Music Lesson Plans
Music Lesson Plans for Your Classroom
We fully understand just how time consuming formulating music lesson plans can be! That’s why we’ve created a variety of quality resources which provide you with rich learning opportunities to include in your planning. They’re designed to make the whole process of creating engaging well-scaffolded lessons a lot easier.
To support you in navigating our terrific resources, we’ve highlighted below those that provide you with music lesson plans to support you in providing rich musical experiences for your students that encourage artistic expression and creativity, music literacy, analysis and composition.
- Take Note Music Giant Floor Stave Kit for introducing and exploring the stave
- Take Note Music Mrs Clef eBooks for vocal exploration and reading note names in the treble stave
- Take Note Music Reading Music – Flashcard Sets for developing music reading skills
- And for our FREE Teaching Tips & Tea video episodes see our website blog. We provide tips on teaching strategies and music lesson plan ideas.
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- Other resources include the Kodaly Queensland teacher resources and Lyn Kleiner’s Kids Can Listen, Kids Can Dance
Giant Floor Stave Kit
Unique to Take Note Music, this giant floor stave comes with equipment for fun activities to explore the music stave. Each scaffolded lesson is set out in a sequentially designed set of music lesson plans. Come on a picnic, play twister, step and skip on a stave, buzz with bees.
Bring the music stave to life using songs, games, movement & visual aids.
There are 10 music lesson plans within this Take Note Music resource. Each one is designed to be implemented in a separate lesson. The students absolutely LOVE this resource! Here are a few glimpses of some of the imaginative and engaging activities to bring about real tactile understanding.
Vocal exploration of high and low sounds in the Staff
• Teacher creates a curved line on the floor stave with the rope.
• Teacher models the pitch contour of the rope, with a vocal “buzz” sound…
Enjoy a picnic – numbering the spaces
• Teacher tells the children that they are going on a picnic, and that the giant floor staff is their picnic rug. Teacher asks individual children to position plastic ‘picnic’ plates…
Mrs Clef Ebooks 1 & 2
This 2-part eBook series includes music lesson plans focussing on teachable moments and specific topics. Even your older primary students will remember Mrs Clef with affection. She becomes a well-loved digital experience in the lives of your students.
In eBook 1, we begin our story with an invitation to explore Treble Clef Farm. From the very beginning, your students are invited to discover the uniqueness of this new setting. The use of repetitive language and questioning offer the opportunity for students to engage vocally with the teacher as the story is read. Embedded audio files enhance this process.
Encouraging the students to be inquisitive, with phrases such as ‘But was it?’ and ‘Curious don’t you think?’, opens the door to the introduction of the various musical concepts: Treble Clef, Treble Stave, Note names in the treble stave, tuning fork, metronome, traditional folk melodies and opportunities for vocal exploration.
The second book in this series also includes a music lesson plan to outline what to explore in Mrs Clef’s vegetable patch. This book continues to encourage the students to be inquisitive and it opens the door to further learning of musical concepts: Conductor’s Baton, Note Names in the treble stave, traditional folk melodies and opportunities for more vocal exploration.
The Blackline Masters provided are designed for reproduction for use in the music classroom and supported by short music lesson plans for each sheet. They are presented in a sequential order, reinforcing the student learning from each Mrs Clef eBook whilst fostering a deeper understanding of music reading in the treble stave.
Music Listening & Responding
Mrs Clef’s Vegetable Garden – Treble Clef Farm eBook 2$20.00 Add to cart
Music Listening & Responding
Mrs Clef’s Chicken Coop – Treble Clef Farm eBook 1$20.00 Add to cart
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Music Reading - Flashcard Sets
Again, we’ve done the hard work for you! No need to create your own flashcards then spend time and effort guillotining, laminating and guillotining again. With the very best quality laminating pouches and magnets, these fabulously versatile products provide endless opportunities for practice with rhythm, solfa and stave cards. The content relates to the Take Note Music Writing books, but also includes extra patterns for sight reading.
The flexibility music flashcards offer means teachers can create a short 5 minute music reading segment or a much longer music activity where students are reading, memorising and composing. The lesson possibilities are endless. Music lesson plans are provided in a FREE pdf ‘Flashcard Practice Activities’ below.
Teaching Tips & Tea Free Videos
When creating your own music lesson plans, you need to consider ways of transitioning from one lesson segment to the next. In the younger years of primary, this may be done with melodic cues. See Teaching Tips & Tea episode 11 in our website blog.
In episode 10, we guide you to understand the powerful impact of Dylan Wiliam’s ‘Formative Assessment’ strategies. The activities explained in the music lesson plans in the Music Writing Teacher books are brought to life here for teachers to learn how the ‘Which One?’ activity and ‘Let’s Check’ strategies invite students to show their learning and share their thinking.
Kodaly (KMEIA) Queensland Resources
Musical Beginnings, Step Up with Music and Middle Years Music Education contain a data file and DVD. The data can be printed to provide you with a song file complete with analysis and one-off worksheets. The DVD is really useful as a window into real life music classrooms where you can see an experienced music teacher directing an activity. This will help you understand ways to scaffold your music lesson plans to ensure success in your classroom.
Lyn Kleiner - Kids Can Listen, Kids Can Move
Lyn Kleiner’s classic creative movement to Art music teacher reference will ensure you have music lesson plans for wonderful musical experiences in your classroom. Formulated for use in pre-school and the early primary years, this amazing teacher reference with CD supports you with music lesson plans to bring delightful movement experiences to life for your younger students.