This is the second part of a two-part post on January music lesson resources.
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.
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.
There are also MLK BOOM cards! They are becoming very popular, very fast. Have you tried BOOM cards yet?
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.
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.
See all the available MTR Chinese New Year Resources.
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.
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.
Celebrate Mozart's birthday by making him your 'Composer of the Month'.
MTR also has numerous resources perfect for introducing your students to Mozart.
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
Introduce your students to Franz Schubert and his music. The YouTube video below is a short introduction to this composer.
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.
Download the 'January Teaching Opportunities and Resources' as a PDF to keep in your files for quick access.
See PART 1 of this blog post.
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