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
- 5 short videos about music (4-6 minutes each) from the TEDed website
o How to Read Music
o How Brass Instruments Work
o How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain
o A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm
o A-rhythm-etic – The Math Behind the Beats
o …if extra time – Music and Math – The Genius of Beethoven
- 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 an extra video at the end to be sure there is plenty to do. 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:
Beginning Band 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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