Can Do Muses

November 2022 Week 3

November 13 2022

Since the advent of Covid, viruses have taken on a new prominence in daily life.    Singing about “Cold and Flu Season” won’t make it go away  —but it is one of many activities that may help “regularize” its presence.   Check out this add-on to the chant.

Germs spread with the greatest of ease

So wash your hands with the ABC’s

Use a sleeve when you feel a sneeze,

If you don’t want to catch a disease,

Stop those germs,  NOW!


And now there’s an alternative to singing  The Alphabet Song to time hand washing.   Remember the describing how to wash song that was a joint effort of Dr. Nisha Thampi and her daughter Lekha in Ottawa with collaboration by Dr. Yves Longtin in Montreal?   (tune:  Frere Jacques)  As a person with an immune deficiency,  I particularly like the idea of going on the “thumb attack” against germs.

Scrub your palms, between the fingers

Wash the backs,  wash the backs,

Twirl the tips around, Scrub them up and down,

Thumb attack,   thumb attack!


“Soft Kitty” may help Sheldon Cooper  (Big Bang Theory)   feel better when he’s sick, but what works for you?    Try the “Soft Kitty” song with your class as an ideas starter   OR    try  Farmer Brown’s Cow  for a barnyard take on comfort ideas.


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