This is the second part of a two-part post on teaching opportunities and ideas for May.

You'll find 'Teaching Ideas for MAY - Part 1' HERE.


8 MAY is Enrique Iglesias’ Birthday

Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish pop singer-songwriter. He is known as the King of Latin Pop. Iglesias has sold over 100 million records worldwide and holds the number one spot on the Greatest of All-Latin Artists charts.

This MTR resource will deepen students’ knowledge of Iglesias and his music:Enrique Iglesias: Music Listening and Research Foldables 

8 MAY is Mary Lou Williams’ Birthday

Mary Lou Williams was an American jazz pianist who performed with and composed and arranged for many of the great jazz artists of the 1940s and '50s.

Mary Lou wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records.

Williams began her climb to fame at 10, known as the “Little Piano Girl”.

Learn more about Williams and her music with this MTR resource:
Music Black History Month: Mary Lou Williams Music Listening

9 MAY is Nokie Edwards' Birthday

Nole Floyd "Nokie" Edwards was an American musician and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was primarily a guitarist, best known for his work with The Ventures, and was known in Japan as the 'King of Guitars'. Edwards was also an actor, who appeared briefly on Deadwood, an American Western drama television series.

Get to know more about his life and music using this word search with research activity to deepen students' understanding.
NOKIE EDWARDS Music Word Search and Biography Research Act

11 MAY is Prince Royce’s Birthday

Prince Royce is a Dominican-American bachata singer. His eponymous debut album in 2010 became a success peaking at #2 on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart.

You surely don’t want to pass up this MTR teaching resource for Prince Royce:
PRINCE ROYCE Research and Music Listening Activities and T


13 MAY is Stevie Wonder's Birthday

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Stevland Hardaway Morris, known professionally as Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter and musician, who is credited as a pioneer and influence by musicians across a range of genres that includes rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, funk, and jazz.

A virtual one-man band, his use of synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments during the 1970s reshaped the conventions of R&B. He also helped drive the genre into the album era, crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent socially conscious statements with complex compositions.

This MTR music resource will surely help deepen students' understanding about his life and music.
STEVIE WONDER Music Activities and Worksheets BUNDLE  STEVIE WONDER Music Listening Activities and Biography Res  STEVIE WONDER Music Lesson Word Search and Research Activi

14 MAY is Tania Leon's Birthday

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Tania León is a Cuban-born composer of both large scale and chamber works. She is also renowned as a conductor, educator, and advisor to arts organizations.

Learn more about her life and music using this listening foldables - also a perfect addition to your female composer music resources.


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

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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 this 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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