This is the second part of a two-part post on January music lesson resources.



16 JANUARY is Lin-Manuel Miranda's birthday

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an actor, writer, and composer born on 16 January 1980 in New York.

His parents moved to New York City from Puerto Rico, and he grew up in a Hispanic neighborhood in northern Manhattan.

Many younger students may have seen the Disney movie 'Moana'.

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote songs for this movie, including 'How Far I'll Go'.

Watch the video and have the students complete the listening section of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Listening and Research Foldables.


Learning about this talented musician and composer is a must for young musicians.

There are also resources with various activities for older students. See them all by clicking the thumbnails below.
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Activity Bundle  LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Music Listening Activities and Biograph  LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Music Word Search and Biography Researc


16 JANUARY (2023) is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on 15 January 1929. He led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

King used nonviolent, or peaceful, protests to get equal rights for African Americans. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

MLK Day provides the opportunity to create a listening lesson based on songs with a message of peace and freedom. 

This ready-to-go resource provides question sheets (with answers provided) for SIX songs appropriate for a theme of peace and freedom.  

Music Listening: Music Analysis Worksheets for SIX Songs A

There are also MLK BOOM cards! They are becoming very popular, very fast. Have you tried BOOM cards yet?

MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. Music Theory BOOM Cards BUNDLE  Martin Luther King Jr. Day Music: Complete the Measure BOO  Martin Luther King Music Lesson Activities - RHYTHM BOOM Cards™  Martin Luther King Music Lesson Activities - Name the TREB  

CLICK HERE to have a PLAYABLE PREVIEW of a deck of BOOM cards!

MTR has soooo many activities covering several music concepts to fit this theme! You can check them all out below.
Martin Luther King Jr. Music  Lesson Activities - 12 Music  Martin Luther King Jr. Music Lesson Activities -  Music Co  Martin Luther King Jr. Music Coloring Pages: 12 Music Colo  Martin Luther King Jr. Music Coloring Pages: 12 Color by M                   


19 JANUARY is Dolly Parton's birthday

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in Pittman Center, Tennessee. 

Dolly is a  Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, and actress.

Throughout her career, Dolly has had number-one singles, a record for a female country artist, and 41 top-10 country albums: a record for any country artist.

Dolly Parton is of the most successful female country artists in history. 

MTR's Dolly Parton resources include the following:
DOLLY PARTON Music Lessons and Activity Worksheets BUNDLE  DOLLY PARTON Music Listening Activities and Biography Rese  DOLLY PARTON  Music Word Search and Biography Research Act  DOLLY PARTON Music Lesson Activities


22 JANUARY (2023) is the Chinese/Lunar New Year

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2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New Year, known in China as the Spring Festival and in 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


23 JANUARY is National Pie Day

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This day provides another perfect opportunity to review rhythm using RHYTHM PIE CHARTS.

I created a set of Rhythm Pie Charts that you might find helpful. One set uses North American note names, and another uses British note names. 


Ask students to name their favorite pie and write each on the board for a fun activity.

Next, ask students to say the name of each pie while clapping the rhythm of the syllables.

Students must then create the matching rhythm using rhythmic notation.

The Rhythm of Pies can be used as an individual or small group activity. 

Finally, have selected individuals notate their rhythm next to a given pie name.


Using the pie names and rhythms, students create a 'Favorite Pie' Rap or Round

You can download the RHYTHM PIE CHARTS HERE.


25 JANUARY is Etta James' birthday

Etta James was an American singer. She was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1938. 

This extraordinary singer was a gospel prodigy. Her career began to soar in 1960, due in no small part to songs like 'I'd Rather Go Blind' and 'At Last.'

Her other styles included jazz, blues, soul and R&B. She received many awards during her career. 

A compare and contrast listening activity of Etta's versions of 'At Last' and Christine Aguilera's would be a good way of introducing Etta to your students. (See videos below)

Here is a handy sheet you can download to use with this listening activity. Worry not because this is a FREE Download.

Other Etta James activities, including more listing activities, are available. Just click the thumbnails below.
ETTA JAMES Music Lesson Worksheets and Activities BUNDLE  ETTA JAMES Music Listening Activities and Biography Resear  ETTA JAMES Music Word Search and Biography Research Activi  Women's History Month Music Lesson Worksheets and Activiti 


27 JANUARY is Mozart's birthday

Celebrate Mozart's birthday by making him your 'Composer of the Month'. 

MTR also has numerous resources perfect for introducing your students to Mozart.

There are activities to suit elementary through to high school students! Click the images below to see them all!
MOZART Music Word Search and Biography Research Activity W  Theme and Variations Form in Music  Mozart Biography Research and Music Listening Activities  MOZART Music Composer Study and Worksheets 


29 JANUARY is National PUZZLE Day

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National Puzzle Day is the perfect occasion to use music games such as word searches, crossword puzzles, music maze puzzles, color-by-music codes etc. Review concepts you've taught or use games for formative assessment while the students have a little fun! It's a win, win situation!

If you'd like to create interactive games, try Educaplay. You can create a range of different types of games. You can link to your game or embed it into your classroom webpage or google classroom.

The music Crack the Code Puzzles are an absolute favorite

Music Symbol Puzzles Crack the Code BUNDLE

There are also many ready-made games in the MTR Store. Click the images below to check them out!
Music Theory - Crack the Music Code Puzzles  Music Word Search and Crossword Puzzle Bundle  Music Bingo - Instruments of the Orchestra  Music Symbols Word Search Puzzle


31 JANUARY is Franz Schubert's birthday

Introduce your students to Franz Schubert and his music. The YouTube video below is a short introduction to this composer. 

Prepared educational and engaging resources to help introduce Franz Schubert to your students are available below.
SCHUBERT Music Listening and Biography Research Activities  SCHUBERT Word Search and Research Activity


31 JANUARY is Justin Timberlake's birthday

Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with sales of over 88 million records.

Timberlake is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including ten Grammy Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, the Contemporary Icon Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

According to Billboard, he is the best-performing male soloist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40.

Check out these music-listening foldables from MTR to introduce Justin to your music students. 
Justin Timberlake: Music Listening and Research


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

CLICK here for your copy.

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