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Peter and the Wolf | 8 Music Lesson Plans and Resources

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf lends itself well to many different classroom objectives. Whether you’re looking for a stand-alone lesson, listening activities, bundles, or even units, there are lots of great resources available. Some teach new concepts, some allow students to exercise their listening skills, while others are more geared towards creative interaction with a beloved piece of music. Check out the lessons and resources below and find just what you need to bring Peter and the Wolf to life in your classroom.

  1. Peter and the Wolf Music Lesson Pack. This bundle includes tools for exploring both the composer and his most well-known work.  A kid-friendly biography with review activities, listening glyphs, and a comic-strip listening lesson plan are just some of the resources in this collection.

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Contents
Hey Kids, Meet Sergei Prokofiev | Biography
Sergei Prokofiev | Composer Word Search
Meet the Composer Job Application
Peter and the Wolf | Listening Glyphs (3)
Peter and the Wolf | Comic Strip Worksheet and Lesson Plan
Peter and the Wolf | Draw!
Peter and the Wolf | Match!

2. Peter and the Wolf Listening Journal and Fact Sheet. This highly rated Teachers Pay Teachers offering leaves students with their own, self-made informational booklet at the end of their study, and the printables make preparation simple.

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Contents
14 Color-able fact sheets
2 Listening log pages
Listening journal

3. Peter and the Wolf Worksheets and Writing Prompts. Approachable worksheets help young students review the story and instrumentation and then advance to higher level thinking, putting themselves in the shoes of composer and characters. Many music teachers are encouraged to incorporate writing, and this is a natural way to do it.

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4. Peter and the Wolf Listening Lesson. Leitmotifs are just one of the many musical techniques that Peter and the Wolf exemplifies. This lesson introduces that concept and guides students to find the story in the music.

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5. Songs, Visuals, and Activities for Peter and the Wolf. For an extensive study of Peter and the Wolf, try this 79-page unit plan from Teachers Pay Teachers. Beat and ostinato are two of the concepts covered, and the visuals are exceptionally attractive.

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Contents
“Follow Me” beat activity
Peter and the Wolf beat visuals for beat-tracking
Story visuals: Image and text cards
Rhythmic ostinato activity and flashcards
Prokofiev and the Peter and the Wolf Worksheet (reading with questions)
Listening Worksheet for Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf” slideshow
Bulletin board visuals for each character with their instrument
A picture of Prokofiev
Directions for the set, including picture book and unit suggestions

6. Peter and the Wolf FunLibs Story Synopsis and Worksheet. This worksheet is a fun way for students to learn, review, and have fun with the story in the music. It could easily accompany a larger lesson or unit, or it could facilitate a short introduction to the piece.

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7. Peter and the Wolf Work Stations. Dive into Peter and the Wolf station-style with 5 hands-on activities perfect for station work. The variety will keep students engaged and the creativity will ensure students won’t soon forget Peter and the Wolf.

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Contents
Peter and the Wolf Color by Note
Peter and the Wolf Crowns
Peter and the Wolf Cut and Tell
Peter and the Wolf Dabber Activities
Peter and the Wolf Flap Book

8. Peter and the Wolf Storybook PowerPoint. A great accompaniment to any unit or listening session, this PowerPoint presentation puts a storybook on the screen. With colorful illustrations and text, this 33 page presentation brings story time to the music classroom.

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Music Memories | Year-End Reflection Worksheets for Music Students

Reflection is an important part of learning for both students and teachers. Students are often so busy looking ahead to the next class, project, or assignment that they don’t take time to look back at all they’ve accomplished. Guided reflection can help them see how far they have come and prompt them to review everything a music class has taught them.

When students reflect, teachers see what activities, concepts, and songs stuck with students most. It can also be encouraging to see the memories and lessons that students will carry with them when they walk out of your classroom.

Music Memories printables from Lindsay Jervis on Teachers Pay Teachers can help facilitate valuable end-of-the-year reflection in style.

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Her affordable bundle includes 21 different printable, editable worksheets with reflection prompts. Some are grade-level specific, some are not, and there are two text-free templates that you can completely customize. The attractive designs are perfect for students to color and decorate, and the finished worksheets make a wonderful display for the last few weeks of school.

Some sheets include several short writing prompts, others mix in drawing prompts, and some focus on a single larger writing or drawing prompt. Some of the fun and thought provoking questions include the following:

My favorite song we learned this year was…
If I were a music teacher for a day…
Next year in music, I hope we…
I learned the rhythm…
Some ways music will be part of my life…

Although these are designed for classroom music teachers, those who teach group instrumental or vocal music or even private lessons could easily customize them for their purposes, too. Whether you’re saying goodbye to your students for a summer or for longer, both you and your students can end on a positive note by celebrating the memories you’ve made.

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Free Music Award Certificates

As the calendar turns to May, the end of the school year is in sight for many music educators. With the conclusion of an academic year comes the opportunity to recognize students’ accomplishments and contributions throughout the year. Whether in a classroom setting, private lessons, or  even homeschool setting, year-end awards leave kids feeling great about their growth, and maybe even motivated to put in some extra practice over the summer.

The library of free printable music award certificates at MakingMusicFun.net makes it easy to prepare attractive and meaningful awards for your students. With over 30 different colorful certificate designs, you can find a style that is just right for your kids, or even choose a variety of styles so that each one is unique. Many certificates allow you to fill in the reason for the award. The certificates below, for example include a “presented to” blank followed by a “for” or a “has” blank, so you can customize the award as you like.

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Other certificates are designated for band, orchestra,  or choir, and there’s even a recorder award! A promotion certificate is also available to mark a transition to a new level of any sort.

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Click on any certificate above to view and print, or view the whole collection of free music award certificates here. Print in color on heavy paper or card stock for highest quality appearance.

Need some ideas for year-end awards beyond participation or completion? Here are a couple of approaches to help you honor your students’ work. These might take some time, but could make a big difference to your kids.

Recognize Character Traits. Music tends to both reveal and build character. Consider calling out the unique traits you have seen your students display. Awards might include perseverance, diligence, reliability, encouragement, creativity, helpfulness, initiative, leadership, inclusiveness, and many more.

Award Specific Musical Skills. Take note of the musical contributions each student made in a group setting or recognize specific areas of excellence for students’ individual playing. Kids find a specific compliment much more meaningful than a general “good job.” For example, you might recognize technical proficiency, musicality, expressiveness, accuracy, range, rhythm, fingering, tone, or other skills specific to the musical setting. Improvement in any of these areas can be pointed out, too.

However you choose to award your students, they will appreciate their hard work and improvement being recognized. Create a scrapbook-worthy certificate that will help them take pride in how far they’ve come and encourage them to keep on improving.

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Tchaikovsky | Homeschool Music Lesson Curriculum

You don’t have to be an expert in Russian Romantic composers to give your students an appreciation of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. With a few helpful resources, you can introduce Tchaikovky’s life and greatest musical contributions. Studying Tchaikovsky is certainly a worthwhile investment, as many of his works are cultural staples, and he is credited with bringing Russian music onto the international scene.

Introduction
The fact that many of Tchaikovsky’s most famous pieces were written for ballets also makes them great choices for younger children to study. These programmatic works convey distinctive senses of mood, time, and place, and can be connected with the stories of the ballets. Playing clips or even full recording of some of Tchaikovsky’s most appealing pieces may be a great way to pique students’ interest as you begin your study. Selections from the Nutcracker, such as Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, Trepak, or Arabian Dance would all work nicely, and recordings can be found on YouTube. Students could be asked to draw images that the music makes them picture, write or describe a story inspired by the song, move to the music, or simply share observations and feelings about the music.

Biography
Once students have been drawn in by the music, the study can begin with an overview of the composer’s life. This accessible yet thorough one-page free Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Printable Biography introduces the composer. To review the facts from the biography, use the Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Word Search and the Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet. The word search asks students to return to the biography text and determine possible keywords to look for in the word search, which requires higher level critical thinking. The job application is a practical way to synthesize the composer’s life experiences and accomplishments. A visual element can also be incorporated with the Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Coloring Page, allowing students to put a face with the name.

Depending on how in-depth you want students to study Tchaikovsky’s life and context, further research can be assigned, with findings presented in writing, electronic presentation, or speech. However, if a more general study is your goal, your students should have enough of a foundation to move on.

Works
An introduction to Tchaikovsky must include an introduction to the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker FunLib™ Story and Worksheet is a fun way to teach and review the basics of the Nutcracker’s plot. One page provides a succinct summary of the story, and the second page provides a synopsis with blanks where keywords should be. The second page could be used to create a silly story by having students choose words to fill in the blanks without seeing the context. After you read the nonsense story, students could guess what some of the real answers might be as a pre-reading exercise for the real story. The FunLib could even be used again for review after the real story has been read.

Then, to study the music of the Nutcracker, use the Nutcracker Venn Diagram (Tchaikovsky) Worksheet. You can select any two pieces from the Nutcracker Suite: Arabian Dance (“Coffee”), Chinese Dance (“Tea”), Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy, March, Russian Dance (“Trepak”), Dance of the Reed Flutes, or Waltz Of The Flowers. Depending on students’ ages and musical background knowledge, you could leave the comparison and contrast open-ended, allowing them to observe any similarities and differences they think of. If they need guidance, you could instruct them to listen for dynamics (volume), speed (tempo), instrumentation (which instruments are playing), the mood and feelings the music creates, or articulation (slurred, tongued, staccato, legato) to get them started.

To listen to an individual piece more critically, try Tchaikovsky Listening Glyphs available on Teachers Pay Teachers. These allow students to represent with colors what they are hearing the music. Glyphs give students specific musical elements to listen for and provide two choices for them to decide between. These simple listening activities help increase students’ musical vocabulary and observation skills.

For additional types of listening activities, consider the Composer of the Month: Peter Tchaikovsky Bundle, also available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Also included in the bundle is a biography slide show, worksheets, interesting facts, and visual aids.

For review or culminating assignment, options abound. Students could write or present on almost any aspect of Tchaikovsky that interest them. This might include comparing and contrasting his life and/or work with another composer they have studied, reviewing or comparing different performances of his works, analyzing one or more of his works in greater depth, or researching his life and contributions further. For a more creative project, students could create artistic products or performances inspired by Tchaikovsky’s works. These could be collages or other art products, original music compositions, dances, dramas, or creative writing. Attending an orchestral or ballet performance live and writing a critical review makes for a memorable experience, but the same can also be done with a video performance.

Students whose imaginations are captured by Tchaikovsky’s music may wish to play some of his works in their own piano studies. There are Tchaikovsky arrangements at all skill levels below.

Swan Lake (Solo) for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake (Duet) Easy/Level 1 Piano Duet by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Beriozka (The Birch Tree) for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo | 4th Symphony Theme
March Slav for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Trepak (Nutcracker) for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Arabian Dance (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano
Romeo and Juliet (Love Theme) for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Chinese Dance (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Dance of the Reeds (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Swan Lake (Theme) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo by Tchaikovsky
Theme from 1812 Overture for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
March (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

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Free Elementary Music Lesson Plan Template

Do you want to streamline your lesson planning process while still ensuring your music lessons are thorough, focused, and meet national standards? A well-designed lesson plan template can help you do just that.

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Elementary Music Lesson Plan Template

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With clearly labeled sections, you won’t overlook any necessary lesson parts, and you can approach each lesson with a strong sense of purpose. Not only does this template help you organize your thoughts as you approach each lesson, but it also helps you effectively communicate your plans to administration, fellow teachers, or substitute teachers.

Because this template is provided in Microsoft Word, you can adapt and customize it to your liking and then type lesson plans directly into the template. Other elementary music teachers have given this template four stars and have appreciated the organization it lends to their planning process. Those with many different elementary grade levels and sections find it especially helpful. Make lesson planning more approachable and effective with this free lesson plan template.

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7 Music Flashcards Sets for Kids

Flash cards are one of the simplest, most versatile learning tools available. Students can use flash cards on their own, in pairs, or with parents. They can also be incorporated into small group games like memory or large group games like Around the World. And, with digital print flash cards, you can print and laminate one sturdy classroom set, or print a set for every student to practice at home.

In a music class or lesson setting, there are plenty of concepts that lend themselves well to flash cards. We want students to be able to recognize musical symbols, note names, intervals, and note values automatically, and flash card practice is a great way to get there.

Note Name Flash Cards. Whether they are studying piano, an instrument, or just learning to read music, note names are one of the first things students need to master. They can drill note names away from the keyboard with printable note name flashcards, available for treble, bass, and viola clef.You can always start with a limited range of notes and add flashcards as students’ knowledge expands.

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Contents: Each set includes 17 cards with note images and an answer key
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Music Symbols and Terms Flash Cards. Beyond note names, there is much to learn in the language of music. This flash card set includes note names, note values, dynamic markings, rests, sharps, flats, and more. This set also includes an answer card for each flash card so that the cards can also be used for a memory or matching game.

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Contents:
35 Frog music symbol/ term cards
35 Lily pad answer cards
(12-page digital download)

Orchestra Instrument Flash Cards. Many music classes include a unit on orchestra instruments or musical instrument families. This flashcard bundle includes images of musical instruments from the woodwind, string, brass, and percussion families, and the sets can be used separately or combined.

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Contents:
44 flash cards (color and B&W)
Matching game for all 44 instruments
Percussion sorting game (sort based on how the sound is made)
Idea Sheets – some extra ideas for using flash cards!
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Intervals Flash Cards. Recognizing intervals quickly is a helpful skill for sight reading as well as accurate playing or singing. This cute and colorful flashcard set provides practice in naming both ascending and descending intervals. As with most sets, the card set can be limited or expanded to fit students’ learning pace.

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Intervals Flash Cards: Penguintervals!
Contents: 92 intervals notated on the staff (2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 7ths, and octaves both ascending and descending) as well as 42 number intervals (the actual words “2nd”, “3rd”, etc.) are included, plus one blank staff set that students can use for interval notation. (24-page digital download)

Interactive Rhythm Flashcard Bundle. Our last flashcard set deviates from the traditional paper flashcard patter. These PowerPoint slides can be projected on a classroom interactive board or displayed on a computer for individuals/ smaller groups. These interactive flash cards help students practice reading various rhythms, as students clap, tap, or play the rhythms on screen.

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Contents: PowerPoint Presentation
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No matter what skill you music students need to review, there are probably music flash cards that can help! Equip them with the tools they need to master the material and lay a strong foundation of musical knowledge.

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Elementary Music Lesson Plans | 24 Lessons

Elementary music teachers can find themselves a bit isolated. They are often part of a small department, and many times are the only person teaching each of their grade levels. They may not get the opportunity to co-plan as some other departments do. Besides leaving music teachers with a lot of planning to do, it also leaves them without the diverse ideas, peer feedback, and encouragement that can be found when planning is done with others.

Many of these benefits can be gained by purchasing fellow teachers’ lesson plans online. When you read and use others’ lesson plans, you infuse your teaching with new ideas. You’ll see how another teacher structures her class periods, arranges her units, and sequences her semester. You can use what you like, compare ideas, and decide what will work best for your students. When you access high-quality classroom resources,  it’s like collaborating with an innovative colleague.

Lindsay Jervis is one such innovative colleague, and she offers full semester first grade lesson plan bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you are a new music teacher, new to first grade, or just need some new ideas for content or structure, this bundle can help. With 24 lessons that progress from kindergarten review to first grade concepts, you will be well on your way to a wonderful first semester of first grade. Reviewers love these plans’ organization, creativity, and effectiveness.

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Contents:
24 Scripted Lessons Aligned with Core Arts Standards
Several songs, slide sets and resources
Links to additional songs, slide sets, worksheets, assessments, resources, etc.

Some teachers might be concerned that purchasing lesson plans online is “cheating”or taking the easy road. Depending on how you use them, though, lesson plan bundles can be an investment in your classroom and your students. As the product’s description explains, these lessons aren’t meant to be a “print and teach” substitute for planning your own lessons. Instead, they are an excellent example that you can learn from, build on, customize, and make your own. Doing things the same way you’ve always done them is the easy road– incorporating new ideas and challenging yourself to improve is anything but!

Another teacher’s well-planned semester can inspire you as you write new lessons, provide a useful template, and generate ideas. You may end up using some of the lessons just as they are, but the benefits of a great lesson plan bundle reach beyond the individual lessons. It can be an opportunity to “collaborate” with another teacher to hone your craft and, ultimately, benefit your students.

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