Can Do Muses

The Merry Month of May

May 01 2021

If I were teaching this month, and not confined to a curriculum, I would let usual expectations go and concentrate on music fun.  We’re all becoming screen weary, or mesmerized (which is worse?)    Let fun in music lighten the load for all of us.   Learning will happen.

Mothers come in all languages  … check out  “Los Pollitos“.   Challenge students to create and photograph a “stuffed animal” family.    How does the mother call her “chicks”?    Explore what chicks say in different languages   e.g.   peep,  pio,  piou.   What are the onomatopoeias for animal sounds in Asian countries?   Music is a language in itself, and also comes from the languages we learn.

And, just because  I learned “Los Pollitos”  in Ecuador,  try “Juanito” to get the jiggles out,  or  “La Cucaracha”  (a very old folk song used to parody political events in Mexico and Spain).


Who Shall I Be Kind To?” is answered in this song based on a middle-Eastern moral story.    Its a question well worth exploring.

Music Basics »

Browse ideas to help understand the most important elements of music.

Teaching Basics »

Ideas about classroom management, assessment, conducting, & performance.

Resources »

songs (mp3, mp4), flashcards, composition projects, student work pages, lesson plans

Each lesson builds on the one before so that concepts grow in complexity through the year.  Practice and review are planned into lessons.  Canadian curriculum expectations are detailed at the beginning of every lesson (and in the overview).  This is a complete music curriculum including music literacy, performance, instrument playing and active listening.  Songs are suggested, but may easily be switched with your own favourites.  As long as the planned teaching points are covered, all curriculum expectations will be met.

Grade 1 - Music, Dance & Drama!

Begin with the basics, for student and teacher. Music, dance and drama combined in 2 fine art lessons per week!

Grade 2 - Music & Dance

Review Grade 1 music concepts then move into growing those concepts through new and familiar music. Focus on solidifying the basics --beat, rhythm and reading rhythm.

Grade 3 - Music

Review music concepts from Grades 1-2 while adding a few new ones. Lots of time in the lessons for using concepts in performance and composition. Music pre-literacy is the focus of the second half of the year in preparation for learning to read the musical staff in Grade 4.

About Can Do

Create your own music lessons using some of the resources on the site, or, if you’re new to teaching music, try following a few of the lessons given here. Whatever you use –my hope is that “Can Do Music” helps to make music in your classroom and life. To learn more about the site and its creations, explore the links below.

~Dr. Lesley J Clare