Educators have always been our heroes.
But today, as you rise to the challenges that our education system is facing due to COVID-19, we appreciate you even more. As you adapt to reaching your students through online platforms, we want to do what we can to support you. Our team of veteran music educators has developed a series of “at home” lessons that you can use as inspiration for your own plans in the weeks and months to come.
Lessons for Choral Programs
This vocal health unit can be modified to work for your students.
Students will create their own lyrics to a lullaby melody. The melody is written in solfege giving them the opportunity to practice simple sight-reading with an accompanying video.
Students will listen to a wide variety of choral selections on youtube and choose 5 pieces to program on a concert. Students will defend why they chose each piece and how it connects to the overall theme.
Lessons for Band & Orchestra Programs
We know them as “tone poems”, “symphonic poems”, or “program music”—pieces that musically portray a particular story, event, setting, or other non-musical source.
Students will listen to a wide variety of wind band selections on YouTube and choose 4 works to program on a concert and set a performance order.
Students will listen to a wide variety of orchestra selections on YouTube and choose 4 works to program on a concert and set a performance order.
Lessons for All Programs
In this activity students will perform a given rhythm or create one of their own to perform.
In this activity, students will interview family members to inquire about their involvement in music.
In this activity, students will research the historical events and popular music of a decade.
In this activity, students will answer questions about music advocacy. Teachers can use the included articles and check comprehension.
In this activity, students will learn about the power of setting goals. After viewing the Power Point, write a letter to your future self. Write down the goals that you want to accomplish between now and your last day of this class.
BRT has partnered with Shedthemusic.com to bring you daily music education content to use with remote learning.
If you have students or are a student interested in auditioning for Drum Major, this training video from Smith Walbridge Clinics, is a great starting point.
As both teachers and their classroom communities move to learning online, here are some resources that may make that transition a little easier.