National Standards for Music Education

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    Daily Warm-Ups

    "The Star Spangled Banner" Reading Warm-Up

    Learn the history behind the "The Star-Spangled Banner" while improving stu... read more


    Duke Ellington

    A great American composer, Ellington's big band music became wildly popular... read more


    Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix was an astonishing musical innovator, whose style has yet to b... read more


    Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson was a talented guitarist, whose music laid the groundwork fo... read more


    Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong's talent as a trumpeter shaped the world of jazz.... read more


    Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most acclaimed artists in the history of jazz... read more


    John Lennon

    Relate the story of John Lennon to your students, and have them do the sugg... read more


    Music Television (MTV)

    Read a brief overview of the creation of MTV, and explore the suggested act... read more


    Counterculture's Finest Moment: Woodstock

    Share the story of Woodstock, a rock festival in 1969, and assign the relat... read more



    Share the story of the Beatles with your students, and assign the related a... read more


    The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll

    Introduce your student to the sounds and artists who started a musical revo... read more


    "Peter and the Wolf" and Sergei Prokofiev

    Share the story of Sergei Prokofiev's achievements with your students, and ... read more


    Swing Was the Thing

    Big Band music is explored through the work of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, ... read more


    Indian Ragas

    Explore Indian ragas and learn the differences between an Indian raga and t... read more

    Graph/Chart - Teacher Resources

    Graphing Pitch

    Distribute a group activity that explains the musical relationship between ... read more