• First Week of a Beginning Instrumental Music Class (Part 1)

    Here are the first few lessons I used to start off the term with a brand new, introductory music class. I hope that you will find them useful. Teachers helping teachers is what this is all about. Day 1 Music Lesson Plan Creation-Time Give the students ten minutes to create something out of Play-Doh. The goal […]

  • Long Range Plans – AMU3O (Grade 11 Music)

    I am back to teaching and loving every minute of it. I have a Grade 11 music class full of eager students wanting to learn how to play an instrument for the first time. As such, if you are a Grade 7 or 8 instrumental music teacher, you may find this long range plan to […]

  • Updated – Free Method Book for Beginning Band

    My favourite resource for teaching instrumental music is a long out-of-print book called Band Fundamentals in Easy Steps. I absolutely love it. It is organized brilliantly, starts out students with pieces they can immediately have success on, and it introduces new notes and topics at a good pace. I have tried out other method books […]

  • A Free Method Book For Beginning Music Classes

    When I first started teaching music, I used the resources that were on hand at my school. The method book we had was Standard of Excellence and I wasn’t really happy with it. Almost all of the pieces used the same five notes, were in the same key, and it was rare that new music […]