Empowering Early Childhood Educators, Parents and Caregivers Alike

A Sample Daily Schedule for Music Learning

How does music learning fit into the routine and flow of the classroom?

As children enter the classroom

Play the piece “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland (Fall~Active Listening Playlist, Track #1).  As your students put away their things and get settled into the classroom, ask them to listen to the music and think about the story that the music is telling.  Is something exciting happening?  Or is the music gentle and calming?  At morning circle time, ask each child to describe what they heard. (less than 5 minutes)

During morning circle time

Use the Morning Circle Time weekly videos during your morning circle time to get children up, moving, engaged, and their brains turned on.  Laugh and sing with your students while they do a body warm up, speak a fingerplay, prepare their voices for singing, and sing a song together! (8 minutes)

Transitions throughout Your Day

Use the Music for Transitions playlist to choose from a list of pieces specifically chosen to help children move from one activity to the next while staying calm, focused and using those listening ears to engage with music. (2 minutes)

As a Warm-Up for Literacy and Math

Use the three Supercharge Your Brain weekly videos to give your students the opportunity to practice keeping a steady beat to music and singing a sequence song, all of which uses the same neural pathways that your students need for developing early literacy and math skills. (8 minutes)

After Recess

Use the Musical Mindfulness Minute playlist to choose from a list of pieces specifically chosen to help children (and adults) to calm their bodies, take deep breaths, and regulate their emotions. (5 minutes)

End of the Day

Use the two Play! weekly videos to engage your students in musical play.  These videos include action songs to get your students up, moving, singing and laughing as well as singing circle games that are the perfect way to end your day with your students, making sure all feel included and loved. (10 minutes)

In about thirty minutes a day, you can help strengthen your students’:

  • Literacy skills
  • Math skills
  • Communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Empathy skills
  • Self-regulation skills

And all through the power of music!