Music National Content Standard #9
||Help students understand music in relation to history and culture. Use the lessons, printables, and references below to support the Music National Content Standard #9 in your classroom. Explore the origins of songs, musical styles, and percussion from around the world. There are great lessons on the history of jazz, the mariachi, Chinese opera, and more! You'll also find musician biographies and handouts on the diverse history of music in America, from patriotic songs to the creation of MTV.
- Chinese Music
Introduce your class to the musical styles, vocal music, instruments, and tradition of the Han Chinese culture.
History of Music Printables
- The Story of the "Star-Spangled Banner"
Discover a great story that explains how the popular song came to be the official American Anthem. Teach children about "The Star-Spangled Banner" around Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July.
Song Resources & Activities
Ragtime & Jazz Lesson Plans
- A Jazz Talk Show
Students will explore the lives of various jazz musicians, studying the social and historical events current in the lives of the musicians and becoming familiar with their musical styles. This activity will culminate in the production of a news/talk show highlighting the lives of these musical figures.
Percussion Lesson Plans
Multicultural Lesson Plans
Additional Music Resources
- National Standards for Music Education
Incorporate the nine National Standards for Music Education into your curriculum. Use these resources to teach students in grades K-12 about singing, instruments, music composition, and much more!
|Provided in partnership with NAfME||
Sign up today to receive timely, popular, and free classroom resources!
Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
Tornadoes in Oklahoma
May is Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month! Don't overlook this opportunity to study and enjoy activities about the history and culture of Asian-Pacific American communities.
The recent rash of tornadoes in Oklahoma
, which killed at least two dozen people, may have your students wondering why such natural disasters occur, how they may be affected by them, and what they can do to help. Use these resources to teach the geography of Oklahoma and the Southwestern United States, to explain tornadoes, and to discuss the resulting crises with your class.
Top 10 Galleries
Explore our most popular Top 10 galleries, from Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom and Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips from Veteran Teachers to Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students and Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom. We'll help you get organized and prepared for every classroom situation, holiday, and more! Check out all of our galleries today.
May Calendar of Events
May is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/23-29) and Memorial Day (5/27). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Clean Air Month, and Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!
Common Core Lessons & Resources
Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Work these new standards into your curriculum with our reading, writing, speaking, social studies, and math lessons and activities. Each piece of content incorporates the Common Core State Standards into the activity or lesson.