This month, as well as being Literacy Month, it is Music in Our Schools Month! March is a great time to bring music into your classroom through listening, performing, creating it. Of course you can also read about it, and Big Universe has some resources that you will find to be a great addition to your bookshelf.
- Music Around the World - This is a book that describes various instruments from different countries while also touching on the concept of patterns.
- Add some more math into the mix of music with Pythagoras and the Ratios as readers discover how the Greek contributed to the way in which we tune and play a variety of instruments.
- Power Chord - This chapter book is a good read for middle school students. The main character decides to start a band (to get the girls) and ends up facing a moral dilemma.
- Why not add in some biographical reading with The Beatles Graphic Biography. As far as I'm concerned, every kid should learn about these guys!
- For a listing of all the books in the Big Universe about music, go HERE.
Dig through your own books and those in your school or local library. You will find lyrics or books about song, theory books and song books, composer biographies and beautiful picture books whose theme is the power of music. Displaying a small (or large) collection of music books in your classroom is a great way to get students thinking and excited about music in their lives.