Music & Stories in the Classroom

Students enjoy music, movies and videos, of course. By encouraging creation within this media they will experience “ownership”.

With free or inexpensive and computers already in your classroom, just about anyone can create music or record and edit voices or stories. The following web pages show some of the ways relevant tools are being used in educational settings.

Projects like these can integrate research, writing, music, drama, and a good dose of fun!.



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Ballad of a WiFi Hero

H. Jon Benjamin and Jesse Benjamin created this animated adaptation of the famed McSweeney's Internet Tendency piece, In Which I Fix My Girlfriend's Grandparents' WiFi and Am Hailed…  learn more

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Call Me Maybe - Music with bottles

This group from Copenhagen, Denmark shows what you can do with a few recycled items. Turn your students loose and see what sort of instruments they can come…  learn more

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Kid Snippets: "Mean School Nurse"

If movies were written by our children... "Kid Snippets" is a weekly comedy series, in which adults act out stories written and narrated by children. In this episode,…  learn more

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MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.  learn more

Ms. Gorski's Drama Class

no longer on-line* Ms. Gorski's Drama Class at Pacific Collegiate School, a public charter secondary school in Santa Cruz, California, had a Radio Comedy by Teens for Teens…  learn more

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PBS American Roots Music

PBS' 4 part series about the roots of American music contains links for a deeper explore of this subject. It contains some rare resources from the Library of…  learn more

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Story Corps

StoryCorps' mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a better world. At the same time, they are creating…  learn more

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StoryCenter creates spaces for transforming lives and communities, through the acts of listening to and sharing stories. Since 1993, they have partnered with organizations around the world on…  learn more

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The Children's Music Web

The Children's Music Web showcases material, created by and for children. It includes everything from "Pickleberry Pie" to "Rug Bugs".  learn more

MusicFirst Junior

MusicFirst Junior is a fun, friendly, and easy-to-use online system for teaching elementary music. It offers a comprehensive K-5 curriculum at a low price, using device able to…  learn more

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50 of the Funniest Songs for Kids

Kids’ laughter is music to our ears, right? Kids love a funny song, and they really love a silly dance or video to go along with it. Little…  learn more

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Best Free Music Lessons and Activities

These free online music lessons, activities, and apps will bring the joy of music into any classroom. As an academic subject, music is like no other. It consists…  learn more

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Essential Elements of Music Class

An essential addition to all music programs, offering engaging songs, standards-based lessons, social emotional learning, and interactive resources. Hal Leonard’s EE Music Class provides exclusive resources for music…  learn more

Music Teacher Resources

Welcome! I’m Kim Maloney, creator of MusicTeacherResources. My objective is to provide you with a range of quality, classroom-ready resources. Resources for busy teachers who want the best…  learn more

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Essential Elements Music Class Lesson Plans

Hal Leonard’s EE Music Class provides exclusive resources for music classrooms. Our song library includes elementary music standards, popular music, and Disney favorites—all professionally arranged and professionally recorded…  learn more

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TeachRock improves students' lives by bringing the sound, stories, and science of music to all classrooms. Unit Plans offer a direct way for teachers to plan for days…  learn more

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Teaching With Music: 5 Tips for Using it With Any Subject

Teaching with music can enhance learning in almost any subject area, says Sherena Small, a school social worker at Champaign Unit 4 School District in Illinois. “It's just…  learn more

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The Big List of School-Appropriate Songs To Keep Everyone Pumped Up and Motivated

There’s almost always a good reason to play music in the classroom. But finding a motivating, fast-paced playlist of school-appropriate songs can be tricky. We turned to the teachers in…  learn more

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Popular Music Lesson Plans, K-5

Incorporate music into your curriculum with these music lesson plans. You'll find plenty of activities to keep your students interested and engaged while they sing songs, play instruments,…  learn more