In my last post, I mentioned the MiniMusic kit by Paula Manwaring (Kjos Publishing) that I purchased while I was at the NCKP conference. You might remember that I also briefly spoke about the first musical opera concert I attended, and how much that concert has helped me. The photos and description of this curriculum on the Kjos Publishing website do not do it justice! So I decided to show you some photos I took myself. I think many of the materials included in the kit are great resources for group lessons and games with students of ANY age.
Here’s a list of what is included:
- Teacher Handbook with 9 months worth of weekly lesson plans.
- Student Workbook (you can buy these individually for your students from the Kjos website)
- Staff/keyboard scarf
- Music notes printed on transparency sheets (to be cut out and used on the scarf staff)
- 2-sided Bingo sheets: music symbols or musical instruments.
- Plastic markers for the staff and the Bingo sheets
- Puppet friends (to be cut out and glued on wooden craft sticks)
- 6 different kinds of flashcards, all printed on card stock paper and laminated.
Here’s a peek at what the Teacher Handbook and Student Workbook look like inside:
And here’s a close-up of the two-sided staff/keyboard scarf. It’s machine washable!
Here’s a picture of all the flashcards. They are all printed on card stock and laminated.
- Rhythm Cards
- Interval Cards
- Key Cards
- Note/Rest Value Cards
- Instrument Cards
- Musical Alphabet Cards
What sold me is that this is a flexible curriculum. I chatted with Paula at the Kjos booth after the showcase that morning, and she encouraged me to modify the lesson plans in any way I choose. As is, the lesson plans are quite theory-heavy, and personally I’d like to begin with plenty of movement and listening activities before jumping into the theory right off the bat. But, to be far, I haven’t looked at the lesson plans in great detail yet. I’m just so pleased to have found a curriculum that I can completely customize to my teaching style, needs, and goals! I’m really looking forward to seeing how this works with my students. 🙂