Musicplay Middle School Teacher's Guide

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Musicplay Middle School Teacher's Guide

Musicplay is an award-winning music curriculum for elementary schools. Musicplay is a sequential curriculum with lessons that follow the calendar year. The weekly lesson outlines the new concepts that will be taught, those that will be reviewed, and includes seasonal and holiday repertoire. The planning is done for the teacher!

Lesson Planning

Year Plans are included for each grade.

Monthly Lesson Outlines give you the month at a glance.

40 weekly detailed lessons offer you a menu of musical activities. There is more than enough material in the lesson plan for two thirty-minute music classes. The lesson plans are like a menu. There are many song choices and for each song, there are activities to choose from. You choose the songs and the activities that teach the curriculum concepts required by your state or province. (Musicplay is aligned to all state and provincial curriculums!) You choose the songs and activities that hold the most appeal for you and your students.

Feel free to substitute freely - Musicplay provides the framework - you get to make the choices.


Recordings are included in the teacher's guides!  (Download Audio MP3's)

Musicplay for Middle School audio tracks have more than 100 musical selections! Teen and adult voices are used, and there are licensed recordings as well. Accompaniments include Orff arrangements, piano accompaniments, and orchestrated accompaniments. Performance songs have both performance tracks and accompaniment tracks - you can use the accompaniments only for your performances. Multicultural songs feature authentic performances - the songs are in original languages and are sung by native singers. Many of the multicultural songs are game songs that appeal to children even though the language and sound may be unfamiliar. Many rounds are included so your students can begin singing in parts. Musicplay for Middle School includes a wealth of choral selections and folk songs in unison as well two and three parts. 


Assessment Suggestions are given throughout the teacher's guides.

Checklists of important skills are included if your district requires the use of them. Reproducibles are included in Musicplay for Middle School. The Musicplay for Middle School teacher's guide includes SATB recorder ensembles. Musicplay for Middle School reproducibles include 47 worksheets for music writing practice and assessment.

Musicplay supports and enhances science, social studies, and language arts curriculums. The Musicplay for Middle School student books or Digital Resources are a wonderful literacy tool providing many opportunities for shared reading. Students will further develop reading skills while they learn music. Poetry is included in Musicplay for Middle School. 

Musicplay for Middle School includes projects for middle school students. A pop song project accompanies the Avril Lavigne song, "SK8ER BOI". A composition project moves students from creating rhythm compositions to writing their own 12-bar blues and raps.

Materials Included:

- Musicplay Middle School Printed Binder / Audio MP3s
History of Jazz

Song List

1. Barges
2. Why Shouldn’t My Car
3. Rufus Rustus
5. Mango Walk  
6. Now We’ll Make the Rafters Ring
7. Love My Baseball
8. Bat Boy
9. Cello Suite, J.S. Bach
10. Syrinx, Claude Debussy
11. I Love This Country
12. Song for the Mira
13. Telemann I
14. Telemann II
15. Telemann III
16. Fish and Chips
17. Complicated
18. Joy
19. Dollar
20. Dry Bones
21. Above a Plain
22. Scarborough Fair
23. Greensleeves
24. Oh My Darling
25. Dona Nobis Pacem
26. La Bamba
27. In Flanders Fields
28. Minuet, Mozart
29. A Song of Peace
30. Hanky Panky
31. Suo Gan
32. Hagdalena*
33. Raga 7
34. Raga 19
35. Wild Mountain Thyme
36. Mary Mac*
37. Round and Round
38. Angels
39. Who Did?
40. String Quartet, Haydn
41. Hineh Ma Tov
42. Il est né, le Divin Enfant





43. Snowflakes
44. Christmas at the Hop
45. Christmas Line Dance
47. Here’s a Song that’s Really Neat
48. It’s a Whacky Kind of Sound
49. Paper Scissors Rock
50. Miss Murphy's Chowder*
51. De Colores
52. Hockey Song
53. Serenade No. 13, Mozart
54. She’s Like the Swallow
55. A Great Big Sea
56. Oh My Love
57. Love Somebody
58. Hi Ho the Rattlin’ Bog
59. Tell My Ma*
60. A Wuni Kuni
61. Hymn to Freedom
62. Wai Bamba
63. Wade in the Water
64. John B. Sails
65. Arupusu
66. String Quartet, Beethoven
67. Fillimiooriay
68. Black Socks
69. Connaughtman's Ramble
70. Musical Priest
71. Gypsy Rover*
72. OO'Kat
73. Found a Peanut










74. Entendez-vous
75. Tumbalalaika
76. A Ram Sam Sam
77. Build a Bridge
78. She Waded in the Water
79. Corner Grocery Store
80. Backporch Blues
81. Cosmopolitan Blues
82. Cosmopolitan Blues
83. Lay Around Blues
84. Backporch Blues
85. Ramsey St. Blues
86. Bat Rap
87. Rappin' With the Animals
88. Hoppin' Hops
89. Tone Loco
90. Hopalong Rapsody, Short
91. My Heart Will Go On
92. Gerakina
93. Tsiftelli Rhythm
94. Tzamiko Rhythm
95. Zembekiko Rhythm
96. Shanty Boys
97. Jubilate Deo
98. Senviak Fanfare
99. Laugh Ha Ha
100. Sippin’ Milkshakes
101. Take Time in Life
102. Sihayamba
103. Samba
104. 6/8 Afro 1
105. Shekers
106. 2/2 Bata
107. Calypso
108. Squid Jiggin’
109. Nova Scotia Song
110. De Ump
111. Do Run
112. Mi Gallo
113. Take Time
114. My Landlord
115. She Sailed Away
116. Cockles and Mussels
117. Un éléphant
118. Mary Had a Little Lamb
119. Blood on the Saddle
120. Home on the Range
121. Farewell
122. O Canada
123. Star Spangled Banner


Audio: Bach Cello Suite
Audio: Barges
Audio: Bat Boy
Audio: Mango Walk - Orff Arrangement
Book: Musicplay for Middle School