Music Education Links



Use these links as a lifeline for DME or even out in the real world.
Please let me know if any of these links are broken and by all means, send me your most helpful links to include.


Getting Started


Why are you even doing this???  Teachers make a difference.

Top 10 Tips for Student Teachers


Finding a Job


MENC Career Guide

Finding a job in music education


Texas Academic Excellence Indicator

Provides statistics on Texas school districts.  Know what you're getting into!



MENC open forum

An open forum for future music educators.


Woe Is I

Get this book and clean up your speaking and writing grammar;

a painless way to sound like an educated adult


Get Training!


AOSA Approved Courses

Orff training



Kodaly links

First Year


MK8 List

Whatever you do, subscribe to this list for great ideas and advice.

Check out their archives.  Your concerns are probably there.


MK8 Archives


Teacher Tools

Scroll down to the very bottom of this page


Tips for New Teachers

very helpful links from TMEA


First Week of School

Thoughts from the experienced


Six Ways to Be a Bad Teacher


Music resources for teachers just starting out

Actually, these are great for any experience level!



General Music Education Sites

Music Education Madness

many great resources for elementary music


Marthabees Music Site


Music Ed Resources Idea Library


General music education links

everything you ever wanted to know!


Music at School 

from the UK


Classroom Management

The Really Big List of Classroom Management Resouces

Over 400 sites, but no longer updated, so some broken links


The Really Best List of Classroom Management Resources

A pared-down version of above, again, some broken links.


The Teacher's Guide to Class Management

Many articles, hints and resources


Concert Etiquette


Music Sites for Kids

Easy navigation for kids, but great resources for you also.


Music K 8

Home site for mk8 forum.  Check the archives and ideas as well as supplies and materials to purchase.





Rubric Template

A template to create your own rubrics



a free tool for making rubrics



Rubric construction set

Teacher's Tools

Scroll down on this page toward the bottom to "Teacher Assessment Tool Sites"


Education World

99 ways to say "Very Good!"


Teacher-created Rubrics


Microsoft Education Templates

(schedules, calendars, awards, attendance, seating charts, hall passes, sign-out sheets, signs, feedback forms, parent letters, rule sheets, permission slips, emergency contacts, newsletters, staff paper, graph paper, lesson plans, planning sheets, grade book, test templates . . .)

Make your own PowerPoints with these great templates


Teacher Tools

Include bookmarks, puzzle-maker, flashcards, worksheets and another list of even more links.



Behavior modification charts and coupons


Teacher Vision

Charts, forms and contracts for use with behavior management


Renaes Room

Very cool fonts


Game Templates

Jeopardy Template

Jeopardy Template II

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Template

Family Feud Template

Hollywood Squares Template

Pyramid Template

Question Gameshow Template

Weakest Link Template

Wheel of Fortune Template



Core Music Standards


What should they know?

1st grade:

2nd grade:

3rd grade:

4th grade:

5th grade:

Organization of American Kodaly Educators


Kodaly in a nutshell


Orff in a nutshell


Orff instruments


Curwen hand signs


Kodaly rhythm syllables

Lesson Plans

1001 Free Lesson Plans for the General Music Classroom

Choose your level and plan to spend some time browsing.



Jazz lessons from the Smithsonian. 

Find more resources by clicking the "Teacher Lesson Plans" link at the top of the page.



Lesson Plan links

Lesson plans


Rock Hall

Rock & Roll lesson plans geared toward interdisciplinary learning.


Mrs. Lukow's Plans

Scope and sequence for K-6

MENC Guide Index

Online searchable lesson plans, also often geared toward interdisciplinary learning.


Keeping Score

San Francisco Symphony site; Lesson plans cross-curricular



Arts-Integrated Lessons which focus on music.

The music section of their Lesson Bank


The Educator's Reference Desk

Music Lesson Plans


Beacon Learning Center

Lesson plans from Florida


Music Lesson Plans

Lesson plans and worksheets

Teaching Materials

So cool!!  Lots of games and flash files



Boomwhacker cards - single measure cards for ostinato or flashcards



A unit on the science of sound for 2nd grade

Quizzes and games for kids to play which teach music concepts



List of children's song storybooks with lesson plans



Music grids for rhythm lessons


Piano Mouse

Cute cartoons and a skill drill for learning lines and spaces in 3 clefs




List of children's books for music educators - that they can read themselves, or that you can read to them


Colin's Teaching Resources

Great music lessons


PracticeSpot Sightreading Chef

Build custom sight-reading pages


PracticeSpot Rhythm Machine

Create and print out randomly generated rhythm drill sheets


PracticeSpot Theory Center

Reproducible Theory sheets


Music worksheets


Web-based Musical Activities


Music K-8 Idea Bank

Search this archive for ideas on EVERYTHING


Music Bulletin Boards

Bulletin board ideas for the music classroom


Flannel Board Templates

Have to do a program?  Lots of ideas, costumes, etc.




This is an idea archive of the mk8 forum mentioned under "First Year".  Search by any keyword and get great ideas that have already been tested in the music classroom.


Music Education Resources

All of the material here has been contributed by many different music teachers from e-mail discussions.



Many links to more real teacher submissions




Many many children's songs and midi files. 

Also a good resource for printed material.


NIEHS kids music

Lyrics and midi files to songs for children.


Childrens Songs the teachers guide

Lyrics and midis


The Schoolbell

Songs and poetry for kids



Use these to get the kids' heads out of the book

Curriculum songs and learning parodies


Official state songs

For all states with sheet music and midi

Graded list of songs

Theme-related songs and poems



Quality rounds to teach your children


Songs you can play with only Three Chords



Elementary songs and poems

Songs that teach


Songs for Teaching

A wealth of lyrics, CDs for cross-curricular teaching


Original Rounds

Free to download and use



Many songs including curricular cross-overs


Nursery rhyme origin info

Some you might share, others, maybe not!



Top 50 Nursery Rhymes of All Time

Listening Maps & Lessons

Classics for Kids

Links to radio show, but you can listen from the website

Free archive of legal MP3s to download for listening plus associated resources


Carnegie Hall

Listening Adventures

World Music

The Teacher's Guide to World Music - a list of links


Audio Program Index

list of audio programs on specific pieces/composers


Symphony/Instrument Resources

Instrument Encyclopedia

great launch point


Monica Autry's Powerpoint on Instruments

Elementary lesson including pictures and sound


Music Battleship

Musical instrument Battleship game


Introduction to the Recorder


Playalong videos for recorder

Students play with a cool track


Bands and Wind Ensembles


Intro to the Orchestra



San Francisco Symphony great site for kids, could also use in teaching situation if AV tools available



Dallas Symphony - interactive site for kids



New York Philharmonic Kid Zone

Homemade instruments - how to make them and other instruction resources


More Homemade Instruments



Orff Level 1 Example

Orff Level 2 Example

Orff Level 3 Example

Posted on YouTube


Composer/Musician Resources

Classical Composer Database

Composer biographies with links to photos, works, sound files, etc.



Kid-friendly composer profiles at the Dallas Symphony site


Famous Composers


Composer Gallery

New York Philharmonic Kid Site


PBS Composer Profiles

American composer resources, good info, but more challenging


PBS Jazz

Biographies of jazz musicians


Several different composition activities

Writing story songs for older children



Midi loops in various modes and scales designed for students to use while improvising


Fraction Pie Rhythms

Teaches rhythm and fractions while composing


Christmas bells

A Flash of handbells - kids could improvise on this set or just experiment with the sound

A whole scale of guinea pigs to demonstrate scales, to play a tune or improvise


A Musical Sketch Pad


Drum keyboard

make up your own drum part

More complicated, but VERY cool


See Game Templates above under "Templates"


Music at Bangar

This music teacher has a great list of links of online music games that kids can play.  There is also a curriculum check-list for every grade!


Free Online Musical Games

Try the Elastic Frog!


Complete Guide to the Cup Song

many videos

Singing Games

Games to play with songs they know

Games and quizzes - awesome list!


PowerPoint Games

templates you can use


Parade of Games in PowerPoint


Teaching With the Arts

Folkdance Resources


Integrating folk music



Music in Motion

Music education resources and gifts



The best recorder and other instruments


Music Fonts

StaffWriter (type rhythms, notes, music symbols, etc. into Word docs) & SingASign(Curwen hand signs and stick rhythms)

Music K-8 Wishlist

Music teachers can log items they need in their classrooms

There is also a flyer to print announcing the wishlist if fundraising is available.

Technology in the music classroom


Phillip Martin Clipart

best clipart ever! and free!


Mrs. Lukow's PowerPoints

Patriotic songs and a great "Music Room" intro

Using PowerPoint to teach




Great site on the science of sound with questions, experiments, exhibits, etc. for children


Music Education Madness

Powerpoints to download - sing-alongs, listening, lessons, flashcards, music advocacy, etc.

More PowerPoints


Concert Manners

Teach this to your students!!


Concert Etiquette

A great page on concert etiquette


Mama Rocks

Here are some great sound files.  Your children can move to them, learn a dance to them, compose words to them, learn to distinguish popular styles.  They sound very cool and will loop for an extended activity.



Make your own sound files.

Stephen F. Austin University offers a Master's degree in Music Education online, geared to those who are currently teaching.


Bloom's Taxonomy


Holiday music activities


Music Centers

Set some up in your own classroom


Nursery Rhymes

Pages for kids to color on every subject - huge



Music Advocacy

If you ever find that you have to "officially" justify a school music program, here is a PowerPoint called "The Value of Music in our Schools".  It is at the bottom of the page on the left side.


Classics For Kids

12 Benefits of Music Education (another resource to justify school music programs)


Music Education Online

Several resources in the fight against cutting music education


Standards for Basic and Quality School Music Programs

Resource prepared by the Texas Music Administrator's Conference

Use these standards as a resource to justify improvement of your program

Special Needs Students

Why I Teach Music

free poster



Amazing 6 year old singer









Using any of these resources?  Let me know how it's going.

I'll post comments and feedback from alumni,

or from anyone who is interested in communicating with our future or newbie music educators.


Alumni:  Please keep me updated on your experiences and check in with your current e-mail addresses. 

And let me know if you find a great link or resource so I can share with everyone!