One of the nice things about these online music activities for elementary students is that they are not simply for distance learning. All of the activities in this post were originally designed for use in the elementary music classroom as centers, individual or group activities, or even assessments.
I have pulled together all of these resources into one post because they are perfect online music activities for elementary students, teachers, and parents who are now in distance learning situations. Since they were created in sequential sets, some of these activities may extend beyond the scope of your elementary students and be used with middle school and high school students as well.
Since publishing this post, I have created several more series of Boom Cards for Developing Music Literacy. I will keep this post updated with all of my music literacy and ear training sets. Click here to see that blog post.
Interactive Music Composition Blocks | 4 Lessons in 1
This FUN set of interactive music composition activities are sure to be a hit with your students? These drag & drop rhythm blocks ensure student success while teaching about note values, meter, form, and lyrics. Students will create 4 different types of rhythm compositions, each building upon the next. This activity works best when assigned as 4 separate lessons.
These Composition Blocks are available in PowerPoint and Google Slides format. If you are using Google Classroom, be sure and get the Google Slides sets. That will just save the step of uploading activities as PowerPoint and saving as Google Slides.
Each helpful series includes 4 different sets to use with various grade levels or for differentiation within grade levels. These drag and drop activities may be assigned with Google Classroom or through most schools’ LMS (Learning Management System).
- Google Slides Set 1 | Quarter note/rest, eighth notes
- Google Slides Set 2 | Quarter note/rest, eighth notes, half notes, whole notes
- Google Slides Set 3 | Quarter note/rest, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, half notes
- Google Slides Set 4 | Quarter note/rest, eighth notes, eighth/2 sixteenth, 2 sixteenth/eighth
The links above are to the Google Slides Versions. CLICK HERE if you need PowerPoint versions.
Meet the Instrument Series
This series was designed to be delivered by teachers in the elementary music classroom. However, it does work well in a distance learning environment. Each no-prep, guided PowerPoint lesson includes student interaction throughout to involve all students. The presentations include sound links and images for each instrument, and optional guided notes worksheets to keep students engaged.
Important Note: Most of the sound links are to professional symphony orchestras and are designed for children to learn about instruments. A few links are provided by other appropriate sources. Follow your school’s policy about using internet links in distance learning situations.
Sequential Boom Cards for Music Literacy
Everyone is talking about Boom Cards right now for several reasons.
- Boom Cards are no-prep. Easy-to-use, interactive activities.
- These online task cards provide engagement and interactivity for students. Boom is set in a game-like environment which motivates students to improve their performance.
- Boom Cards are self-checking and students get immediate feedback. In all of my sets, if students make a mistake, they should listen again and fix their answers.
- The same deck of Boom Cards may be repeated several times if desired. All of my cards are set to “randomize” so that each time a students “plays” a set, they will see the activities in a different order.
- Boom allows teachers to preview the first 4 cards of each deck so you really know what you are getting and if the activity matches the needs of your students.
- Differentiation is easy with Boom Cards. You may assign different sets to different students or teachers may “hide” certain cards for specific students. All of my Boom sets are designed in sequential sets which makes differentiation a breeze.
- Boom Cards may be used for learning, practice, or even assessment.
Boom Cards are Economical
Most of my sets are around $3.00 and many are FREE. When I first learned about Boom Cards, I thought you needed to purchase a set for each student. I couldn’t believe that it was a one time purchase and that teachers could use one set of Boom Cards with ALL THEIR STUDENTS year after year! Talk about economical!
When you are back in the classroom, you can use Boom Cards as group activities too. If you are not a 1:1 school, you can display Boom Cards on the board and the class can do the activities together. Boom Cards also work well as centers or stations.
Rhythmic Dictation | 7 Sequential Sets
I LOVE this fun set of Rhythmic Dictation cards! Students listen and then drag and drop the blocks to “build” the rhythm they hear. With 7 sequential sets, you can meet the needs of all your students and all your classes. And the Rhythmic Dictation Primer Set is FREE.
Click to preview the sets below.
- Rhythmic Dictation Primer – Quarter note/rest, (FREE)
- Rhythmic Dictation Set 1 – Quarter note/rest, eighth notes
- Rhythmic Dictation Set 2 – Quarter note/rest, eighth notes, half note
- Rhythmic Dictation Set 3 – Quarter note/rest, eighth notes, sixteenth notes
- Rhythmic Dictation Set 4 – Quarter note, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, eighth/2 sixteenth
- Rhythmic Dictation Set 5 – Quarter note, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, 2 sixteenth/eighth
- Rhythmic Dictation Set 6 – Quarter note/rest, eighth notes, syncopation
Melodic Dictation | 7 Sequential Sets
These Melodic Dictation task cards work the same way as the rhythmic set. Students listen and then drag and drop the blocks to “build” the melody they hear. This series also includes 7 sequential sets to provide differentiation within grade levels or classes. Like the rhythmic set, Melodic Dictation Set 1, So-Mi is FREE.
Click to preview the sets below.
- Melodic Dictation Set 1 – So, Mi (FREE)
- Melodic Dictation Set 2 – So, La, Mi
- Melodic Dictation Set 3 – Do, Re, Mi
- Melodic Dictation Set 4 – Do, Re, Mi + So
- Melodic Dictation Set 5 – Do, Mi, So
- Melodic Dictation Set 6 – Do, Mi, So + La
- Melodic Dictation Set 7 – Do, Re, Mi, So, La
Ear Training Series
I had just started creating this Ear Training Series of lessons when our schools began closing due to COVID-19. Therefore, I listed the first 4 lessons in this series FREE to help struggling teachers like you.
- Same/Different Melodic Patterns (FREE)
- Melodic Direction (FREE)
- Visual Identification of Higher and Lower on the Staff (FREE)
Ear Training | What Do You Hear?
- What Do You Hear? | SAMPLER – So, Mi (FREE)
- What Do You Hear? | Primer – So, Mi
- What Do You Hear? | Set 1 – So, La, Mi
- What Do You Hear? | Set 2 – Do, Re, Mi
- What Do You Hear? | Set 3 – Do, Mi, So
- What Do You Hear? | Set 4 – Do, Re, Mi + So
- What Do You Hear? | Set 5 – Do, Mi, So + La
- What Do You Hear? | Set 6 – Do, Re, Mi, So, La
Because the lessons in the “What Do You Hear?” series do not include cutsey clipart, middle school or even high school teachers may want to use the upper level sets to keep their choir students sharp for sight singing.
CLICK HERE to read and preview additional series of pitch and rhythm identification sets.
Treble Clef and Bass Clef Note Name Series
This Treble Clef Series and the Bass Clef Series follow the same pattern and sequence. Each series includes 6 different sets. Sets 1-2 introduce and practice the BASIC space and line notes separately. Set 3 practices the BASIC line and space notes together. These BASIC sets include only the notes on the staff.
Sets 4-5 introduce and practice the EXTENDED space and line notes separately, while Set 6 practices the EXTENDED line and space notes together. See the video previews to see one set from each series in action.
Treble Clef COMPLETE BUNDLE Includes the Following Helpful Resources
- Set 1 – Treble Clef Spaces | BASIC (spaces of the staff)
- Set 2 – Treble Clef Lines | BASIC (lines of the staff)
- Set 3 – Treble Clef Lines & Spaces | BASIC (all notes on the staff)
- Set 4 – Treble Clef Spaces | EXTENDED (includes notes one space above/below the staff)
- Set 5 – Treble Clef Lines | EXTENDED (includes notes one ledger line above/below the staff)
- Set 6 – Treble Clef Lines & Spaces EXTENDED (includes notes one ledger line above/below the staff)
NO-PREP BASS CLEF BUNDLE Includes the Following Resources
- Set 1 – BASIC Space Notes of the Staff (FREE)
- Set 2 – BASIC Line Notes of the Staff
- Set 3 – BASIC Line & Space Notes of the Staff
- Set 4 – EXTENDED Space Notes of the Staff (Low D – High B)
- Set 5 – EXTENDED Line Notes of the Staff (Low C – Middle C)
- Set 6 – EXTENDED Line & Space Notes of the Staff – Bass Clef (Low D – Middle C)
If you would like to learn more about Boom Cards or get more ideas for ways to use them in your classroom, click to read the blog posts below.
We are all hoping to be back in the classroom on time to start a brand new year next fall. What a joy it will be to walk back into your music classroom and see your students face-to-face. All of these online music activities for elementary students will be great lessons to work into your plans again next year.