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Pop Music Unit
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Pop Music Unit

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This is an 11-page student workbook that introduces students to the basics of popular music. In this packet, there are listening tasks, composition and performance tasks as well as grading rubrics. This is a very fun unit to work through with your class and certain elements could be adapted for use with music technology software, should you so choose. This generally takes me 8-10 weeks to work through with my students, depending on how much time I allow for practice and composition.
Music Comprehension Worksheets
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Music Comprehension Worksheets

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5 printable worksheets designed to strengthen musical comprehension. Students are asked to examine a short excerpt of written music and identify or define musical terms and symbols followed by a short notation exercise on each page. These worksheets are designed for students of moderate musical experience.
Music Editing and Arranging Unit
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Music Editing and Arranging Unit

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This is a fun unit for students to begin to explore the links between technology and music. This unit uses listening, composing, and arranging tasks and comes with grading rubrics for composing and arranging tasks. Students explore a I, V, vi, IV chord progression and apply this knowledge to different popular songs. Based upon what they have learned, students will then attempt to arrange their own piece of music based on this four-chord progression. Depending on how much time you allow for composition and performance tasks, this unit could last from 6 to 12 lessons. ** You will need to have previously downloaded software that will allow for either recording or note-entry and layering effects to make full use of this unit. **
Music Notation, Pulse, and Rhythm Unit
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Music Notation, Pulse, and Rhythm Unit

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Here is a 10 page printable student workbook for the young musician. This unit is designed to introduce students to the differences between rhythm and pulse and how to notate rhythms in various time signatures. Background information on each skill is provided along with numerous opportunities for listening, notation, composition, and performance tasks. As the unit progresses, the tasks are increasingly difficult. This unit generally takes between 10 and 14 weeks to complete with students depending on their age, musical ability, and the amount of time allowed for composition and performance tasks. But just think, all your planning is basically done for the next 10 weeks! Take a break and have a cup of tea because you deserve it! **There are 2 versions of this unit. One uses traditional British music vocabulary (i.e. crotchet, quaver, etc.) whereas the other uses quarter note, half note, etc. There is also an answer key included for your convenience.
FREE Distance Learning Music Lessons
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FREE Distance Learning Music Lessons

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With more schools being asked to go to digital learning platforms at the moment, here are the resources I have developed to work through with my students for the next few weeks. I hope you find them useful if you are looking for ways to engage your music students from a distance. I am lucky that my students already have one-to-one devices so I know that they all have access to an app store and the Internet for online submissions. I have designed 6 assignments to use in conjunction with Music Maker Jam as an introduction to easy creation and arranging of pop music. It is a free app to download initially but has the option for in-app purchases, just so you are aware. I needed an alternative to Garageband for my students as not all of them have Macs/iPads. I’ve worked through all of the lessons using this app, but you might find a different app more suitable for your needs. I am not receiving any benefits from using this app. I just needed something quick and easy for my students to use. Please feel free to adapt, use, and share during this difficult time. Wishing you all the best! Stay safe and keep making music! :-)
Piano Note Help Sheet
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Piano Note Help Sheet

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Here is a sheet designed to help young learners with note placement on the staff and the piano/keyboard. Also included are rhythm and rests references to make a handy and colorful, all-in-one reference sheet to support your students’ learning in music. There are sheets for both sharps and flats as well as quarter note/eighth note rhythms and crotchet/quaver rhythms.
Free Rhythm PowerPoint
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Free Rhythm PowerPoint

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An easy display resource for you to practice a variety of rhythms with your students. Each of the 16 slides has 3 examples for simple yet effective rhythm practice. Happy clapping!
Music Worksheets: Note Names
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Music Worksheets: Note Names

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17 printable worksheets designed to help students strengthen their note naming abilities for both treble and bass clef through a number of fun and varied activities. These worksheets will work best for beginning to intermediate music students.
Theme and Variations Music Unit Workbook
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Theme and Variations Music Unit Workbook

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This is a student workbook which provides an overview of the musical form Theme and Variations. There are several listening tasks, composition tasks, grading rubrics and opportunities for reflection included in this workbook. Depending on the amount of time given for composition tasks, completing this unit generally takes between 10-12 weeks. Enjoy!
Music Element Help Cards
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Music Element Help Cards

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There are 14 cards in this file. Each card features information about a different element of music in a convenient size for tabletop reminders. I have made packs of all 14, hole-punched the corner and put them on a ring for students to study and used small picture frames to display these cards for reference. If you laminate them and tape them to tabletops or keyboard music stands, they last for ages! Mine are in their third year of usage at the moment. Elements included Tempo Dynamics Rhythms Articulations Symbols Structure Texture Bass Clef Notes Treble Clef Notes Time Signatures Sharp Key Signatures Flat Key Signatures Keyboard with Sharps Keyboards with Flats This product is in a compressed (ZIP) file. Please make sure you can extract prior to purchase.
Music Activities for Subsitutes/Cover
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Music Activities for Subsitutes/Cover

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Included in this pack are 9 lesson plans with printable worksheets designed for the non-music specialist covering elementary music lessons. In addition, there are 4 music word searches and 3 music themed crosswords to keep your students engaged and learning about music with their substitute teacher. Cover lessons Drawing reflections - Carnival of the Animals, Peer Gynt, Nutcracker 4 Music Math lessons of varying difficulty Note recognition (treble and bass clef included) Note naming (treble and bass clef included) In addition, there are 4 music word searches and 3 music themed crosswords to keep your students engaged and learning about music with their substitute teacher. These resources are designed for elementary aged children. A great resource to pull out at the last minute!
Synonym Snap Game
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Synonym Snap Game

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Students race through a printable deck of 190 words to find the word that has a similar meaning. When they find the matching word, they slap it and get to keep the cards. A great game for reviewing synonyms and having fun at the same time!
IB Learner Profile Coloring + Reflection
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IB Learner Profile Coloring + Reflection

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In this resource, there are 10 black and white coloring sheets for students to color, one for each of the learner profile attributes. On the back on each is a very short reflection activity associated with the relevant learner profile attribute. You can use both the coloring and reflection sheets to reinforce the learner profile traits or use the coloring sheets as a mindfulness activity that can double as bright, student made displays for your classroom. BONUS: Added speech bubbles for easy printing with phrases like “I am an Inquirer.” for an easy, colorful display board. Happy coloring! These files are in both PDF and PNG formats. They are in a compressed (zip) folder. Please make sure you know how to extract prior to purchase.
IB PYP Learner Profile Music Posters
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IB PYP Learner Profile Music Posters

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Here are two sets of all 10 Learner Profile traits on colorful posters with music specific language. One set uses language and terms appropriate for upper elementary and the other uses more simplified language for younger learners. These bright and colorful posters are sure to brighten up your work space and inspire conversations about the IB Learner Profile in Music. Happy decorating! All posters are in PDF and PNG formats for your convenience. All files are in a compressed (zip) format. Please make sure you know how to extract these files prior to purchase.
Guided Music Listening
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Guided Music Listening

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This is a great resource for older music pupils to develop their listening skills. There are 5 pages that support the recognition and development of specific music terminology related to musical elements. The final page is a listening chart that encourages addressing all of the musical elements when listening to a piece of music.
Rhythm Rolling Game
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Rhythm Rolling Game

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This is a great series of rhythm worksheets for developing rhythm writing and performance skills. Students roll dice, write the corresponding rhythm in the boxes provided, and then perform their newly created rhythms. Each sheet introduces different rhythms (i.e. quarter notes, rests, syncopations, etc.). As an extension opportunity, staff paper is included on the back of each worksheet to set the rhythms to pitch along with a helpful, color-coded and labeled staff with notes. There are 7 different worksheets included, each featuring different complexity of rhythms. As a bonus, I have also included a blank worksheet so that you can custom-make this activity, based on whatever rhythms you choose to write in.
Scales, Triads and Intervals Music Worksheets
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Scales, Triads and Intervals Music Worksheets

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19 worksheets designed to help students strengthen their skills with scales, triads and intervals. These worksheets are designed for beginning to intermediate students. Pupils without prior knowledge of scales, triads and intervals may find this work difficult.
Arabic Music Unit
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Arabic Music Unit

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This is a 16-page student workbook which provides an overview of Arabic instruments and musical styles. There are several listening tasks,composition tasks, grading rubrics and opportunities for reflection included in this workbook. Depending on the amount of time given for composition tasks, completing this unit generally takes between 10-12 weeks. Please keep in mind that this is a general overview and, therefore, does not delve into the cultural specific aspects of Arabic music. Enjoy!
African Music Unit
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African Music Unit

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This unit walks elementary age students through the basics of African drumming. Included in this ten page packet are comprehension, listening, writing, composition, and performance tasks as well as rubrics and answer keys. There is a version that is written using quarter/eighth notes and one using crotchets/quavers for your convenience. This is a fun unit to do and takes my Grade 4 students about 10-12 weeks to finish due to the amount of practice time they receive. Please keep in mind that this is a general overview and, therefore, does not delve into the cultural specific aspects of African music. These files are in a compressed (zip) drive. Please make sure you know how to extract them prior to purchase.
FREE Distance Learning Music - iPad
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FREE Distance Learning Music - iPad

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With more schools being asked to go to digital learning platforms at the moment, here are the resources I have developed to work through with my students for the next few weeks. I hope you find them useful if you are looking for ways to engage your music students from a distance. I am lucky that my students already have one-to-one iPads so I know that they all have access to Garageband and the Internet for online submissions. I have designed 5 assignments to use in conjunction with Garageband as an introduction to easy editing and arranging of music. Please feel free to adapt, use, and share during this difficult time. Wishing you all the best!