February provides a treasure chest of teaching opportunities.
Support the teaching and learning in your music classroom with resources designed to engage your students.
The best music teaching resources are linked to real-life people and events to grasp the information quickly. Many music teachers have found such resources on MusicTeacherResources (MTR).
These resources can be used in the classroom or remotely.
Read on to see how MTR links learning materials with real-life people and events.
Also known as African American History Month, it begins and the first day of February and ends on the first day of March.
See all the available MTR African-American Heritage Month resources for different grade levels.
Motivate discussion on this important topic through a listening activity.
The six songs in the 'Six Songs about Freedom' resource all have a message about equality and freedom.
After listening to one or more of the songs, students have to answer music theory based questions and respond to words and phrases found in the song/s.
Chinese New Year, known in China as the Spring Festival and Singapore as the Lunar New Year, is a holiday on and around the new moon on the first day in the traditional Chinese Calendar.
This Calendar is based on the changes in the moon, which means it moves around between January 21 and February 20.
See all the available MTR Chinese New Year Resources.
The fable says that if the groundhog comes out of his burrow and the sun is shining, the groundhog will go back into its burrow, and they'll be six more weeks of Winter. However, if it is cloudy, spring will come early.
Recognize Groundhog Day with themed activity sheets to review notes and rests. See all the available MTR Groundhog Day Resources.
Eva Marie Cassidy was an American singer and guitarist born in Washington DC.
Eva is known for her beautiful interpretations of folk, blues and jazz songs.
Treat your student to this restored footage of Eva Cassidy performing her beautiful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.
Natalie Cole was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Cole was the daughter of American singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole. She rose to success in the mid-1970s as an R&B singer with the hits "This Will Be", "Pink Cadillac", and "Miss You Like Crazy".
These MTR Natalie Cole Resources will give you plenty of music activities to choose from to celebrate the life and music of this talented lady.
A fun compare and contrast listening activity is to listen to 'Pink Cadillac'. First recorded by 'The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie's cover version changed some of the music elements.
I created a Compare and Contrast sheet for this activity. Grab your FREE copy by clicking the image below.
John Williams is an American composer who created some of the most iconic film scores. He scored more than a hundred films.
Williams was born in Long Island, New York, studied piano at the Julliard School of Music, and worked as a jazz pianist.
John Williams' has composed the music for close to eighty films and has composed some of the most famous themes ever written for cinema. These include Harry Potter, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET – the Extraterrestrial, Jurassic Park, the Star Wars Pre-episode.
Students love John Williams music! The MTR John Williams Resources are fun and academic research and listening activities for students.
These activities allow students to learn independently, making them excellent for sub-work.
Here's a fun 'Star Wars /Mandalorian Theme Rhythm Play-Along that young students will enjoy.
Carole King or Carol Joan Klein is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of all time, having written and co-written 118 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Carole has won multiple awards, including the Grammy Awards and the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, inducted in Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Check out this MTR Carole King resource, perfect for your biography research and listening lessons.
Here is an activity that you can make 10 minutes long to fill at the end of a lesson or create a whole lesson.
Ideas for Lessons Activities
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