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Black History Music Activities – Song Bundle with Orff Accompaniments


No-prep Black History Music Activities include 3 separate lessons with 4 differentiated Orff accompaniments, mp3 rehearsal tracks, biographies of Civil Right Leaders, and more.


These authentic civil rights songs each include leveled biographies of a civil rights leaders, differentiated Orff accompaniments, and mp3 rehearsal tracks that are perfect for your classroom or performance at any time of the year.

No-Prep Black History Song Bundle with Orff Accompaniments
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Included in Each Versatile Black History Music Resources

  • Projectable lessons – PowerPoint versions
  • Simple directions for uploading as Google Slides versions
  • Two rhythmic ostinato patterns
  • Two melodic ostinato patterns
  • Two leveled biographies of a Civil Rights Leader
  • Rehearsal mp3 audio files


Differentiation Made Simple

  • Orff accompaniments of varying difficulty are provided.
  • Melodic ostinato patterns are notated with and without note name prompts.*
  • Each differentiated resource provides attainable performance options for young students while challenging older students.
  • See the preview of each resource for a chart outlining the music elements taught at each level.

*Slides may be printed for individual students needing additional support.


Everything You Need to Teach Engaging Black History Music Lessons

  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Simple observational assessment options with rubric
  • Learning Targets written as clear concise student-centered “I can” statements
  • Suggested performance options for each level
  • Large easy-to-read music notation
  • Two rhythmic ostinato patterns
  • Two melodic ostinato patterns
  • Percussion ensemble scores
  • Rehearsal MP3 audio files
  • Short biographies of a civil rights leader – early and upper elementary versions
  • Song lyrics slides
  • Song notation slides
  • Flexible instrumentation
  • Realistic xylophone diagrams for “air play” practice
  • Simple piano accompaniments
  • Guided instruction leads the teacher and students through lessons
  • Interactive Table of Contents for easy navigation of lessons



Happy Teachers Using This Black History Song Bundle with Orff Accompaniments


M.T. – This has been a resource I have used the last three years that I added to my unit to align with 4th and 5th-grade social studies. Students are engaged and the content shared provides prompts for rich discussions. The emphasis on literacy allows me to continue to teach the melodic motives for this particular grade level…..Very well done!

Mrs. M. – Thank you! I really like how you tied in each song with a mini-history lesson on important civil rights leaders! So important for students to understand the meaning and history behind the music.

Catherine K. – This made a great jumping-off point for an Orff unit during Black History Month. I really appreciated the differentiation by grades in the resources. Excellent.

Heidi T. – I am loving this resource. I used the MLK highlight with pre-k through 4th graders to teach about Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights movement, and the song “Oh Freedom”…. The primary vs. intermediate slides were very well done. I was able to pick and choose slides depending on the time I had with classes. Thank you for this fantastic resource.

Mary C. – This has the right amount of information. It is easy enough that if you want to just use the history you can listen to the song and move on. Or, you can spend more time really learning the songs. They are easy enough to perform at the end of the month, but challenging enough to keep the students engaged.



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