MUSIC LESSON RESOURCES for TEACHERS - FEBRUARY: Part 1

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.

 

FEBRUARY is African-American Heritage Month.

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. 
Aretha Franklin Biography Research and Listening Activitie   Louis Armstrong Music Activities for Black History Month M   SCOTT JOPLIN BUNDLE - Music Activities for Middle and Jr H   Jazz Musicians Research and Listening Foldables FEMALE BUNDLE   Martin Luther King Jr. Music Coloring Pages: 12 Music Colo   JOHN LEGEND Word Search and Research Activity for Middle S

 

1 FEBRUARY is National Freedom Day

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.
Music Listening: Music Analysis Worksheets for SIX Songs AAfter 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.

 

1 FEBRUARY is the Chinese/Lunar New Year


2022 is the Year of the Tiger.

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.

There are exciting and engaging resources, such as the MTR Rhythm BOOM Deck shown below, available in the MTR Store to help you celebrate this festival with your students.

See all the available MTR Chinese New Year Resources.
Chinese New Year Music Lessons: 26 Music Color by Note Pages  Chinese New Year Music Activities: Treble Pitch Mazes for   Chinese New Year Music Lessons: Chinese New Year Music The 
Chinese New Year Music Lessons: 12 Chinese New Year Music   Chinese New Year Music Lessons: Chinese New Year Music Maths  Chinese New Year Rhythm Activities - BOOM Cards™ Digital T 

 

2 FEBRUARY is Groundhog Day

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.
 


2 FEBRUARY is Eva Cassidy's BirthdayCassidy in 1988

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 oEva Cassidy performing her beautiful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. 

The following resource will guide students to learn more about Eva and her music.
EVA CASSIDY Music Word Search and Biography Research Activ

6 FEBRUARY is Natalie Cole's Birthday

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.
NATALIE COLE BUNDLE of Listening Worksheets and Biography   NATALIE COLE Biography Research and Music Listening Activities  NATALIE COLE Word Search and Research Activity for Middle

'Pink Cadillac' Listening Activity   


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. 


 

8 FEBRUARY is John Williams' Birthday

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 PotterJawsClose Encounters of the Third KindET – the ExtraterrestrialJurassic 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.
John Williams Biography Research and Listening  JOHN WILLIAMS BUNDLE - Music Activities for Middle and Jr   JOHN WILLIAMS Word Search and Research Activity for Middle
These activities allow students to learn independently, making them excellent for sub-work.

Try this John Williams FREE DOWNLOAD

Here's a fun 'Star Wars /Mandalorian Theme Rhythm Play-Along that young students will enjoy.


9 FEBRUARY is Carole King's Birthday

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. 
CAROLE KING Music Listening Worksheets and Biography Resea  CAROLE KING Music Listening Activities and Biography Resea  CAROLE KING Music Word Search & Research Activities for Ge


11 FEBRUARY is Inventor's Day

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

  • Start by displaying an image stating that it's Inventor's Day. You could include an image as a springboard to get students thinking.
  • Ask your students to make a list of inventions they can think of that have changed the music world.
  • Have a few students share their list
  • As a class/small group or individual activity, students read through the inventions listed in the articles below.
  • After reading the articles, have students select their TOP TEN inventions and list them in order, with #1 being the most important.
  • You could have the students write a small paragraph explaining their #1 choice to extend the lesson further.

Articles
1. Rolling Stones magazine: 24 Inventions that Changed Music
2. Music Greatest Inventions
3. The inventions that Changed the Music World.

 

Download the 'FEBRUARY Teaching Ideas and Resources' as a PDF to keep in your files for quick access.

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See PART 2 of this blog post. 

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