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

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?.


Welcome to General Music Digital

Writing about the modern general music classroom means compiling the information that’s available (books, CDs, lesson plans) and making them handy for digital download. This includes personal tips and suggestions, music written in notation programs and personal recordings of public domain songs. The digital source needs to cover the many aspects of general music and include a way for teachers to ask questions, make comments and contribute ideas. I have tried to do this here.


The songs I recorded for my classroom are free to download. So are some of my images of songs from notation software. This blog also includes connections to my Teachers Pay Teachers and my HubPage Articles with affiliation links of products I recommend.

I am currently writing a college text book with example lessons for music education students. My curriculum is based on the most up-to-date music standards. The book will also include information on incorporating math and language arts into your lessons. We elementary general music teachers need to adapt our teaching style to this new environment of intensive core curriculum integration into our music classroom. This we need to do while keeping the integrity of our main goal; teaching music.

What makes this digital? The layers of information you can cut and paste, download, comment on and share.
I am a general music teacher who has worked in public school classrooms for the past twenty five years. Funny, I started off as an aspiring band director until I worked as a teacher’s aide for an outreach Kodaly program for the Third Street Music school in New York City. It was love at my first ‘so-mi.’ I have also taught in Palo Alto, California and Fredericksburg, Virginia. My training is primarily in Kodaly and Orff methodology along with a certification in Suzuki flute 1A and 1B. I am a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and earned the degree of Master in Music Education.