Teaching Music from Home Ideas, PMEA District 1 2020
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General Music, all levels
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Procedures for TeacherProcedures for Students
Link to resource (an article, a lesson plan, a youtube video, etc.)
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Creating your own instrumentChoose specific activities from the next column.Either, make a drawing of your instrument idea, explain how it works, and/or actually build it out of items around the house.
https://nafme.org/diy-instruments-ideas-and-lesson-plan-examples-for-teachers-on-a-budget/
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Song sheetsSend home or email lists of songs students know.Students are to sing songs/do activities from the list for their families, possibly even teach their families the songs.
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Google Sheets (or other platform) presentations
Send links to families, asking students to sing songs, do movement activities, etc, prompted by slides on a presentation. (This will generally be material they are already familiar with.)Instructions can be written on the slides. Link is an example:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13dkX-koDZylOQsIO984n8jbJng4RkQotkBENCAmkFJs/edit#slide=id.g700f2082f0_0_273
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PBSKids
Music making and stories. Better for younger PreK-2 groups.
https://pbskids.org/games/music/
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Smithsonian National Anthem UnitStudents go through the learning actvities.http://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/
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Music activities with Google Experiments
Choose ones you think fit your students.https://experiments.withgoogle.com/search?q=music
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Body Percussion Warm-upsExample to the right:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsXOehynKJ8
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Classics for Kids - Music GamesExample to the right:https://www.classicsforkids.com/games.html
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Sing/Play/Createoffering some free materialshttps://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sing-Play-Create
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Sing a lullaby to a younger sibling/pet/stuffy
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Have a dance party
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Kitchen drum jam session
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Look around your house and see if you can make your own instrument from recyclables.
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Have an instrument at home? Does someone know how to play it? Have them teach how to play a note or two on it!
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How many words can you come up with the musical alphabet? Draw them on a music staff.
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Prodigies Music21-day free trialvideo music lessonshttps://prodigiesmusic.com
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Quaver Musicfree access during closureinteractive music gameshttps://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/
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Line Rider videosStudents see if they can indentify the musical markings in each video. Optionally, they can draw their own lines to go along with music of their choice.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnVimh35ecf46P_Bt-2AArg
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Name that Tune Solfege worksheet
Students write in the solfege, then name the tune.
https://fflat-books.com/free-resource-items/name-that-tune-solfege-worksheet/
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Chrome Music LabIt's more exploration than particular assignments, but try giving students a different experiment each day.https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/
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Pittsburgh Public Schools Arts Packets
https://www.pghschools.org/Page/5355?fbclid=IwAR35CXfntY1DT2cLNJiI-UaSYkkyuZLdCdl_rz9wVbnNILfVXqLZMCTqD1s
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The Kid Should See thisHundreds of interesting videos that could be great as a lesson or as an enrichment toolhttps://thekidshouldseethis.com/tagged/music
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Elementary Ensembles
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Practice Videos from HomeSpecify which pieces, exercises, or sections you would like to hear, and how long the videos should be. Instead of long segments, which take up drive space and only represent a single day, students could be asked to send very short videos on different days of the week. Also, specify what fundamentals, dynamics, or practice habits should be demonstrated.Students take short videos of themselves practicing their instrument, and send it to the teacher through Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Google Drive, SeeSaw, or other platform.
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SmartMusicSmartMusic is offering free subscriptions to students (even if they've never been subscribed and even if the teacher hasn't) through June 30.smartmusic.com
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Noteflight/Practice FirstMusic First (parent company to Noteflight) is offering free subscriptions to those who are experiencing school closures.musicfirst.com
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The Monster Musician Readerfun pop-sounding scrolling playalong song on any band or orchestra instrument; student is graded on rhythm and pitch. The only downside is they don't receive specific feedback.downloadable from app store only; googleplay is on the way
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Secondary Ensembles
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Listening analysisWrite questions for students to answer after listening to characteristic recordings on their instruments.Students listen, then answer questions in an online assignment.
https://www.thomaspalmatier.com/sound-like-this?fbclid=IwAR0zCI9jRaBW0Y1OpUPU6Rs3PWALb6sN3Ur2hOHMUrV_YG9TuHieO4tH5-4
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Listening analysis/rankingDesign a prompt for students to write about videos of bands/orchestras/choirsStudents listen to/watch five videos of an excellent band/orchestra, and write a paragraph about why they chose those pieces, what they liked, what they thought was high quality, etc.https://www.youtube.com/user/usmarineband/videos
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Theory assignmentsWrite or find worksheets relating to music vocabulary, time/key signatures, etc.link needed to good worksheets
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SightreadingSightreading Factory is offering free student subscriptions during the time your school is closed.https://www.sightreadingfactory.com
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MusicTheory.netMost content is free. Available on the website, or in app form.MusicTheory.net
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Choral Octavo Scavenger Hunt (FFLAT)
Give students a link to an octavo.Students find specific musical terms and moments in a piece of choral music.
https://fflat-books.com/free-resource-items/choral-octavo-scavenger-hunt-by-danielle-larrick/
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Music Ensembles Social Media BINGO
Decide how to randomize which square students will do, or leave it up to them.Students follow the instructions on the bingo square, then communicate with the rest of the class.
https://fflat-books.com/free-resource-items/music-ensembles-social-media-bingo-by-sarah-gulish/
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Guide to Remote Music Educationoutstanding list of tips and resources by a professional trombonist; trending among music educators right now.
https://www.lastrowmusic.com/christopher-bills-guide-to-remote-music-education/
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