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Black History Music Activities, Song with Orff Accompaniments – Oh, Freedom


No-prep Black History Music Activities include 4 differentiated Orff accompaniments, mp3 rehearsal track, biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., and more.


Oh, Freedom is a traditional spiritual and authentic civil rights song that’s perfect for your classroom or performance any time of the year. Differentiated activities will have students actively engaged in singing, playing instruments, reading pitch, rhythm, treble clef note names, and more.

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

  • Projectable lesson – PowerPoint version
  • Simple directions for uploading as Google Slides version
  • Two rhythmic ostinato patterns
  • Two melodic ostinato patterns
  • Two leveled biographies of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Rehearsal mp3 audio file


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 with Orff Accompaniments


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.

Laurie B. – I used this resource with my 1st-5th grade kids during our Black History Civil Rights Unit. I taught the song first, then each of the individual parts, then gradually put the whole piece together!

Brianna P. – Great Orff activity that led to so many great discussions.

Amy B. – Wonderful lesson for MLK Day – It is set up wonderfully to use across many classes if you wish. My kids loved playing the Orff arrangements that went with it.



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