Keep this lesson plan on file for an unexpected absence. None of us like to call in sick at the last minute, but emergencies happen. This lesson plan can be used any time of year to help you out in a bind – 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!
*Substitutes must have access to the internet and be able to show students short videos to use this lesson plan.
This Emergency Substitute Plan includes:
- Detailed instructions for you
- Clear substitute instructions of how to use this lesson
- 7 short, quality videos about music (4-6 minutes each)
o Khan Academy – Note values, duration & time signature
o Khan Academy – Rhythm, dotted notes, ties & rests
o How It’s Made (Instrument #1)
o How It’s Made (Instrument #2)
o Star Wars: A New Hope Ending
o Star Wars: A New Hope Ending – second version
o TEDed – Why We Love Repetition in Music
- Questions about each video to keep students engaged and make them think
- Questions include multiple choice and short answer
This lesson is written for a 50-minute class, with plenty to be sure they won’t finish early. Substitute instructions tell the substitute not to worry if they don’t get it all finished.
Other lesson plans available from Band Directors Talk Shop include:
Emergency Substitute Lesson Plan
Substitute Lesson Plan – Teaching Meter (for a non-music sub)
Looking for engaging activities for your beginning students?
Check out Volume 1!
Rhythm Envelope Game Volume 1
and Rhythm Envelope Game Volume 2
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