» Age Range 8 to 12: Music & Other Subjects

Acting Up, A Melodrama (ArtsEdge USA)

June 1, 2010

Go to resource: Acting Up, A Melodrama, published by the Kennedy Center, US, and written by Mary Beth Bauernschub, is a unit based on the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. In this unit, students incorporate their own music compositions into a student-produced melodrama. The unit also utilizes and explores drama and arts language.

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aMuse Sample Units


January 11, 2011

Sample Units from Australian Music Educators Assoc (Vic) – under the heading “aMuse VELS Support Documents”

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Arts Alive – multi arts online content for Oz teachers


July 19, 2013

http://www.artslive.com.au/

Multi-arts online lessons, videos and other free resources, produced by the Songroom.

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ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA)

February 15, 2010

Go to resource: ArtsEdge Kennedy Centre Music Lesson Plans (USA) offers dozens of music lesson plans, many of which are integrated with other subjects such as science and maths. Each lesson plan is graded according to age level, arts subject, and other subjects. ArtsEdge is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a partner of Thinkinfinity, a consortium of USA national education organisations. ArtsEdge’s aim is to implement arts programs in schools.

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Baraka lesson idea


May 24, 2012

HERE is a scene from Baraka called “Balinese monkey chant”. Baraka is a feature-length film without any script. Show this scene to a class, and discuss the role of music in eastern cultures, how a film can be created without any scripted text, the importance of music in films … Enjoy!

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Cool Cats cross arts adventures

February 21, 2010

Go to resource: Cool Cats cross arts adventures, published by Bushfire Press for primary students, is a four level series designed to teach integrated arts courses, including music, dance, drama, media, and visual art. The series comes with CDs, songs, music, activities, and templates. The accompanying student workbooks is available also on CD-rom.

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Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts

December 21, 2009

Go to resource: Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts by Claudia Cornett (2006) is a textbook specifically for classroom teachers. It covers the integration of the arts throughout the curriculum and examines the four arts streams (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art). It is published by Merrill/Prentice-Hall.

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Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA)

July 2, 2010

Go to resource: Haunting Music (ArtsEdge USA) is a six-lesson unit that focuses on program music through exploration of ’spooky’ orchestral works by Berlioz and Saint-Saens.The unit is published and written by ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center, USA. The lessons include analysis of musical works, storywriting, and creating a class mural.  The unit is recommended for Grades 4 to 7 (USA).

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Integrating music into the classroom

February 4, 2010

Go to resource: Integrating music into the classroom, by William Anderson and Joy Lawrence, is published by Wadsworth Publishing, California, 1991. This text is for primary teachers and demonstrates how to integrate music with other classroom activities and curriculum. It is able to be used by generalist and specialist teachers, and introduces children to music basics. The volume contains over 150 songs, multicultural activities, and lesson plans for early childhood to primary stages.

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Integrating Music with curriculum (Phil Tulga)

January 7, 2011

Go to resource: Phil Tulga presents a list of interactive activities and lesson plans which combine Music with Science, Language and Maths.

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Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences

February 2, 2010

Go to resource: Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences, published by the Department for Education and Children’s Services, SA, 1997, gives twelve case best-practice case studies for the teaching of the arts in schools. The publication is relevant to teachers of Early Childhood (Reception) through to secondary school (Year 10).

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Italian beginner language CD of songs

March 13, 2011

Cavallo Capers – a newly released  CD BUONGIORNO SIGNORA, containing 13 original songs, a song book, lyric charts and an activity book for beginner Italian language (LOTE).

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Lesson to intro opera


July 10, 2013

Not sure how to introduce opera to a primary class? Choose a comic opera with crazy plot (Magic Flute). Ask a handful of volunteers to act out the plot with some costumes while the teacher reads the plot. Then play some excerpts of the opera on YouTube. (Thanks to MPA Forum @ SOH for the idea!)

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Logs Have Life Inside

July 29, 2013

This free teaching kit uses an original song to deliver a sustainability and environment message to primary school children: www.environment.gov.au/land/publications/firewood-kit/

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MMADD about the Arts

February 3, 2010

Go to resource: MMADD about the Arts: an introduction to primary arts education, by Deirdre Russell-Bowie, is published by Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest NSW, 2nd edition 2009. This volume offers support for teaching media, music, dance, and drama in primary schools, as well as information on integrating the arts and planning.

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new books – Instant Lessons in Music – Australian

April 2, 2011

Fresh off the printing press – Instant Lessons in Music (Vols 3, 4 & 5) – photocopiable /digital lessons designed to enhance school Music programs OR leave for Emergency teachers (without the need for musical competency) – suits 11-16 year old Music classes – written by an Australian teacher for Australian students.

Vol 3: Music in Australia

Vol 4: Everyday musicality

Vol 5: Theory, composition & song-writing

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Sing and Dance Around the World (Greg Gilpin)

September 21, 2010

Go to resource: Sing and Dance Around the World is written by Greg Gilpin and published by Heritage Music Press (2006). The collection includes songs, with their traditional dances, from international places, as well as information about each country’s culture and people. The pages within the publication can be reproduced.

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Songs for Teaching (USA)

February 9, 2010

Go to resource: Songs for Teaching is an American website that offers downloadable songs for teaching various non-music subjects, integrating music into learning tasks. Users need to purchase songs. Each song is searchable via subject name or via artist name.

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Wallace & Gromit – create the music

November 25, 2012

THIS website takes you to free downloads of film clip (MP4), script, storyboard and teaching ideas (PDF). Australian students cannot enter the competition, but can certainly enjoy the process. Suits Middle School.

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Waltzing Matilda – lesson idea

March 5, 2011

Waltzing Matilda free historical resources – LESSON IDEA: explore the content on the Music Australia webpage (old sheet music and old jazz recordings of “Waltzing Matilda”) … listen to and discuss the differences between the old recordings (found at the bottom of the webpage) and the way “Waltzing Matilda” is performed/sung today

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