This is the second part of a two-part post on music lesson resources for April.
Earth Day is celebrated every year on the 22 April. In 1970, a US Senator from Wisconsin created this national day to create awareness of the environment and treat nature.
MTR's Earth Day-themed music worksheets and teaching resources will help deepen your students' appreciation of our precious planet while reviewing their knowledge and understanding of music concepts. Click the image below to check out more of the resources included in this collection.
I also have a FREE Earth Day Pitch worksheet for download.
Dame Ethel Mary Smyth DBE was an English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Her compositions include songs, works for piano, chamber music, orchestral works, choral works and operas.
These MTR listening foldables will help your students to know more about Ethel Smyth. Click the image below to be directed to the resource.
Charles Mingus Jr. was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer, and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz musicians.
Check out these MTR listening foldables for Charles Mingus by clicking the image below.
Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian (and Soviet) composer and regarded as one of the significant composers of the 20th century.
Prokofiev's musical talent was evident at a very young age - he began composing at the age of five.
Prokofiev composed 'Peter and the Wolf', one of the most famous musical stories. It is still widely performed on the concert stage and in schools. Additionally, Prokofiev wrote ballets, operas, and music for films.
The resources shown below are a perfect accompaniment for teaching students about Prokofiev and Peter and the Wolf:
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Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. With a career spanning over six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and is among the few performers awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).
The following products from the MTR Store would be a perfect addition to your teaching resources perfect to use during Barbra Streisand's birthday. Click the images below to be directed to the resources.
Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer and international legend with a career that spanned some six decades.
Ella was well-renowned for her wide vocal range and the rare sweetness of her voice.
Ella Fitzgerald won 14 Grammy Awards, including one for lifetime achievement.
Have your students learn more about Ella Fitzgerald with these MTR resources:
Listen to Ella's beautiful version of 'Blue Moon'.
There is a version by Billie Holiday in the APRIL Music Lesson Teaching Resources Part 1 post. Have your students listen to both versions and complete the Compare and Contrast Listening activity.
Superheroes are not just fictional characters. There are many superheroes in our community that are great role models for our students.
National Superhero Day provides the opportunity to discuss real-life superheroes with students and help them to appreciate the superheroes in their lives. These Superkids-themed MTR resources will help you with that AND review music theory concepts.
Duke Ellington was an American pianist who was considered the most significant jazz composer and bandleader of his time.
Ellington led his band for more than 50 years and composed thousands of scores.
Duke Ellington broke away from the norm and used new harmonies while cleverly combining various instruments.
Sophisticated Lady was written as an instrumental piece in 1932. The lyrics were added later.
Listen to Duke Ellington's very popular instrumental version and Nancy Wilson's version.
WRITTEN RESPONSE ACTIVITY: Ask students which version they prefer, giving 2-3 reasons why. Students must link their reasoning to the elements of music.
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role in uniting people in all corners of the globe.
International Jazz Day is significant because it raises awareness of the virtues of jazz as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people around the world.
Use these Jazz-themed MTR resources to take students on a historical journey to learn about, listen to, and develop an appreciation of jazz.
CLICK on the image below to preview Jazz resources.
Download the 'APRIL Teaching Ideas and Resources' as a PDF to keep in your files for quick access.
See PART 1 of this blog post.
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