Math
Observing Sound Waves
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Math and Music: Fibonacci Sequence
Rhythms and Body Percussion
Tap Your Feet
More Popular Music Lesson Plans, K-5

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Traditional Circle Game from Puerto Rico
Numbers and Songs
Graphing Pitch
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
Defining Jazz Music
More Popular Music Lesson Plans, 6-12


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


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

Social Studies & Music Connected

Introduction to Mariachi Music
Teaching Native American Music
"Marines' Hymn" Copycat
Patriotic Poems and Songs
Patriotic Songs
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Israeli Children's Songs
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Reading, Language Arts, & Music Connected

Lesson Planning Center
"Frere Jacques" Translations
Classical Music: Improving Children's Development
Distinguishing Speaking vs. Singing
Classify the Dynamics of Music
What Happened Then? Story-Writing with Musical Notes
Native American Pronunciation Guide
More Popular Reading & Language Arts Activities

Math & Music Connected

Numbers and Songs Student Guide
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
Curious George "Ten Little Monkeys" Song
Mozart: Mathematics in Music
Curious George at the Parade: Band Member Shuffle
Tips for Writing a Song
Help the Music Monster
More Mathematics in Music Activities

Science & Music Connected

Can Sound Travel Through Things?
Finger Clappers, Snappers, and Tappers
Musical Motivation
Science and Language Arts: I Hear a Symphony
Animal Tracking Song
The Beetles and the Bedbugs Song
Science and Music: Rubber Band Music
More Science Activities

Foreign Languages & Music Connected

Making a Koto
Han Chinese Music Scales
Constructing the Panpipe
Making a Guiro
A la Limon: A Traditional Puerto Rican Song
Chinese Percussion Ensembles
Chinese Percussion Music
More Foreign Language Music Resources

Health, Physical Education, & Music Connected

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

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's (Thursday) November 26, this year. Use videos, lessons, and worksheets to teach the history and cultural significance of the holiday. Then, enjoy our crafts to celebrate and decorate!

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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 (and now in print!), 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.