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Imagine having students who can’t wait for music, dance, or drama classes. Imagine feeling confident in your lessons. Imagine your school community recognizing the positive impact of arts education because of you.

It IS possible to teach the performing arts effectively, even if you’re not a specialist. All it takes is a willing heart, and the right resources.

Teacher’s Guide to the Grade 1 Music Curriculum

Music Lessons for Grade 1 The grade 1 music curriculum is all about setting up a strong foundation in basic concepts. Duration (Rhythm) in Grade 1 Beat vs Rhythm Fast & slow tempo 2/4 and […]

Easy Instruments of the Orchestra Lesson Plans

Elementary students love learning about different instruments! Whether you’re teaching in person, hybrid, or online, here are some great resources for teaching timbre and the instruments families of the orchestra. If you’re planning a teaching […]

Primary Drama Activities: Guided Role Play

Drama Activities for Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teaching drama to very young children can be a huge challenge, especially since they aren’t able to read well enough to follow a script and aren’t quite ready […]

Teaching Music Online – Tips & Ideas

Although any subject is difficult to teach online, teaching music online has to be one of the most difficult. When so many of the curriculum expectations require not only interaction but also performance, having students […]

Teaching Dance Online – Tips & Resources

How to teach elementary dance during distanced learning Considering how most teachers teach the subject of dance, pivoting it to online can be really hard to wrap your head around. Here are some tips and […]

Tips for Teaching Step Skip Leap Repeat

Teaching intervals such as step, skip leap and repeat is an essential step in helping students to learn to read music fluently. When students are able to recognize steps skips and leaps in musical notation, […]

Elementary Christmas Concert Ideas

Looking for elementary Christmas concert ideas? Sometimes directing a whole musical for Christmas just isn’t practical, especially in an elementary school. Here are some ideas for Christmas concerts that are simple to put together, yet are interesting […]

Halloween Music Lesson Plans, Activities & Games

Looking for Halloween music lesson plans? The month of October is an excellent time to include some Halloween fun into your music lesson plans. Here are some music suggestions and activity ideas to help with […]

Teacher’s Guide To the Ontario Dance Curriculum

The Ontario Dance Curriculum is an ambitious document that holds a high standard for teaching dance in Ontario. While having high standards for arts curriculum is a good thing, it can often feel out of […]

Teacher’s Guide To The Ontario Music Curriculum

Trying to teach the Ontario Music Curriculum without the right tools? The Ontario Music Curriculum is an ambitious document that sets a high standard for teaching music in Ontario. Unfortunately, this standard is out of […]

Dance Phrase Activities in Elementary Dance

How to teach dance phrases in elementary dance Dance phrases (or movement phrases) are frequently mentioned in elementary dance curriculum. But what are they and how do you use them effectively? What is a dance […]

Music Texture Lesson Plan Ideas

Looking for music texture lesson plan ideas? Music texture in the primary grades is all about training students’ ears to hear the different layers of sound, and to start to develop skills like part singing. […]

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Easy first day of music class tips for non-music teachers

First day of music class activities for elementary The first day of a new school year can be stressful for any teacher, but it can be even more nerve wracking when you are teaching a subject that is not in your wheelhouse. Many teachers are asked to teach music...

Solfege Lesson Plans – A Beginner Guide to Teaching Solfege

Looking for Solfege Lesson Plans? Solfege is an important building block in elementary music, but if you're not a specialist it may seem overwhelming. Luckily, solfege isn't actually that hard to learn and it can make your music lesson plans more interactive and fun,...

Tips for using tableau effectively in elementary drama

Tips for using tableau effectively in elementary drama

"Tableau" is a drama term that you may have heard before, even if you aren't an experienced drama teacher. But what is it really, and how can you use it effectively in your drama lessons? What is tableau? Tableau is essentially a freeze-frame of a scene. Instead of...

Teacher’s Guide to the Grade 1 Music Curriculum

Music Lessons for Grade 1 The grade 1 music curriculum is all about setting up a strong foundation in basic concepts. Duration (Rhythm) in Grade 1 Beat vs RhythmFast & slow tempo2/4 and 4/4 metresquarter note, eighth note, quarter restrhythmic ostinato Melody /...

Easy Instruments of the Orchestra Lesson Plans

Easy Instruments of the Orchestra Lesson Plans

Elementary students love learning about different instruments! Whether you're teaching in person, hybrid, or online, here are some great resources for teaching timbre and the instruments families of the orchestra. If you're planning a teaching unit on the instrument...

Primary Drama Activities: Guided Role Play

Drama Activities for Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teaching drama to very young children can be a huge challenge, especially since they aren't able to read well enough to follow a script and aren't quite ready for the high-level thinking required for conventional...

Teaching Music Online – Tips & Ideas

Although any subject is difficult to teach online, teaching music online has to be one of the most difficult. When so many of the curriculum expectations require not only interaction but also performance, having students on the other side of a screen can seem like an...

Teaching Dance Online – Tips & Resources

Teaching Dance Online – Tips & Resources

How to teach elementary dance during distanced learning Considering how most teachers teach the subject of dance, pivoting it to online can be really hard to wrap your head around. Here are some tips and resources for keeping your online dance lessons meaningful and...