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Music - 2nd

Exploring the World of Music

Title: Exploring the World of Music

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics

Subject: Music

Summary: This activity introduces second-grade students to the world of music, helping them develop an understanding of different musical elements and instruments.

Topic: Introduction to Music

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe different musical elements, such as rhythm, melody, and tempo.
  • Recognize and name common musical instruments.
  • Understand the role of music in different cultures and occasions.
  • Create simple musical patterns using body percussion and classroom instruments.


This activity will be conducted through a combination of class discussions, hands-on activities, and listening exercises. Students will actively participate in exploring various musical elements and instruments.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Visual aids (pictures or posters of musical instruments)
  • Classroom instruments (e.g., tambourines, maracas, hand drums)
  • Audio recordings of different musical genres and styles


Step 1: Introduction to Musical Elements

Begin the lesson by discussing the different musical elements with the students. Use the whiteboard or blackboard to write down the following terms: rhythm, melody, and tempo. Explain each term using simple language and provide examples.

Step 2: Exploring Musical Instruments

Show the students visual aids or posters of different musical instruments. Discuss each instrument, its name, and the sounds it produces. Encourage students to ask questions and share their own experiences with musical instruments.

Step 3: Listening Exercise

Play audio recordings of different musical genres and styles, such as classical, jazz, rock, and folk. Ask the students to listen carefully and identify the instruments they hear. Discuss the characteristics of each genre and how they make the students feel.

Step 4: Body Percussion

Engage the students in a fun body percussion activity. Teach them simple rhythmic patterns using clapping, stomping, and snapping. Practice these patterns together as a class.

Step 5: Classroom Instrument Exploration

Distribute classroom instruments among the students. Allow them to explore and experiment with the instruments, creating their own musical patterns. Encourage collaboration and creativity.


Activity 1: Musical Elements Match-Up

Provide the students with a worksheet containing pictures or descriptions of different musical elements. Ask them to match each element with its corresponding term (e.g., rhythm with a picture of a drum). Review the answers as a class.

Activity 2: Instrument Show and Tell

Assign each student a musical instrument to research and present to the class. They can create a poster or give a short presentation about the instrument's history, sound, and cultural significance.

Activity 3: Musical Genre Dance Party

Organize a dance party in the classroom, where students can showcase their favorite dance moves to different musical genres. Play a variety of songs and encourage students to express themselves through movement.


Assess the students' understanding and progress through the following methods:

  • Observation during class discussions and activities
  • Review of completed worksheets and assignments
  • Participation in the instrument show and tell activity
  • Performance and engagement during the dance party

Provide feedback to students to reinforce their learning and encourage further exploration of music.

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