I love to share the same elementary music resources with others that have helped me in my own music teaching. These resources are great to use in your classroom or homeschool. Keep checking this page periodically for updated resources and freebies that are provided to you by me, The Domestic Musician.
- Composers of the month printable access it here
- 40 songs for kids to sing from around the world access it here
- 20 music filler activities access it here
- 10 ways to enjoy music with your kids access it here
Books to Teach Pre-K and Kindergarten
- I Sing, You Sing Holiday Songs has several songs from several holidays in it. The songs are easy to learn, and instead of students having to echo sing a lot of words, it breaks it down into one line at a time. The kids love to add movement after they sing.
- Mother Goose Brain Boost: Using Music and Movement to Teach Cognitive Skills (Early Learning) is one of my favorite teaching resources. Basically this book just gets kids moving. I don’t know about you, but my younger students can’t sit still, so this book is so helpful for those days where they just need to get up and dance.
- Children’s Songbook with CD is a book that was given to me. At first I was a little leery since it was written by Readers Digest, but a lot of the songs are fun to learn. On top of that, if you are a piano player, it is fun for the kids to sing along with you while you play the piano part.
Instrument Teaching Resources
- Fun With Boomwhackers! is my absolute favorite boomwhacker book, and I have tried lots of them.
- Sound Ideas: Activities for the Percussion Circle, D.R.U.M.: Discipline, Respect, and Unity Through Music became one of my favorite books, because not only are kids learning to play rhythm instruments, they are learning life skills too.
- Mallet Madness and Strike it Rich!: Mallet Activities for Children are my two favorite mallet instrument books.
- Tutoring Tooters and The Complete Recorder Resource Student Book are more formal recorder method books.
- Recorder Karate and BAG Warm-Ups & Workouts For Young Players – Kit with CD are more informal recorder method books.
- How to motivate your child to practice access it here
- Fun ways for students to practice curving their fingers in piano access it here
- “Mother Mother” music education lesson access it here
Movement and Music Games Books
- Busy Kids Movement (Busy Kids) helps teach exactly what the title says. There are so many fantastic activities in this book to get kids moving.
- Jump Jim Joe: Great Singing Games for Children Book/CD Combo includes so many great folk songs and dances. My students love to move and dance, and although the 4th and 5th graders (especially boys) might act too cool to do these dances, they will get used to your crazy ways and will end up loving these dances.
- 101 Music Games for Children is one of my go to books when I have an extra 5-10 minutes at the end of a lesson. The kids will memorize their favorite games and will ask to play them again and again.
Teaching the Composers
- Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers books are great for teaching about the great music composers. The Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach books are my favorites (probably because these are two of my favorite composers), but there are books to go with pretty much any of the popular composers we all know and love.
- How to integrate music with reading, math, science, social studies, and foreign language access it here
Body Percussion and Rhythm Books
- Stomp, Boom, Blast! Creating Music with Everyday “Stuff” (Book & CD) is one of the most creative teaching resources I have come across. Basically, you will use every day objects like staplers and trash cans to make music.
- The Body Rondo Book teaches kids how to use their bodies to make music. This is by far one of my all time favorite books.
- Rockin’ Rhythm Raps makes learning rhythms fun and enjoyable.
Substitute Music Help
- Help I’m a Substitute Music Teacher has several great ideas that will help a substitute be able to successfully teach a music lesson to a classroom of kiddos.
My Favorite Instruments
- Boomwhackers C Major Diatonic Scale Set with Octavator Caps 8-Pack
- Yamaha Soprano Recorder and Yamaha Recorder Cleaning Rod
- Djembe Drum, Kids Tubano Drum, and Rhythm Band Tunable Hand Drum
- Lyons 6-piece Orff Instrument Set includes xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels.
- Rhythm Band Lummi Sticks is enough to get you started with 24 rhythm sticks.
- Rhythm Band Rockin’ Instrument Rhythm Set includes 2 maracas, a 4″ triangle, a pair of sand blocks, a tone block with mallet, a pair of rhythm sticks, cluster bells, wrist bells, and an automatic hand castanet.
- If you are wanting to learn the piano and want a great keyboard to start on (I have the same one in my home), then I recommend the Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Piano w/ Knox Stand & Bench ,Sustain Pedal and Survivalkit (Includes Power Supply and 2 Year Warranty) that comes with the keyboard, headphones, music stand, pedal and bench.
- I cannot say enough great things about Music K-8. Not only did lots of my teaching materials come from this magazine, almost every music program and choir repertoire was ordered through my subscription with them.
- A Music Stand is a must have to hold your lesson plans, teaching materials, and other resources.
- This Elementary Music Note Worthy Rug is one I used for years and years. The kids like learning about the different musical symbols on it and you can use the rug to play an identifying the lines and spaces on the staff game.
- WELCOME – When you enter this music room poster is one that I put right on the door so as the kids enter they can see it.
- Discover Music Bulletin Board Set is one I chose years ago because it is colorful, includes music terms you will be teaching, and can be moved around or changed out easily.
- Learning Resources Classroom Centers Pocket Chart is what I used to put rhythms and instructions for my music centers in.
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