Music Lesson Plans and Resources

All lesson plans and links on this page were checked and updated 12-2-2023!


Take a look at the links below for music lesson plans and resources.

Click here for the National Standards for Music Education.
Click here to go to the National Association of Music Education.

Music Lesson Plans
Rock and Roll Hall Edu
Free online materials but you have to join to access them.

Carnegie Hall Music Educators Toolbox
Browse their activities by grade.

Music Lesson Plans
Another long list from You may be taken to a page that says "Your connection is not private." To access the lesson plane, click "Advanced," then "Proceed to"

Kennedy Center - Lessons and Activities
Many lesson plans, units, and resources for dance, music, art, and theater from the Kennedy Center. Use their Lesson Finder or scroll through the list of lessons.

Elementary Music Lesson Plans
A large number of lesson plans organized by topic from Making Music Fun.

Lesson Plan Ideas for K-5 General Music Classes
From the National Association of Music Educators.

Middle School General Music

Unit plans in pdf format.

Ms. Garrett's Music Lessons and Projects
Another ling list of lessons from Ms. Garrett's Music Technology Classes.

Classics for Kids
Many lesson plans on classical Music.

American Musical Theater
Seven units from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Blues Impulse
Eleven Units from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Music History WebQuest
See also Composers in Time.

LA Opera Lesson Plans and Resources
Many lesson plans and resources for schools and community education programs.

Lesson Plans for Sound Science
Several lessons from Science Buddies.

Carnival of The Animals Lesson Plans

From Music K-8,

Slow and Fast Tempo
An elementary-grade lesson plan. You may be taken to a page that says "Your connection is not private." To access the lesson, click "Advanced," then "Proceed to"

Ballet and Classical Music
A K-4 lesson plan from The Kennedy Center. See also Chinese New Year Lion Dance Puppets; and Jazz Music, Dance, and Poetry for more lesson plans from the Kennedy Center..

Dance lesson Ideas
A good selection of dance lesson plans from  P.E. Central.

Vivaldi and the Four Seasons
A teacher resource kit.

America, A Home for Every Culture
A lesson plan for grades K-4.  

Jazzy Lessons and Activities
Many lesson plans for a variety of subjects from PBS. See also Jazz in America: Lesson Plans and International Jazz Day Educational Resources.

Jazz Ambasadors: A Model for Cultural Diplomacy
A lesson plan for grade 9-12 from EDSITEment.

Smithsonian Jazz
Educational resources including the Louis Armstrong Education Kit.

The Clave Rhythm
A lesson plan for the elementary grades. You may be taken to a page that says "Your connection is not private." To access the lesson, click "Advanced," then "Proceed to"

Musical Instruments
A mini lesson plan with three activities.

Exploring Instruments in Kindergarten
A lesson plan.

Irving Berlin, Through the Years
An 8th-grade lesson plan.

The Hidden Music of Southeast Asia
An 8th-grade lesson plan.

Comparing Composers: Beethoven and Mozart
A lesson plan from Education World adaptable to a wide range of grade levels.

Making Music and Playing the Blues
Another lesson plan for grades 6-12 from Education World.  

Conductor self preparation

A detailed lesson plan to help you get your rehearsal started.   

Music Conducting: Classroom Activities
Several lesson plans for conducting.

Math in Music
A lesson plan integrating music and math.

Music Across Africa
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from EDSITEment.

West African Drumming
A 5th-grade lesson plan.

African Arts and Music
A lesson plan for grades 3-6.

The Music of African American History
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from EDSITEment.

Learning From Lyrics
A lesson plan for grade 9-12 in which students research contemporary songs.

Adapting a Musical
Another lesson plan for grades 9-12.

WebQuest of Rock n' Roll

For grades 3-6.

Music Resources
Music Educator's Toolbox
From Carnegie Hall. See also NAMM Resources for Educators and Music Teacher Resources.

Music Education Online
Many resources.

Free Sheet Music for Music Teachers
The site says it really is free! If you can't get what you need free, try Prima Music, Sheet Music Plus, or Educators Music.

Online source for song lyrics.

Copyright Information
From the MTNA.
eed to find a music teacher, music school, or music lessons? can help locate just what you need anywhere in the United States.

The Bulletin Board Lady
Bulletin boards, classroom resources, music resources.

Music K-8
Magazine for K-8 music teachers.

Online Music Dictionary
Search for a musical term or composer. See also Glossary of Musical Terms.  

Musical Instrument Museum

Irving S, Gilmore Music Library
From Yale University.       

Classical Net
Basic repertoire list, classical music CD buying guide, composers works and data, reviews and articles, books and scores, classical music links.

Musical Periods
An overview of composers from medieval to modern times from Classical Net.

This Day in Music History
Let your students know what happened on this date throughout the history of music,

Timelines of Composers    

Music Genres List
Information on any type of music you're interested in learning about!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
A great site with a lot of information.

Music Education at Datadragon
Online music tutorials and guides.

National Association for Music Education


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