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Teaching Music to Children
A Curriculum Guide for Teachers Without Music Training
By Blair Bielawski
Book and mixed media CD
128 pages
For Levels 1-6

This valuable resource is designed to give elementary teachers with no formal music training all the tools they need to help their students develop an understanding and appreciation for music.

This book includes lessons, reproducible games, worksheets and puzzles. Also included is a mixed media CD that features over 60 minutes of music and a complete PowerPoint presentation.

As students move through the lessons they will engage in creating, performing and moving to music. They will learn to focus ideas into a musical form, experiment with "found sounds," identify instruments by timbre, learn about famous composers, recognize a variety of genres of music by how they sound, understand the basic terms of music and apply their knowledge independently and in cooperation with others. Students will also learn about the creative process to help them acquire and apply knowledge and skills in the arts.

Each of the levels is meant to be used over the course of 3-4 weeks to comprise a complete unit of music. Each level assumes that the students have learned the material in the previous level.

This well-sequenced curriculum is based on the National Standards for Music Education in the United States and the Ontario Curriculum for the Arts in Canada.

Teachers are given the content necessary to present to their students the elements of music, including:

  • Pitch - high and low; note names; key songs all children should know
  • Rhythm - tempo; music symbols, notation and composition; rhythms and instruments of Africa, India and Cuba
  • Dynamics - loud and soft
  • Timbre - instrument families; playing the recorder; the emotional impact of music
  • Texture - music styles from classical to rock and roll
  • History -  key composers, music periods


  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Star Light, Star Bright
  • London Bridge
  • High or Low Sounds?
  • High or Low Notes?
  • Echo Clap #1
  • Loud or Soft Sounds?
  • Solo Instruments (announced)
  • Name That Instrument!/Recognition Relay
  • Symphony No. 1 in Eb Major - Mozart
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
  • Echo Clap #2
  • Kookaburra (Australian Folk Song)
  • Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  • Frere Jacques (French Round)
  • When the Saints Go Marchin' In
  • Echo Clap #3
  • The String Family
  • The Woodwind Family
  • The Brass Family
  • The Percussion Family
  • The Orchestra
  • Loud or Soft Sounds?
  • 1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky
  • Where Do I Belong
  • Sakura (Japanese Folk Song)
  • Home on the Range (Traditional Cowboy Song)
  • De Colores (Mexican Folk Song)
  • Recorder Track #1 - Listen, Then Play
  • Recorder Track #2 - Listen and Echo
  • Recorder Track #3 - B-A-G
  • Recorder Track #4 - Playing Whole and Half Notes
  • Recorder Track #5 - Reading Eighth Notes
  • Recorder Track #6 - Moving On to 3/4
  • String Family Instruments
  • Woodwind Family Instruments
  • Brass Family Instruments
  • Percussion Family Instruments
  • Electric Instruments
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • It's Alright
  • Orange Delight
  • Johnny Bee
  • You Don't Know
  • Young Man
  • Name That Instrument!
  • Camptown Races
  • You're a Grand Old Flag
  • O, Canada
  • More Fun with Recorders!
  • I'm Feelin' It!
  • Brandenburg Concerto #2 - J.S. Bach
  • Music of Africa
  • Music of India
  • Music of Cuba
  • Bluegrass Music
  • Movie Soundtrack Music
  • Zydeco Music


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Our new school doesn't have a music teacher yet so we are responsible to teach it. I was looking for a user friendly music curriculum easy for non-music teachers. Thank you for this.
Lizbeth B on Aug 26, 2012
I teach in a small private school and in addition to teaching kindergarten I am teaching music class to grades K-4th. I don't have time to look all over the internet for ideas. I found this site and took advantage of it because I need help fast!
Rebecca G on Oct 26, 2011
Includes a CD with a lot of good teaching aids
Shirley E on Jan 16, 2012

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