Band Sub Plans "The Marine Band & Sousa" for Patriotic Music Lesson

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Band Directors Talk Shop
Grade Levels
4th - 12th
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46 pages
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I wanted students to listen to patriotic music and learn about the songs during our observance of Veterans Day. This was very helpful. Thank you.
This is a very well designed resource. It is very detailed and is a great lesson for students whether there is a substitute or not.
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This band sub lesson plan is a perfect VETERANS DAY music lesson OR MEMORIAL DAY music lesson! Great for general music lesson plans, too! Your students will enjoy learning about John Philip Sousa and the prestigious Marine Band. What a great way to honor our country and the US military!

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Keep this music substitute lesson plan on file for an unexpected absence or use it for a fun motivational lesson for your band students or upper elementary students. This plan can be used with or without technology, although technology is strongly recommended. Access to the internet greatly enhances the lesson and is recommended. Your students will love seeing the engaging YouTube videos!

The entire lesson WITH technology is 50 min.

The entire lesson WITHOUT using technology (worksheets alone) is 20-30 min.

Students will learn about the President’s Own Marine Band as well as the life of John Philip Sousa. This lesson plan can be used any time of year to help you out in a bind, but it is especially fun to use for a Veteran's Day music activity or Memorial Day music activity. If using for a sub plan, the substitute does not need any prior musical knowledge. You’ll feel better knowing your students will still be learning about music when you’re gone!

This Substitute Lesson Plan includes:

  • Instructions for you
  • Clear substitute instructions of how to use this lesson
  • A slideshow presentation of the President’s Own Marine Band with links to engaging YouTube videos your students will love!
  • A Marine Band information worksheet as well as a “fill in the blank” version for students to assess understanding
  • A “During John Philip Sousa’s Lifetime” info sheet and fill in the blank worksheet
  • Small group activity instructions

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Feedback from happy customers:

⭐"This will be going into my sub plans. Engaging for the kids, and easy for a non-musical sub to use! Great resource!"

⭐"This worked well for a sub to come in and use with my 5th and 6th graders. Very handy!"

⭐"Loved the slide presentation. Looks great, and it is super easy to follow the lesson plan."

⭐"This is great for a sub, or for filler time after a concert!"


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