Lower Elementary
The Arts

Music is Fundamental

Music has been shown to be an important skill, especially for younger learners. Here a few resources have been collected to explore the very basics of introducing music to the classroom.
A Collection By Lynette DiPalma
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Music is Fundamental
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Music provides teachers with excellent opportunities to explore other cultures and can be part of a great cross-curricular module. This activity combines social studies, environmental science, and music and provides directions to make specific instruments from around the world.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Violinist David Kim describes the parts of the instrument and other violin-centric terminology with excerpts of him playing with his orchestra. Not only will students learn the parts of the violin, but they will also learn to identify the sound of the instrument as well. I selected this video because I like David Kim, but be sure to check out the other videos that All-Star Orchestra has uploaded on their YouTube channel that introduce students to all the different instruments in an orchestra.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Carnegie Hall is a name synonymous with music, and they have contributed to music education through a series of modules aimed at young musicians called Carnegie Hall's Music Toolbox. This lesson plan explores rhythm and meter through introducing basic terminology and concepts.
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    bbc.com

    How did ancient Greek music sound?

    6 minute read
    Lynette DiPalma says:
    This one is pretty cool, and I can't wait to find a reason to use it. The article explains how music scholars reconstructed the music of Ancient Greece and then recorded a high-quality audio version of the song they deciphered. The audio file to the song is included for you to let your students listen too.
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    nemc.com

    Teaching Kids to Read Music

    5 minute read
    Lynette DiPalma says:
    Most people love music, it's true, and introducing it into the classroom isn't difficult. However, it's always good to have a solid foundation on the education standards so we can introduce it in the most efficient and productive way possible. This article explains and briefly comments on the nine national music standards in the U.S.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Educators in the modern classroom have an amazing array of technology at their fingertips, and I love to tinker with the new equipment that comes into my classrooms. He's a list of useful apps specifically aimed at music educators that will help you utilize those nifty gadgets to their fullest potential.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    I love cross-curricular sources, and one that combines my one of my favorite topics with one of my less-than-favorite topics is even more awesome than normal. This lesson idea introduces fractions through basic music-reading skills.