This site is designed to help you use classical music as part of your daily classroom activities. Classical music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, enrich the heart and soothe the soul; it can also help you meet the educational objectives of your students.
The following Classics for Kids® lesson plans provide practical, effective activities for grades K-5 to help you teach the basics of music to your students. Portions of the lessons can also be used by classroom teachers. They are based on national and state standards, Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Critical Thinking skills based on Bloom's Taxonomy. Each set of three lesson plans focuses on an individual classical music composer and a selected piece of music.
The lesson plans were written by Dr. Kay Edwards, Professor and Chair of Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Dr. Edwards earned both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in general music from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Ohio University. She has been an active clinician and author in the areas of elementary general music, guided listening, and multicultural music education for more than 15 years at the university level and has 10 years experience as an elementary general music teacher. In addition to Orff Level III certification, she has special training in Kodály and Dalcroze pedagogies.
Additional resources for teachers and parents, as well as the Classics for Kids Activity Pages, were provided by Music Educator and former Classics for Kids® Consultant Jennifer Morris and former Cincinnati Public Radio Educational Outreach Manager, Carolyn Phillips.