March is time to celebrate School Music Month! Of course, we should be celebrating music in our schools all year long. But in March it gets a little more emphasis. This is a good time for us to talk about music advocacy.
If you are struggling to develop support for your music program, check out this 3-part series. It includes actionable tips to help you increase support for your program from parents, other teachers, administrators, and students themselves.
March Holidays and Observances
- March 1 – Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day; World Compliment Day
- March 3 – National Anthem Day
- March 4 – Marching Band Day (March Forth Band Friends!)
- March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day (Also celebrated September 26)
- March 12 – Plant a Flower Day
- March 14 – Learn about Butterflies Day; National Pi Day, 3.14
- March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
- March 20 – Spring (Vernal) Equinox
- March 31 – National Crayon Day
- April 1 – Baseball Opening Day – Take Me Out to the Ball Game
- Music in Our Schools Month
- Irish American Month
- National Women’s History Month
- National Nutrition Month
- National Craft Month
National Anthem Day | March 3
The United States Navy recognized “The Star-Spangled Banner” as our national anthem as far back as 1889. However, it was not until March 3, 1931, when President Herbert Hoover signed a law that made it official. That is why we celebrate National Anthem Day every year on March 3. Depending on the grade level, this might be the day to sing all four verses.
St. Patrick’s Day Activities
Irish Folk Song
March is a great time to teach Irish folk songs. Many Irish folk songs are in a meter of 6/8 and the rhythm patterns can be complicated. “There’s a Big Ship Sailing” is the perfect song to introduce and practice reading 6/8 meter. This version includes a differentiated Orff arrangement for grades 2-5. The simple rhythm patterns in the song and the ostinato patterns create successful music reading lessons, even for first-time readers of 6/8 meter. Click to preview this lesson.
Interactive rhythm flashcards with a St. Patrick’s Day theme are fun to use during the whole month. If you need ideas for how to use them, check out this helpful post – 10 Ways to Use Interactive Flashcards.
Each set includes 8 sequential slides of leveled flashcards. My favorite is the iconic reading for your youngest musicians. But, your more accomplished musicians will be challenged by 16th note patterns, syncopation, and dotted rhythms.
Just for Fun
Do you just need something simple and quick to acknowledge St. Patrick’s Day? This FREE Irish Word Search introduces traditional Irish musical instruments and styles. Just download, print, and go.
Or, use the DIGITAL VERSION. This puzzle is ready to assign with Google Classroom and may be completed online using the new TpT Digital Tool.
Both the puzzle and the Digital Tool are FREE to use. Currently, it is only compatible with Google Classroom. But TpT is continually upgrading and enhancing their digital offerings. Stayed tuned to keep up on new developments.
Treble Clef Note Names
At this time of year, many teachers are preparing to begin recorder units. Often, a review of treble clef note names is necessary to get started on the right foot. If you need some fresh treble clef note name activities check out these below.
Treble Clef Note Names | Boom Cards
Boom online task cards are a FUN and EFFECTIVE way to practice and review. Boom Cards give students get immediate feedback and can be used as assessments as well. They work great for centers, group practice, or 1:1 devices. If you have never used them before, getting started may seem a little daunting. I promise you, it is NOT hard. If you would like to see a set of Boom Cards in action or simply learn more ways to use them in your classroom, click on the blog links below.
- Getting Started with Boom Cards in Elementary Music Classes
- Ways to Use Boom Task Cards in Music Classes
Click images below to preview each set.
Click this link to play a preview game of each set of Treble Clef Boom Cards on Boom Learning. Boom allows you to preview the first four cards in each set. (Scroll down to see each set.) Boom cards are available to purchase directly on Boom Learning or at TpT. Click here to view these sets on TpT. Scroll down to see the sets that will work best for your students.
Treble Clef Note Names | PowerPoint Interactive Games
If you do not have online access, or simply want a different way to practice, these PowerPoint versions also give students immediate feedback and once downloaded, do not require an internet connection. Download this FREE set today, to sample this game with your students.
Click the images below to preview each set.
As we approach the fourth quarter of the year, I begin to think in terms of culminating projects. These are projects that pull together elements learned throughout the school year. Music composition is one of those projects.
Music composition can be very tricky for young children. You can increase success in composition activities immensely by giving students templates. That is what I have done in these “drag and drop” composition lessons. The drag and drop factor also makes the project more fun. “Erasing” and modifying is easy!
In each 4-day, expandable lesson, students create four different compositions focusing on three different elements of music – note values and meter, form, and matching lyrics to notes. In the fourth and final composition, students pull all of those elements together into a final project.
These lessons are available in either Google Slides or PowerPoint versions. Click each lesson to preview.
Click each image to see more of each helpful online templates. Click here to see PowerPoint versions.
Celebrate School Music Month | Toot Your Own Horn
There are many different ways to celebrate and acknowledge school music month. No matter how you choose to celebrate, take a little time to publicize the learning activities that are happening in your elementary music classroom.
Real learning is happening here.