Conducting The Orchestra Music Sub Plans – Curious George Beats The Band


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Primary Music Conducting Lessons – Curious George Music Episode Companion Worksheets – Music Sub Plan or Sub Tub Stuffer

This jam-packed music mini-unit covers many curriculum expectations with a high-interest theme, making it perfect for music sub plans, sub-tub stuffer or low-prep last-minute plan.

Based on the Curious George episode “Curious George Beats The Band” (which can be found freely online), it introduces 4 popular classical pieces of music as well as basic elements of the orchestra and conducting.

These lessons are a great fit for end-of-year review in grades 1-2, a beginning-of-the-year refresher for grades 3-4, or anytime you need a quick, low prep but highly engaging series of lessons for elementary music..

This music sub plan includes activities for both before and after watching the Curious George Episode:

Pre-watching: Listening glyphs for each of the four musical pieces:

  1. Pictures at an Exhibition – The Market Place (Mussorgsky)
  2. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 – Anitra’s Dance (Grieg)
  3. Musette in D Major (J.S. Bach)
  4. The Magic Flute – Overture (Mozart)

Post-watching: Worksheets for each musical element featured in the episode:

  1. Conducting patterns (4/4 & 3/4)
  2. Conducting dynamics
  3. High/low pitch in connection to notation and instrument ranges


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