Grades 3-5 - Music Appreciation, Creative Movement/Dance, Physical Activity
It’s time to dance! Kids love to dance and music is the vehicle that drives this creative movement. Whether it is a structured dance lesson in the gym or a casual session in the classroom, music and dance can wake up the senses and energize the brain and body.
When you notice students’ energy sagging, take a pause, turn on some music and get everybody up and moving! Dance around the classroom, around chairs and tables, moving arms and legs and getting that heartbeat keeping the pace. After the dance fest, ask the children what they noticed about their mood, their energy level, and their heartbeat.
Grades 6-8 - Music Appreciation, Vocabulary, Graphing, Research
Students at this age are discovering what kinds of music they prefer. Bring several samples of different kinds of music into the classroom. Listen to the various samples you have selected, and have students use adjectives to describe how each genre makes them feel. Incorporate some math by graphing class preferences of music genres. Go a step further and have students work in pairs to research and report on a musician or group in their favourite genre.
Include forms of music from a variety of cultures and ethnicities. Invite students to share a favourite song or musical piece that represents their heritage.