I like to sing Hello Songs at the beginning of every class to welcome my students. I also sing my students names and then they sit down. Each grade has a different hello song that is special for them. I also have rules songs and organization songs. I sing this one on SO MI– end on DO
Then I created a CORE CURRICULUM for each grade level.
There are so many resources available but most importantly, in order to reach all of my students, I like to teach a variety of music elements in diverse ways.
So what’s important to you?
You can create a CORE CURRICULUM by blocking in your essential standards and concepts for each quarter and then align the lessons to those standards.
Here are some ELEMENTS OF MUSIC or CONCEPTS that I include every year in my Music Class.
Each year I might have a different focus or theme. This year my theme is “MAKING FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC” I did create a Around the World themed classroom Decor bundle–but you can use what you have or create things to support your theme.
I’ve done themes like: “Rock and Roll through Music History”, “A Blast from the Past”, “Go Green and Sing”…and more. My music programs center on these themes and it gives the students a different focus for each year so that when they leave in 5th grade they’ve experienced a of different kinds of musical experiences.
Most of all, incorporate a variety of learning experiences for your students so that everyone can benefit from Music Education!
If you’re interested–this is my around the world themed bundle…