Halloween Activities for the Music Classroom

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Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 11.10.42 PMIf you are able to celebrate Halloween activities in your music classroom, here are some great free resources to check out (some are Fall-themed):

  1. The 13 scariest pieces of classical music for Halloween” – by Melissa Lesnie from Limelight, Australia’s classical music and arts magazine. This article names 13 classical pieces that music educators could use in their classrooms for listening maps, accompaniments for stories, music and movement, performances and/or assessments of rhythm patterns, and so much more.
  2. Halloween Games” by D’Net Layton. The pumpkin rhythm cards are printable or can be projected on screen, in a powerpoint/keynote, or in an IWB software file to be made interactive.  Though this is coming from a piano teacher blog, it can be adapted to a music classroom where the awards of candy could be replaced with something else from being a leader of the next music game, etc.
  3. Are You Afraid of the Dark? 4 Halloween Activities for the Music Classroom” – by Sarah Mulberg from Bright Hub Education. The activities featured here have downloadable pdfs and the lessons vary from early childhood to elementary.
  4. Halloween Teacher Resources” – from TeacherVision. There is a wealth of resources listed here from printables to lesson plans, to activities, to cross-curricular connections. Many of the resources listed here could be used as supplements for a music lesson or could be adapted into a music lesson.

These are just a few that can be found through shared internet resources or music networks. In addition, these resources are free. I hope that these can assist you with your musical Halloween/Fall activities.


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Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com

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