Can Do Muses


May 13 2021

Truth be told, I don’t like bugs very much.  But I do appreciate their place in this world  —how important they are.    I remember this sometimes when I meet others I don’t like much.

The featured songs may be used to teach music, but they are also a good tool for teaching science  (ecosystems, biodiversity, animal groups, botany);  visual arts (looking for shapes to aid drawing, perspective, colour mixing); language arts (composition, storytelling, point of view) and social studies (ways people around the world incorporate bugs into economics).    In any of these subjects, hooking ideas to a song will make stronger connections between ideas in the brain, and easier recall of facts and questions.

Other “bug” songs in Can Do Music:                                                      Little Arabella;    The Internetting Spider;     Ladybug, Ladybug;  Baby Bumblebee (two versions);    Bee Bee, Bumblebee;

and for Active Listening:  The Flight of the Bumblebee

Other “bug” resources:    word card set

Have fun!



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