During this time of uncertainty and anxiety, music can be a great comfort and a positive distraction for your students and families (and for you too). For a more vertical, family-friendly approach to your elementary music distance learning activities, click to read this post – Teaching Elementary Music Online | Distance Learning COVID-19.
I highly recommend using a family-friendly approach and not simply assigning online activity after online activity. Personalize your lessons. Students want and need to hear from you.
That being said, you will probably want to extend your lessons with some online resources. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, I have created several sets of completely FREE Boom Cards. These elementary music distance learning activities will remain completely free until the end of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Create a FREE Boom Account Now
You do have to have or create an account to use Boom Cards with your students. Don’t let that scare you. Boom has several different levels of teacher accounts including free accounts. Since music teachers typically have large numbers of students, the free account is what I recommend. You do NOT have to set up accounts or logins for students.
Boom Cards Provide REAL Music Learning
Many music teachers do not know that Boom Cards may be used for REAL MUSIC LEARNING. They are particularly good for developing music literacy skills such as ear training activities, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and identifying note names. Boom Cards are self-checking and they may be repeated if desired. Students are motivated to earn incentives in a game-like environment.
Boom Cards may be assigned with Google Classroom or other learning management systems (LMS). They are very beneficial in the music classroom but they are perfect for elementary music distance learning activities. Many of the upper levels of these sequential sets will even challenge middle school students.
Boom cards in Action
The video below demonstrates s a FREE set of Melodic Dictation Boom Cards – So, Mi. Make sure your sound is on, then, CLICK play to listen. CLICK HERE to download this set from TpT.
(Note: Even though the YouTube video says “paid promotion” these lessons are indeed 100% free to download and use.)
FREE Boom Card Sets
In order to easily find FREE sets, I am including them all in this post. Be sure to check back frequently to see when new lessons are posted. Better yet, CLICK HERE to follow “Mi” on Teachers pay Teachers. You will receive an email from TpT each time I post a new lesson so you will not miss out.
Click each image to download these FREE sets on TpT. If you do not have a TpT account, you will need to set one up. Just follow the prompts. It is simple.
What Do You Hear? Ear Training
in Key of G.
IMPORTANT NOTES for Using these Elementary Music Distance Learning Activities
- Because music teachers have large numbers of students, I recommend setting up a FREE account and using the FastPin option for assigning activities. This post has information about Getting Started and Using the FREE FastPin Option. The short video below demonstrates the process for getting started.
- Assess students and hold them accountable by requiring them to submit a screenshot of their score. Allow students to practice multiple times to improve their scores.
- As long as you are sharing only with your students through a private platform (Google Classroom, LMS, etc.), you may assign any of these helpful sets, paid or free.
- Please do NOT post or share direct links in a public setting (like your website.) That is a violation of copyright.
Please Leave Feedback
If you like these complimentary activities, please take a minute to leave feedback on TpT. I have been working hard to help you and by leaving positive feedback you can help me. If you have never left feedback before, it really is quick and easy. Just follow these steps.
- Log into your TpT account.
- Click “your name” on the upper right-hand corner.
- Under the “Buy” heading, click on “My Purchases”.
- By default, your “Paid Purchases” come up first. Click “Free Downloads” to see any free resources that you have downloaded.
- Under each resource, click on “Leave a Review”. It is rather small and easy to miss.
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Using Boom Cards
If I have not convinced you yet, or if you have never used Boom Cards before, you may want to check out these blog posts. The first post includes a video with another set of Boom Cards in action.
- Getting Started with Boom Cards in Elementary Music
- Ways to Use Boom Task Cards in Elementary Music Class
More Elementary Music Distance Learning Activities
If this situation lasts longer than expected or you want to explore more online opportunities, click to preview the following sets. Boom allows you to “play” the first four cards of each set so you really know what you are getting.
- Developing Music Staff Skills
- Rhythmic Dictation
- Melodic Dictation (Key of F)
- Melodic Dictation (Key of C)
- Melodic Dictation (Key of G)
- Treble Clef Note Names
- Bass Clef Note Names
- What Do You Hear? | Rhythm Pattern Identification
- What Do You Hear? | Melodic Patterns (Key of F)
- What Do You Hear? | Melodic Patterns (Key of C)
Boom Cards may be purchased through the TpT links included in this post or directly through Boom Learning.
You may feel woefully unprepared to teach elementary music online. You are not alone. Your students did not sign up for online education either. Do NOT overwhelm your students and families. Assign one music reading song, one song for fun, and one activity a week at the most. Make it your mission to bring joy into your families’ homes, not frustration and just “one more thing to do.”
You and your students can be successful with fun and free elementary music distance learning activities.