“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.” Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 – 1894)
Music, like spring, can make us feel rejuvenated and joyful. Add music to your daily learning for fun and for many other wonderful benefits.
If you want to go really in-depth in the atmosphere of the season, check out Classical Magic’s musical lesson plan for Spring from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.http://www.amonco.org/spring7/montessori_spring7.pdf
Present lessons comparing Renaissance with the Baroque Period by visiting http://www.amonco.org/spring2002_1.html
Combine music with multicultural studies by teaching your students songs in languages other than English, with Cantemos www.amonco.org/spring1/montessori_spring1.pdf and Professor Toto. http://www.amonco.org/spring6/montessori_spring6.pdf Professor Toto®
Present the instruments of the orchestra using free Montessori instrument nomenclature cards. http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2010/12/instrument-nomenclature-cards.html
For a selected selection of instruments for children see http://www.themusichouse.com/musich/kidsdirectory.htm
You can find lots of informative and inspirational free instructional videos on-line, which can let children (and adults) explore a variety of musical concepts without a large initial expense. Just search your favorite video site for “learn to play [insert instrument]”, :”learn to sing”, etc.
There is ample evidence that the inclusion of music is beneficial to children’s overall educational experience and performance. Explore these links for more details.
Finally, this article from Scientific American explores what we know (and what we don’t) about how listening to and/or making music affects our minds. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=musics-effects-on-the-min&print=true
Happy Lesson Planning!