Teaching music is far more fun and enjoyable when the content is linked to real-life events, people and music.
We want our students to be motivated and engaged during lessons, and I've found this the best way to achieve it.
I started creating the January music lesson resources with the months of the year in mind – the addition of resources is an ongoing process, but this is what I've put together so far for the first month of the year.
The New Year provides an excellent opportunity to plan a lesson around reflection on the past year's journey and set goals for the year ahead.
The blog post "Goal Setting in the Music Classroom" outlines a lesson on setting goals.
You can also download a PDF file copy by clicking the image below.
Make good use of this day by having a 'trivia' game based on a concept recently taught. It's a great formative assessment strategy.
The USEFUL TRIVIA site has some great general music trivia questions.
Elvis was known as the King of Rock and Roll because he was one of the first musicians to sing and play rock music.
Some of Elvis Presley's hits include "Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up," and "Hound Dog." He released his first number-one record, "Heartbreak Hotel," in 1956.
Here's a short 8-minute video about Elvis, specially made for kids.
MTR has easy-to-use, fun educational resources to help introduce Elvis and his music to your students. See them all by clicking the thumbnails below.
Do your students know who this fine musician is? Ask them to guess what brass instrument she played.
Here is a good video showing her playing the trombone,
which would work well with the Music Listening and Research Foldables.
Use this day for a rhythm activity with the younger students.
Have a list of names of different hats where the students can see them. Create a 'rhythm sort' activity.
Here is an example of one I created. Grab your FREE copy by clicking the image below.
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?
Download the 'January Teaching Opportunities and Resources' as a PDF to keep in your files for quick access.
See PART 2 of this blog post.
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