Can Do Muses

2024 June

June 03 2024

Summer is on it’s way …   time to think about the school year that’s past, enjoy the songs are were enjoyable, and maybe get ready for Canada Day (July 1)!     “Ideas to get Started below

Songs from Canada   Land of the Silver Birch  My Paddle’s Keen and Bright   Donkey Riding   Klondike  Maple Syrup Saga  I’se the B’y   Lukey’s Boat

Campfire Songs   Old Hiram’s Goat  Do Your Ears Hang Low  A Sailor Went To Sea    Sweetly Sings the Donkey  Mama Don’t Allow No Singing  Miss Lucy Had a Baby  When I Was One  All Together – Let’s Make Peace  In The Summer  The Bear Went Over the Mountain  The Grand Old Duke of York  My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean  Bought Me A Cat

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 students and teachers.  Music, dance and drama combine to cover curriculum expectations in two fine arts lessons a 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