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Lesson Ideas for Primary and Secondary School Music Teachers
If you are looking for lesson ideas such as how to identify musical instruments at KS1 or drums and bongos classroom ideas for KS2 then the listing of free teaching resources on this website can help you. Give your KS3 music class the opportunity to try being a conductor or for a more interactive KS4 musical lesson students can try editing their own sounds with up to the minute free software. Go through to your key stage area and find lots of great free lesson plan ideas that can help you.
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The internet is a great resource to help musical understanding. Students can download songs and create playlists. There are websites that let children pick their own ‘virtual’ instruments and play them online – and they sound alot like the real thing too, from bongos to trumpets, violins to recorders.
For primary students there is an online activity from CBBC’s Shaun the Sheep. Shaun has his very own Bleat Box where pupils can click on sheep to make a melody or try to copy a composition that is supplied. The BBC website has more musical games that your students may like and activities involve rapping, playing instruments and a chance to get down with a groovy musical pig.
There is lots of open source software that means you can record and edit sounds for music lessons as well as free programmes that allow you to compose and record music. There are some great free resources that will enhance any schools music technology lab.
For secondary lesson ideas you might want to try some of the good American websites out there. Many of the activities and projects will fit neatly into the UK curriculum and will enhance your lessons. There are some more theoretical lesson plans that your students will benefit from. These help your class learn about the staff, treble clef, bass clef, ledger lines, and the grand staff. They also deal with note duration, measures and time signature, rest duration, dots and ties, steps and accidents – so the basics are covered. Students can then progress through the online exercises to learn about rhythm and meter, scales and key signatures, intervals and chords. What more could a dedicated teacher want?
There are also lots of ear training online activities that will improve musical recognition and interactive tools to calculate notes, intervals and chords in a specific key. Primary and secondary teachers really are spoilt for choice, and with a little homework can bring a portfolio of entertaining and educational activities into their classrooms.