Music Lesson Plans

  • HI Lynn, and hello everyone!
    This is Lucia from Monterrey Mexico, And I’m a music teacher at a private school.
    I am not a musician. But I can play the guitar along with kids on short songs. I have been teaching this subject for almost 20 years. And I have 8 different groups of 20 kids in each grade (Nursery 3 to 4 years old, and Pre kinder 5 to 6) And I’m the only teacher in the classroom.
    As a teacher here at Asfm, You need to follow highly benchmarks and standards as a regular school, so in my lessons you find many different resources using different music approaches such Orff, Suzuki and Dalcroze.
    I would kindly ask for your opinion on this.
    This is a quick Overview of my planning units during the school year:
    And I am trying to make my lessons and teaching time more "effective":
    My lessons contains action games and short songs and solos (pitch matching), structured and unstructured movements and instruments playing, contains active listening lessons, which incorporate movement, and instrument playing, props and other visuals.

    I am not sure about the logical order. I would like to ask for your advice on this: I been classify my lessons during many years ago like it shows next:

    7 Monthly units and 2 performs during the school year.
    I start the first class asking kids what music is, and talk about it. I explain that music is sound and start with the first unit called:

    !.- Intro- August (All Kinds of sounds)
    2.-Steady Beat- September (How to keep it clapping, moving and playing small percussion instruments.)
    3.- Pitch- October (singing voice and Highs and lows of the sounds)
    4.- Christmas Perform Nov/Dec (they sing and play keeping a steady beat a percussion instrument)
    5 . - D y n a m i c -January (Volume (Loudness and softness of the sounds, and Feeling Music, music sets a mood.)
    6.-Tempo-February (quickness and slowness of the music) and tempo ganges. 7.-Notation or Rhythm-march (read and play music pattern of four note’s beat)
    8.- End of the Year Perform (they shows what they learn during the year, playing instruments, singing and dancing routines.)

    I have some questions about my music curriculum.
    What do you think about the logical order on these units?
    I mean, the way I can teach this concepts to the kids, Do you think they need to start learning this in an specified order? or Do you use them randomly?
    Would you give the same order?
    Do you think it is important for students (3 to 6 years old), to learn the difference or the meaning of this music concepts?
    Please feel free to make changes or correct concepts.
    Thank you very much!
    Lucia. 

3 comments
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner This is a big subject but an important one! Many teaching situations require student assessment, clear objectives and curriculum scope and sequence. Rhythm, melody/pitch, form, harmony, expressive qualities and timbre are areas of music that are cover...  more
    October 8, 2014 - 1 likes this
  • Lucia Morales
    Lucia Morales Thanks for your important comments Lynn. But i think did not explain my self clearly. I am working to develop the Academic Music Curriculum, in order to make my lessons more effective. I'm a teacher with 20 years of experience. I am not a musician. I pla...  more
    October 9, 2014
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner Sorry Lucia, I see the rest of my comments did not post. Continuing from above:
    Pitches are short and with easy intervals at the beginning. As the children get older, these become much longer, with more challenging intervals.
    Notation is not used wi...  more
    October 9, 2014