Today I’m sharing my top elementary music curriculum planning tips. Today’s children need activities that keep them focused and engaged.
That’s why teachers need INTERACTIVE resources. This means that the materials include more than one way to help the children learn a concept.
It also means that the teacher can use the materials over several class times and create units of learning. And, using a variety of teaching strategies helps everyone learn the concept.
I don’t think any of us want a “music teacher nightmare!”
ELEMENTARY MUSIC CURRICULUM PLANNING TIPS
After teaching for a while, I began to get the “patterns” of my schools environment and timing. I then created a basic plan for each grade highlighting what I thought would be the MOST important skill I could focus on for each semester.
Ultimately, AI couldn’t get it down to just ONE- but, even focusing on 2 concepts a quarter seemed like a mighty task when I only saw my students 8-9 times in a quarter barring all the other interruptions.
So, if you’re overwhelmed at this point- THAT’S OKAY!
WHEN TO TEACH WHAT?
That’s a question all music teachers ask themselves, especially if you are new to teaching.
Unless you’re handed a standardized curriculum plan, you will need to create sequences of activities that build on skills for the entire school year.
Mix that challenge in with school celebrations, snow days, performances, testing days and a teacher’s substitute days, for a whole lot of complicated lesson planning. And, an elementary teacher does this for 6-7 grade levels.
I recommend working down from your highest grade. Mine was 6th.
GENERAL MUSIC CURRICULUM OUTLINE
Here’s a VERY general outline of some of the BIG pieces in my curriculum. And honestly, this was just my way of doing it- a mix of several methodologies!
- 6TH GRADE- First SEMESTER Orff Instruments and Multicultural Music, 2ND SEMESTER- GUITARS and COMPOSING.
- 5th Grade- Same as 6th grade with varying music selections, 2nd SEMESTER- Keyboards and BOOM WHACKERS.
- 4th Grade- 1st SEMESTER Veterans Day Program (some solfege and part singing),Treble Clef Notes, Rhythms, 2ND SEMESTER- Recorders
- 3rd Grade- 1ST SEMESTER RHYTHMS (sixteenth notes) SINGING sol-mi-la, do, re , 2ND SEMESTER UKULELE MUSIC PROGRAM
- 2ND Grade-1ST SEMESTER RHYTHMS (half note), SINGING sol-mi-la, do, MUSIC PROGRAM , 2ND SEMESTER Playing Instruments using skills.
- 1st Grade-1ST SEMESTER RHYTHM (quarter/eighth) SINGING sol-mi-do, MUSIC PROGRAM , 2ND SEMESTER Playing Instruments using skills.
- Kindergarten-1ST SEMESTER STEADY BEAT, ECHO SINGING, MUSIC PROGRAM, 2ND SEMESTER SOL-MI, GAME SONGS Rhythms ta and ti-ti (Playing and Singing)
In my case, my 5th and 6th grade classes were unique in that I only had students who did not play in Strings or Band, sometimes I had very small numbers and would vary the curriculum accordingly.
These are choices the teacher needs to make to ensure that their students’ needs are being met.
LESSON PLAN SEQUENCING
From there, I created a lesson plan sequence of activities that focused on the skills for the semester.
Here is the set of resources I use for teaching the basics. This curriculum does NOT included GUITAR or RECORDERS or UKULELE.
In this curriculum set of materials are activities to use with grades 4,5,6 that focus on specific music standards for those grades.
I also have a set of beginning of class and end of class activities I use with each grade too!
USE THESE RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPING A MUSIC CURRICULUM
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PAIR MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR LESSONS
READ this post to get ideas on how to pair movement activities with your lessons.
BEAT AND RHYTHM ACTIVITIES ACTIVITY TIPS
Create a YouTube playlist of your “go to” BEAT AND RHYTHM ACTIVITIES .
Write the BEAT AND RHYTHM ACTIVITIES into your lesson plans with the links to videos.
Here’s the Sing Play Create RHYTHM ACTIVITIES YouTube Playlist!
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FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL LESSONS
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READ this blog post to get more Elementary music curriculum planning ideas!
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