World Day of Music, which takes place on June 21, is the perfect opportunity for teachers to add music to their classroom. Music can be a great tool for helping students identify their emotions, provide stress relief, and be a source of joy and laughter.
AdoptAClassroom.org has compiled a list of free activities and resources, as well as a few supply suggestions from our marketplace, to help classroom and music teachers alike engage their students with the power of rhythm.
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Officially Launched: Free Teacher Leader Resources
AdoptAClassroom.org’s Teacher Leaders include educators from across the country who share their expertise and teaching experience with the wider AdoptAClassroom.org educational community. One of our Teacher Leaders, Melissa Bagwell, offers a free lesson plan for using drums to teach literacy, which is a wonderful way to integrate music for young learners.
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Resources from Teacher Leaders are provided by our Spotlight Funds, which support areas/school subjects of greater need.
Did you know? AdoptAClassroom.org offers grants as part of our Arts Fund to help teachers access resources for their classrooms. Our Arts Fund can support music classrooms and teachers adding music to their curriculum by helping educators purchase instruments, music books, and more. Click here to register your classroom and be the first to hear about our grant opportunities.
Free Music Resources for World Day of Music
Integrating Music into Other Subjects
- Save the Music offers several professional development webinars on integrating SEL and music education.
- This opinion article from EdWeek offers tangible advice on integrating music into all classroom subjects.
Free Lesson Plans
Making Music Fun offers free elementary school lesson plans.
Music Educators Toolbox from Carnegie Hall offers lessons and activities for students grades K-5.
The Kennedy Center offers free music lessons and activities for students K-12.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has several engaging learning modules, including a STEAM-inclusive activity on designing your own superbowl and activities around Aretha Franklin and other Black musicians who used music to respond to racism.
World Day of Music Resources from our Vendors
Kaplan Early Learning
From furniture to elementary curriculum materials, Kaplan Early Learning is your resource for early childhood education materials and school supplies.
Featured: Boomwhackers Activity Kit
Boomwhackers provide students a fundamental understanding of notes and rhythm while being so fun to use! This set comes with a CD of seven activities that students can do in groups or alone.
Lakeshore Learning creates award-winning educational products for schools and families to provide a high-quality education for every child.
Featured: CD & Cassette Player with Bluetooth
CD players are a staple for early learning classrooms. This CD player will allow you to play all your favorite CDs, old cassette tapes, and connect to Bluetooth with your phone to play the latest trending song.
Lee and Low Books
Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the U.S., as well as one of the few minority-owned publishing companies in the country.
Featured: “Ray Charles” by Sharon Bell Mathis
A revolutionary singer who ushered in contemporary R & B, Ray Charles is an important musical figure for students to learn about. This is an accessible biography perfect for your classroom library.
Music and Arts
As the nation’s leading provider of private music lessons, instrument sales, rentals, and repairs, Music & Arts is committed to making your job easier so you can spend more time focusing on what matters: building a connection with your students and exposing them to music.
Featured: “101 Disney Songs”
“101 Disney Songs” comes in orchestra and band instruments. Disney songs are familiar to many students and provide great lessons on how important music is to their favorite sources of media.
West Music provides a wide range of musical instruments that appeals to professionals, parents and teachers.
Featured: Standard Cactus Rainstick
The classic rainstick can be a useful tool in integrating more social-emotional curriculum into your classroom. Classrooms using restorative circles can use it as a talking piece. Classrooms using mindfulness techniques can use it to make space for breathing or create more rituals around listening.
This particular rainstick is made in Chile and is rooted in their culture, so it can also be a useful tool when teaching about different South American nations
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