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Free Elementary Music Teacher Resources Boom Cards Video Tutorials

These free elementary music teacher resources include short video tutorials to get started using Music Literacy Boom Cards in your classes.

Do you need innovative ways to reinforce and assess your students’ music literacy skills? Do you need short informative video tutorials which are geared specifically toward elementary music teachers to help you get started?

We’ve got you covered with versatile no-prep activities that will enhance any elementary music curriculum. This 5-part short video series will revolutionize your music literacy curriculum!

Music Literacy Boom Cards are versatile and provide upper-level REAL learning opportunities. They can be an important tool to help develop your students’ music reading skills. Best of all, Boom Cards are FUN! Your students will be motivated to “play” and learn in a game-like setting and work to improve their scores.

Free Elementary Music Teacher Resources to Develop Students' Music Reading Skills - 5 Video Tutorials

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FREE Elementary Music Teacher Resources and Professional Development Credit

World Upside Down is offering free professional development credit when you complete these same video tutorials through their FREE Elementary Teacher Membership.

If you need professional development credit, click below to register. Then, navigate to the Boom Cards modules. Upon completion, you will receive a professional development certificate. No test or evaluation is required. 😊

Advantages of Using Boom Cards

Before you invest any time in learning about this technology, let’s talk about some of the advantages of using Boom Cards. If you have never used Music Literacy Boom Cards, you might be surprised to know they reinforce REAL music literacy skills.

Sequential rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, musical pattern identification sets, and our other sequential series are perfect for reinforcement, practice, or assessment of students’ music reading levels.

A few advantages of Boom Cards. . . . .

  • Boom Cards are self-checking. They give students immediate feedback.
  • Fix mistakes. When students make a mistake, they listen again and fix it.
  • Versatile. Boom Cards do not have to be 1:1 activities with each student using their own device. They may be used as large group activities with the activities displayed on a whiteboard as all students answer with simple manipulatives, signs, or signals.
  • Easy to Use. When you use the FastPlay Link, there are NO STUDENT LOGINS!
  • Flexible. Boom Cards may be easily assigned through your school’s LMS, Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, etc., email, or even QR codes.
  • Differentiation is Easy. Sequential sets of Boom Cards make differentiation simple.
  • Motivating. Students may repeat the same set of Boom Cards multiple times to improve their scores.
  • Economical. The same set of Boom Cards may be assigned to all students enrolled in the purchasing teacher’s classes. And, they may be used year after year.
  • Variety of Teacher Accounts. Boom Learning offers FREE teacher accounts.

Introduce Musical Elements with Song-Based Music Literacy Activities

Boom Cards are NOT the best choice to introduce musical elements. Initial music reading skills should be introduced through song-based activities. These first steps of teaching young children to read music are often the hardest.

See these posts for tips to help elementary music teachers design a solid sequential music reading program.

After your students have had experience reading, singing, and performing the targeted musical elements, Boom Cards are the perfect choice to reinforce and/or assess learning.

Boom Cards are the perfect choice to reinforce and/or assess Music Reading Skills.

Video 1 – Are Boom Cards Beneficial for Your Elementary Music Classroom?

Absolutely! But the best way to tell you how sequential Music Literacy Boom Cards can help your students develop their music literacy skills is to SHOW you. The video below gives you a succinct introduction to what Music Literacy Boom Cards are and why you should add them to your educational repertoire.

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What’s Covered in this Video? Click to Jump to Any Spot.
  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:37 – Misconceptions About Boom Cards
  • 1:24 – Rhythmic Dictation Boom Cards
  • 3:19 – Melodic Dictation Boom Cards
  • 4:35 – Common Student Mistakes
  • 5:12 – Melodic Dictation in Various Keys
  • 5:46 – Advantages of Using Boom Cards
  • 6:06 – Boom Cards are Very Economical
  • 6:39 – Differentiation is Simple
  • 8:10 – Conclusion

Video 2 – How to Get Started

Now that you have seen for yourself that Boom Cards ARE a valuable tool to develop students’ music literacy, let’s get started. Open up another browser window and complete the steps below as we walk you through video 2. Pause the video as needed.

In video 2, we will . . .

  • Set up a FREE Boom teacher account.
  • Download your first FREE set of Boom Cards.
  • Assign the deck to your students.

Note: When you click to watch on YouTube the live links are in the video description.

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What’s Covered in this Video? Click to Jump to Any Spot.
  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:12 – Where to Obtain Boom Cards
  • 0:38 – How to Download and Redeem
  • 1:40 – Using Custom Categories
  • 2:10 – Download Free Melodic Dictation Set
  • 2:28 – Extract Documents from Zip File
  • 3:17 – Redeeming Boom Cards
  • 3:44 – Create Boom Teacher Account
  • 4:55 – Accessing Boom Cards in Library
  • 5:09 – Assigning with a FastPlay Link
  • 6:37 – Boom Cards and Copyright
  • 7:05 – FastPlay Links Expire in 14 Days

Video 3 – From the Students’ View

Now you have your FREE Boom account set up and a set of Boom Cards to use with your students. Let’s see what the activities look like from the students’ view. You will also learn a workaround to obtain student scores with your FREE teacher account.

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What’s Covered in this Video? Click to Jump to Any Spot.
  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:27 – From the Students’ View
  • 1:23 – So Mi Melodic Dictation Boom Cards
  • 1:52 – Students Should Correct Mistakes
  • 2:15 – Submitting Students’ Scores
  • 2:56 – Account Recommendations

Pair Boom Cards with Simple Manipulatives

The best way to introduce your elementary music students to Music Literacy Boom Cards is as large group activities where the teacher displays the questions on a whiteboard and all students “write” their answers with manipulatives. Both melodic and rhythmic dictation work well with simple manipulatives.

Developing Students' Music Reading Skills | Rhythmic Dictation Using Popsicle Sticks
Stick Dictation
Developing Students' Music Reading Skills | Rhythmic Dictation Using Duplo-Style Blocks and Paper Templates
Duplo-Style Rhythm Blocks
Developing Students' Music Reading Skills | Rhythmic Dictation Using Printable Manipulatives and Templates
Printable Rhythm Blocks

Video 4 – Boom Cards as Whole-Class Activities

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What’s Covered in this Video? Click to Jump to Any Spot.
  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:25 – Rhythmic Dictation Boom Cards
  • 1:02 – Stick Dictation
  • 1:25 – Rhythm Block Manipulatives
  • 1:41 – Printable Paper Manipulatives
  • 2:03 – Recommended Teaching Process
  • 2:30 – Melodic Dictation Boom Cards
  • 3:19 – Rhythm Pattern Identification
  • 4:32 – Treble Clef Note Names

Video 5 – Differentiation is Easy with Boom Cards

One of the most significant advantages of our sequential Music Literacy Boom Cards is the ability to easily differentiate activities. Boom Cards allow music teachers to meet their students where they are.

Students may repeat the same set, step down to a simpler set, or work through a series of Boom Cards at their own pace. This gives advanced students who may be taking private lessons the ability to soar.

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What’s Covered in this Video? Click to Jump to Any Spot.
  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:39 – How NOT to use Boom Cards
  • 1:02 – Various Ways to Use Boom Cards
  • 1:43 – Differentiating Instruction
  • 2:22 – More Ways to Use Boom Cards
  • 3:09 – Accessing FREE Boom Cards Decks
  • 3:34 – How to Contact Us

Develop Students’ Music Reading Skills With These Sequential Boom Cards Series

All of the Music Literacy Boom Cards series below may be used as large group activities, as centers or stations, or as 1:1 activities where each student has their own device. They’re beneficial in the elementary music classroom, for hybrid or flipped classrooms, for homeschool, or in the private studio.

Elementary Music Teachers Using These Resources

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🎶 It can be particularly hard to find quality assessments for the aural skills that were included in this set. This is very convenient and easy to use for both teachers and students. Thanks.

🎶 What a wonderful way to review and practice ear training and dictation! I used it with both f2f and virtual students and they all loved it. They don’t even know I am assessing them since it is a fun game! The bigger kids get pretty competitive!

🎶 This is an excellent resource for distance learning as well as in-class review and reinforcement. This Boom Cards bundle has the basic Sol-Mi and increases through the solfege scale with the different sets. Students work at their own pace and can work through any set as many times as needed/wanted to grow more proficient. Each solfege “tone” is a different color so it’s visually helpful as well as aurally clear to listen to and build ear-training skills.

Developing Music Reading Skills Can Be Fun for Students and Teachers

Yes, Boom Cards can revolutionize your teaching and raise your students’ music reading skills. They add another dimension to help students master ear training and music reading skills. The activities are fun for students and they progress through a sequential path to develop music reading skills.

Similar to instrumental method books, each series provides concrete benchmarks all set in a challenging and motivating game-like setting. Grab your free sets below and let’s get started. 😊


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