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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.

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Tips for tableau lessons 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? […]

Music Lesson Plans Grade 1 Teacher’s Guide

Music Lesson Plans Grade 1 The grade 1 music curriculum is all about setting up a strong foundation in basic concepts. Duration (Rhythm) in Grade 1 Melody / Pitch in Grade 1 Expression in Grade […]

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 […]

Kindergarten Drama Activities: Guided Role Play

Drama lesson plans for Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teaching drama to very young children can be a huge challenge, especially if you don’t have prior drama experience. Students in Kindergarten and grade 1 generally aren’t […]

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, […]

7+ Easy Christmas Concert Themes for Elementary

Looking for elementary Christmas concert themes for your school? Here are some ideas for Christmas concert themes that are simple to put together, yet are interesting and original. Click here if you’re looking for Christmas Concert Song […]

Halloween Music Lessons, Activities & Games

Looking for Halloween music lessons and activities? 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 […]

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. But how do you teach it? […]

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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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...

Tips for Teaching Step Skip Leap Repeat

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, it is much easier for them to predict what the music will...

Halloween Music Lessons, Activities & Games

Halloween Music Lessons, Activities & Games

Looking for Halloween music lessons and activities? 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 your lesson planning. Halloween Music Listening...

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 reach when the vast majority of teachers do not have the training...

Teacher’s Guide To The Ontario Music Curriculum

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. But how do you teach it? Unfortunately, this standard is out of reach when the vast...

Dance Phrase Activities in Elementary Dance

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 phrase? Dance phrases are "sentences" in dance form - it...

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. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started with your...