Using the best music lesson teaching resources is more crucial than ever as students shift to distance learning. However, choosing the best ones is not easy as there are millions of options to choose from. How can music teachers ensure that they pick the best teaching resources for their students?
Music is easier to understand when the resources are linked to real-life events, music, and people. This creates a fun and engaging learning environment.
MTR provides a wide array of resources to help music teachers instil fun and engagement in the class. These resources are great both for on-campus and distance learning. This article lists down the best teaching opportunities for music teachers in May.
Tim McGraw is an American country singer and actor. McGraw’s ability to stir up a range of emotions with everything from jumping dance tunes to heartfelt ballads made him one of the most popular country music singers in the 1990s and the early 21st century.
Learn more about McGraw and his music with these MTR resources:
Peter and the Wolf was first performed on this day in 1936. Composed by Sergei Prokofiev, it was designed to introduce children to the different musical instruments in the orchestra. For this reason, each character in the story has a particular instrument.
Peter and the Wolf has become one of the most popular pieces of children’s music ever written.
Have a look at this video of Disney's Peter and the Wolf.
Marianna Martines was an Austrian singer, pianist and composer of the Classical era. Marianna took music lessons from many well-known musicians, including Joseph Haydn.
Marianna was just twelve years old when she composed her first piece of music.
MTR has a Marianna Martines resource that is very new to the store. Click the image below to check it out!
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English pop singer and songwriter. She began making waves in the industry when a friend posted songs Adele had written and recorded onto the social networking platform MySpace.
Adele is famous for her soulful, emotive voice and traditionally crafted voice. One of her best-selling albums, entitled 21, was credited with helping to revive the recording industry. Adele has received numerous Grammy Awards for her work.
There’s a lot to learn about Adele and her music. These MTR resources will help you with that:
I created this Adele Music Bracket just for a little fun with students. Click the image below to download it for FREE!
The bracket is perfect for March Madness or anytime your class needs a fun break.
Use it as a bell ringer to give you time to take attendance, pass out materials or briefly catch up with absent students.
Use it in the last 5-6 minutes of class to motivate students to complete all set work.
To save time, I play only a section of each song, not the entire song.
PLEASE NOTE: This resource contains links to YouTube videos. If you don't have access to YouTube at your school or prefer not to use the videos, you can play the audio-only, use a lyric video instead, or create a Spotify list.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is widely regarded as the most popular Russian composer in history. Tchaikovsky sought refuge in music from his tough early life. He began taking piano lessons at the age of five, showing remarkable gifts.
Moreover, Tchaikovsky is most celebrated for his ballets, specifically Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.
MTR offers numerous resources to help students learn about Tchaikovsky in a fun, engaging way:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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