The Elementary Music Teacher Academy

The Elementary Music Teacher Academy

ARE YOU FRUSTRATED TEACHING ELEMENTARY MUSIC?

You’re doing your absolute best to teach elementary music, but you feel like you’re not making any progress.

Maybe you leave school most days feeling defeated and like giving up and you don’t have a mentor teacher to ask for help.

It’s not easy when you feel like the other teachers in your building just don’t get what you do.

You’ve probably thought many times, “I’m so overwhelmed teaching elementary music!”

What if you could stop feeling this way and get the support you’ve been needing today?

There’s a lot lacking when it comes to mentoring elementary music teachers and my goal is to help give you the support system you’ve been needing.

If you’ve said “I struggle with”…
⇒ classroom management and procedures

⇒ teaching elementary music with confidence

⇒ how to connect with my toughest students

⇒ understanding the ins and outs of a typical day in the music room

⇒ structuring my class time for maximum effectiveness

⇒ lesson planning strategies

⇒ teaching “all the things” to my students

⇒ finding a work-home life balance

…than you NEED to enroll in The Elementary Music Teacher Academy today!

Click on the "VIDEOS" tab to see what video lessons, teacher trainings, and course lessons that are included.

Also, scroll to the bottom of that page to see the many PDF resources you'll receive as well.

See what one of my students said after joining:
“Hi Jessica! I just joined The Elementary Music Teacher Academy, and it is such a blessing! I begin a new job Monday teaching Pre-K to 11th grade in a small private school, with no budget! I am quite overwhelmed but excited! I spent the day watching your videos and omg they were God sent!! Thank you!!” Cristiana- K-11th music teacher

YOU’LL ALSO GET:
*Entry into the private Facebook group

*Weekly topic discussions

*A community of other music teachers

*Access to any new trainings, lessons, or PDF resources

*Monthly mentoring group calls with me and the other members

*Ongoing email support

STOP FEELING OVERWHELMED AND STRESSED OUT AND FIND YOUR JOY IN TEACHING MUSIC TODAY!

The Elementary Music Teacher Academy includes the Teacher Training bundle, Lessons and Lesson plan bundle, and Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint course that are also sold separately below.

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81 Videos

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-1

    Welcome to "The Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint" course. In lesson 1, we'll discuss how to set up your classroom. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 2.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-2

    In lesson 2, we'll discuss classroom management and assessment. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 3.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-3

    In lesson 3, we'll discuss classroom procedures. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 4.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-4

    In lesson 4, we'll discuss lesson planning. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 5.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-5

    In lesson 5, we'll discuss favorite resources and teaching materials. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 6.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-6

    In lesson 6, we'll discuss planning and putting on programs. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 7.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-7

    In lesson 7, we'll discuss classroom instruments. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 8.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-8

    In lesson 8, we'll discuss recorder. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 9.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-9

    In lesson 9, we'll discuss teaching kids to sing. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 10.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-10

    In lesson 10, we'll discuss centers. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 11.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-11

    In lesson 11, we'll discuss how to teach movement. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 12.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-12

    In lesson 12, we'll discuss literacy in music. Don't forget that this lesson doesn't have a printable worksheet and I'll see you in lesson 13.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-13

    In lesson 13, we'll discuss music teaching strategies. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 14.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-14

    In lesson 14, we'll discuss teaching music in a low income school. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 15.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-15

    In lesson 15, we'll discuss how to collaborate with other teachers. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 16.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-16

    In lesson 16, we'll discuss why it's important to know the support staff. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 17.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-17

    In lesson 17, we'll discuss what to leave for a substitute teacher. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 18.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-18

    In lesson 18, we'll discuss how to start a 4th-5th grade honors choir. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 19.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-19

    In lesson 19, we'll discuss putting on a successful talent show. Don't forget to download the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson before moving on to lesson 20.

  • Elementary-Music-Teacher-Blueprint-Lesson-20

    In lesson 20, we'll discuss how to balance your home life with your music teacher life. Don't forget to complete the printable worksheet that accompanies this lesson, then I'll see you at the outro video.

  • Communicating with parents as the elementary music teacher

    In this training, we'll go over ways to communicate with parents as the elementary music teacher. This is tricky, because you see every child in the school. So, you'll communicate with the parents differently than the regular classroom teachers.

    Key takeaways from this training include:
    1. ...

  • How to emotionally connect with your students with Anne Mileski

    This training with Anne Mileski of anacrusic.com is about how to connect with your students. As music teachers, it's harder to form a relationship with our students when we don't see them as often as the regular classroom teachers. But, there are definitely ways you can connect with your kiddos...

  • How to effectively teach songs from other cultures

    In this training, we'll discuss ways to teach songs from other cultures or countries with lower and upper elementary grades.

    Key take aways from this training include:
    1. “Listen to an unfamiliar song and become familiar with it and practice it before you try to teach it. But, remember to ...

  • How to teach holiday music throughout the school year

    In this video, you'll learn tips for including holiday music throughout the school year, how to find activities and songs, and why it's ok to just have fun with your students sometimes.

    The key takeaways from this training include:
    1. "There's so much music out there. Don't get so hung up ...

  • How to find a balance between teaching sacred and secular music

    What holidays to include throughout the school year and how to find a balance between teaching sacred and secular music.

    The key takeaways from this training include:
    1. ”If you’re doing a holiday program with certain grades, you’ll do just one song with the other grades”
    2. ”Vary up your pr...

  • Ways to include students who can't participate with holiday music

    In this training, we'll be discussing ways you can include students who can't participate with holiday music.

    The key takeaways from this training include:
    1. "Before you do anything else, talk to that child's classroom teacher and parent to find out which activities they can participate in....

  • Ways to teach instruments in the elementary music room

    In this training, we'll discuss how to use instruments, what instruments you need, and what to do if you don't have instruments.

    The key takeaways from this training include:
    1. “Small groups can play rhythms, they can create rhythms together as a class, or they can improvise."
    2. "Center...

  • Tips for teaching singing in elementary music

    In this training, I'll share tips for teaching singing in elementary music. This is something that definitely didn't come naturally to me when I first started teaching, since I'm an instrumentalist. But, these are the strategies I began implementing that really helped not only me, but my studen...

  • Tips for teaching movement in elementary music

    This training goes over my favorite tips for teaching movement in elementary music. Getting kids up and moving is so important, and honestly in my opinion, is when lots of music learning takes place. If you're not teaching movement yet, most of the time, it just takes us stepping out of our com...

  • Teaching songwriting, composing, and improvising in elementary music

    This was originally going to be an interview with Steve Giddings of stevesmusicroom.com about how he teaches songwriting and composing in his music classroom. Due to technology issues, this training is me teaching and going over the interview answers Steve gave.

    Check out his website at ste...

  • Ways to integrate music into the other subjects

    This video will give you ideas for what to say to classroom teachers when they ask you, "how do I integrate music into my classroom?"

    It will help you with integration ideas for language arts, math, science, and social studies. Look at the music integration PDF for even more ideas.

  • Procedures, classroom management, and setting student expectations

    Classroom management is definitely a huge struggle for elementary music teachers. You just want to teach music, and don't want to have to constantly focus on behavior issues and procedures. But, when good classroom management is in place, your teaching will go a lot smoother and more learning t...

  • Creativity in the music room with Steve Giddings

    In this training, you'll learn ways you can bring creativity into your music classroom, through using improvising and composing, even if it's new to you. Steve Giddings from stevesmusicroom.com does an excellent job explaining how to really implement these ideas into an elementary music classro...

  • How to plan for next school year

    In this training, we'll discuss everything you need to do now to have a successful school year next year.

    The key takeaways from this training include:
    1. “Look at what worked this year and what didn’t work this year and rethink things for next year.”
    2. “When you take professional developm...

  • How to successfully begin teaching elementary music webinar

    This training will help you with getting started teaching elementary music. To get an even more extensive training, take the Elementary Music Teacher Blueprint course that is included in the academy.

  • This is Halloween

    "This is Halloween" is a poem to use during Halloween time. After learning the poem, students will add vocal or instrument ostinatos.

    Materials needed- melodic or rhythm instruments

    Grade level- lower elementary

  • The Thing That Isn't There

    "The Thing That Isn't There" is perfect to use as a Halloween activity. This song teaches students to use their head voice and how to sing verses. After students sing the song, they can add ostinatos on instruments and with voices.

    Materials needed- rhythm or melodic instruments

    Grade leve...

  • Five Little Pumpkins

    In the poem "Five Little Pumpkins", students will clap the rhythm of the poem, then will add 3 other rhythm parts underneath the main rhythm.

    Materials needed-drum (tupperware, bucket), rhythm sticks (wooden/plastic spoons), triangle (metal spoons) and an electronic device or computer.

    ...

  • A Turkey Named Burt

    "A Turkey Named Burt" is the perfect activity to use during Thanksgiving time. Students will learn the speech piece, then add movement and vocal ostinatos.

    Materials needed:
    rhythm or melodic instruments

    Grade level: lower elementary

  • The Animal Fair

    In this folk song, K-5th grade students will learn the song "The Animal Fair" and add a dance to go along with it.

  • We Are Dancing in the Forest

    "We are Dancing in the Forest" is a song for lower elementary that teaches melodic direction while also teaching a fun game.

    Materials needed: computer or device to watch lesson on

    Grade level- lower elementary

  • Five Little Seeds

    "Five Little Seeds" is a speech piece activity for lower elementary students. In this activity, students will explore steady beat, rhythm, and movement.

    Materials needed- device to watch the lessons on

    Grade levels- K-2nd

  • Winter is Coming

    "Winter is Coming" is a 2 part song about Winter. Students will sing all about hats, mittens, sleds, and snow. and will be practicing their singing voice. This is a great song for choir too.

    Materials needed-an electronic device or computer

    Difficulty level-all ages will be able to sing th...

  • In the Window

    "In the Window" is a song about Hanukkah to use in Winter. Students will learn what Hanukkah is and use their singing voices.

    Materials needed: triangles or other rhythm instruments

    Grade level: Lower elementary

  • Summer

    "Summer" is a body percussion activity to use as a warm up or as a music lesson. It teaches rhythm, steady beat, and how to speak 2 parts at the same time.

    Materials needed- tablet or device to watch lesson on

    Difficulty level- upper or lower elementary (modifications are made)

  • Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track

    "Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track" is a speech piece that incorporates different instrument parts.

    Materials needed: rhythm or melodic instruments

    Grade level: upper elementary (can modify for lower elem.)

  • I Wish

    "I Wish" is a speech piece (or poem) that students will add drums to. They will play the steady beat, rhythm, and ostinatos together as a class or in parts.

    Materials needed: rhythm instruments

    Grade level: Lower or upper elementary

  • 2-4-6-8

    "2-4-6-8" is a speech piece that incorporates body percussion and rhythm.

    Materials Needed- device to watch lessons on

    Difficulty Level- lower elementary and can add to it for upper elementary students

  • One Bottle of Pop

    "One Bottle of Pop" is a song students can sing in a round while also doing motions.

    Grade level: lower elementary learn the melody and upper elementary can learn the round

  • Mother Mother

    "Mother, Mother" teaches singing voice with movement and rhythm sticks.

    Materials needed- device to watch lesson on

    Grade level: lower elementary

  • Four White Horses

    Students will learn to sing the melody, follow the melodic direction with their hands, what syncopation is, learn about music from the Caribbean, and play a hand game with partners.

    Materials needed: device to watch lesson on, instruments if needed

    Grade level: 3rd-5th

  • Circle Round the Zero

    "Circle Round the Zero" is a folk song and dance. Student's will learn how the melody moves and count the rhythms before learning the dance.

    Materials Needed-a device to play the video on

  • Alabama Gal

    "Alabama Gal" is a folk dance that is so much fun! Your students will love this dance. Be sure to watch the YouTube video to help you see this dance in action that I included the link to in the lesson plan.

    Materials needed: device to watch the lesson on

    Grade levels:
    Lower elementary...

  • Bate Bate Chocolate

    Students will learn "Bate Bate Chocolate" in Spanish, then learn the meaning in English. Identify Mexico on a map, count the rhythms of the song, then practice stirring the chocolate and adding motions.

    Materials needed- device to watch the lesson on

    Grade level: Lower elementary

  • Kookaburra

    "Kookaburra" is a round from Australia. Kids will learn the song, add movement, then learn to sing it in a round.

    Materials needed: device to watch lesson on

    Grade level: upper elementary

  • Hoe Ana Te Vaka

    Students will learn the song "Hoe Ana Te Vaka" and add instruments and movement.

    Materials needed- melodic or rhythm instruments

    Grade level- Upper elementary (can modify for lower)

  • Che Che Kole

    "Che Che Kole" is an African echo song that uses body percussion. Students will learn how the melody moves and follow it with their hands, discuss why it’s important to learn music from other countries, clap the rhythm, echo sing, and make up motions and body percussion.

    Materials Needed-devic...

  • Himmel und Erde

    "Himmel und Erde" teaches upper elementary how to sing in a German round.

  • Movement with Scarves

    This lesson teaches students how to do creative movement by using scarves and to do mirroring. We will move high, low, big, and small.

    Materials needed-scarves or ribbons and a device to watch the lesson on

    Difficulty level-preschool or lower elementary

  • B-I-N-G-O

    Students will learn "B-I-N-G-O" and add shakers during the rests. They'll learn sounds/silences.

    Materials Needed: device to watch lesson on, and a shaker

    Grade level: lower elementary

  • I'm a Little Teapot

    In "I'm a Little Teapot" students will work on singing voice and add simple rhythm instruments.

    Materials Needed: Rhythm sticks, device to watch lesson on

    Grade level: Lower elementary

  • It's Raining, It's Pouring

    "It's Raining, It's Pouring" teaches singing, but also a xylophone accompaniment and rhythm sticks.

    Materials needed: melodic and rhythm instruments

    Grade level: Lower elementary

  • Ten Little Bluebirds

    "Ten Little Bluebirds" teaches singing and melodic direction. Students will sing and add a xylophone glissando to represent the birds flying away.

    Materials needed- xylophone and device to watch the lessons on

    Grade level: lower elementary

  • Songs About Rain

    In this lesson, students will learn the songs "I Don't Care if the Rain Comes Down" and "Singing in the Rain". They will practice their singing voices as well as adding movements and a shaker part to the songs.

    Materials Needed-shaker and device or computer to watch lesson on

    Grade level-...

  • Five Little Monkeys

    "Five Little Monkeys" teaches singing and movement.

    Materials needed-device to watch lesson on.

    Grade level: lower elementary

  • Hot Cross Buns and Snail Snail

    "Hot Cross Buns" and "Snail Snail" teach solfege, rhythm counting, and xylophone.

    Materials needed-xylophone or keyboard (if you have one) and electronic device or computer.

    Grade level: Lower elementary sing and movement, upper elementary do the full lesson

  • Knock at the Door

    "Knock at the Door" teaches body percussion, xylophone, and singing.

    Materials Needed-xylophone or other barred instrument and device to watch the video lesson on

    Difficulty Level-For 3rd-5th grade, but modifications can be made for 1st-2nd graders

  • The Bouncy Ball

    "The Bouncy Ball" teaches about mallet technique, barred instrument accompaniment and chords, and steady beat.

    Materials Needed-Xylophone, metallophone, or glockenspiel and a device to watch the lesson on

    Difficulty Level-2nd-3rd grades have a modified part on the lesson plan and 4th-5th gr...

  • Cup Passing Game

    In the "Cup Passing Game", students will sit in a circle and pass a cup by saying the same rhythm together.

    Materials Needed-plastic cups and device or computer to watch lesson on

    Difficulty Level-3rd-5th grades, but modifications are taught for 1st-2nd grades

  • Body Percussion Warm-up

    This body percussion warm-up uses clapping, patting, stomping, and snapping in ABACA form.
    Materials needed: device to watch video on

    Grade level: upper elementary

  • The Butcher Shop

    "The Butcher Shop" is a speech piece that teaches steady beat, rhythm, body percussion, and drumming

    Materials needed-a device to watch the lesson on, drum or bucket

    Difficulty level-3rd-5th grades, but can be modified for 1st-2nd by practicing steady beat and rhythm one at a time instead ...

  • Peter Peter, If You're Able

    "Peter Peter, If You're Able" is a drumming activity that teaches ABA form and improvisation.

    Materials needed-an electronic device to watch the video lesson on, a drum (or bucket), boomwhacker (or paper towel roll), rhythm sticks (or plastic spoons), and a triangle (or metal spoons).

    Di...

  • Monkey Monkey Moo

    "Monkey Monkey Moo" is a speech piece that teaches ABA form. In the A section, we will be drumming the rhythm of the song. In the B section, we will be improvising our own rhythms.

    Materials needed-a drum, or a bucket, tupperware container, or the floor and electronic device or computer.
    ...

  • The Homework Battle

    In "The Homework Battle", we will be using body percussion to stomp and clap the words. We will discuss form, dynamics, rhythm, and layer two rhythms together.

    Materials needed- an electronic device or computer

    Difficulty level- Younger students can learn the A section by just speaking th...

  • Song of Peace

    "Song of Peace" teaches two part harmony

    Materials needed-a device to watch the lesson on

    Grade level: upper elementary

  • The Star Spangled Banner

    Students will learn "The Star Spangled Banner" and a vocal warm-up, about our singing voice, and practice proper posture and etiquette.

    Materials needed-electronic device or computer

    All grade levels

  • Recorder-Lesson-1-B-Song

    This is the first lesson in the recorder course. Students will learn how to put the recorder together, how to blow air, how to cover the holes, and will learn the note B.

  • Recorder-Lesson-2-A-Song

    Students will learn the note A and review recorder technique.

  • Recorder-Lesson-3-AB-Song

    Students will learn to play the notes A and B in a song and will review recorder technique.

  • Recorder-Lesson 4- G Song

    This lesson will teach students to play G on the recorder, while keeping a steady beat and counting the rhythm.

  • Recorder-Lesson-5-GA-Song

    This lesson will teach students to play G-A on the recorder, while keeping a steady beat and counting the rhythm.

  • Recommended resources-setting up your classroom and parent communication.pdf

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  • Recommended resources-teaching songwriting, singing, movement, and instruments.pdf

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  • Recommended resources-teaching holiday songs.pdf

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  • Holiday calendar and song suggestions.pdf

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  • Recommended resources-teaching songs from other cultures.pdf

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  • Recommended resources-how to connect with your students.pdf

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  • EMTBCourse.zip

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  • LessonPlans.zip

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  • CurriculumMapK-5th.pdf

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  • Sticker charts.pdf

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  • take a musical minute.pdf

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  • Recorder lesson plans.zip

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