This is the second part of a two-part post on music lesson teaching resources for May.



18 MAY is Jack Johnson's Birthday

Jack Hody Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, filmmaker, and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic pop genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales.

Johnson has reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010 and From Here to Now to You in 2013. His album In Between Dreams peaked at number two on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.

Explore more about his life and music using this extraordinary word search.
JACK JOHNSON Music Word Search and Biography Research Acti


20 MAY is World Bee Day

Bee, Cartoon, Bumble, Honey, Icon, Buzz, Sketch, Yellow

This day is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students to  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Flight of the Bumblebee.'

Classics for Kids has lesson plans to download HERE!

22 MAY is Richard Wagner's Birthday

Richard Wagner was a German dramatic composer and theorist whose operas and music had a revolutionary influence on Western music, either by extension of his discoveries or reaction against them.

Have your students learn more about Wagner and his music with these engaging MTR resources:
WAGNER Music Listening and Biography Research Foldables   WAGNER Biography Research Activities for use with Google C

26 MAY is Miles Davis' Birthday

Miles Davis was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, and bandleader. Davis was one of the major influences on the arts from the late 1940s. He won eight Grammy Awards for his work.

Your students' appreciation will certainly deepen after studying these MTR resources for Miles Davis:
Miles Davis Biography Research and Listening Activities |    Miles Davis Music Activities for Music Black History Month 


30 MAY is Benny Goodman's Birthday

Benjamin David Goodman was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".

From 1936 until the mid-1940s, Goodman led one of the most popular swing big bands in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938, is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."

Learn more about his life and music with this resource:BENNY GOODMAN Research and Listening Activities for Middle


31 MAY is Louise Farrenc's Birthday

Louise Farrenc was a French composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher.

Introduce her life and music to your students with these music-listening foldables:
Female Composers: Louise Farrenc Research and Listening Ac

31 MAY is Tommy Emmanuel's Birthday

Thomas Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist, songwriter, and singer known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and percussive effects on the guitar.

In 2011, Emmanuel was inducted into the Australian Roll of Renown for his significant and lasting contribution to country music.

Learn more about Tommy Emmanuel and his music with this MTR resource:TOMMY EMMANUEL Word Search and Research Activity for Middl

Here is a fave of mine from Tommy. Guitar boogie. 


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See PART 1 of this blog post. 

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