Music Education Links

 

 

Use these links as a lifeline for DME or even out in the real world.
Please let me know if any of these links are broken and by all means, send me your most helpful links to include.

 

Getting Started

 

Why are you even doing this???  Teachers make a difference.

Top 10 Tips for Student Teachers

http://www.tmea.org/

 

Finding a Job

 

MENC Career Guide

Finding a job in music education

 

Texas Academic Excellence Indicator

Provides statistics on Texas school districts.  Know what you're getting into!

 

 

MENC open forum

An open forum for future music educators.

 

Woe Is I

Get this book and clean up your speaking and writing grammar;

a painless way to sound like an educated adult

 

Get Training!

 

AOSA Approved Courses

Orff training

 

OAKE

Kodaly links

First Year

 

MK8 List

Whatever you do, subscribe to this list for great ideas and advice.

Check out their archives.  Your concerns are probably there.

 

MK8 Archives

 

Teacher Tools

Scroll down to the very bottom of this page

 

Tips for New Teachers

very helpful links from TMEA

 

First Week of School

Thoughts from the experienced

 

Six Ways to Be a Bad Teacher

 

Music resources for teachers just starting out

Actually, these are great for any experience level!

 

 

General Music Education Sites

Music Education Madness

many great resources for elementary music

 

Marthabees Music Site

 

Music Ed Resources Idea Library

 

General music education links

everything you ever wanted to know!

 

Music at School 

from the UK

 

Classroom Management

The Really Big List of Classroom Management Resouces

Over 400 sites, but no longer updated, so some broken links

 

The Really Best List of Classroom Management Resources

A pared-down version of above, again, some broken links.

 

The Teacher's Guide to Class Management

Many articles, hints and resources

 

Concert Etiquette

 

Music Sites for Kids

Easy navigation for kids, but great resources for you also.

 

Music K 8

Home site for mk8 forum.  Check the archives and ideas as well as supplies and materials to purchase.

 

 

 

Assessment

Rubric Template

A template to create your own rubrics

 

RubiStar

a free tool for making rubrics

 

Rubrics

Rubric construction set

Teacher's Tools

Scroll down on this page toward the bottom to "Teacher Assessment Tool Sites"

 

Education World

99 ways to say "Very Good!"

 

Teacher-created Rubrics

Templates/Forms

Microsoft Education Templates

(schedules, calendars, awards, attendance, seating charts, hall passes, sign-out sheets, signs, feedback forms, parent letters, rule sheets, permission slips, emergency contacts, newsletters, staff paper, graph paper, lesson plans, planning sheets, grade book, test templates . . .)

 

Brainybetty.com

Make your own PowerPoints with these great templates

 

Teacher Tools

Include bookmarks, puzzle-maker, flashcards, worksheets and another list of even more links.

 

Latitudes

Behavior modification charts and coupons

 

Teacher Vision

Charts, forms and contracts for use with behavior management

 

Renaes Room

Very cool fonts

 

Game Templates

Jeopardy Template

Jeopardy Template II

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Template

Family Feud Template

Hollywood Squares Template

Pyramid Template

Question Gameshow Template

Weakest Link Template

Wheel of Fortune Template

 

Pedagogy

National Standards for Music Education

 

Content Standards Explained

 

The Ultimate Guide to Music Education Standards K-12

 

What should they know?

1st grade:  http://bangertmusic.tripod.com/musicatbangert/id35.html

2nd grade:  http://bangertmusic.tripod.com/musicatbangert/id36.html

3rd grade:  http://bangertmusic.tripod.com/musicatbangert/id37.html

4th grade:  http://bangertmusic.tripod.com/musicatbangert/id38.html

5th grade:  http://bangertmusic.tripod.com/musicatbangert/id39.html

Organization of American Kodaly Educators

 

Kodaly in a nutshell

 

Orff in a nutshell

 

Orff instruments

 

Curwen hand signs

 

Kodaly rhythm syllables

Lesson Plans

ilearnmusic.com

1001 Free Lesson Plans for the General Music Classroom

 

Lessonplanspage.com/Music

Choose your level and plan to spend some time browsing.

 

JazzSmithsonian

Jazz lessons from the Smithsonian. 

Find more resources by clicking the "Teacher Lesson Plans" link at the top of the page.

 

Edmusic

Lesson Plan links

 

Teach-nology.com

Lesson plans

 

Rock Hall

Rock & Roll lesson plans geared toward interdisciplinary learning.

 

Mrs. Lukow's Plans

Scope and sequence for K-6

MENC Guide Index

Online searchable lesson plans, also often geared toward interdisciplinary learning.

 

Keeping Score

San Francisco Symphony site; Lesson plans cross-curricular

 

ArtsEdgee

97 Arts-Integrated Lessons which focus on music.

 

Teachers.net

The music section of their Lesson Bank

 

The Educator's Reference Desk

Music Lesson Plans

 

Beacon Learning Center

Lesson plans from Florida

 

Music Lesson Plans

 

Lessoncorner.com

Lesson plans and worksheets

Teaching Materials

MusicTeacher.com

So cool!!  Lots of games and flash files

 

whackydoremi

Boomwhacker cards - single measure cards for ostinato or flashcards

 

k12/sound/index

A unit on the science of sound for 2nd grade

 

musictechteacher.com/musicquizzes

Quizzes and games for kids to play which teach music concepts

 

Songstory

List of children's song storybooks with lesson plans

 

marthabees/Grid

Music grids for rhythm lessons

 

Piano Mouse

Cute cartoons and a skill drill for learning lines and spaces in 3 clefs

 

 

BooksforMusicEducators

List of children's books for music educators - that they can read themselves, or that you can read to them

 

Colin's Teaching Resources

Great music lessons

 

PracticeSpot Sightreading Chef

Build custom sight-reading pages

 

PracticeSpot Rhythm Machine

Create and print out randomly generated rhythm drill sheets

 

PracticeSpot Theory Center

Reproducible Theory sheets

 

Music worksheets

 

Web-based Musical Activities

Ideas

Music K-8 Idea Bank

Search this archive for ideas on EVERYTHING

 

Music Bulletin Boards

Bulletin board ideas for the music classroom

 

Flannel Board Templates

 

http://upstagereview.org/index.html

Have to do a program?  Lots of ideas, costumes, etc.

 

 

Ideabank

This is an idea archive of the mk8 forum mentioned under "First Year".  Search by any keyword and get great ideas that have already been tested in the music classroom.

 

Music Education Resources

All of the material here has been contributed by many different music teachers from e-mail discussions.

 

Pentatonika

Many links to more real teacher submissions

 

Songs

Kididdles

Many many children's songs and midi files. 

Also a good resource for printed material.

 

NIEHS kids music

Lyrics and midi files to songs for children.

 

Childrens Songs the teachers guide

Lyrics and midis

 

The Schoolbell

Songs and poetry for kids

 

SongPowerpoints

Use these to get the kids' heads out of the book

 

Suzyred.com

Curriculum songs and learning parodies

 

Official state songs

For all states with sheet music and midi

 

Musicnotes.net

Graded list of songs

 

Songs4teachers.com

Theme-related songs and poems

 

MsMillerRounds

Quality rounds to teach your children

 

Songs you can play with only Three Chords

 

 

Elementary songs and poems

Songs that teach

 

Songs for Teaching

A wealth of lyrics, CDs for cross-curricular teaching

 

Original Rounds

Free to download and use

 

Classic-kids-songs.html

Many songs including curricular cross-overs

 

Nursery rhyme origin info

Some you might share, others, maybe not!

 

 

Listening Maps & Lessons

Classics for Kids

Links to radio show, but you can listen from the website

 

Karadar.com

Free archive of legal MP3s to download for listening plus associated resources

 

Carnegie Hall

Listening Adventures

World Music

The Teacher's Guide to World Music - a list of links

 

Audio Program Index

list of audio programs on specific pieces/composers

 

Symphony/Instrument Resources

Instrument Encyclopedia

great launch point

 

Monica Autry's Powerpoint on Instruments

Elementary lesson including pictures and sound

 

Music Battleship

Musical instrument Battleship game

 

Introduction to the Recorder

 

Playalong videos for recorder

Students play with a cool track

 

Bands and Wind Ensembles

 

Intro to the Orchestra

 

sfskids

San Francisco Symphony great site for kids, could also use in teaching situation if AV tools available

 

DSOKids

Dallas Symphony - interactive site for kids

 

NYPhilKids

New York Philharmonic Kid Zone

 

rhythmweb.com

Homemade instruments - how to make them and other instruction resources

 

More Homemade Instruments

 

 

Orff Level 1 Example

Orff Level 2 Example

Orff Level 3 Example

Posted on YouTube

 

Composer/Musician Resources

Classical-composers.org

Classical Composer Database

 

Karadar.com

Composer biographies with links to photos, works, sound files, etc.

 

Composers

Kid-friendly composer profiles at the Dallas Symphony site

 

Composer Gallery

New York Philharmonic Kid Site

 

PBS Composer Profiles

American composer resources, good info, but more challenging

 

PBS Jazz

Biographies of jazz musicians

Composition

Creatingmusic.com

Several different composition activities

 

Folksong.org.nz/composing

Writing story songs for older children

 

Improvising

Midi loops in various modes and scales designed for students to use while improvising

 

Fraction Pie Rhythms

Teaches rhythm and fractions while composing

 

Christmas bells

A Flash of handbells - kids could improvise on this set or just experiment with the sound

 

Musearts.com

A whole scale of guinea pigs to demonstrate scales, to play a tune or improvise

 

A Musical Sketch Pad

 

Drum keyboard

make up your own drum part

 

Jamstudio.com

More complicated, but VERY cool

Games

See Game Templates above under "Templates"

 

Music at Bangar

This music teacher has a great list of links of online music games that kids can play.  There is also a curriculum check-list for every grade!

 

Free Online Musical Games

Try the Elastic Frog!

 

Complete Guide to the Cup Song

many videos

Singing Games

Games to play with songs they know

 

Musictechteacher.com

Games and quizzes - awesome list!

 

PowerPoint Games

templates you can use

 

Parade of Games in PowerPoint

 

Cross-Curricular
Teaching With the Arts

Folkdance Resources

 

Integrating folk music

 

Resources

Music in Motion

Music education resources and gifts

 

Peripole

The best recorder and other instruments

 

Music Fonts

StaffWriter (type rhythms, notes, music symbols, etc. into Word docs) & SingASign(Curwen hand signs and stick rhythms)

Music K-8 Wishlist

Music teachers can log items they need in their classrooms

There is also a flyer to print announcing the wishlist if fundraising is available.

Technology in the music classroom

PowerPoints

Mrs. Lukow's PowerPoints

Patriotic songs and a great "Music Room" intro

http://www.marthabeesmusic.com/index_pages.html

Using PowerPoint to teach

 

Miscellaneous

Exploratorium

Great site on the science of sound with questions, experiments, exhibits, etc. for children

 

Music Education Madness

Powerpoints to download - sing-alongs, listening, lessons, flashcards, music advocacy, etc.

 

Kellyskindergarten.com

More PowerPoints

 

Concert Manners

Teach this to your students!!

 

Concert Etiquette

A great page on concert etiquette

 

Mama Rocks

Here are some great sound files.  Your children can move to them, learn a dance to them, compose words to them, learn to distinguish popular styles.  They sound very cool and will loop for an extended activity.

 

Boomthang

Make your own sound files.

 

sfasu.edu/distance/music

Stephen F. Austin University offers a Master's degree in Music Education online, geared to those who are currently teaching.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy

 

Holiday music activities

 

Music Centers

Set some up in your own classroom

 

Nursery Rhymes

 

Kidscolorpages.com

Pages for kids to color on every subject - huge

 

 

Music Advocacy

 

Musick8.com

If you ever find that you have to "officially" justify a school music program, here is a PowerPoint called "The Value of Music in our Schools".  It is at the bottom of the page on the left side.

 

Classics For Kids

12 Benefits of Music Education (another resource to justify school music programs)

 

Music Education Online

Several resources in the fight against cutting music education

 

Standards for Basic and Quality School Music Programs

Resource prepared by the Texas Music Administrator's Conference

Use these standards as a resource to justify improvement of your program

Special Needs Students

Why I Teach Music

free poster

 

 

Amazing 6 year old singer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feedback

 

Using any of these resources?  Let me know how it's going.

I'll post comments and feedback from alumni,

or from anyone who is interested in communicating with our future or newbie music educators.

 

Alumni:  Please keep me updated on your experiences and check in with your current e-mail addresses. 

And let me know if you find a great link or resource so I can share with everyone!

VVJ