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Music - 1st

Exploring the World of Music

Welcome to our first grade music lesson! Today, we will be diving into the exciting world of music. Our goal is to introduce students to the basic concepts of music, including rhythm, melody, and instruments. By the end of this lesson, students will have a better understanding of how music works and will be able to create their own simple musical compositions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the basic elements of music
  • Understand the concept of rhythm and melody
  • Identify different musical instruments
  • Create a simple musical composition


This lesson will be a combination of interactive discussions, hands-on activities, and creative exercises. We will use a variety of resources, including visuals, audio recordings, and musical instruments, to engage students and make the learning experience enjoyable.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Visual aids (posters, flashcards, etc.)
  • Audio recordings of different musical pieces
  • Various musical instruments (if available)
  • Blank sheets of paper and coloring materials


Step 1: Introduction to Music

Begin the lesson by asking students what they know about music. Show them different visual aids, such as posters or flashcards, depicting musical notes, instruments, and musicians. Discuss the importance of music in our lives and how it can evoke different emotions.

Step 2: Exploring Rhythm and Melody

Introduce the concepts of rhythm and melody. Play audio recordings of different musical pieces and ask students to clap or tap along to the beat. Discuss how rhythm is created by combining different durations of sounds. Show them visual representations of musical notes and explain how they represent different pitches or melodies.

Step 3: Musical Instruments

Show students pictures or actual musical instruments (if available) and discuss their names and sounds. Play short audio clips of each instrument and ask students to identify them. Encourage them to share any personal experiences they may have had with musical instruments.

Step 4: Creating a Musical Composition

Provide each student with a blank sheet of paper and coloring materials. Instruct them to draw a simple picture that represents a specific emotion (e.g., happiness, sadness, excitement). Then, ask them to create a musical composition to accompany their drawing. They can use their voices, clapping, or simple instruments (if available) to create sounds that match the emotion portrayed in their drawing.


  • Clapping or tapping along to different rhythms
  • Identifying musical instruments by their sounds
  • Creating a simple musical composition


To assess students' understanding, observe their participation during discussions and activities. Evaluate their ability to clap or tap along to different rhythms and identify musical instruments correctly. Additionally, review their musical compositions and provide feedback on their ability to match sounds with emotions.

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Common Core State Standards for Music Education

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