Language Arts, Math, and Science in the Elementary Music Classroom

Language Arts, Math, and Science in the Elementary Music Classroom: A Practical Tool

Book Cover


This book will be out September 2017. This post for the upcoming practical guide has two purposes. The main purpose is to connect. I am very interested in your thoughts about teaching elementary music. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have suggestions for me on how I can improve future editions of this textbook. I will keep the posts up and later categorize them as a reference for others.

The other purpose for this post (and this blog) is to supply free images for printing:

  • COLOR Jpgs of the black and white photographs and charts from the book.
  • PDFs of the assessment tests and templates laid out in the resource sections.
  • PDFs of all the sheet music
  • COLOR PDFs of the song “There Was a Man and He Was Mad:
  • PDFs of the large music notation

Please see the Appendix/Online Resources section of the book for the URL for these images. These prints are for educational purposes only. All rights are reserved.

My core belief is that the relationship between physically experiencing music and thinking about and analyzing music needs to be rebalanced to include more blending into other disciplines and social interactions. This blending shouldn’t take away from music as a pure art form, but instead enhance its ability to reach our students. It is not just the development of the “ear.” It is the whole person; physically, mentally and socially. What are your thoughts and experiences? KM

Songs and Feelings

Class Illustrations for the song “Who Killed Cock Robin?” at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Riveted: That’s how I would describe my classes when they saw my pictures as I sang the story of Cock Robin to them. This song opens up a wealth of emotions for children in an age appropriate way.

This captivating song is a touching way to experience sad emotions. The illustrations keep the mood lighter and more abstract while the students explore their own feelings about the song.


General Instructions: These lyrics are an Appalachian version of an old English poem. The two melodies are also Appalachian style. I would suggest teaching the song that’s in major and use the more haunting minor version just for listening; you be the judge for your class. The sheet music PDF also includes teacher questions that could be used in your lesson plan.


Rationale: How do we discuss sad emotions in the classroom? During the school year, students bring in many happy but also sad occurrences in their lives (ex. a favorite pet that died). It’s easy to find materials for happy things. This song is a great supplement for a discussion about sad things.

Available for purchase separately: Song MP3s and Sheet Music


Kid Music Series on HubPages

KMSPatriotic100Patriotic Songs for Sing Alongs

KMSChinese100Introduction to Traditional Chinese Music

KMSFallharvest100Fall Harvest Songs

KMSBlackhistory100Meaningful Music for Black History Month

KMSPeeltheO100Peel the Orange and Through the Wicket

KMSEgypt100Sa’idi Dance from Ancient Egypt

KMSCinco100Authentic Mexican Songs for Cinco de Mayo

KMSChristmas100Christmas Songs from Around the World

KMSScottish100Bonnie Rideout and the Scottish Folk Song

KMSHanukkah100The Top Five Groovin’ Hanukkah Songs

KMSBhangra100Bollywood and Bhangra Dance

KMSValentine10010 Traditional Fun Songs for Valentine’s Day


Other examples of my Hubpage articles:

The Persian Santoor
How Do I Start a Great Music Collection?
Do We All Have a Musical Brain?.

Teacher Resources

Private Music Instructor Resource
This is the list of instruction and method books I use for my for private lessons (Flute, Drums, Harp, Percussion).
List of Method Books

The practice tips and beginner outlines I developed.
Flute Overview and Practice Tips
Drum Overview and Practice Tips
Harp Overview and Practice Tip

Gemeral Music Resources
Here is list of books, CD’s and DVD’s I use for my general music classes.
General Music Teacher Resource

Download the concepts I teach for Lower Elementary School Music
Music Concepts