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Elements of Music Friday, January 10, 2014

Looking for some new ways to teach fundamental concepts in music like pitch, rhythm, harmony, and more?  Searching for activities for your students to work on with a substitute while you are away at your winter conference?  Consider these new resources with reproducible student worksheets to use over and over again!

Elemental Fun by Jeanette Morgan

         Simple, basic, fun–teaching the elements of music can be all of these things!  Each of these six chapters is dedicated to one element of music and includes an introductory page, a listening activity, and four additional worksheets to build and reinforce your students’ knowledge.  Perfect for center work, portfolios, assessments, and the sub tub, all worksheets are included on the CD, in full color, for your convenience.  For grades 4-6.

More Music FUNdamentals by D. Brian Weese

          This collection of reproducible worksheets will challenge your students while providing you with valuable assessment pieces.  Music concepts include writing rhythms based on syllables; matching melodic contours; identifying basic rhythmic notation, pitch notation, and music symbols; working with repeat signs, first and second endings, and da capo and dal segno symbols; and identifying time signatures.  For grades 2-6.

Music Quilt Squares by Beth Wheeler

     This delightful publication includes a compilation of music activities on subjects ranging from music theory to identifying notes and fingerings on the piano and recorder, instrument families, and more! Clever, educational, 100% reproducible and fantastic fun for students in kindergarten and up, use Music Quilt Squares to supplement a unit, as extra credit or homework.

Teaching Music Across History by Valeaira Luppens and Greg Foreman

An outstanding resource for educators, Teaching Music Across History will help your students understand the ways that music and the arts reflect our culture and how historical events have shaped our civilization and customs. Reproducible student pages are included, making lessons a snap to prepare, keeping students actively engaged, and allowing for easy assessment. The accompanying CD contains listening examples of works by great Classical composers to support and reinforce the lessons. By increasing critical and higher level thinking skills with winning, creative, ready-to-teach methods, Teaching Music Across History will help your students meet item 9 of the National Standards for Music Education (Understanding music in relation to history and culture). This excellent curriculum will encourage your students to incorporate a deeper understanding of history and heritage, and allow you to effortlessly integrate historical information within music instruction. Teaching Music Across History is not only necessary, but FUN!

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