The NAMM Foundation funds music research along with creating music making opportunities for students. The website's free newsletter, along with their tips for educators are incredibly helpful when it comes to planning school performances.
Musician Evelyn Glennie, deaf since the age of 12, hosts this gorgeous TED talk on how to feel, rather than just hear, music. This video will prompt your students to think about music critically as not just sounds or notes on paper, but as vibrations and colors.
The first thirteen slides of this informative powerpoint goes over Quarter Notes, Half Notes, Dotted Half Notes, Whole Notes and Eighth Notes along with all of their rests. The last two slides explain musical Dynamics and includes an interactive vocabulary display to help your students remember each new term.
These thirty-six free lesson plans by Ms. Garrett of Green Acres Middle School in Birmingham, Alabama will help you get your year organized. Ms. Garret's lessons begin with teaching students to read music, and end with them composing their own songs on Mixcraft software.
If your students do learn best with note cards, and they have ready access to technology, don't think twice about assigning them a musical notes Quizlet pack! My students use quizlet for everything, and with this free premade set of tech flash cards, you can't go wrong!
These short (three to ten minute) video podcasts focus on music education, software, technique, technology, and helpful apps. These are great to listen to in the car on the way to work, and will give you some new ideas about what software to implement into your classroom. I know that I am personally really tired of Garageband!
Music Pal is a free app that allows you to take a picture of a score and it will play it back. This is a great way for students to make mental connections between written and audible scores. I hesitate to advocate for it too heavily though, since I do think that it's great for students to learn tactilly before using such a tool.