Can Do Muses


October 01 2021

Best month of the year –not too hot, not too cold, bugs gone and two delightful holidays!

Move or Dance in Celebration:  Turkey in the Straw;   Shoo Turkey; Five Fat Turkeys;  Thanksgiving Dinner (pocket chart composing);  Thank-Yous(warm-up);  We Give Thanks

Explore Voices for Drama or Dressing-Up:  One Person, Many Voices Hooting;   I’m Gonna Be a Pirate;  Skin and Bones(coming soon);  Old Mrs. WitchRole Playing Music

Autumn Themes:  Red, Orange, Yellow, Brown(improvisation);  Red, Red, Leaves(zipper song);  One Apple, Two Apples(reading, instrument playing);   I Like to Eat;   Ev’rybody Sing;

Hallowe’en:    Five Little PumpkinsOld Mrs. Witch;  Skin and Bones;  In a Dark, Dark Wood; and recreated nursery rhymesHumpkin PumpkinPeter PeterTwinkle Little Bat3 Snowy OwlsThis Black CatThis Is the Way the Witches

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